After more than 20 years, Denise Edwards is retiring as President of the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA). Denise has been an ardent supporter of the Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program and youth soccer in Virginia, the U.S., and internationally. She was involved in all levels of operation of VYSA and helped many young players and referees attain success at the youth, college and professional levels. Denise navigated the organizational politics inherent in any organization for the betterment of all of Virginia soccer. Our Referee Program can attribute many of our successes to Denise’s dedication and support. We will miss her. We welcome her replacement, Bill Phillips, and look forward to continuing our relationship with VYSA.
Denise, the entire Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program thanks you for your years of service and wishes you the best in whatever the future holds.
Posted March 2, 2022
Registration and instruction for new referees resumed on July 5, 2021, and will continue through April 2022.
Click "Become a Referee" above. As soon as you complete the online training followed by a field training session you will receive your 2022 referee badge and can begin officiating immediately.
Revised July 18, 2021
The US Soccer Referee Education Resource Center published new guidance on wearing of headsets by referees. You can view the position paper on our Laws of the Game page.
Posted August 4, 2021
US Soccer published a new position paper on, "Denying a goal or obvious goal scoring opportunity (DOGSO)."
This paper clarifies that a send-off (Red Card) is warranted when a goalkeeper commits a foul outside of the penalty area and the goal is unprotected. In recent high-profile games, referees have been penalizing with a caution (Yellow Card) for Stopping a Promising Attack (SPA).
Posted: June 6, 2021
The MDCVASRP Policy Manual received significant updates in April 2021. Look for it under the Resources tab.
Posted April 28, 2021
Annual Training Required
SafeSport training for adult referees does not run concurrently with your referee license - it expires one year from the date you most recently completed SafeSport training.
Referees with expired SafeSport training are disqualified from officiating, so complete the free 20-minute online refresher before your SafeSport expires to maintain your referee license.
Referees turning 18 this year will complete the SafeSport core course online after their 18th birthday....