South Texas Soccer Referees

Referee Training and Assessment Program Information

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Digital Verson of Laws of the Game

Advanced Referee Upgrade / Recertification Status Page
US Soccer Game Report
Referee Requirements by Grade
US Soccer Registration Cards
Lost or Not Received US Soccer Registration Cards
Referee Adult Participation Pass for STYSA
Recent Documents/Resources/Equipment
New Referee Registration
Finding Games to Officiate
Referee Recertification
Lapsed Referee Recertification
Emeritus Referees
Lifetime Membership
Re-taking the Written Test
Replacing Lost Badges
Referee Expectations by Grade Level
State Interval Fitness Test
Requesting an Assessment
New Referee Gear - buy referee equipment online

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US Soccer Referee Registration Cards & Adult Participation Passes

Per South Texas Youth Soccer Association policy, all adults on the team side of a field must visibly wear their current|
Adult Participation (kidsafe) passes. The referee has authority to check for these passes, and to require any adult not
possessing a pass to move from the team side.

Effective with the receipt of the 2010 or later US Soccer Registration card, all adult referees are required to have this card in
their possession when performing referee duties at a STYSA sanctioned event. This includes when arriving at the fields,
and during any breaks between games. While referees are not required to visibly display their card, they should have it
readily available if requested. Referees are encouraged to make a copy of their card and laminate it when they first
receive it, to reduce the possible loss or damage to the card. The  US Soccer Registration card with Texas South
specified on the card will qualify for Adult Participation (kidsafe) verification. In addition, any individual on the STSR
approved list (viewable at www.stsr.org) is considered to have met the Adult Participation Pass requirement.


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Lost or Not Received USSF ID Card

If you did not receive your USSFID card in the mail from US Soccer, or you lost yours, you may print another one by going to
the US Soccer Salesforce website. If you have never done this, Click On the Sign Up button and enter the requested information.
If you have done this before, click on the Login button and enter your userid and password that you previously established. Once in
your account, click on Current Registrations, and select the Print option, next to the Registration you want the card for.


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Recent Documents/Resources/Equipment

REFEREE EDUCATION RESOURCE

US Soccer Referee Education Resources

Professional Referee Organization : This site has the assignments for MLS and other professional/upper level leagues.
It will also have write-up’s  about plays that happen during MLS games that need “clarification” (somewhat like week in review).
You can also follow STSR referees working professional level games.
A "week in review" type feature can be found under Features: Officials Coaching .

Official Sports International - buy referee equipment online(with STSR discount)

US Soccer Superstore - buy referee equipment online

US Soccer Referee .net Website - really cool stuff - check it out

Free really cool weekly Referee online quiz - test your knowledge.

" target="_blank">"Play of the Week" put out by PRO each week. Each week the Referee Development Department of US Soccer covers
issues faced the previous week in games played in the MLS. These reviews are excellent sources of information and interpretations
handed down by USSF on a case by case basis. We strongly suggest you review these as you will probably see many of the same
game situations in your games here. (Tim McCurley - New USSF State Assessor)

New Referee Registration

Our Entry clinics for the fall soccer season start around the first of August. Entry clinics for the
Spring season start in January and continue through March. Once you pass the clinic and
receive a Referee badge, you can start refereeing immediately.
The clinic cost will remain $30.00 and the Grade 8  Registration fee will remain $50.00 for a total of $80.00 to become certified as a
USSF Soccer official. . In order to view available clinics use the Available Clincs List, or your Home Page, once you
register with STSR. In addition, USSF has provided a great guide for New Referees. It can be found here.
For more information about becoming a soccer official, click here.

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Finding Games to Officiate

Once you have become registered for the current year, you can find games to officiate by signing into your account at www.stsr.org
Member Sign-In and click on the Assignor Directory in the Member Services box at the top of your Home page. This will allow you to find
local soccer associations and their referee assignors, association web page, assignor email and phone information. If you cannot
find an association or assignor in your area, contact the district Directors for your area who can be found here to
assist you in contacting local area assignors.

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Referee Recertification

All USSF Soccer officials must renew their certification and registration annually. The badge / Registration year runs from Jan 1st to Dec 31st. However, recertification clinics for the next badge year start in August of the current year. You are expected to recertify and register BEFORE your badge expires on December 31st. The  registration period is open from July 1st - June 30th.

STSR also provides Recertification clinics in the January - May timeframe for the procrastinators among us, however the on-time recertification discount is lost. If you wish to reserve yourself a seat in a recertification clinic you will need to Sign-in as a STSR soccer offical. In order to view available clinics, use the Available Clinics List, or your Home Page, once you Sign-in . If you are new to South Texas but were certified in another region of Texas or the United States, use the Transfer facility by clicking here.
For more information concerning the STSR Recertification program, click here.

