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Greg Watson Tribute

We have lost a soccer icon in our region.

It is with great sorrow that we report the passing of Greg Watson.  Greg was the Chairman and State Referee Administrator for the Maryland Soccer Referees Program, who used soccer to enrich the lives of so many referees and our families throughout the mid-Atlantic states.

Greg is renowned for his positive mentoring and support. Referees remember him for always willing to give a welcome hug with a big smile. We envision him as a big teddy bear with the heart of gold.  His constant smile was contagious, and his laughter warmed the coldest rooms.  After receiving a tough assessment, referees could count on Greg to comfort and motivate them to come back better than ever.   A true friend!

Greg never sought the limelight and ALWAYS had the best interest of referees at heart.  He was a visible presence at U.S. Soccer Regional and National events.  Leaders from U.S. Soccer, US Youth Soccer and US Amateur Soccer would seek out Greg’s wise and honest advice and opinions on policy and strategy.


Greg made the game Beautiful.

His legacy of genuine friendship and selfless service to others will live on in all of our hearts and minds.


Greg... you are always just a thought away and each time we think of you it will bring a smile to our faces.  See you in heaven someday brother!  You are probably discussing with God right now on how to better support and improve soccer officiating.  You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.  God bless you!


Posted March 22, 2021

Referee Night With DC United

D.C. United is taking the live event and doing a virtual one on Microsoft TEAMS for spring 2021 with a live one planned for later in the season.

§  2021 VIRTUAL REFEREE NIGHT:  Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 7:00 PM

§  2021 MATCH DATE:  To be determined.  In addition to the D.C United match ticket, a special referee flipping coin will be provided.


The virtual Referee Night on 23 March at 7 PM will be moderated by DCV State Referee Administrator George Vergara.  

Guest speakers are Maryland FIFA referees Adam Wienckowski and Corey Parker.  Armando Villarreal will join in if available.  

Open to referees of all ages and levels.

COST:  $40 - Please use the link below

Advance registration is required.  Remember:  This is a virtual event in March and includes a match ticket and in-person workshop in the summer or fall of 2021.  The virtual event will be run on Microsoft Teams and you will receive a Teams link invitation the day of the event.

Friends and families are welcome and also have access to discounted tickets. For groups of 10 or more, please call 202.938.2176 directly or email

Go here for more information and to register:

Hurry - space is limited!

Posted March 18, 2021





SafeSport Update

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.   


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Acacia Ellis Selected as Referee Assignor Liaison

Acacia Ellis was recently appointed to the DCV State Referee Committee as the SRC Referee Assignor Liaison. Acacia replaces Patrick McFall, who moved out of state.

As Assignor Liaison, Acacia facilitates communications between the SRC and certified assignors. She is the first point of contact for resolving issues between referees and assignors, and facilitates coordination among assignors to achieve the objectives of the State Referee Program.

Acacia officiates soccer and futsal and serves as the State Cup assignor for Prince William County. She is a very active volunteer in the referee and assignor communities for Virginia, regional, and national events. She recruits and assigns volunteer referees for the Virginia Special Olympics Championships and provides operational support each year at the Region 1 United States Adult Soccer Association SoccerFest Tournament.

Having lived in both Northern Virginia and the Hampton Roads area, Acacia has forged relationships with many officials and assignors within the state and looks forward to promoting discussions among the SRC, assignors and referees in her new role as the state Assignor Liaison.

Posted January 21, 2021


Chuck Watts Selected As New SDA

The State Referee Committee appointed Chuck Watts as our new State Director of Assessments (SDA).  Chuck took over the reigns as the SDA on 1 July from Don Torrenti, who is stepping down after serving as the DCV SDA for the past 15 ½ years.  

Although stepping down from the SDA position, Don will continue serving the DCV Referee community as a National Referee Coach.  Throughout the years, Don has assisted numerous referees in their progression from the Grassroots level to the FIFA Panel.  Thanks Don for your many years of service as the SDA and for continuing to serve and mentor DCV referees. 

Chuck is a current National Referee Coach and most recently served as the Area Director of Assessments (ADA) for the Central area.  Prior to that, he was the ADA for the North area.  Chuck began his referee career in 1980 and achieved the grade of National Referee before retiring from active officiating. 

Posted July 1, 2020

Greg Hauck Appointed To State Referee Committee

Greg Hauck was recently appointed to the DCV State Referee Committee as the Area Referee Administrator for the Central Region of Virginia.  

Greg is a USSF certified Referee Assignor, Assessor, Instructor/Coach, and Regional Emeritus Referee.  He also served as the Commissioner for the Rappahanock Soccer Referee Association.  

Area Referee Administrators form the integration hub of assessors, assignors, and instructors.  They  focus on the success of referees in their local geographic areas, while assisting the State Referee Administrator in a variety of activities.

Greg replaces Bob Martin, who has served the soccer referee community for 38 years.  Welcome, Greg, and a fond farewell to Bob, with our sincere appreciation for all you have done to promote excellence in officiating for so many years.

Postd July 1, 2020

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