New Referee Course – Barrington High School – Sunday January 26 2020

The SRC is happy to announce the first New Referee clinic for 2020 using the brand new US Soccer Learning Center portal!

The course is named “RI – 2020 NEW REFEREE COURSE – BARRINGTON RI”.

In order to register for this course (and take care of all the prerequisite materials beforehand), aspiring new referees MUST meet the following criteria:
1) Be AT LEAST 13 years old BY THE CLINIC DATE (1/26/20).
2) Create an account on the US Soccer Learning Center. Each person must have THEIR OWN ACCOUNT – you CANNOT have one account that is associated with more than one referee!
3) If you are 18 years or older, you will also be required to submit to a background check (it’s already part of the course).

The Learning Center can be found by clicking on this link:
https://learning.ussoccer.com/referee/

Complete details about the course, what is incorporated into the course, and the registration fees are available on the Learning Center site. If you have any other questions, please email Mark Oliver (osrefcoord@gmail.com).

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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:

www.risrc.net/assignments/assignors/

4) Referees who are currently registered as Grade 9, 8, or 7 officials * CAN NOW * take the 2020 Recertification Course on the Learning Center. The course can be found by following this link: 

https://learning.ussoccer.com/referee/courses/available/7/details/124

This course will * CLOSE * on December 31, 2019. You must complete ALL of the course materials before the end of the year. Please note that you do not have to do the entire course in one sitting – you can pause the course and come back to it later.

5) Referees who are currently registered as Grade 5 or 6 officials * CAN NOW * take the 2020 Regional Referee Recertification Course on the Learning Center using this link:

https://learning.ussoccer.com/referee/courses/available/7/details/501

This course will also * CLOSE * on December 31, 2019.

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

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US Soccer Learning Center

Effective July 1, 2019, the US Soccer Learning Center becomes the hub for all registration activities. As we transition from Game Officials to the Learning Center, we will posting updates here.

Everyone (referees, instructors, assessors) will need to login to the Learning Center and update their profile.

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Assignment priority

It is prudent to review the assignment priority policy as the season is about to begin. Please reach out to your assignor should you have any questions. You should review all policies contained in the referee handbook located under the Administration tab

  1. While each official is expected to keep the assignments he or she accepts, there are certain occasions where a referee should be released from a lower level assignment to officiate in a higher-level competition. The US Soccer policy on assignment priority can be found at (https://www.ussoccer.com/referees/resource-center/assignment). If a change in this policy comes into conflict with this section, the US Soccer policy will take precedence.
  2. The priority is as follows:
    1. International and senior National Team games assigned by U.S. Soccer
    2. Games assigned by the Professional Referee Organization (PRO)
    3. Youth National Team games assigned by U.S. Soccer
    4. Competitions (regional and national) assigned directly by U.S. Soccer’s affiliated members. Includes but is not limited to:
      1. USASA
      2. US Youth Soccer
        1. National League
        2. Eastern Regional League
        3. Region 1 Appointments
      3. US Club Soccer
        1. NPL
        2. Regional / National Championships
    5. League games assigned by U.S. Soccer
    6. State championship competitions assigned directly by U.S. Soccer’s affiliated members. Includes but is not limited to:
      1. State Adult Associations
      2. iState Youth Associations
    7. Adult league matches
    8. Youth league matches (U17 division and above)
      1. Premier youth league matches
      2. Competitive youth league matches
    9. Youth league matches (U13-U16 division)
      1. Premier youth league matches
      2. Competitive youth league matches
    10. Youth league matches (U12 division and below)
      1. Premier youth league matches
      2. Competitive youth league matches
    11. Recreational youth league matches
  3. The following local competitions are considered premier:
    1. North Atlantic Youth Soccer League
    2. New England Premiership
    3. Northeast Soccer League
  4. The following local competitions are considered competitive:
    1. a. Rhode Island Youth Super Liga
  5. The SRC encourages referees to accept challenging developmental assignments which may take place out-of-state. In addition, the SRC encourages assignors to assign out-of-state competitions as it creates additional opportunities for Rhode Island referees. However, the primary purpose of the referee program is to service the game within Rhode Island and within the sanction of the state adult and youth affiliates. As such, the SRA is responsible to identify those rare dates for which the anticipated demand for referees precludes outside assignment. The SRA will notify all referees of such days with exceptional demand and provide assignor contact information to the referee community for those in-state competitions seeking referees.
  6. The assignment priority policy does not apply:
    1. Within 72 hours of the scheduled game time unless an emergency situation exists
    2. When a substantial financial commitment has been made for the assignment (e.g., nonrefundable airline tickets)
  7. In accordance with US Soccer policy, officials are responsible to:
    1. Keep the lines of communication open about upcoming international and national and International appointments as far in advance as possible.
    2. Communicate the receipt of a higher priority appointment to their assignor as soon as possible.
    3. Report an assignor that refuses to release the official from a higher priority assignment to their State Referee Administrator and U.S. Soccer.
  8. In accordance with US Soccer policy, assignors are responsible to:
    1. Identify the highly-experienced officials on your assignment roster who are likely to be assigned to a higher priority assignment and always be prepared to fill these slots on an emergency basis.
    2. Cooperate with officials and other assignors on those rare occasions when the game priority policy is invoked.
    3. Report any concerns regarding the priority policy to the State Referee Administrator.
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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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Referee Abuse 2.0

SRC Abuse 2.0 ppt

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Referee Abuse Directive

ABUSE OF REFEREES There have been a number of issues brought to my attention this season. In addition, I witnessed one coach this past weekend, who I spoke to during the game but was never addressed by the referee in … Continue reading

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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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Laws of the Game: Law 11 – Offside

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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!

Sincerely,

Rachel Woo

New England LAC

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