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My Assignment Area

I have created this map as a reminder of which clubs I assign. The blue clubs are both SJSL (boys) and SJGSL (girls) members. The red clubs are SJGSL (girls) members. I assign the boys on Sundays as well as the Girls U15-U19 on Sundays. Occasionally, one of these teams will have a make-up on a Saturday and I will assign it. In general, however, if you receive an Arbiter assignment for a team that normally plays on Saturday, it will NOT be from me.

On Sundays, the Burlington County riverfront from Burlington Township south as well as Moorestown, Mount Laurel, Marlton and the areas south and west are assigned by John Barna. If you are not sure from whom the assignment came, contact both of us.

Besides these SJSL and SJGSL league games, I also assign regional EDP, APL, MAPS and JAGS matches for a number of these same clubs. These can be any day of the week. I use the same referee pool for the SJ and the regional leagues, so to be assigned regularly to EDP, MAPS, etc. by me you must be a SJSL-approved referee…

SJSL North Assigning Area

SJSL North Assigning Area


NG52RV Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser

NG52RV – Fall Festival Honoring Nicky Green

The 3rd Annual Nicky Green Festival will be held on Saturday, September 6th at Dadz Bar and Grill from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. The event will once again be an Inside and Outside event and there will be lots to do for both kids and adults.

The band The Flamin’ Caucasians will be playing outside and a DJ will be inside. There will be a dunk tank, beer pong, face painting and more. There will also be a silent auction with some great items that have already been donated. There will be an all you can eat buffet and great drink specials.

Organizers are looking for sponsors, as well as donations for the silent auction.

Tickets are $25.00 dollars in advance, $30.00 dollars at the door. Pre-sales are greatly appreciated. Order green-and-white tie-dye wristbands ($5.00) and T-shirts ($10.00) by August 21st. Proceeds benefit the memorial scholarship fund.

For more information click on link above, email: NG52RV@COMCAST.NET or call DADZ BAR & GRILL (609) 267-0637 or (609) 267‐4344.


(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Futsal is a soccer-like sport played indoors. It originated in South America. Unlike the US sport of indoor soccer, it is not played with walls (as in ice hockey). Instead, it is played with touch and goal lines within which the ball must be kept as in soccer. A special weighted ball is used, and the size of the pitch is about the size of a large basketball court. Futsal is a sport in its own right, with clubs that play only futsal, and many levels of competition (including a World Cup).

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New Referee Courses Announced

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The NJ Referee Committee has announced the entry-level (Grade 8) class schedule for this Summer. Please pass on to anyone interested in becoming a referee (they must be sixteen years of age by the first day of the class). Students are now required to take online lessons and a test before the actual classroom sessions. It appears that the registration fee includes an OSI referee starter kit (perhaps to get some consistency in appearance for new referees). Registration information is here:

Recertification classes for existing referees have not yet been posted…

Mark Geiger and the Mexico-Costa Rica CONCACAF Qualifier

Here is a reminder from Scott Ashcroft by way of Mark Mittelstadt:

The MexicoCosta Rica CONCACAF qualifier is on ESPN tonight at 8:00 PM. Coverage begins at 7:30 PM. New Jersey’s own Mark Geiger will officiate.

Azteca stadium in Mexico City

Azteca stadium in Mexico City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Comparison of High School, College, and FIFA/USSF Rules/Laws

If you work high school and/or college as well as USSF, NISOA’s Rules Interpreter has published a great cross-reference of the differences in the various regulations. You can find the document here at the “In the Opinion of the Referee” blog.

The ITOOTR site is a great reference. I will be preparing a list of other helpful referee web sites shortly…

Additional Assistant Referees

If you have aspirations to making it to the FIFA panel as a referee or assistant referee, or you have just been curious about the new Additional Assistant Referee (AAR) mechanics, please check out the video at this link:

Besides getting to hear Pierluigi Collina talk about refereeing, you can see how the AARs communicate with the referee. I was fascinated by the nature of the chatter on the radio. The video also notes that the AARs are actually staffed by members of the referee panel and the 4th official (previously always a referee) can be staffed by an assistant referee. This puts at least three referee-level officials on each match.