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


Referee Night at DC United  

Saturday, August 6, 2016

More info later.


August 5-7, 2016 - Neptune Soccer Classic


The State Referee Committee and the MDCVSA Neptune Soccer Classic Adult Tournament Committee are pleased to announce that we will once again conduct a Referee Academy at the Neptune Soccer Classic on August 5-7, 2016.  All matches for Neptune are played at the Hampton Roads Soccer Complex in Virginia Beach. The Academy will kick off with a Referee Meeting on Friday evening, August 5, at 7:00 PM, in the Virginia Beach/Chesapeake area (location to be announced).
Dr. Don Wilbur will be our lead instructor.  Dr. Wilbur is or has been a CONCACAF / FIFA International Referee Assessor/Inspector, Gold Cup Assessor, and has been invited to and completed four FIFA Futero Course and Advanced Courses for Assessors and Instructors.  He is also a USSF National Referee Emeritus, National Assessor, National Instructor, National Referee Coach-Mentor, National Assessor Coach Mentor Supervisor, National Referee Inspector, among other things.
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 and National Assessors 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.

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) 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 Friday, June 24.  Late applications will not be considered.

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.

Don’t forget – reply by June 24, 2016 if you wish to be considered for this Academy. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  


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 / 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



2015 Young Referees of the Year
Lydia Dunlevy and Aaron Hormuth

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.


Week 1

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.
Week 2

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.

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


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
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