The USSF Recertification and Upgrade requirements can be found by clicking here.

Recertifying after having missed one or more years (lapsed registration)

Any referee who was not registered with the U.S. Soccer Federation the previous year may be certified at the grade previously held after taking and passing the qualifying clinic, written examination, fitness test, and assessments. The following policy applies to referees who were previously certified and registered with the Federation but have lapsed a year or more in registration:

Last Certified as a Grade 6 or more Advanced Grade
  1. Referees can only be registered at the grade they qualify for.
  2. Referees who were Grade 6 or higher will be downgraded to Grade 7.
  3. Once they retake the appropriate course listed below for Grade 7 Referees and have completed all the requirements
    for the previously held grade, they may regain their advanced grade. If the referee is attending a clinic for the next badge year, they
    may not begin refereeing in the current year.  They can start refereeing on January 1st of the year printed on their Badge.

Last Certified as a Grade 8 or Grade 7 or Emeritus

  1. Grade 8/7/Emeritus referees who miss 1-2 consecutive years of registration can be re-recertified as a grade 8/7/Emeritus after completing a Grade 8/7/Emeritus Recertification clinic. If the referee is attending a clinic for the next badge year between July 1st and Dec 31st, they can start officiating again after January 1st of the new year.
  2. Grade 8/7/Emeritus referees who miss 3 r more consecutive years of registration can be re-certified after taking the entire Entry Grade 8 Referee Clinic.  If the referee is attending a clinic for the next badge year between July 1st and Dec 31st, they can start officiating again after January 1st of the new year.

Last Certified as Grade 9

  1. A Grade 9 Referee who misses one or more years of registration is eligible to Upgrade by taking the Grade 8 Entry Clinic. If the referee is attending a clinic for the next badge year between July 1st and Dec 31st, they can start officiating again after January 1st of the new year.

When registering for a clinic, you will be requested to enter your personal information, or verify your Personal Information. Then you will see a
Clinic Reservation page. You will need to scan down the left side and find the "click here" to continue registration and click on it, if no clinics are listed.
Your current grade and Recertify should be already checked. Press Submit, then click on "Reserve" to reserve the clinic. Lastly, proceed to the
"Checkout" section on the right side to pay the fees. Do not attempt to checkout before you have reserved a clinic.
You are not registered in the clinic until the fees are paid.

Click here to register for a Referee Clinic

Current Year Registration List- Click Here

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Emeritus Referees

 

Referees at the State or more advanced level for at least a period of 3 years of their refereeing career, may elect to go Emeritus
(Retire from their highest position) by selecting the GO EMERITUS when registering at the www.stsr.org website. This may not
be used ot circumvent the testing and registration procedures of U.S. Soccer. Active Emeritus Referees must qualify each year
for the level that they will be officiating and pay the fees for that level. For example, if officiating , they must at least take and pass
the Grade 7/8 Recertification clinic. If officiating at higher levels than Grade 7, fitness test and Assessment requirements apply.

An Emeritus Referee may reinstate as an active referee at the level the official retired from, once all the criteria for the grade has been met.

US Soccer Lifetime Membership

 

Lifetime membership for the U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program is available for those select individuals that have displayed a thorough dedication to the program.  In addition to their contributions, nominees must also meet the following criteria:

·         Minimum age of 60

·         Registered with the program for 25 or more consecutive years

Note that above criteria is waived for any of the following:

·         Recipients of the Eddie Pearson Award or the William Schofield Award

·         Recipients of the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame Meritorious Service Award if received for their contribution to the referee program

·         Former FIFA panel officials

Nominations can be submitted to U.S. Soccer by State Referee Administrators or State Referee Committees.  All nominations should be submitted in writing describing the nominee's contributions and include proof that the individual meets the above criteria. The Nomination form can be found here .

Please note that lifetime membership is given to those who have made significant contributions to the referee program; meeting the above criteria does not guarantee lifetime membership.  U.S. Soccer reviews and approves all nominations. 

Lifetime members do not have to pay US Soccer Registration fees or clinic fees.

 

Re-taking the Written Test

If you attended an Entry Level or Recertification clinic and did not pass the test, you may retake the test, free of charge by signing back
into your account at www.stsr.org , locate the clinic you attended on the left side of your Home Page, and click on Retest. You will then
be provided a list of clinics that you may retest in. Then click RETEST on the clinic you choose to retest at. You must bring the one or
two copies of the Registration form given to you at your original clinic with you to the retest.You MUST register for this retest online. For
Entry level clinics, the test is normally given in the last 2 hours of the clinic. For the Recertification clinics, the test is administered during the
2nd hour of the clinic. In addition, some local Soccer Referee associations may provide testing at their monthly meetings. These testing
opportunities will be listed as testing clinics that you may RETEST at.

