ALL members of a referee crew must present their USSF ID# to the assessor prior to any assessment game.
Monday, May 27, 2019


We have concluded training and certification for 2019.


Please come back to our website after July 1 for information
about clinics and classes for 2020 certification.
UPDATED 4/19/2019

** NOTICE **
The Referee Program has recently been made aware of federal regulations involving the collection or use of personal information of youth younger than age 13 via websites or online services.
Therefore, as of February 2, 2018, the Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program will not permit registration or clinic enrollment of youth that are age 12 years old or younger.


Refunds for referee registration will be 50% and can only be requested and paid out during the registration period for the year for which payment was submitted.  Registration begins July 1 and ends June 30 for each certification year. 

If you cannot attend a scheduled course and/or are unable to complete any required advance online training and would like to switch to another course, you may do so without incurring any additional charge. You do that by “cancelling the registration” in the original course. The system will apply both the fees and any online work completed in the first course to the new course.   Note: You must cancel a registration before the instructor closes the course. This usually happens within a few days of the course ending.

If a clinic is cancelled due to low enrollment and no other clinics are available, a refund for the total fee can be provided, less the $5 fee for the background check on adult registrations.  You must request a refund before June 30.


We have put together a table that lists the requirements for inital certification and recertification for Grades 8 though 6.  If you have any questions regarding certification, grade maintenance, or upgrading to a higher grade level, please contact your local area administrator.

To view the table for initial certification and recertification requirements:  CLICK HERE

POSTED  7/20/2017



The State Referee Committee has changed the registration year, instruction year, and assessment year to coincide with that of US Soccer.

Effective IMMEDIATELY, all assessments for upgrade or maintenance for 2018 registration, MUST be completed by June 30, 2017.  For subsequent years, the assessment year will be July 1 of the current year thru June 30 of the following year.

POSTED 1/11/2017

Effective December 1, 2017, ALL grade 6 candidates must pass a minimum of one grade 7 maintenance assessments before being permitted to attempt an upgrade 6 assessment.  Exceptions for this year are those who have passed an upgrade 6 assessment as a referee since July 1, 2017.

POSTED 11/16/2017


Mike Newman
We are sad to report that Mike Newman passed away peacefully at his home in Las Vegas on Tuesday, September 25.  Mike had been battling cancer and moved to Las Vegas to be closer to family and friends. Just this past weekend, he was out and about enjoying his grand nieces and  nephews playing soccer. Here in Virginia, Mike had served the referee community for many years as a referee assignor, referee, coach and other volunteer roles for local clubs and tournaments. 
A service celebrating Mike’s life was held in Las Vegas on October 21.  Another service will be held June 15, 2019, in northern Virginia to coincide with the FPYC Father's Day Tournament which held a special place in Mike's heart.
Cards, letters, and other items may be sent to the family via Mike’s son:
Larry Newman
7644-G Fullerton Rd.
Springfield, VA  22153
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to  Nathan Adelson Hospice, online at  They took such great care of Mike and his family in his final days.
POSTED 9/25/2018
UPDATED 10/10/2018
UPDATED 11/9/2018



Top Division 1 Leagues
Grade 5 Assessments
The following MDCVSA adult leagues/divisions have been designated as "Top Division 1 Leagues"
for assessment of referees attempting to upgrade to or maintain Grade 5. 

The Development Academy U-18,  CCL U-18, U-19/20, and ERL U-18 leagues can be used to fulfill the youth game requirement.

 League  Division  Location
USL USL Richmond
USL   PDL  Northern VA, West Virginia
NPSL                 NPSL Northern VA, Richmond,  Virginia Beach, Williamsburg
CCL Pro-23; U-18; U-19/20 Northern VA, Richmond, Roanoke, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg
EDP U-23 Northern VA
US Soccer U-18 Developmental Academy Northern VA, Richmond
CSL Premier Fredericksburg
CVSA  Premier  Richmond
Southside  Premier  Virginia Beach
NVSL  Premier  Northern Virginia
WPL  Premier  Northern Virginia
All new 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.  This does
not apply to former Grade 5s who are attempting to return to their previous grade.
POSTED 9/19/2016
REVISED 9/21/16
REVISED 3/13/17
REVISED 7/31/17


All amateur and youth games are $65 regardless of the game fee.
Exceptions:  USL PDL = $100; NPSL = $100; US Soccer Development Academy = $100; CCL Pro-23 = $100 

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.


Change to the Rules of Competition - Heading the Ball for U-11 and Younger
Effective March 21, 2016 / UPDATE JUNE 2, 2016


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 an UPDATE TO SRC POLICY (new memo from our State Referee Committee):  CLICK HERE
Read the memo from VYSA:  CLICK HERE
Questions and comments may be sent to

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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