Kayla Romine of Poquoson and Andrew Smith of Arlington were selected as the 2023 VYSA Young Referees of the Year. Kayla was nominated by Sean Kent, Area Referee Administrator for Southern Virginia. Andrew was nominated by Adam Gallini from Central Virginia.
Posted Nov 30, 2023
Patrick McFall is our New State Referee Registrar. Patrick began his referee career in 2012, quickly rising to Senior State Referee (Grade 5) before becoming a referee assignor, instructor, and assessor (now referee coach). He has officiated youth, high school, college, and the highest amateur/semi-pro level matches in Virginia. He previously served as the DCV Referee Assignor Liaison.
The State Referee Registrar is responsible for overseeing the administrative and technical needs of the State Referee Program; verifying and processing registration records for referees, referee coaches, mentors, and assignors; upgrading and downgrading officials; and recruiting and retaining officials to ensure coverage on all affiliated games. The registrar is also responsible for administering the Risk Management Program.
Patrick replaces Tom Frank, who is retiring after 14 years as the State Registrar. Read more about Tom’s half-century of service to the soccer community at the VA-DC Soccer Hall of Fame.
Posted Nov 29, 2023
New Referee certification is available from July through May. Click the "Become a Referee" tab or "New referees click here."
Returning Referee recertification for 2024 is available by clicking on the "Instruction" tab or "Returning (recertifying) referees click here." Select the appropriate Path.
Referees who complete their first-time certification or recertification process between July 2023 through May 2024 will receive a 2024 referee badge and may begin officiating immediately.
Posted July 6, 2023
Capelli Sport has set up a Referee Store for Metro DC-Virginia referees. The store provides our referees good discounts.
Capelli offers three Starter Kits. Starter Kit 1 is $39. Starter Kit 2 is $49. Starter Kit 3 is $59. The Starter Kit discount will show when you check out.
The MDCVA online store link is: https://teams.capellisport.com/REFDCORU
Revised Feb 26, 2023
Regional and higher level referees can use headsets for communication among the referees.
Referees below the Regional level (Grassroots Referees) are not authorized to use headsets. It is important for referees to develop game management communication skills before using headsets.
Tournament/competition authorities are not authorized to waive this policy.
Posted April 20, 2023
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....
Oct 28-29: VYSA State Cup/ Presidents Cup Semis
Nov 5: VYSA State Cup/Presidents Cup Finals
Nov 4-5: USCS State Cup Girls Semis/Finals
Nov 11-12: USCS State Cup Boys Semis/Finals
Dec 2-3: ECNL-RL Boys Semis/Finals
Dec 2-3: NPL Semis/Finals
Dec 9-10: ECNL-RL Girls Semis/Finals
Dec 11: SRC Meeting
Jan 20: Assignor, Instructor, Coaches Meeting (Thornburg)
Jan 27: SRC Events Planning Meeting