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U.S. ref Mark Geiger shines at U-20 World Cup. (Plus treasonous thoughts on the diving witch hunt.)

By Paul Gardner Despite the USA’s failure to qualify for the U-20 World Cup there was an American presence at the tournament after all. A pretty important one, as it happens. Referee Mark Geiger — well enough known in this … Continue reading

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An Unusual Approach to the Ball for a Penalty Kick

This position paper was published by the U.S. Soccer Referee Education Resource Center on August 19, 2011 Recently, in an international friendly match between United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Lebanon (played on July 17, 2011), a penalty kick was called … Continue reading

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The Referee’s Signal For Advantage

This position paper was published by the U.S. Soccer Referee Education Resource Center on August 5, 2011 USSF constantly monitors the best practices of senior and international referees, both here and in other countries, to ensure that the standard mechanics … Continue reading

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“I Got the Ball!”

This position paper was published by the U.S. Soccer Referee Education Resource Center on August 5, 2011 In a match played on July 29, 2011 (Philadelphia Union v. Colorado Rapids, at Philadelphia), an illegal tackle occurred which was neither whistled … Continue reading

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August Monthly Seminar: Wednesday, August 10th

The monthly seminar series continues this Wednesday, August 10 with two sessions. Note that this is a change from the originally announced date! 6:00-7:30PM (Intermediate) 1. You make the calls: Identifying Retaliation 2. Review of recent USSF Memoranda 3. Hydration … Continue reading

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New Recreational Instructors Certified

The State Referee Committee is pleased to announce the certification of eight new instructors to the referee program. The new instructors, all local referee coordinators, are certified as Grade 11 Recreational Youth Instructors which makes them eligible to instruct Grade … Continue reading

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2011-2012 Laws of the Game Update

US Soccer has released a memorandum describing this year’s updates to the Laws of the Game. There are very few changes in this year’s update; one item that is a specific change is to prohibit “snoods” — an item worn … Continue reading

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June Monthly Seminar

The monthly seminar series continues this Wednesday, June 15 with two hot topics: 6:00-7:30PM (Intermediate): Red/Yellow Card Mechanics 7:30-9:00PM (Advanced): Preparing for and Understanding the Assessment Process As always, the clinics are held at the Holiday Inn Express, 901 Jefferson … Continue reading

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Monthly Seminar for May

The May monthly seminar will cover post-game responsibilities. Attendance at the seminar counts towards referee re-certification requirements. The May session will be held on Wednesday, May 18. June Seminar Topics 6-7:30PM Managing the Post-Game 7:30-9PM Managing the Post-Game Unlike in … Continue reading

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Fitness Test on May 21st

A fitness test will be held on Saturday, May 21st, at 8 AM at Warwick Veterans High School, 2401 West Shore Road in Warwick. This fitness test is for referees that are working to meet their requirements for the 2011 … Continue reading

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