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The USSRC site is dedicated to guide, effectively communicate to, inform and update referees of all levels within the state. It is designed to provide a common point of reference to the vast collection of resources available to soccer referees. The resources are focused on supporting the common goals of professionalism, training, growth and service to the game.
Dear Referees, Instructors, Assessors and Assignors
Please read this email in its entirety as it contains vital information that needs to be understood for the fall season.
- As many of you know, the IFAB has made changes to the FIFA Laws of the game for 2016 – 2017.
It is important to understand that those law changes will NOT be in effect in Utah until January 1, 2017. We will instruct, explain and discuss those law changes completely in our Recertification and Entry Level Clinics starting at the end of the year and until then, they are not to be enforced.
Please note the he following new UYSA Rules of Competition that are now in effect and should be enforced starting August 15, 2016.
Small Sided Games Heading Rule Update - No Heading in games U12 and younger
- At the recent US Youth Soccer AGM, Region IV which Utah is part of, unanimously passed an Update to the Heading Rule to be applied to all leagues, tournaments and games played within Region IV. That rule added U12 to the no heading rule which then would encompass all small sided games (U9 through U12).
- The new policies will prohibit Heading in all U12 (2005 Birth Year) and younger games and practice/training's (U11, U10 and U9 or 2006, 2007 and 2008 Birth Years). These will be effective starting August 15th, 2016 for all UYSA games.
- If a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. U.S. Soccer will provide this information in its referee training as well
Digital Cards Now Available for the Fall 2016 SCL, IRL, and X-league.
As of August 15, 2016, BOTH Printed Rosters and Digital Rosters are approved for use. It is the coach’s decision to provide the referee with a printed roster or to use a digital roster.
If the coach does not have a printed roster, he/she must:
- Have an internet enabled device available for the referee to use to check in players
- Referees may elect to use his/her own internet enabled device to check players in.
- Referees are not required to use their own device if they choose not to
If the digital device (yours or the coaches) cannot connect to the online application, and the coach does not have a printed roster, follow established procedures as if there is not a roster present
The process using the Electronic Game Day Roster is as follows:
- Go to (Click Here For The Link)
- Log in using the referee username and password
a. If using the coaches device, you must login as yourself and logout after you have checked in the team
- Locate game day rosters by Game Number
- Check the pictures and number of each player and coach for both Home and Away teams
- Jersey numbers can be added at check-in if not present
- Check-in box may be used but not necessary for check-in process
- Digital Card link may be used to report score and misconduct after the match
- Use regular Affinity reporting function to complete Match Report
Use the following link for video instructions: (Click Here For The Link)
New Certification Instructions for New Grade 8 & Grade 9 Referees
Those interested in becoming a referee for the first time must complete following
requirements PRIOR to attending an Entry Level clinic:
- Complete the US Soccer Grade 8 Online training modules at:
(Click Here For The Module)
Questions from the test are taken directly from those modules. DO NOT
print Certificates of Completion for the online modules. For the "Clinic Number", enter "2017”.
- Complete Concussion Training at:
(Click Here For The Module)
Print a copy of the Certification of Completion for Concussion Training. You must present the certificate to an instructor at the clinic.
- Register as a referee and pay fees PRIOR to attending the clinic at
(Click Here To Register)
Those age 14 or older must register as a Grade 8 referee.
Children between the ages of 12 and 14 must register as Grade 9 referee.
Those current Grade 9 referees who have or will have reached the age of 14 by May 1,
2017 should register as Grade 8 referees
- Print a copy of your receipt. You must present a copy of your receipt to an instructor at the Entry Level clinic.
- Sign up for an ENTRY LEVEL CLINIC by locating the clinic of your choice at
(Click Here To Sign UP), clicking on that clinic and following the instructions and link
to sign up.
- Attend the entire 10 hours of an ENTRY LEVEL CLINIC and pass the written test to
complete certification and receive a 2017 referee badge.
