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Neptune Soccer Referee Academy

August 2-4, 2024

The State Referee Committee and the 5th annual Beach Soccer Blast Adult Tournament Committee are pleased to announce that the 14th annual Neptune Referee Academy at the Beach Soccer Blast will be held on August 2, 3, and 4, 2024.  This is an adult amateur tournament, and you must be at least 18 years of age by August 2, 2024, and currently officiate adult amateur games to be eligible to participate.  You must also be currently registered with DC/VA.  All matches for this event are played at the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex in Virginia Beach.  The tournament is sanctioned by US Club Soccer.  The Academy will kick off with a Referee Training Meeting on Friday evening, August 2 at 7 PM, location to be announced in the Virginia Beach / Chesapeake area.


Applications must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, July 12, 2024.  Selections will be made by 11:00 PM on Monday, July 15, 2024. 

Please complete the information on this form to be considered for our Academy.

Posted June 29, 2024

US Soccer Continuing Education - Lifelong Learning Webinar Series

US Soccer presents a series of webinars focused on:
- Helping referees increase their knowledge and improve officiating skills 
- Helping mentors increase their knowledge and skills on observing the performance of referees
Registration required.  Limited availability - Register now!

More Information Here

May 10, 2024


Referee Registration for 2025

New Referee certification is available from July through May.  Click the "Become a Referee" tab or "New referees click here." 

Returning Referee recertification for 2025 is available by clicking on the "Instruction" tab or "Returning (recertifying) referees click here."  Select the appropriate Path.

Referees who complete their first-time certification or recertification process between July 2024 through May 2025 will receive a 2025 referee badge and may begin officiating immediately.

Posted July 6, 2024

Referee Uniforms and Equipment

Capelli Sport has set up a Referee Store for Metro DC-Virginia referees.  The store provides our referees good discounts. 

Capelli offers three Starter Kits.  Starter Kit 1 is $39.  Starter Kit 2 is $49.  Starter Kit 3 is $59.  The Starter Kit discount will show when you check out.

The MDCVA online store link is:

Revised Feb 26, 2023 

Policy on the Use of Referee Headsets

Regional and higher level referees can use headsets for communication among the referees.

Referees below the Regional level (Grassroots Referees) are not authorized to use headsets.  It is important for referees to develop game management communication skills before using headsets.

Tournament/competition authorities are not authorized to waive this policy.

Posted April 20, 2023

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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