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.
Certification, Registration and Clinic Schedule for 2018
Certification to become a new referee and re-certification for those who wish to continue to referee in the coming year will require registration with US Soccer and participation in an appropriate clinic. Those new to refereeing will need to attend an Entry Level Clinic and those recertifying will attend a Recertification Clinic. These are US Soccer requirements for every referee, every year.
Step 1: Click Here For Referee registration and payment of fees for 2018
Step 2: Sign up for a clinic. (All clinics and links to sign up for are posted on the calendar at bottom of this page)
Step 3: Complete all required online modules (Test questions are taken from modules)
Step 4: Attend clinic
Steps one through three are required prior to attending clinic.
Printing Your Own Registration Card & History
All registered Officials can go to the U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program National Registration database to download or print their own registration card for the current year. Officials can also see their entire registration history. Instructions can be found here.
Ordering Replacement or Additional Referee Badges Online
Registered Officials can purchase additional or replacement badges online at ussoccer.data-source.biz. The cost of each badge is $3.50 plus tax and shipping and handling. A maximum of two badges may be ordered per USSF ID Number within a registration year.
Referee Reminders for Spring Season
Changes in the Laws of the Game
IFAB has made a number of significant changes to the FIFA Laws of the game for 2016 – 2017.
It is important to review and understand those changes as they are to be effective immediately. The following link contains an explanation of those change:http://www.theifab.com/document
As a reminder our pay periods are from the 11th - 25th of one month and the 26th to the 10th of the next month. Any games that have a match review completed during that pay period window will be paid for that pay period (unless of course the arbiter username and account number are not listed correctly in Affinity). For the 11th - 25th pay period payment will be made on the 30th and for the 26th - 10th pay period payment will be made on the 15th. Match Reviews must be completed for a referee to be paid. If the 15th and 30th fall on the weekend payment will be made on the Friday before the weekend.
Please make sure that your Arbiter Account Number and Arbiter Username or correctly listed in your Affinity Referee Account. If you're unsure what your Arbiter Account Number and Username are please contact Arbiter at 801-576-1251.
If you've been getting paid regularly through Refpay with no problems in past seasons then your account information is correct.
Digital Player Cards
Digital Player cards have been approved for state competition league play. This means that teams are allowed to pull up their player passes on their smart phone or tablet at the fields. Many of you are familiar with the technology if you've refereed in State Cup, Presidents Cup, Coyote Cup, or had teams that used the platform last fall season.
Teams can either use a traditional Game Day Roster for check in at a game or they can use Digital Player Cards. We will accept either for check-in. The teams are responsible for providing their own device if they want to use the digital player cards for league play. However, if you're familiar with the platform and are willing to use your smart phone or tablet you can log in to the platform as a referee and pull up the player cards for the game on your phone. Red Cards, Concussion Restrictions, or Suspensions are shown on the digital cards. Jersey Numbers, if not already entered, can be entered.
If the teams are using their phones you just need to double check that the correct game # is pulled up and then check the pictures on the phone against the players who are checking in.
If using your own device you can also log the score, cards, or any other notes about the game as soon as the game concludes. You do not have to enter scores through the digital cards platform. You can log in to affinity through your computer and score the games and complete the match review as you have the past several seasons.
Small Sided Rule Change - penalty for heading the ball inside the 18 -
6346 Modified Rules of Play
8. Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct: Conform to US Soccer/FIFA except as follows:
a. If a player deliberately heads the ball in the field of play, except for the goal and penalty areas, an indirect free kick is awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense.
b. If a player deliberately heads the ball within the goal or penalty area, an indirect free kick is awarded and taken on the penalty area line parallel to the end line at the nearest point to where the offense occurred. The same applies if the goalkeeper punts the ball in a U-9 or U-10 age group match
So in summary if a player heads the ball outside of the 18 its a spot foul, if they head the ball inside the 18 the ball is placed on the top of the 18 parallel to the end line at the nearest point to where the offense occurred.
UYSA approved a new pay scale for our referees that went into effect Jan 1, 2017. Below is the new scale:
The fees are:
U09/U10 - $25 Center
U11-U12 - $30 Center $16 AR
U13-U14 - $35 Center $20 AR
U15-U19 - $45 Center $25 AR
All Youth Referees Must Be Registered In Affinity And ArbiterPay
ALL REFEREES MUST BE REGISTERED IN AFFINITY AND ARBITERPAY to be assigned games and get paid.
A.) Pre-requisites to setting up a ArbiterPay account
- Have an email address that is unique to you and not shared with any other family member that's 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)
B.) How to set up an ArbiterPay account
- Go to www.arbiterpay.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 ArbiterPay) 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 ArbiterPay 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" (This is the only free option of receiving your funds.)
- In Step 7 you will need to setup your own username, password, and PIN number
- Another option for payment is through transferring funds to an ArbiterPay debit card. The debit card costs $4.95 to order and incurs a $0.50 convenience fee each time a purchase is made with the card. Select this option if you to order an ArbiterPay debit card.
- Your UYSA games are not assigned through Arbiter so select "No" and ignore the following screen.
- Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
- 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.) To set up an Affinity account through UYSA
- Go to www.uysa-referee.sportsaffinity.com
- Click "Begin Registration"
- On the left hand Under "Select registration type(s)" make sure that the "Referee Registration" box is selected
- If you or the person you are registering already has a UYSA account (e.g. current or former player, current or former coach, parent attached to a player), then DO NOT create a new account. Follow the steps below to complete the referee registration:
- Log in with your UYSA username and password (your family information will appear)
- Click "Continue" past your family information (your family information will appear again)
- Click the "Register" button to the right of the individual you are registering as a referee
- Verify and/or update the address, phone number, and email information
- Enter the required referee information. Please make sure you are entering your ArbiterPay username and account number accurately. Your ArbiterPay account number is a 10 digit number. If you do not enter the username and account number correctly your referee payment will not go through.
- Accept the ELA "Parent Code of Conduct"
- Log out
If you don't already have a UYSA account, follow the steps below:
- Click "Create New Account"
- Complete the registration form
- When prompted, enter your ArbiterPay username and account number. Please make sure you are entering this information accurately. Your Arbiter Account number is a 10 digit number. If you do not enter the Account Username and number correctly your referee payment will not go through.
After you have completed online registration, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the referee and ask that they be accepted into the UYSA referee pool. We will send an email back to you with a username and password for the newly created referee account. This may take up to 7 days.
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.uysa-referee.sportsaffinity.com
- 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
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.
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