U.S. Soccer PLAY ON
On June 1st, U.S. Soccer launched a new educational campaign called U.S. Soccer PLAY ON to help safely guide our soccer community back to the field and play. Through PLAY ON, U.S. Soccer will be sharing a range of resources across return-to-play phases. These phases, from Phase 0 (no organized activities; stay home) through Phase IV (no playing restrictions related to COVID-19), come with specific recommendations and a suggested duration, to ensure that clubs, players, and referees have the opportunity to appropriately adapt and implement safety measures.
While U.S. Soccer is providing this information as recommendations, these guidelines are intended for consideration by national and state soccer associations, clubs, players, coaches, referees and parents as a consistent and risk-mitigation pathway to return to play. At all times, please defer to your local and state public health authorities for specific modifications and/or alterations.
As we progress into and beyond Phase I, the campaign will grow to include helpful videos, info graphics and other resource materials, including Spanish translations for key documents. Just as the situation continues to evolve, so too will the information we share. All of the resources will be available in a virtual information hub, www.ussoccer.com/playon.
As a reminder, at this time we are still in Phase I of PLAY ON. Also – decisions about referee registration fees for 2020 are being debated presently – we hope to have a formal decision in the next two weeks.
Are you looking for the complete list of law changes from June 2019? Look no further – just follow [this link] to get to the IFAB page!
Please review the Game Assignment priority policy frequently. Please reach out to your assignor or any member of the SRC should you have any questions.
Follow [this link] to open the Game Assignment Policy dated March 19, 2020.
The Minnesota Referee Committee has created three excellent videos that we encourage all referees to watch:
Part 3) Handling (20 minutes)
During this transition period of the State Referee Committee, there have been many inconsistent pieces of information that are floating around. We would like to take this opportunity to address all topics of interest:
1) Game Officials is no longer recognized as the source of referee registration. Currently certified referees are * required * to create an account on the US Soccer Learning Center website (https://learning.ussoccer.com). All recertification courses will be advertised and hosted on the Learning Center site.
2) Individuals who wish to become a certified referee * AND * are at least 13 years old will also create an account on the Learning Center website. There will be more information about future New Referee Courses posted on the Learning Center later this year.
3) Individuals who wish to become a referee who are * NOT * at least 13 years old should contact their local Referee Coordinator to obtain information about local recreational referee programs. A list of all Referee Coordinators can be found at this link:
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As 2015 draws to a close, I want to thank you for your efforts and support both off and on the field. The year kicked off with a Development Academy Futsal Tournament in CT during a January snowstorm and was soon followed by the outdoor season of Development Academy, PDL, NPSL, Open Cup, U20 and exhibition games! Through it all, our referees showed great resolve in an extremely challenging, yet very successful 2015 campaign!
Much of that success was made possible by the tremendous assistance of state administrators. Their support, advice and guidance with the selection of their respective pool of referees proved invaluable and was greatly appreciated.
After careful tabulations, considerations and observations, I would like to recognize Miguel Lara (RI) as the New England Referee of the Year. He demonstrated the utmost professionalism, dedication, work ethic and spirit throughout the entire year. Congratulations Miguel!!
2016 promises to be an even busier year with a new women’s league coming into the fold in the Northeast.
Preparation start now! Let’s be ready!
Wishing you and your families a safe, healthy and Happy New Year!
New England LAC
In addition to the U.S. Soccer Federation Polices 531-1 and 531-6, officials should take steps to prevent any appearance of a conflict of interest.
- Disqualify themselves from participating in any match where there is a vested interest
“Vested interest” is defined as when the official or a member of the official’s family (spouse, child or parent) or that person’s team may be affected by the outcome of the proceeding or match.