ALL members of a referee crew must present their USSF ID# to the assessor prior to any assessment game.
The Referee Office will be closed
on August 12-16, 2019.

If you require assistance, please check the Directory on the left side of the homepage for an administrator in your area who will be happy to help.

Deadline Extended to September 13
VYSA is accepting nominations for their 2019 Annual Awards to include Young Male and Young Female Referees of the Year.
Please take this opportunity to recognize a young referee who displays moral and ethical behavior, promotes the game of soccer, and is involved in their community.
CLICK HERE to go to the VYSA webpage and get the nomination form.  Please also send a copy to so that nominations can be tracked.
Don't delay.  Do it today!  Must be submitted by Sept13.
POSTED 8/8/2019

US Soccer is changing the registration, classifications, and training of soccer referees.  Our program is working to set up new systems to accommodate these changes.


Please check back in the next few weeks for information 
about how to register and enroll in clinics and classes for 2020 referee certification.
POSTED 7/3/2019

Minimum age to be registered as a US Soccer referee is 13.

Registration and certification for 2019 is over.  There will be no refunds or carryover of fees to 2020 registration at this time. 


The IFAB made several changes to the Laws of the Game that will be effective for the Fall 2019 season and pre-Fall tournaments.  Many of the changes affect restarts like goal kicks, free kicks, and dropped balls.  As a result, it is important to review and understand the changes so you can implement the changes in your games as soon as the changes become effective in the leagues and tournaments that you referee.  Imagine the chaos for players and coaches when some referees implement the changes and some referees do not implement the changes.
The Law changes were officially effective on June 1, 2019.  You should have seen the changes implemented during the Women’s World Cup.  A number of changes to the Laws of the Game for 2019/20 were approved which follow the principal aims of the ‘play fair!’ strategy: improving player behavior and increasing respect, increasing playing time, and making the game fairer and attractive.
CLICK HERE to review the Law Change document.  Please READ COMPLETELY!
POSTED 7/12/2019

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.

POSTED 1/11/2017

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.

POSTED 11/16/2017


All amateur and youth games are $65 regardless of the game fee.
Exceptions:  USL PDL = $100; NPSL = $100; US Soccer Development Academy = $100; CCL Pro-23 = $100 

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.


No Heading the Ball for U-11 and Younger


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
Read the memo from VYSA:  CLICK HERE
Questions and comments may be sent to

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
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