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Soccer Referee Recertification for 2014

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Recertification classes for 2014 Grade 8 are now available. The recertification exam for Grade 7 is also available. Information is on the website under “Registered Referees” tab. The actual courses are accessed by logging into GameOfficials and choosing your “NJ SRC Official” identity (if you have more than one). Choose “Courses”, “Referee Courses”, and then “2014 Grade 8 (or 7) Recert…”. Do not procrastinate – they are filling rapidly.

You must pass the online test no later than three days before the classroom session in order to attend the classroom session and be recertified. Read the rest of this entry

No Pass – No Play – No Exceptions


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For all USSF sanctioned competitions that we work, we must make sure that the participants have a valid pass for the competition. In addition to being used to validate that the rosters and players match and are in order, the pass may be required as the “entry ticket” to enter the pitch in competitions with limited substitutions. In competitions with unlimited substitutions, the player still must have a valid pass at check-in (and for late arrivals, before they enter the pitch).

The passes for any one match must be the same for both teams and for all participants on each team. Some teams have passes from more than one registration authority (such as NJYS and US Club). In some cases the same two teams will play each other under one set of passes, and then play again another time under the other. We cannot allow mixed passes, even for coaches. Both teams and all participants play under one set or the other – never mixed.

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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…