• Oct/Nov Webinars: Regional Referee Administrator (RRA) Regional Referee Administrator (RRA) This webinar occurs several times. Please register for the date and time that works best for you. Register now! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7901629703905511170 Check Your Date – Drop down Dates; We will review the responsibilities of a Regional Referee Administrator focusing on the activities that are key to managing a Regional Referee Program. Topics include Referee: Assignments, Budget, ...
  • 23-25 June 2017: Ken Aston Soccer Referee Camp The Ken Aston Camp will held this year at Chapman University in Orange, CA on 23-25 June 2017.  For those unfamiliar, this residential camp is an exciting environment where Referees from around the country socialize and discuss officiating skills and the Laws of the​ ​Game with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced staff in the country. Participants skill ...
  • The IFAB 2017 Laws of the Game The 131st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The IFAB took place 3 March 2017 at Wembley Stadium agreeing on a fairer game strategy.  Read more… 2017-2018 FIFA Laws Of The Game The 131st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The IFAB was held at Wembley Stadium on Friday 3 March 2017. The amendments to the Laws of the Game approved at ...
  • 2017 Updated Instructional Materials for AYSO NR&R Updates to AYSO National Rules and Regulations in Feb 2017 introduced three key changes: Throw-in (6U & 8U) Goalkeeper Punts (9U to 12U) Build-Out Line (9U & 10U) This summary of these changes as presented at the 2017 Western States EXPO are intended to supplement those that are currently published on AYSO.org until such time as those materials are updated. Please review these ...
  • Laws of the Game Online Videos Check out the newest videos on the USSF YouTube channel, found here. This month’s videos include the “Spirit of the Game” and “Handling”, both presented by 1998 World Cup Referee Esse Baharmast from National Camp in Phoenix.
  • IFAB sets the AGM agenda for 3 Mar 2017 IFAB agenda for their next AGM (March 3, 2017) at http://static-3eb8.kxcdn.com/documents/223/ifab-agenda-131th-FINAL-VIEW-NEW.pdf
  • AP Interview with Mark Clattenburg All referees, no matter what badge level, deal with the same issues…  Read this interview with Referee Mark Clattenburg as he opens up on coping with errors.
  • Kari Seitz Accepts a Position with FIFA! The U.S. Soccer Referee Program’s own Kari Seitz has accepted a position with FIFA beginning October 1. Seitz will be the Senior Manager of Referees responsible for leading FIFA women referees. “I am very proud to join the FIFA referee department as a product of the U.S. Soccer program,” commented Seitz. “I know my 14-year successful ...
  • Laws of the Game Video Series 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.
  • Referee Course Pre-Tests As the referee upgrade courses are increasing in numbers, instructors are asking candidate to take the Pre-test to help them prepare.  Pre-tests are located in the section “Referee Pre-Test” and don’t require a password. Your Section Referee Administrator or Section Director of Referee Instruction have the passwords for the Pre-test Answer Keys.  
  • Videos for New Referees USSF has published some new videos under the heading “Advice to New Referees”.  Available at the Section 1 Referee Training page  http://ayso1ref.com/videos.
  • Offside exercises for assistant referees There’s been a lot of offside discussions recently. Is a player making attempt to play the ball? Is it a deliberate play or a save? Offside is the main task of the assistant referee, but it’s also quite difficult. Not just the rare situations, but also situations where both defenders and attackers are moving. Want ...
  • 18 Jul: New USSF Recommendations for Referee Skin Care News Jul 18, 2015 As part of U.S. Soccer’s commitment to health and safety, our medical and referee experts have prepared the following recommendations for the referee community http://www.ussoccer.com/referees/resource-center/refereeing and incorporated them into our referee education materials. In the interest of health and safety, U.S. Soccer recommends that match officials practice the following skin care guidelines: • Consider ...
  • 27 Feb: All you need to know about the IFAB (FIFA.com)   The items up for decision this year include: – The possibility of a fourth substitution in extra time – A decision on the “triple punishment” (Law 12) of sending off, penalty and suspension – The potential use of electronic performance and tracking systems – A proposal for greater flexibility in the use of substitutions in grassroots/recreational football Other items to ...
  • 11 Nov: AYSO Directive on the Use of Vanishing Marking Foam The AYSO Store now sells the Vanishing Marking Foam (vanishing spray) which soccer referees use to mark where players may stand during the taking of a free kick. The AYSO Store carries this product because they have other customers which may be interested in buying the spray. FIFA allows the use of vanishing spray to ...

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