ALL members of a referee crew must present their USSF ID# to the assessor prior to any assessment game.
We have concluded training and certification for 2017.
Visit us again after July 1 when we will start to schedule clinics for 2018 certfication.

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 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.
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.


August 4-6, 2017

The State Referee Committee and the MDCVSA Neptune Soccer Classic Adult Tournament Committee are pleased to announce that the 10th annual Referee Academy at the Neptune Soccer Classic will be held on August 4th, 5th and 6th, 2017.  All matches for the Neptune tournament are played at the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex in Virginia Beach. The Academy will kick off with a Referee Dinner/Meeting on Friday evening, August 4th, 7 PM (location to be announced) in the Virginia Beach/Chesapeake area. 

Rick Eddy, US Soccer Federation Director of Referee Development, will be our lead instructor.  He is currently a National Referee Coach, and is a USSF National Referee Emeritus, and former MLS AR.

The Academy will be held on fields where Men’s, Co-Ed and Women’s Premier, Competitive and Recreational matches will be played, including semifinals and finals on Sunday. The Neptune Soccer Classic uses a 40-minute half format for all matches.

If you are a Grade 6 or 7 referee – at least 18 years of age or older - who has officiated as a center referee at the adult level for a minimum of 2 years and you are interested in improving your skills as a referee, especially at the adult level, please apply for this academy. If selected, you will receive feedback from State Assessors and National Referee Coaches as well as tournament referee pay for all of the matches you officiate. Mileage is not reimbursable.  GRADE, AGE AND EXPERIENCE ARE NOT WAIVERABLE.  YOU MUST MEET THE ABOVE CRITERIA TO APPLY.

All Grade 7 referees who are applying MUST have been or be assessed NO LATER THAN June 15, 2017.  This is an extension of the previously announced date of May 30, and is not waiverable.

We will select 12 referees from the state to attend the Academy - 6 from outside the Hampton Roads area and 6 from southeast Virginia. Housing (double occupancy) and meals will be provided for all referees who are selected.

The SRC is committed to providing opportunities for you to grow professionally and we are excited to team up with MDCVSA and the Neptune Soccer Classic for this referee development opportunity. If you have the desire and think this will benefit you, please apply NO LATER than June 23rd.  Late applications will not be considered.  Selections will be announced by July 7, 2017.

To apply for this Academy, please email a completed application form as a word.doc (click here for the form) to the State Office at   Please put NEPTUNE REFEREE ACADEMY in the subject line.  DO NOT USE ANY OTHER FORMAT (no pdf, etc.).

Don’t forget – reply by June 23, 2017, if you wish to be considered for this Academy.  LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

POSTED 5/31/2017



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.


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
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


Changes to the Laws of the Game
To All Referees -

There are many changes to the Laws of the Game that went into effect on 01 July 2016.  Misapplication of many of the law changes could be game critical and could have a detrimental impact on the outcome of the game.  
The new Laws will be implemented as each league starts its new season, and for upcoming tournaments.  It is your responsibility as a referee to know the Laws of the Game and rules of the competition you are refereeing.  We encourage you read the changes to the Laws and complete recertification as soon as you can.  Half of the recertification clinics may be committed to the Law changes.  Clinics will begin again in August.  Clinic postings should appear within a couple of weeks.
The links below will provide you with the Laws of the Game and the new changes. 
A short synopsis of the Law changes (4 pages):  CLICK HERE   [UPDATED 7/17/2016 - SEE LAW 11 - OFFSIDE]
International Football Association Board (IFAB) Summary of the Law Changes (12 pages):
2016/17 Laws of the Game (206 pages).  Laws and Interpretations are merged together, Section comparing Old Text to New Text, Section on Practical Guidelines for Match Officials:
Printed version of the 2016-17 LOTG
2016-17 IFAB LOTG Changes Presentation (65 pages):
IFAB Revision to the LOTG Frequently Asked Questions (12 pages):
Jack Deplitch
State Director of Instruction
POSTED 7/13/2016 
UPDATED 7/17/2016

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

Effective July 1, 2012, assessment fees are as follows: 
All amateur and youth games are $65 regardless of the game fee.
Exceptions:  *USL PDL = $100; NPSL = $95; US Soccer Development Academy = $100; *CCL Pro-23 = $100 
*UPDATED 4/17/2017

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.


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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