ALL members of a referee crew must present their USSF ID# to
the assessor prior to any assessment game.
REFEREE TRAINING IS OVER FOR 2016 CERTIFICATION
We have concluded training and certification for 2016. Please come back and visit our website in July when we will start to schedule and post clinics for 2017 certification.
What remains in the CLINIC LISTING are links for assessment payments, registration for current instructors, assessors, and assignors, and a special youth referee social event series.
There are no clinics for new or returning referees at this time.
Change to the Rules of Competition - Heading the Ball for U-11 and Younger
Effective March 21, 2016
** IMPORTANT INFORMATION **
US Soccer released an update to the Player Safety Campaign and, in particular, a clarification concerning the previous recommendation that Heading the Ball would be eliminated in all training and competition for players 10 years old and younger (U11), as well as limiting the training of heading the ball for players on U12/U13 teams (11 to 12 years old).
The Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) has provided a rule change for competitions that the State Referee Program will adhere to and referees will enforce.
Read the memo from our State Referee Committee: CLICK HERE
The Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program office in Woodbridge, VA, has an immediate opening for a permanent, part-time/hourly bookkeeper. Must have accounting/bookkeeping background with experience in the latest versions of QuickBooks and Excel. Detail-oriented and reliable. Some college preferred.
Duties include but not limited to:
Reconciliation of bank statements
Payments and reimbursements to program participants
Preparation of financial statements and reports
Receive and record checks and cash
Make bank deposits
Purchasing and ordering supplies
Support to office manager as needed
Flexible schedule available. Pleasant, casual work environment. Good for mom of school-age kids or retired professional.
Lydia Dunlevy and Aaron Hormuth were honored at the 2016 VYSA Awards Gala
on February 6, 2016, at the Regency at Dominion Valley in Haymarket, VA.
NATIONAL REFEREE CAMP
Congratulations to Matt Franz and Mark Gorak (Referees) and James Brooks and Jeffrey Skinker (ARs) on National Official Recertification for 2016. James Conlee (not pictured) completed PRO National Camp.
NATIONAL REFEREE CAMP
Congratulations to Danielle Brzezinski and Patrick Rosas who were certified
as National Referees for 2016 at Week 2 of National Camp.
The State Referee Committee (SRC) of our Referee Program has named Jack Deplitch as the State Director of Instruction (SDI) replacing Kevin Wah who is retiring from the position.
Kevin has served as SDI for several years and brought the referee instruction program to a new level. Keeping up with educational and administrative changes from US Soccer, Kevin improved our training and certification processes by establishing the use of online coursework and testing and providing training credit for attendance at referee seminars and special presentations. Our referee program has successfully certified over 6000 referees in our state each year due to the quality of our instruction program which has been managed by him. Kevin’s involvement in the program as SDI will be missed but we anticipate that he will continue to serve the referee community by instructing and assessing.
Jack is currently the Area Director of Instruction for the north and we welcome him as our new SDI.
2016 CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Click here to view the table for initial certification and recertification requirements: VIEW TABLE
2015 FALL STATE CUP
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
REFEREE FEEDBACK PROGRAM
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 RefFeedback.com to gather this data.
Read the memo to referees from Patrick Delaney, SRC Chairman: 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.
MESSAGE FROM THE SDA....
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.
USSF National Assessor
State Director of Assessment, DC/VA
NOTICE ABOUT ASSESSMENT FEES
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.
Northern VA, Richmond, Chesterfield, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg
Northern VA, West Virginia
U-16 and U-18 Developmental Academy
Northern Virginia/Fredericksburg, Williamsburg
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.