Category Archives: Instruction

US Soccer Update

From the U.S. Soccer Communications Center: As communicated in the Weekly Update from April 6, 2011, the U.S. Soccer Referee Department is committed to improving the education resources available at ussoccer.com.  The Ask a Referee section has been updated and … Continue reading

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Grade 8/9 Clinic offered in North Kingstown

A clinic will be offered in North Kingstown in May for anyone wishing to become a grade 8 referee for the first time. In addition, current grade 9 referees who wish to upgrade to grade 8 may attend as well. … Continue reading

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2012 Testing Standards

At the April meeting of the State Referee Committee, new testing standards for Grade 9 Recreational Referees and Grade 8 Referees were adopted, and will take effect in the 2012 referee year. In particular, anyone seeking to register as a … Continue reading

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April Monthly Seminar

The April monthly seminar will cover recent US Soccer points of emphasis. Attendance at the seminar counts towards referee re-certification requirements. Attendance at 4 single sessions or 2 double sessions will satisfy your annual referee training requirements. The April session … Continue reading

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Feigning fouls, a deception to be fought

The problem in penalty areas There are players who are specialists in drawing fouls in the penalty area. Moving the ball towards the goalkeeper, instead of dribbling him, they try to draw a foul instead of scoring a goal. In … Continue reading

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Prior to the game!

All members of the referee team are expected to be at the field at the time prescribed by the rules of competition, at the time set by the referee or, if no time is prescribed, at least 30 minutes prior … Continue reading

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Providing Hydration during a match

From: U.S. Soccer Referee Education Resource Center Subject: Providing Hydration during a Match Date: April 4, 2011 As the summer months again approach, questions have been raised regarding the manner in which hydration (“water breaks”) may be provided to players. … Continue reading

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More than the allowed number of players

If, while the game is in progress, the referee finds that a team has more than the allowed number ofplayers on the field, he must stop play, and then remove and caution the extra player from the field.The person to … Continue reading

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Ref Tips: Mechanics on Free Kicks

By Randy Vogt Generally, restarting play will not be challenging on free kicks when the ball is far from the goal. However, you will find certain forwards and midfielders deliberately walk by the ball after a foul is called against … Continue reading

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March Monthly Seminar

The SRC’s monthly seminar series continues this Wednesday. The advanced topic will be “Risk Taking, Continued”. Two 90-minute sessions will be held, 6:00PM and 7:30PM For more information, see our Monthly Seminar page.

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