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About SRA

Steven Mauricio is the State Referee Administrator

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

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 … Continue reading

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Congratulations to RI new national referee

Congratulations 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 … Continue reading

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Refs: In the right spot, at the right time

By Randy VogtI have seen many soccer games when the referee made an important call — sometimes correctly, sometimes incorrectly — and loud dissent followed since the ref was 40 yards away from the play. Just as with phones, long-distance … Continue reading

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Girls vs. Boys: Should they be refereed differently?

By Randy Vogt A decade ago at the Long Island Junior Soccer League Convention, there were two panel discussions on whether there are any differences between girls and boys in youth sports. Successful youth soccer coaches spoke about the profound … Continue reading

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Using Psychology In Soccer Officiating

Psychology – “The science that deals with mental processes and behavior.” By Don Dennison, NISOA National Clinician, Maryland Using Psychology In Soccer Officiating I am sure that there was a time in the distant past when all that a referee needed was … Continue reading

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The art of refereeing solo

By Randy Vogt The referee’s position is called a “diagonal,” which he or she runs goes from corner flag to corner flag. Actually, a referee who strictly adheres to this diagonal will miss seeing a number of fouls. I like … Continue reading

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Why So Few Women Referees

By Randy Vogt In her Youth Soccer Insider column on Aug. 15, Sarah Weld laments the lack of women coaches and refs in youth soccer. It’s an oddity that I’ve noticed and am concerned about as well. The book I authored, “Preventive Officiating,” is … Continue reading

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