Please contact SRA, Scott Harward, at email@example.com with any questions or assistance
Provide Your RefPay Details to Adult League For Payment
Please update your RefPay Details in LeagueMan, the Adult League Management System. Use the following instructions to do so:
- Log into Adult Sytem (Click Here to log in )
- Click on the main menu item Referee , sub menu RefPay Details
- This action should bring up 1 row of data with your name and email address
- Under the Actions column (far right column), click on the pencil looking icon to put the system into edit mode. You may need to scroll to the right depending on the width of your browser to display this column
- In edit mode, fill in your Refpay Username and Refpay Account Number
- When done, be sure to save it by clicking on the floppy looking icon, (top icon) in the Actions column
All Youth Referees Must Be Registered In Affinity And Refpay
ALL REFEREES MUST BE REGISTERED IN AFFINITY AND REFPAY to be assigned games and get paid. The instructions below are for anyone who is still not set up with RefPay, or with Affinity or have not updated your profile in Affinity with your RefPay username and account #.
A.) If you already have RefPay and Affinity accounts, you simply need to update your Affinity account profile with your RefPay username and account number
To update your profile:
Here is a YouTube video showing how to Update Your Affinity Referee Account http://youtu.be/6b7pxPmEcO4
- Go to http://uysa-referee.sportsaffinity.com/reg
- Login using your username and password (reset password if needed)
- Click the Edit button under "My Info"
- Fill in the RefPay username (same as Arbiter RefPay Username)
- Fill in your RefPay account # (same as Arbiter RefPay Account #)
- Click "Save Changes"
(If the edit process doesn't work correctly, call Holly at 801-307-5150)
B.) If you do not have a RefPay account, you first need to set one up
(If you have any problems in the process call RefPay Support at 801-576-9436)
A couple of key things to do prior to setting up a RefPay account
- Have a email address that is unique to you and not shared with any other family member thats a referee.
- Have your Social Security Number (or Equivalent) ready along with your bank account info ready in case you use associated payment option (see info below on Payment Options)
To set up a RefPay account:
- Go to www.refpay.com
- Click on "Sign Up Today"
- Select " Sports Official" and click "next"
- Fill our registration information (this also provides info for 1099)
- In Step 5 (in RefPay) you be asked if you want to have your funds automatically transferred into your bank account when they become available. If you click yes, every time funds are transferred RefPay will charge you a convenience fee of $1.50. However, you can manually log in and transfer funds free of charge as another option. If you want the free option click "NO"
- In Step 7 you will need to setup your own username, password and pin number
- Another option for payment is through transferring funds to a Debit Card for a one-time cost of $3.95. Select this option if you want the debit card.
- Your games are not assigned through Arbiter so select "No" and ignore the following screen.
- Select the Terms and Conditions and youre done.
- You will be taken to your home page. From here go to "Accounts and write down your username and account number for setting up an account in Affinity.
C.) If you are a brand new referee and/or have never been in the Affinity system, you need to register with Affinity:
- Go to www.uysa-referee.sportsaffinity.com
- Click "Begin Registration"
- Complete the registration
- Make sure to fill in the RefPay username (same as Arbiter RefPay Username) and your RefPay account # (same as Arbiter RefPay Account #)
- Once you have done so email Holly Gundred at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know you are registered!
D.) Referees must file report to get paid
The following video shows the game reporting process: http://youtu.be/5mh-U2ShVMw
- To ensure prompt payment, Center Referee is required to fill out a game report within 24 hrs.
- Assistant Referees can check on game report 24 hrs. after the match and if not completed, can enter scores themselves and confirm the referees
- If a report is not completed, no fees will be paid for the match.
- To report match results, log on to www.
- Match report includes:
- Score and a record of who scored the goals
- Misconducts (includes explanation in comments)
- Confirmation that the referees assigned the match showed and participated
E.) To transfer funds to your bank account, RefPay Debit Card or by check:
- Go to www.refpay.com
- Sign in
- Select "Transfer" tab on left
- Select payment option
- Fill out the request form
Ask, Tell, Dismiss
It's important for officials of all levels to know how to effectively deal with coaches and other team officials who behave poorly during a game. Watch the updated video, Ask, Tell, Dismiss, to learn more about U.S. Soccer's recommended approach for taking action towards team officials who fail to conduct themselves in a responsible manner.
Click Here to watch video.
Refereeing Youth Soccer Games?
Remember, all referees who work youth games must be set up in the UYSA online referee program. Please contact the Utah Youth Office ( www.utahyouthsoccer.net ) between 9 AM and 4 PM to get set up with a user name and password.
The following YouTube videos will help refresh your memory on how to accept or score a game:
Accepting games as a referee
Game scoring recording
We Need Your Help!
We have over 1800 referees registered in the state with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. We need your help.
Please contact an SRC member with your ideas. A successful program takes the contribution of many volunteers. Please send us your ideas!
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