ALL members of a referee crew must present their USSF ID# to the assessor prior to any assessment game.
May 25-28, 2018

Have a safe and enjoyable weekend.


August 3-5, 2018
The State Referee Committee and the MDCVSA Neptune Soccer Classic Adult Tournament Committee are pleased to announce that the 11th annual Referee Academy at the Neptune Soccer Classic will be held on August 3, 4, and 5, 2018.  All matches for the Neptune tournament are played at the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex in Virginia Beach. The Academy will kick off with a Referee Dinner/Meeting on Friday evening, August 3 at 7 PM, location to be announced in the Virginia Beach/Chesapeake area.   YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE ENTIRE EVENT, INCLUDING ALL MEETINGS. 
Please note that this event is the same weekend as the Grade 6 Upgrade Clinic.  If you are planning to attend the upgrade clinic, please DO NOT apply for the Neptune Academy.
At the present time, we are awaiting confirmation of our lead instructor/mentor.
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 (A WAIVER FOR LESS THAN 2 YEARS’ EXPERIENCE MAY BE CONSIDERED) and you are interested in improving your skills as a referee, especially at the adult level, please apply for this academy.   If selected, you will receive feedback from State Assessors and National Referee Coaches as well as tournament referee pay for all of the matches you officiate. Mileage is not reimbursable.  YOU MUST MEET THE ABOVE CRITERIA TO APPLY.
All Grade 7 referees who are applying MUST have been or will be assessed AS A REFEREE, NO LATER THAN June 10, 2018.  This is an extension of the previously announced date of May 30, and cannot be waived.
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) and meals will be provided for all referees who are selected.  Each attendee will work a minimum of 1 game as a referee and 3 as an AR over the two day event.  Some will work 2 middles and 2 lines, but no one will do more than 2 games per day.
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 June 15.  Late applications will not be considered.  Selections will be announced by July 7, 2018.
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.  DO NOT USE ANY OTHER FORMAT (no pdf, etc.).
Don’t forget – reply by June 15, 2018, if you wish to be considered for this Academy.  LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


We have concluded referee registration, training, and certification for 2018.  

Please come back to our website after July 1, 2018, when we will start up with certification for 2019.  If there is not training scheduled in your area, please continue to check back periodically for new listings.  Clinics will be posted when venues are arranged and the classes are approved.   

POSTED 4/18/2018

** NOTICE **
The Referee Program has recently been made aware of federal regulations involving the collection or use of personal information of youth younger than age 13 via websites or online services.
Therefore, as of February 2, 2018, the Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program will not permit registration or clinic enrollment of youth that are age 12 years old or younger.


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.


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


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.


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

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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