Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program
Referee Registration Suspends in May and Resumes In July
New Referee certification for 2023 ended in May. New Referee certification for 2024 begins in early July. Click the "Become a Referee" tab.
Returning Referee recertification for 2023 ended in May. Referee recertification for 2024 begins in July. Click on the "Instruction" tab. Select the appropriate Path.
Referees who complete their certification or recertification process between July 2023 through May 2024 will receive a 2024 referee badge and may begin officiating immediately.
Posted June 2, 2023
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: https://teams.capellisport.com/REFDCORU
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
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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Modified Nov 4, 2020
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