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Replacing Lost Badges

If you have lost your 2017 badge, and wish to order a replacement, you will need to order it from the US Soccer store by clicking on the link below, and use R + your 16 digit USSF ID (without the dashes) as the UserID.

US Soccer Referee Ordering site

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Referee Expectations by Grade Level

Referees and Assistant Referees at each grade level are expected to perform their duties according to the US Soccer Referee Expectations,
found by clicking here. When you are mentored, assessed developmentally or assessed formally, this document defines what is expected from
you at each grade level. We suggest printing it and refering to it every few weeks before you start your first game of the weekend.

Requesting an Assessment

In order for you to be assessed for grade maintenance or upgrade you MUST have a current year Referee registration and have passed a Fitness test within the last 6 months.
 In addition, all members of your officiating crew on the match being assessed must be currently registered as Referees as well. To request an assessment, sign into your
account at www.stsr.org Member Sign-In , and select "Request Assessment" in the Fee Based Services box at the top of your Member Home page.

Annual Assessment Requirements can be found here.

  • Developmental Assessments
    • You may request an informal or developmental assessment at anytime. To do so, you will need to contact your local
      District Director of Assessments or you may request your assignor to assist you in scheduling a developmental assessment.
      • If your local soccer association is not paying for the developmental assessment as part of a tournament or referee
        development program, you will need to:
        • Sign in to your account www.stsr.org, select Request/Register for Assessments (under Fee Item box),
          select Developmental. Set the date of the Assessment. Perform the check out procedure to pay by
          credit card or check/money order. If you pay by check/money order, follow the directions
          on the receipt. Bring the receipt to the Assessment.
  • Grade 7+  Upgrade or Grade 7+ Maintenance Assessments
    • Arrange the match with the Assignor, at least two (2) weeks in advance - verify that your assigned crewmembers are CERTIFIED !
    • Sign in to your account www.stsr.org, select Request/Register for Assessments (under Fee Items box) , select Upgrade or Maintenance.
      Set the date,time and location of the Assessment. Perform the check out procedure to pay by credit card or check/money order. If you pay by
      check/money order, follow the directions on the receipt. Bring the receipt to the Assessment. (If you do not checkout - the assessment will
      not be ordered !)
    • District Director of Assessments will assign the Assessor- you will receive an email notification with contacts.
    • The complete offciating crew on the match will be assessed
    • You will be verbally debriefed by the Assessor after the match
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  • Grade 7 to 6 Upgrade or Grade 6 Maintenance Assessments
    • Arrange the match with the Assignor, at least two (2) weeks in advance- verify that your assigned crewmembers are CERTIFIED !
    • Sign in to your account www.stsr.org, select Request/Register for Assessments (under Fee Items box) , select Upgrade or Maintenance.
      Set the date of the Assessment. Perform the check out procedure to pay by credit card or check/money order. If you pay by
      check/money order, follow the directions on the receipt. Bring the receipt to the Assessment. (If you do not checkout - the assessment will
      not be ordered !)
    • State and District Director of Assessments will assign the Assessor- you will receive an email notification with contacts.
    • The complete offciating crew on the match will be assessed
    • You will be verbally debriefed by the Assessor after the match
  •  National Candidate or "Working on National Candidate" Assessments
    • Arrange the match with the Assignor, at least two (2) weeks in advance- verify that your assigned crewmembers are CERTIFIED !
    • Sign in to your account www.stsr.org, select Request/Register for Assessments (under Fee Items box) , select Upgrade or Maintenance.
      If you want a National Assessor to be assigned, be sure and check the Request National Assessor checkbox. Otherwise you will be
      assigned a State Assessor. Set the date of the Assessment. Perform the check out procedure to pay by credit card or check/money order.
       If you pay by check/money order, follow the directions on the receipt. Bring the receipt to the Assessment.
       (If you do not checkout - the assessment willnot be ordered !)
    • State Director of Assessments will assign the Assessor- you will receive an email notification with contacts.
    • The complete offciating crew on the match will be assessed
    • You will be verbally debriefed by the Assessor after the match
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  • Grade 4 and 3 National Assessments
    • Arrange the match with the Assignor, at least two (2) weeks in advance- verify that your assigned crewmembers are CERTIFIED !
    • Sign in to your account www.stsr.org, select Request/Register for Assessments (under Fee Items box) , select Upgrade or Maintenance.
      A National Assessor or Inspector will be assigned. Set the date of the Assessment. Perform the check out procedure to pay by credit card
       or check/money order. If you pay by check/money order, follow the directions on the receipt. Bring the receipt to the Assessment.
       (If you do not checkout - the assessment willnot be ordered !)
    • State Director of Assessments will assign the Assessor- you will receive an email notification with contacts.
    • The complete offciating crew on the match will be assessed
    • You will be verbally debriefed by the Assessor after the match
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