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REMINDER: 2021 Certification Closes Midnight June 24
Updated Jun 2, 2021

This is a brief reminder that 2021 US Soccer Referee certification for Minnesota will CLOSE June 24, 2021 at midnight. All payments, course work, and testing MUST be completed by that time.

Minnesota allows NEW referees to roll registration payments into 2022 registration ONLY if payment was made after November 1, 2020. Any payment made before that date for which the account fails to complete work by June 24, 2021 will be lost.

New referee payments made after November 1, 2020 for accounts that do not complete work will be permitted to apply the payment towards 2022 registration. These accounts will need to complete work no later than September 15, 2021, after which incomplete accounts will lose payment credit.

Returning officials may not roll any payments into 2022. Returning officials MUST finish all work by June 24, 2021 or will sacrifice their fees.

COVID-19 Update (May 17 10:30 AM)
Updated May 17, 2021

Minnesota Repeals Mask Mandate

The state of Minnesota has repealed its mask mandate based on guidance released by the CDC. Officials no longer need to wear masks. Players and spectators are not required to wear masks.

The CDC still recommends the wearing of a mask in public if you are not vaccinated.

US Soccer Reminds States No Two-Whistle Systems
Updated May 17, 2021

Due to the scarcity of officials this summer and the increasing number of games, we are fully aware that matches will likely be short-staffed. US Soccer sent out the following reminder this week to warn state associations that two-whistle systems on USSF-affiliated matches are NOT PERMITTED.

NOT Sanctioned: Two (2) Referees on a Match 

This is a reminder that if there are only two (2) certified referees officiating a match, that match is not sanctioned by U.S. Soccer and the liability policy does not apply. You may only have one (1) referee/whistle on the field; all other officials must be assistant referees or 4th officials.  


The diagonal system of control consists of one referee and two assistant referees. All competitions sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation require the use of this officiating system and certain competitions may require the use of a fourth official.  

In order to comply with the Laws of the Game all games sanctioned directly or indirectly by member organizations of the U.S. Soccer Federation must employ the diagonal system of control and be assigned according to the following order or preference. 

One registered referee and two registered assistant referees 

One registered referee, one registered assistant referee and one unregistered club linesperson* 

One registered referee and two unregistered club linespersons* 

One registered referee only if no unregistered club linespersons are available or if one registered referee is appropriate  for the level of competition 

*Club linespersons are only allowed to signal the ball in or out of play. The preference should always be given to unregistered club linesperson who have no affiliation to the participating teams.

May's Two-Footed Tirade
Updated Apr 30, 2021

We go above the shoulders for this month's Two-Footed Tirade...

MNSRC Protocol for Dealing with Discrimination in Matches
Updated Mar 2, 2021

Due to a spate of significant recent incidents regarding potential discriminatory comments made in matches around the state, the SRC is releasing a recommended protocol for dealing with such statements in games. Further training will be forthcoming in 2022 to expand on this protocol.

MNSRC Protocol Recommendations for Discriminatory Comments in Matches

MNSRC Releases New Grassroots Tier Program
Updated Jan 29, 2021

The SRC has released a new Grassroots Tier program, replacing the old system, effective January 29, 2021. This is a self-paced program designed to help officials improve via law knowledge, fitness, classroom and online education, and game participation. This new program replaces the prior tier system that had been in use.

Introduction to the new Tier Program

Lightning Topic 2.11: 2020-21 Handling Updates
Updated Nov 3, 2020

Series 2 concludes with a review of the 2020-21 updates to Law 12 regarding handling. 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

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.

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