The referee communities of Virginia, D.C., and Maryland mourn the loss of Ray Greenberg, who died on November 30, 2022, at age 77.
Ray served in multiple senior leadership roles during his 35 years as a volunteer with the youth soccer community, including Chair of the National Capital Soccer League (NCSL) Rules and Disciplinary Committee, President of NCSL, Chair of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) Adjudication Committee, Vice President of VYSA, and President of the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association.
At a burial ceremony on December 4, Ray’s family and friends spoke of his exceptionally strong moral compass, never wavering when it came to doing the right thing. In countless soccer disputes brought before him for resolution, Ray would expend many hours and days discussing the issues and listening to everyone involved – always seeking a resolution that was fair and just. He possessed the most incredible and generous heart — and he radiated this warmth to everyone in his orbit. When it comes to love languages, Ray’s was clearly Acts of Service. Perhaps his ultimate strengths were patience and fortitude, standing firm for doing right and rectifying wrongs in the face of formidable and emotional opposition.
Ray’s unwavering insistence on promoting good sportsmanship on the field, while demanding respectful discussions off the field, created and built an unparalleled positive youth soccer environment in the Metro D.C. region that still serves as a national model. We already miss him.
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
Virginia referees supported the regional ODP training and selection event at the Publix Virgina Soccer Training Center in July. Hundreds of players from five eastern states participated in a weekend of training in preparation for their regional competitions. Standing with VYSA Technical Director Gordon Miller are referees Kofi Frimpong, Darios Kamgaing, Alec Amador, Christina Amador, Erik Wilson, Oleg Polishchuk, Angelo Amador, and Charles Nana.
Posted July 16, 2022
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
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
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....