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On-Field Training Opportunities for Inexperienced Officials
Updated Jan 18, 2017

MYSA will be hosting an on-field training session on April 29 at the Save Sports Dome in Savage. Particpants may be brand new officials looking to get a chance to try out officiating in scrimmages before the season starts, or they could be officials with 1-3 years of experience under the belt that are looking to get some feedback on their technique or try out the whistle for the first time in a low-pressure environment. For returning officials, these sessions will count two hours towards your CE requirements for the spring.

If interested in participating, please register for one of the three afternoon sessions at the below link. Space is limited to 36 officials at each of the three sessions that afternoon.

Register for Savage On-Field Training

Assignor Training Now Open
Updated Jan 2, 2017

MNSRC has opened the Assignor Training pages for assignors for 2017 as of 9 PM tonight. Completion of certification requirements are necessary in order to access the 2017 Minnesota Approved List, which determines which referees can be assigned to USSF-affiliated matches. If you are an assignor, we recommend payment of fees and completion of training as quickly as possible so you can access this list.

2017 Registration Closure Dates...
Updated Feb 1, 2017

Registration is currently open for all referee candidates for the 2017 season, both new referees and returning officials who were USSF-certified in 2016.

New referee account creation will close on April 26, 2017 and will need to complete their classroom requirements by June 3, 2017.

Officials who certified in 2016 that have to re-certify for 2017 will be able to do so through June 18, 2017.

If you registered and were certified prior to June 30, 2016, your certification expired on December 31, 2016. When logged in, your dark blue sidebar will indicate your 2017 Approval status is "Incomplete" until you finish all certification steps, then switch to "Pending," at which point the SRA can approve you.

IMPORTANT: If you finished new referee training after June 30, 2016, you will note that you are "Approved" for 2017. You do not have any additional required steps at this time to complete 2017 certification, and are eligible to officiate affiliated games for the entire 2017 calendar year.

FIFA's 2016-17 Laws of the Game
Updated Nov 16, 2016

In preparation for the 2017 season, the Minnesota State Referee Committee has officially posted the 2016-2017 Laws of the Game on this website. IFAB released the new Laws back in May, but we have waited to post them because these rules would not apply until the end of the 2016 calendar year (except for Developmental Academy play).

Referees should feel free to review the new Laws at their leisure. Proficiency in the changes will be required to pass your 2017 test.

Law books will not be distributed to all referees this year. If you want to purchase a hard copy of the Law Book, you can do so through US Soccer.

2016-17 FIFA's Laws of the Game (English)

2016-17 FIFA's Laws of the Game (Spanish)

Being an Assistant Referee
Updated Dec 12, 2016

January's US Soccer Referee Program video looks at how to prepare for an assistant referee assignment...


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