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.

About SRA

Steven Mauricio is the State Referee Administrator
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