2019-2020 Law Changes

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!

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Please watch these training videos!!

The Minnesota Referee Committee has created three excellent videos that we encourage all referees to watch:

Part 1) Laws of the Game changes / clarifications (25 minutes)

Part 2) Showing Cards to Coaches (25 minutes)

Part 3) Handling (20 minutes)

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Assignment Priorities

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.

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Rhode Island Soccer Referee Community COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update

As most of us are aware of the last several weeks the rapidly evolving situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we must not overreact to the situation, it is only prudent to follow some simple instructions from the lead federal agency addressing the situation, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention commonly referred to as the “CDC“. See attached some quick reference guides. These basic guides apply not only to daily life but are free for unlimited distribution with family or work.  I encourage all referee members, families and friends to stay educated on the subject (as the guidance does change), ignore rumors, and practice healthy lifestyles and workplaces.

Please follow the advice and direction of our local RI Department of Health and follow their guidance.


CDC Updates available daily at:


The Rhode Island State Referee Committee has been monitoring this situation very closely and with the concern for the well-being and health of our membership, we are taking the following precautionary actions effective immediately:

  • All 2020 Referee certification and re-certifications courses will move to 100% virtual format
  • All 2020 Assignor certification and re-certification courses will move to 100 % virtual format
  • All other Referee Program Events which require face-to-face arrangements will be tentatively delayed until 04/30/2020.
  • Rhode Island State Referee Committee Board members’ meetings will also be done via web format until further notice.

Stay healthy!


Juan A. Montalvan

SRA Rhode Island

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SRC Update – To All RI Referees

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:


If you have any other questions, please contact either Mark Oliver (sdi@risrc.net) or Juan Montalvan (pachon10@cox.net).

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Referee Store

You can now purchase your new referee jerseys, shorts, socks and equipment online at our referee store

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Amilcar Sicaju inspirational story

Amilcar Sicaju April 2 at 9:09am · Cumberland On May 16, 2015 I walked into the field for my first NWSL game between The Boston Breakers Vs. Portland Thorns FC; my first professional game of my career. I was the … Continue reading

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New England Referee of the Year

lara_150Hi everybody.

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!


Rachel Woo

New England LAC

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Congratulations to RI new national referee

IMG_0031 IMG_0030Congratulations to our Amilcar Sicaju for passing the fitness test and the final hurdle to becoming a Grade 4 National Referee.

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Conflicts of Interest

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.

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