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Remembering Anita Hood

The State Referee Committee is saddened by the passing of Ms. Anita Hood. Anita helped develop the initial Metro DC and Virginia State Referee Program (MDCVASRP) in the 1970s and was instrumental in recruiting, training, and assigning what has become one of the largest referee programs in the country. Throughout her more than 40 years of working with the MDCVASRP, Anita helped the program increase from 48 referees to over 6,000 referees. Anita, or Queen Mum as she was known to many, was a friend to everyone who met her. Anita was inducted into the Virginia Soccer Hall of Fame in 2019. Funeral arrangements will be posted when they are available. Please keep Don Hood and the Hood family in your thoughts and prayers.

Memorial service: Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 7:00 PM.  Visiting at 6:00 PM.  Money and King Funeral Home, 171 West Maple Ave, Vienna, VA  22180.   In lieu of flowers, donations to Wounded Warrior or charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Revised January 15, 2022

Remembering Bryan Lopez

Bryan Lopez of Woodbridge, VA, passed away unexpectedly on December 31, 2021.  He enjoyed officiating soccer for PWSI, was selected to attend state and regional tournaments, and had completed assessments toward promotion to Regional Referee.  Bryan was a sophomore at Duke University.

A funeral mass for Bryan will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, January 18, at Our Lady of Angels Roman Catholic Church, 13752 Marys Way, Woodbridge, VA 22191

A GoFundMe page has been established to help offset family expenses for his home-going services.  Donations can be made at:

Revised January 17, 2022

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Registration For New Referees

Registration and instruction for new referees resumed on July 5, 2021, and will continue through April 2022. 

Click "Become a Referee" above.  As soon as you complete the online training followed by a field training session you will receive your 2022 referee badge and can begin officiating immediately.

Revised July 18, 2021

USSF Position Paper on Referee Headsets

The US Soccer Referee Education Resource Center published new guidance on wearing of headsets by referees.  You can view the position paper on our Laws of the Game page.

Posted August 4, 2021

New US Soccer Guidance on DOGSO

US Soccer published a new position paper on, "Denying a goal or obvious goal scoring opportunity (DOGSO)."

This paper clarifies that a send-off (Red Card) is warranted when a goalkeeper commits a foul outside of the penalty area and the goal is unprotected. In recent high-profile games, referees have been penalizing with a caution (Yellow Card) for Stopping a Promising Attack (SPA).  

Posted: June 6, 2021

MDCVASRP Policy Manual Update

The MDCVASRP Policy Manual received significant updates in April 2021.  Look for it under the Resources tab.

Posted April 28, 2021

SafeSport Update

Annual Training Required

SafeSport training for adult referees does not run concurrently with your referee license - it expires one year from the date you most recently completed SafeSport training. 

Referees with expired SafeSport training are disqualified from officiating, so complete the free 20-minute online refresher before your SafeSport expires to maintain your referee license.   

Referees turning 18 this year will complete the SafeSport core course online after their 18th birthday.   


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Acacia Ellis Selected as Referee Assignor Liaison

Acacia Ellis was recently appointed to the DCV State Referee Committee as the SRC Referee Assignor Liaison. Acacia replaces Patrick McFall, who moved out of state.

As Assignor Liaison, Acacia facilitates communications between the SRC and certified assignors. She is the first point of contact for resolving issues between referees and assignors, and facilitates coordination among assignors to achieve the objectives of the State Referee Program.

Acacia officiates soccer and futsal and serves as the State Cup assignor for Prince William County. She is a very active volunteer in the referee and assignor communities for Virginia, regional, and national events. She recruits and assigns volunteer referees for the Virginia Special Olympics Championships and provides operational support each year at the Region 1 United States Adult Soccer Association SoccerFest Tournament.

Having lived in both Northern Virginia and the Hampton Roads area, Acacia has forged relationships with many officials and assignors within the state and looks forward to promoting discussions among the SRC, assignors and referees in her new role as the state Assignor Liaison.

Posted January 21, 2021


Chuck Watts Selected As New SDA

The State Referee Committee appointed Chuck Watts as our new State Director of Assessments (SDA).  Chuck took over the reigns as the SDA on 1 July from Don Torrenti, who is stepping down after serving as the DCV SDA for the past 15 ½ years.  

Although stepping down from the SDA position, Don will continue serving the DCV Referee community as a National Referee Coach.  Throughout the years, Don has assisted numerous referees in their progression from the Grassroots level to the FIFA Panel.  Thanks Don for your many years of service as the SDA and for continuing to serve and mentor DCV referees. 

Chuck is a current National Referee Coach and most recently served as the Area Director of Assessments (ADA) for the Central area.  Prior to that, he was the ADA for the North area.  Chuck began his referee career in 1980 and achieved the grade of National Referee before retiring from active officiating. 

Posted July 1, 2020

Greg Hauck Appointed To State Referee Committee

Greg Hauck was recently appointed to the DCV State Referee Committee as the Area Referee Administrator for the Central Region of Virginia.  

Greg is a USSF certified Referee Assignor, Assessor, Instructor/Coach, and Regional Emeritus Referee.  He also served as the Commissioner for the Rappahanock Soccer Referee Association.  

Area Referee Administrators form the integration hub of assessors, assignors, and instructors.  They  focus on the success of referees in their local geographic areas, while assisting the State Referee Administrator in a variety of activities.

Greg replaces Bob Martin, who has served the soccer referee community for 38 years.  Welcome, Greg, and a fond farewell to Bob, with our sincere appreciation for all you have done to promote excellence in officiating for so many years.

Postd July 1, 2020

Website Refresh


Our new MDCVASRP website is supported by volunteers like you.  We are committed to making this website valuable and informative for everyone in our program.  Please contribute your ideas by clicking here.

Modified Nov 4, 2020

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