ALL members of a referee crew must present their USSF ID# to
the assessor prior to any assessment game.
The State Referee Committee (SRC) sadly announces the sudden passing of Bonnie Ahearn on December 14, 2017. As an assignor of some of the largest tournaments in the metro DC area, Bonnie impacted the lives and promoted the advancement of referees from all over the country. For more than forty years, Bonnie had genuinely cared for the referees and the Beautiful Game as she placed referees in matches that would challenge and develop their abilities. Bonnie, and her husband Brian, directly affected the success of many members of the SRC as both referees and administrators. When Bonnie was a member of the SRC, she diligently represented the assignors and was an integral part of making the Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program one of the best in the country.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Brian and the entire Ahearn family. We will pass along service information as soon as we get details.
REGISTRATION FOR 2018 REFEREE CERTIFICATION IS OPEN
Please check REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS on the left of the page.
Find a clinic that works for you for location/dates/times. If you do not see something in your area just yet, please come back and check the website at another time. We will continue to schedule and post clinics and classes from now until the end of March/early April when we will conclude training for the year.
Refunds for referee registration will be 50% and can only be requested and paid out during the registration period for the year for which payment was submitted. Registration begins July 1 and ends June 30 for each certification year.
If you cannot attend a scheduled course and/or are unable to complete any required advance online training and would like to switch to another course, you may do so without incurring any additional charge. You do that by “cancelling the registration” in the original course. The system will apply both the fees and any online work completed in the first course to the new course. Note: You must cancel a registration before the instructor closes the course. This usually happens within a few days of the course ending.
If a clinic is cancelled due to low enrollment and no other clinics are available, a refund for the total fee can be provided, less the $5 fee for the background check on adult registrations. You must request a refund before June 30.
2018 CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
We have put together a table that lists the requirements for inital certification and recertification for Grades 8 though 6. If you have any questions regarding certification, grade maintenance, or upgrading to a higher grade level, please contact your local area administrator.
To view the table for initial certification and recertification requirements: CLICK HERE
NEW ASSESSMENT POLICY
The State Referee Committee has changed the registration year, instruction year, and assessment year to coincide with that of US Soccer.
Effective IMMEDIATELY, all assessments for upgrade or maintenance for 2018 registration, MUST be completed by June 30, 2017. For subsequent years, the assessment year will be July 1 of the current year thru June 30 of the following year.
Effective December 1, 2017, ALL grade 6 candidates must pass a minimum of one grade 7 maintenance assessments before being permitted to attempt an upgrade 6 assessment. Exceptions for this year are those who have passed an upgrade 6 assessment as a referee since July 1, 2017.
Top Division 1 Leagues
Grade 5 Assessments
The following MDCVSA adult leagues/divisions have been designated as "Top Division 1 Leagues"
for assessment of referees attempting to upgrade to or maintain Grade 5.
The Development Academy U-18, CCL U-18, U-19/20, and ERL U-18 leagues can be used to fulfill the youth game requirement.
Northern VA, West Virginia
Northern VA, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg
Pro-23; U-18; U-19/20
Northern VA, Richmond, Roanoke, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg
U-18 Developmental Academy
Northern VA, Richmond
All new candidates for upgrade to Grade 5 must submit a comprehensive list of their games
that count for upgrade to Grade 5 to the SDA prior to their upgrade approval. This list should
include at a minimum, the game date, league, division, teams and assignor’s name. This does
not apply to former Grade 5s who are attempting to return to their previous grade.
Change to the Rules of Competition - Heading the Ball for U-11 and Younger
Effective March 21, 2016 / UPDATE JUNE 2, 2016
** IMPORTANT INFORMATION **
US Soccer released an update to the Player Safety Campaign and, in particular, a clarification concerning the previous recommendation that Heading the Ball would be eliminated in all training and competition for players 10 years old and younger (U11), as well as limiting the training of heading the ball for players on U12/U13 teams (11 to 12 years old).
The Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) has provided a rule change for competitions that the State Referee Program will adhere to and referees will enforce.
Read an UPDATE TO SRC POLICY (new memo from our State Referee Committee): CLICK HERE
Effective July 1, 2012, assessment fees are as follows:
All amateur and youth games are $65 regardless of the game fee.
Exceptions: *USL PDL = $100; NPSL = $95; **US Soccer Development Academy = $75; *CCL Pro-23 = $100
REFEREE FEEDBACK PROGRAM
Pilot Program Implemented
The Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program has implemented a pilot program that will test a system to collect referee performance data. For now, feedback will be provided on matches played in NCSL and WAGS. We will be using a version of RefFeedback.com to gather this data.
Read the memo to referees from Patrick Delaney, SRC Chairman: CLICK HERE
We are committed to continuous improvement of the referees in our program as well as the identification of outstanding officials. This tool will provide the data to help us focus on the areas where more education, training, or mentoring might be needed or where high level performance should be recognized and encouraged.