ALL members of a referee crew must present their USSF ID# to the assessor prior to any assessment game.
August 7-9, 2015 - Neptune Soccer Classic

The State Referee Committee and the MDCVSA Neptune Soccer Classic Adult Tournament Committee are pleased to announce that we will once again conduct a Referee Academy at the Neptune Soccer Classic on August 7th, 8th and 9th, 2015. All matches for Neptune are played at the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex in Virginia Beach. The Academy will kick off with a Referee Meeting on Friday evening, August 7th, 7 PM, (location to be announced) in the Virginia Beach/Chesapeake area. 

Paul Tamberino, former FIFA AR, four time MISL Referee of the Year as well as former US Soccer Federation Director of Referee Development, and currently PA West Director of Referee Coaching will be our lead instructor.

The Academy will be held on fields where Men’s, Co-Ed and Women’s Premier, Competitive and Recreational matches will be played, including semifinals and finals on Sunday. The Neptune Soccer Classic uses a 40-minute half format for all matches.

If you are a Grade 6 or 7 referee – at least 18 years of age or older - who has officiated as a center referee at the adult level for a minimum of 2 years and you are interested in improving your skills as a referee, especially at the adult level, please apply for this academy. You will receive feedback from State and National Assessors as well as tournament referee pay for all of the matches you officiate. Mileage is not reimbursable.  GRADE, AGE AND EXPERIENCE ARE NOT WAIVERABLE.  YOU MUST MEET THE ABOVE CRITERIA TO APPLY.

We will select 12 referees from the state to attend the Academy - 6 from outside the Hampton Roads area and 6 from southeast Virginia. Housing (double occupancy) will be provided for all referees who are selected.

The SRC is committed to providing opportunities for you to grow professionally and we are excited to team up with MDCVSA and the Neptune Soccer Classic for this referee development opportunity. If you have the desire and think this will benefit you, please apply NO LATER than July 2nd. Late applications will be not be considered.

To apply for this Academy, please email a completed application form as a word.doc (click HERE for the form) to the State Office at   Please put NEPTUNE REFEREE ACADEMY in the subject line.

Don’t forget – reply by July 2, 2015, if you wish to be considered for this Academy.  LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


We Are Done!
We have concluded training and certification for 2015.  There are no more clinics currently scheduled.  Do not register or submit payment at this time.
Visit our website again in July when we will publish instructions for registration for 2016 and will post clinics and classes that will have been approved and available for enrollment then.  Note that referee training typically runs from mid-July to about the end of March/early April.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable year of officiating!


Changes Effective July 1, 2014
US Soccer has made some changes to the referee grade levels and the corresponding requirements for the 2015 registration year.  Please read the following for information about the changes.
Memorandum from Pat Delaney, Chairman, State Referee Committee  CLICK HERE
Table with grade level requirements  CLICK HERE



There appears to be some confusion on 2015 recertification assessment requirements for grade 6 (State) referees.  Information has been sent out since early 2014 from US Soccer in their monthly Referee Department Updates.

To reiterate the current policy - 2 maintenance assessments (with a passing score) are required annually for recertification.  One must be on an adult Division 2 game or higher.  All games must be a minimum of 40 minute halves.  A minimum of 30 days between assessments is required, unless the game was considered to be "non-ratable" by the assessor.  In those cases, the next assessment may be the next day.

For this year only, I am waiving the 30 day requirement between games and will reduce it to 14 days.  Please note, this is for this year only.  All assessments in 2015 for 2016 registration must have a minimum of 30 days in between.


Don Torrenti
USSF National Assessor
State Director of Assessment, DC/VA



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 to gather this data.

  • Read the memo to referees from Patrick Delaney, SRC Chairman:  CLICK HERE

  • Read the memo to NCSL and WAGS:  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.


2014 Spring Tournaments
Effective July 1, 2012, assessment fees are as follows: 
All amateur and youth games are $65 regardless of the game fee.
Exceptions:  USL PDL and W-Lg = $90; NPSL = $95; US Soccer Development Academy = $100 

Top Adult Division 1 Leagues
Grade 5 Assessments
The following MDCVSA leagues/divisions have been designated as "Top Adult Division 1 Leagues" for assessment of referees attempting to upgrade to Grade 5 and for Grade 5 maintenance assessments.
 League  Division  Location
 NPSL                 NPSL  Northern VA, Richmond, Chesterfield, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg
 USL   PDL   Northern VA, West Virginia
 US Soccer
 U-16 and U-18 Developmental Academy
 DC, Richmond
 USL  Super-20  Northern Virginia/Fredericksburg, Williamsburg
 CVSA  Premier  Richmond
 Southside  Premier  Virginia Beach
 NVSL  Premier  Northern Virginia
 WPL  Premier  Northern Virginia

All 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.


Contact Us
Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program
OFFICE HOURS:  8:00 AM - 4:00 PM   Monday - Friday 
Carol Shaeffer, Office Administrator 
2241-E Tackett’s Mill Drive    Woodbridge, VA 22192
Telephone 703.491.1717    Fax 703.492.1948
Outside 703  888.832.1866    Email:



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