ALL members of a referee crew must present their USSF ID# to the assessor prior to any assessment game.
The Referee Office will be closed on
Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27.
Back in on Monday, November 30.
Susan Frank

   We are sad to report that Susan Frank, wife of our Registrar, Tom Frank, passed away on Thursday, November 19. 

   Susan had a long history of involvement with soccer and our referee program and had certification over the years as a referee, instructor, and assessor.  She attained State level certification at a time when there were few female officials at that level.  Susan was respected by the referees, coaches, and players at the matches she officiated and the clinics that she taught as a result of her experience, knowledge and love of the game.

Funeral arrangements are still pending at this time.

Please remember Susan and Tom in your thoughts and prayers.


 Training and certification of referees for the 2016 certification year is now underway when we started up in July.  Go to REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS and CLINIC LISTING on the left of the page for information about how to register for a class and to see the clinics that have been scheduled so far.  If you don't find a class today that works for you, please come back another time and check the website for new postings.



Click here to view the table for initial certification and recertification requirements:  VIEW TABLE



Referees and assessors participating in the 2015 Fall State Cup held at the VSTC in Fredericksburg
wore pink t-shirts to support breast cancer awareness month.



Neptune Soccer Classic Academy
August 7-9, 2015 Virginia Beach


2015 Spring Tournaments
Pilot Program Implemented

The Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program has implemented a pilot program that will test a system to collect referee performance data.  For now, feedback will be provided on matches played in NCSL and WAGS.  We will be using a version of to gather this data.

  • Read the memo to referees from Patrick Delaney, SRC Chairman:  CLICK HERE

  • Read the memo to NCSL and WAGS:  CLICK HERE

We are committed to continuous improvement of the referees in our program as well as the identification of outstanding officials.  This tool will provide the data to help us focus on the areas where more education, training, or mentoring might be needed or where high level performance should be recognized and encouraged.



There appears to be some confusion on 2015 recertification assessment requirements for grade 6 (State) referees.  Information has been sent out since early 2014 from US Soccer in their monthly Referee Department Updates.

To reiterate the current policy - 2 maintenance assessments (with a passing score) are required annually for recertification.  One must be on an adult Division 2 game or higher.  All games must be a minimum of 40 minute halves.  A minimum of 30 days between assessments is required, unless the game was considered to be "non-ratable" by the assessor.  In those cases, the next assessment may be the next day.

For this year only, I am waiving the 30 day requirement between games and will reduce it to 14 days.  Please note, this is for this year only.  All assessments in 2015 for 2016 registration must have a minimum of 30 days in between.


Don Torrenti
USSF National Assessor
State Director of Assessment, DC/VA



Effective July 1, 2012, assessment fees are as follows: 
All amateur and youth games are $65 regardless of the game fee.
Exceptions:  USL PDL and W-Lg = $90; NPSL = $95; US Soccer Development Academy = $100 

Top Adult Division 1 Leagues
Grade 5 Assessments
The following MDCVSA leagues/divisions have been designated as "Top Adult Division 1 Leagues" for assessment of referees attempting to upgrade to Grade 5 and for Grade 5 maintenance assessments.
 League  Division  Location
 NPSL                 NPSL  Northern VA, Richmond, Chesterfield, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg
 USL   PDL   Northern VA, West Virginia
 US Soccer
 U-16 and U-18 Developmental Academy
 DC, Richmond
 USL  Super-20  Northern Virginia/Fredericksburg, Williamsburg
 CVSA  Premier  Richmond
 Southside  Premier  Virginia Beach
 NVSL  Premier  Northern Virginia
 WPL  Premier  Northern Virginia

All candidates for upgrade to Grade 5 must submit a comprehensive list of their games that count for upgrade to Grade 5 to the SDA prior to their upgrade approval.  This list should include at a minimum, the game date, league, division, teams and assignor’s name.


Contact Us
Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program
OFFICE HOURS:  8:00 AM - 4:00 PM   Monday - Friday 
Carol Shaeffer, Office Administrator 
2241-E Tackett’s Mill Drive    Woodbridge, VA 22192
Telephone 703.491.1717    Fax 703.492.1948
Outside 703  888.832.1866    Email:



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