ALL members of a referee crew must present their USSF ID# to the assessor prior to any assessment game.
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.



        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.  

UPDATE:  Relatives and friends are invited to visitation with the family at Money & King Funeral Home, 171 West Maple Ave, Vienna, VA, on Friday, January 26 from 2:00-4:00 PM or 6:00-8:00 PM.  Interment services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
UPDATE POSTED 12/21/2017

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

POSTED  7/20/2017



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


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.

 League  Division  Location
USL USL Richmond
USL   PDL  Northern VA, West Virginia
NPSL                 NPSL Northern VA, Richmond,  Virginia Beach, Williamsburg
CCL Pro-23; U-18; U-19/20 Northern VA, Richmond, Roanoke, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg
EDP U-23 Northern VA
US Soccer U-18 Developmental Academy Northern VA, Richmond
CSL Premier Fredericksburg
CVSA  Premier  Richmond
Southside  Premier  Virginia Beach
NVSL  Premier  Northern Virginia
WPL  Premier  Northern Virginia
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.
POSTED 9/19/2016
REVISED 9/21/16
REVISED 3/13/17
REVISED 7/31/17


Change to the Rules of Competition - Heading the Ball for U-11 and Younger
Effective March 21, 2016 / UPDATE JUNE 2, 2016


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

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 
*UPDATED 4/17/2017
**UPDATED 7/31/2017

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.


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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