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2020-21 Laws of the Game Released by IFAB
Updated May 31, 2020

IFAB has released the 2020-21 Laws of the Game. The Laws are available for download in both English and Spanish from the MNSRC website. The IFAB Changes Summary is also available for download from this website (alas, only in English, as that is all IFAB provided).

The 2020-21 version of the Laws will be in effect immediately for Minnesota once competition resumes. As no leagues will be starting before July 1, for the first time it will be possible to implement the new year Law Changes immediately into play moving forward. Please use this version of the Laws when play restarts.

The SRC will be providing its annual presentation on the Law Changes in the coming week. Referees will need to watch this presentation in order to re-certify and be qualified for matches when they resume.

2020-21 Laws of the Game (English)
2020-21 Laws of the Game (Spanish)
2020-21 Changes to the Laws (English only)

Entry Level Classroom Material Now Published Online
Updated May 19, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classroom material for the four-hour entry course has been moved to an online format for the remainder of the 2020. This material is now available on the Online Materials page once entry students complete the other pre-class online work (US Soccer Grassroots Course, 10 MNSRC online presentations). Once the entry student completes the classroom material online, they will have to pass the US Soccer Grassroots Test, at which point they can be certified with US Soccer.

Please understand these online presentations are being provided out of necessity due to the pandemic. The SRC fully realizes the quality of the education from this material does not compare to what a student would receive from a classroom with an experienced instructor and a quality discussion. We regret having to use this to finish our referees' education, but we all must make due with what we can in these times.

COVID-19 Update (May 17 9:00 AM)
Updated May 30, 2020

Return to Play Guidelines for Referees

At this time the SRC is not commenting on anticipated Return to Play. Once summer competitions have formally announced dates that officiated matches will start, we will be releasing guidance at that time.

Refund Updates

On May 3, 2020 the MNSRC board met to discuss revision of our refund policies for 2020 due to the effect of the pandemic on the soccer season and the now distinct possibility that there may be no games to officiate in summer 2020.

Modifications have been made to our refund policy to provide some relief to accounts that have not completed work. Due to US Soccer advice, we are unable to offer a refund to any account that is already approved for 2020, but are still planning on providing some sort of 2021 registration relief to any official who has completed 2020 work.

Full Details on MNSRC COVID-19 Refund Policies

Determine Refund Eligibility/Request a Refund

Details on Upgrading from Grassroots to Regional
Updated Jan 22, 2020

The SRC has received numerous contacts from Grassroots referees who are interested in upgrading to Regional referee. Please understand this is a VERY challenging process that requires a significant commitment and effort. We have created a separate page that outlines the process, including deadline dates for completing tasks. Please refer to that page before contacting us with any questions.

MNSRC Releases Laws of the Game Changes Video Series
Updated Jan 21, 2020

The Minnesota State Referee Committee is pleased to release a three-part YouTube series on the 2019-20 Changes to the Laws of the Game. These videos summarize IFAB's changes to the Laws of the Game, released on June 1, 2019.

Part 1: General Changes to the Laws of the Game
Part 2: Management of Misconduct by Team Officials
Part 3: Updates to the Handling Clause in Law 12

Please note these changes are NOW IN EFFECT for ALL USSF-affiliated competitions in Minnesota!

These presentations are available to all parties and do not require referee registration to access. However, watching these presentations on YouTube will not count for credit towards US Soccer Referee certification. Returning officials will need to watch the presentations after paying their 2020 registration fees on our Online Materials page in order to obtain needed credit towards certification.

Lightning Topic 1.11: Kicks from the Mark
Updated Jul 10, 2019

The final Lightning topic from Series 1 considers the rules for Kicks from the Mark, the tiebreaker used when a match must have a winner. We will be returing in late fall with Series 2.

If you are interested in reviewing previous Lightning Topics, be sure to check out our YouTube channel where every video we publish is archived!

Connecting with Assignors
Updated Nov 16, 2019

If you are looking to connect with an assignor to get games, remember there is a full presentation on how to use our site to do so. This presentation was required for both new and returning officials. For out-of-state officials, the link to the presentation is available here:

Connecting with Assignors

MYSA Affinity/TCSL Instructions (updated Aug 25 2019)
Updated Nov 16, 2019

The SRC has a short presentation on the use of MYSA's Affinity system and TCSL's GotSoccer system for game reporting. If you need to refresh yourself on how to sign in and report game results with either, you can do so with our presentation.

Instructions for Game Reporting for MYSA and TCSL

MYSA Portal Link to Report Match Results and Misconduct

For full instructions on reporting TCSL matches, review their manual:

TCSL Referee Manual (updated Aug 25 2019)


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