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2022 Certification Now Open for All Officials
Updated Aug 1, 2021

2022 US Soccer Referee certification for all officials in Minnesota is now open again.

If you have not been a referee before, you can go through the entire process online (through September 15) and certify to work games for the remainder of this summer, this fall, and all of 2022.

Returning officials who are already 2021-certified may now renew for the entirety of 2022. If you are a returning official who did not certify in 2021, you may now complete 2022 certification and work ghames from completion through the end of 2022.

Referees who have completed certification in 2020 or 2021 are certified through December 31, 2021.

Please review options here:

2022 USSF Referee Certification Options

July's Two-Footed Tirade
Updated Jun 30, 2021

There isn't a lot of gray area in this month's Tirade!

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.  

DIAGONAL SYSTEM OF CONTROL 

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.

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

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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