ALL members of a referee crew must present their USSF ID# to the assessor prior to any assessment game.
Bert Rizzo
Bert Charles Rizzo, Jr., 68, of Arlington, one of our State Emeritus Referees, passed away suddenly, Thursday, July 2, 2015 in Virginia Beach as a result of a bicycle accident. Born in Buffalo, New York, Bert was a graduate of Canisius College and had retired from USCIS in 2009.  He leaves behind his loving wife, Jacki Rizzo, children Marcella Kennedy and Maria Rogers and her husband Daniel, three grandchildren, and numerous cousins and extended family.  Bert’s parents and a daughter preceded him in death.
A funeral mass was held in Chesapeake, Virginia.  Memorial contributions may be made to ACS, AHA, or VH1 Save the Music Foundation and Museum, Inc.  Friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at
Bert will be missed by our referee program and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his wife and family.
We are now starting to train and certify referees for the 2016 certification year.  Go to REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS and CLINIC LISTING on the left of the page for information about how to register for a class and to see the clinics that have been scheduled so far.  If you don't find a class today that works for you, please come back another time and check the website for new postings.


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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