Referee News & Resources

November 2017 Updates from US Soccer
US Soccer | November 18, 2016

U.S. Soccer Recognize to Recover (R2R) Video
U.S. Soccer released a new video on recognizing and managing concussions, highlighting the important role parents, players, coaches, referees and health professionals play in the return to play process. The video is part of U.S. Soccer's Recognize to Recover (R2R) player health and safety program, and is designed to raise awareness of this important issue. Please view or download the video here.

2017 Referee Program Workshop: Registration
As a reminder, the 2017 Referee Program Workshop will be held March 25-26, 2017 in Chicago, Ill. The agenda and exact start and end times are still being determined. Registration will open on December 3 and we will share more information as we get closer to the date on how to register. We look forward to seeing you all there.

2017 Referee Program Workshop: Topics for Discussion
As we prepare for the 2017 Referee Program Workshop, we are soliciting topics that you would like to be addressed in the breakout sessions. We are looking for role specific topics (i.e., topics for SDIs, topics for SDAs) as well as topics that all states might find useful. Please email Nicole WardNicole Ward with any suggestions.

2017 State Assessor and Instructor Courses
Interested in hosting a State Assessor or State Instructor course in your area for 2017/2018 certification? Hosts will be expected to obtain hotel meeting rooms and a room block, preferably at an airport hotel to help alleviate transportation costs to the attendees. Please contact Nicole Ward if interested or have further questions.

Referee Program Logo Lock-up Guidelines
Logo lock-ups, generic logos, and Usage Guidelines were sent via email to all State Referee Administrators on November 7. As a reminder, any and all usage of both the U.S. Soccer crest and U.S. Soccer Referee Program logo including older versions must comply with Usage Guidelines for each. Guidelines are available in the State Resources Folder.

Laws of the Game Video Series (Advice to New Referees Series)
Check out the video in the new Advice to New Referees video series on our YouTube channel, found here. This month's video is titled Getting Started and focuses on important information necessary for new referees. A new video will be released at the end of each month of 2016 as a resource for continuing education and will be featured in each Referee Program Update email to the referee community.

Reminder: New Policy on Referee Registration
The U.S. Soccer Board of Directors has approved an amendment to our policy about referee registration. All registrations must be submitted to the Federation per your state's process within 30 days of the individual completing all requirements for that registration. The Bylaws and Policies can be found here.

Reminder: Player Development Initiatives
Changes were made to the Player Development Initiatives document on September 1, available here. Please know that no substantive information was changed, and the only new detail added was for additional clarity based on questions we have received. For example, on slide 12, we changed "Field Sizes" to "Field Size Ranges", as well as noted that a goalkeeper is used for 7v7 and 9v9. We also clarified that heading is currently permitted at the U-12 level, but that members are able to limit or ban heading at the U-12 level should they see fit.

Reminder: Concussion Initiative Statement
We incorporated your feedback into the Concussion Initiative Statement and updated it accordingly. Please find the updated statement here, and feel free to share with your members.

October 2016 Updates from US Soccer
US Soccer | October 1, 2016

NEW Grade 8 Referee Online Training Course
The updated Grade 8 Referee Online Training Course is now available in the Resource Center on ussoccer.com, which you can find by clicking here. Grade 9, 7, and 6 Referee Online Training Courses soon to follow. Continue to check the Resource Center on ussoccer.com for updated training.

Reminder: 2017 Certification Requirements
The 2017 Certification Requirements can be found in the Resource Center here. Please contact your state referee association with any questions.

Concussion Initiative Statement
We incorporated your feedback into the Concussion Initiative Statement and updated it accordingly. Please find the updated Statement here, and feel free to share with your members.

U.S. Soccer Federation Debuts New Referee Uniform from Official Sports
New U.S. Soccer Official Uniform Shirt features an updated design and new colors that is now available in both men's and women's cuts for the first time. More information can be found at OfficialSports.com. The current official jersey uniform style can still be worn during matches through 2018. Keep in mind that during this period, crews can mix styles but must wear the same color for a game.

The Role of Mentoring in Referee Development
Professional Soccer Referees Association | September 23, 2016

"It’s all about giving back and paying it forward."

That’s a common remark you’ll hear from most professional soccer referees. Every referee remembers where they started out and the fellow referees who helped them to get where they wanted to go as an official. That mindset is one of the underlying principles of the PSRA and is one of the reasons why so many PSRA referees can be found passing along their knowledge to referees at tournaments and events throughout the year.

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Concussion Initiative Statement
US Soccer | July 29, 2016

US Soccer incorporated community feedback into the Concussion Initiative Statement and updated it accordingly. Please find the updated Statement on the US Soccer site, and feel free to share with your members.

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Advice to Referees
US Soccer | July 29, 2016

The printing of the "Advice to Referees" book was discontinued in September of 2015. With the new rewrite of the 2016-2017 Laws of The Game, the information in "Advice to Referees" is outdated, and should not be used in current referee education.

Reminder: Fitness Test Updates for Grades 6 and Above
US Soccer | July 29, 2016

New fitness testing standards have been issued for Grades 6 and above. Please review each grade’s certification requirements for further information. For grades 5 and above, please note that the interval test for both tracks is now conducted in four runs per lap instead of two runs per lap. There is now a third test for Assistant Referees, the CODA test, and the sprints for assistant referees is now 30m, different from the 40m for referees. All certification requirements and fitness test information can be found on the US Soccer website.

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Reminder: 2017 Certification Requirements
US Soccer | July 29, 2016

The 2017 Certification Requirements can be found in the Resource Center. Please contact your state referee association with any questions.

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U.S. Soccer Federation Debuts New Referee Uniform from Official Sports
US Soccer | July 29, 2016

New U.S. Soccer Official Uniform Shirt features an updated design and new colors that is now available in both men's and women's cuts for the first time. More information can be found at OfficialSports.com. The current official jersey uniform style can still be worn during matches through 2018. Keep in mind that during this period, crews can mix styles but must wear the same color for a game.

Development Academy Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year
US Soccer | July 29, 2016

Congratulations to the 2015-16 Development Academy Referee and Assistant Referee of the Year!

Referee of the Year
Martin Anthony Almeida, Grade 6 State Referee, California South

Assistant Referee of the Year
Christian Lara, Grade 6 State Referee, California South

Laws of the Game Video Series
US Soccer | July 29, 2016

Check out the newest video in the new Laws of the Game video series on our YouTube channel, found here. This month’s video features Referee Signals. A new video will be released each month of 2016 as a resource for officials and continuing education.

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