USSF 2021 License Extension Clarification – September 3 2020

Please understand that you do NOT need to enroll in a full license issuing course, as your 2021 license has already been issued and is on your profile. Please ensure that you have also completed the following items if applicable:

LOGT Refresher

Keep up to date your background check, based on its expiration date

Keep up to date SafeSport training, based on its expiration date

State specific requirements as shared by SRC

The first three items are all available as free standalone modules in the Learning Center under supplemental courses.

If you the referee sign up for a 2021 course in the Learning Center, it will charge you the whole fee. As a reminder, 2020 referees who have had their licenses extended do NOT need to do this if the 2021 license is visible on their profile. If you do, it will create a duplicate license and charge the referee the full registration course cost.

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RISRC Announcement – August 9 2020

RISRC Newsletter – August 9 2020

The Rhode Island Department of Health has expressed repeated concerns about continuous physical contact and players breathing on each other. At this time, RI does not allow for inter-team games but does allow for a focus on practices, clinic training, and scrimmages within stable groups. Without the allowance of inter-team games and league play, competitive travel for the upcoming fall season will NOT be permitted until further notice. SRI recommends that clubs focus on their Fall Recreation House play. At each individual club’s discretion, recreation house play may include practices and scrimmages between 3 stable groups of 15 people which includes players, coaches, and volunteers for the entirety of the season, up to a total of 50 people. 

  The RISRC is in complete agreement with SRI. We believe that competitive matches (at any age level) should not be played until further notice. With that in mind, the RISRC would like to STRONGLY SUGGEST that all referees REFRAIN from officiating any matches until further notice. It is possible that you will receive notifications from league assignors or directly from Rhode Island leagues asking for your availability and your services (as well as possibly getting notifications from Massachusetts or Connecticut leagues as well). As an independent contractor, the RISRC cannot force you not to officiate – but in that same breath, no league can force you to officiate. The decision to work is ultimately yours and yours alone.

If you decide to work in Recreational situations, the RISRC strongly recommends (1) you get tested on a regular basis, even if you have no symptoms (, (2) you should work with the SAME group of Rec players every time, and (3) you should wear a mask at all times (even on field – either use an electronic whistle or put the whistle under your mask).

A copy of this email will be sent to all local leagues and assignors so they understand the position of the RISRC. If you have any questions, please direct them to either Mark Oliver ( or Juan Montalvan (

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New Referee Course Scheduled!

The SRC would like to announce that a New Referee Course has been scheduled. The link to the online course is:

The in-person portion of this course will be held on Sunday December 13 2020 at the Pawtucket Youth Soccer Indoor facility, 52 Plain Street, Pawtucket, RI 02864. Check-in will start at 11:30 am and the course will begin at noon and end at 3:00 pm. This course will be limited to 25 applicants, and all participants will be wearing masks during the in-person clinic.

Please direct any questions to Mark Oliver (

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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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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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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 ( 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 ( or Juan Montalvan (

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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 – Miguel Lara

Hi 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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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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