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SRC Statement on USSF Notice of Youth Heading Rules
Updated Feb 13, 2016

This week US Soccer's Referee Department issued a memorandum regarding the implementation of no-heading rules in U10 and below. This memorandum was sent to all referees registered with USSF in 2015.

As this is a modification to the Laws that is competition-specific, it requires that the competitions authorize and implement changes. The SRC has been in contact with the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association regarding this recommendation and we are expecting instructions in the very near future. Once we have these instructions, we will provide information to all officials regarding any competition-specific alterations to the Laws of the Game. Until we release a formal statement, referees should NOT implement this memorandum into match governance. We do expect to have a policy in place before the start of the traditional season in April.

Please do not contact the SRC or MYSA with questions regarding this memorandum or its potential implementation in Minnesota. We will share information and instructions as soon as we have it.

As of this time, the SRC has no additional comments on the topic.

US Soccer's New YouTube Series on the Laws Worth a Look
Updated Jan 29, 2016

US Soccer has started a new short basic series on the Laws of the Game, with its first short video looking at serious foul play.

Iowa Referee Academy Registration Open (updated)
Updated Jan 15, 2016

The Iowa State Referee Committee announces the 15th annual Iowa Referee Academy to be held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at West Des Moines Valley High School.

The speakers for this year's academy will include Kari Seitz, Kermit Quisenberry, and Don Wilbur. Seitz officiated in four Women's World Cups and three Olympic games. This is a tremendous opportunity to hear one of the most decorated soccer referees in American history share her knowledge.

In order to attend you must register on the IRA registration page. If you want credit for attendance towards your Minnesota continuing education hours, you will need to also contact the State Director of Instruction.

Mentoring Sessions in St. Paul Set
Updated Dec 23, 2015

The SRC has set six mentoring sessions at the Kelly Inn in St. Paul, 7 PM to 9 PM on weeknights in the winter and spring. These sessions will include talks from currrent and former national referees, and are open to all officials looking to certify. For returning officials, each two hour session will count as two CE hours towards your yearly requirements. These are optional sessions but highly encouraged for those looking to improve on the field. The "Preview Clinics" button on the right will allow you to view the dates.

MYSA Background Check Now Payable Online
Updated Dec 12, 2015

On December 12, 2015 MYSA announced a shift in its background check submission procedure for adult referees. The new procedure allows referees to not only submit the check online but pay for it as well. The process is automated, so after opayment they are automatically added to the checked list. Cost is now $12.

For more information, follow the instructions on the MYSA Background Check page.

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