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Coaches & Referees Information

Edina Soccer Association couldn't exist without the help of our hundreds of volunteer coaches. Here is where you will find ESA-created training materials and practice plans plus many other resources from other sources. We hope you will find them useful.

We encourage ESA coaches to use available green space when possible to conduct practices. If you would like to reserve a marked field, please contact Edina Park & Recreation.

Colette Montgomery

Director of Coaching

Concussion Prevention

In an effort to increase concussion awareness and prevent concussion-related injuries, the state of Minnesota has recently passed a law that will require all coaches and officials of youth sports to receive initial online concussion prevention training and online training at least once every three calendar years thereafter. The required online training takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. For more information please visit our Concussion Prevention page.

Edina Soccer Association requires that all volunteer coaches, instructors, supervisors and referees complete the required online concussion prevention training module. Edina Soccer Association will not permit anyone who has not completed this training to coach an ESA team.

Referee Program

2021 New Referee Training Dates:

2021 Referee Program (for 11-12 year olds)

1.  ESA will be offering a NEW future referee program this season for 11- and 12-years olds.

The ESA Future Referee Program is unique to ESA, requires only a few hours of training. The goal of the program is to introduce kids to officiating at a young age and provide opportunities to referee at ESA lower level games – and get paid!  

ESA will hold a Zoom Recruitment Meeting for all interested referees:  Saturday, March 20th from 2-3pm.

Additional Training Schedule:

Thurs, April 8th 7-8pm

Thurs, April 15 7-8pm

Thurs, April 22 7-8pm

Thurs, April 29 (makeup if any session was missed) - 7-8pm

Final requirement is to attend a field based training prior to season start.  Could be an ESC scrimmage, or another club event.  Details will be provided at a later time.  

*Parents must create an account in Game Officials for anyone 11-12 years old.  

2.  ESA Certified Referee Training Opportunities


The Minnesota State Referee Committee has made some changes to the new referee process:

  • All new referee requirements can be completed ONLINE at 
  • There is no in-person clinic!
  • You can complete the process at your own pace, all online. 
  • New Referee certification is good all the way through December 31, 2021 (as is any certification done earlier in 2020).
  • You can earn anywhere between $18-$25 a game.

    Any questions please email: