This update is delivered on a monthly basis to provide the referee community with information about the U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program. In particular, U.S. Soccer's commitment to providing quality education resources for officials of all levels will be featured in these updates so be sure to take full advantage of the information and content being posted in the Resource Center at ussoccer.com.
Terry Vaughn Lifetime Membership
Terry Vaughn is a former FIFA Referee from Iowa. He was a FIFA Referee from 2004-2012 and also worked in MLS for 15 years. Some of Terry’s career highlights were working the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2007 and 2009. Terry also officiated in the Men’s U-20 World Cup in 2007. Terry has contracted Huntington’s Disease. It is a hereditary disease that is incurable. At the Referee Program Workshop on March 25th, U.S. Soccer announced that the Referee Department Lifetime Membership would be renamed the “Terry Vaughn Lifetime Membership” in his honor. Details on the Terry Vaughn Lifetime Membership can be found here.
Laws of the Game Online Videos
Check out the newest Laws of the Game videos from former World Cup Referee Esse Baharmast. April’s videos focus on DOGSO, Positioning, and Challenges and Tackles. These videos can be viewed on our YouTube channel, found here.
Ordering Replacement or Additional Referee Badges Online
Registered Officials can purchase additional or replacement badges online at http://ussoccer.data-source.biz. The cost of each badge is $3.50 plus tax and shipping and handling. A maximum of two badges may be ordered per USSF ID Number within a registration year.
U.S. Soccer Recognize to Recover (R2R) presented by Thorne Video
U.S. Soccer released a new video on recognizing and managing concussions, highlighting the important role parents, players, coaches, referees and health professionals play in the return to play process. The video is part of U.S. Soccer's Recognize to Recover (R2R) player health and safety program, and is designed to raise awareness of this important issue. Please view or download the video here.
REMINDER: U.S. Soccer Referee Program Standards of Dress
With the start of a new year, new logo, and new uniform we have updated the Standards of Dress for the Referee Program. This link will illustrate the Standards of Dress to be used in all affiliated matches officiated.
REMINDER: Printing Your Own Registration Card & History
All registered Officials can go to the U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program National Registration database to download or print their own registration card for the current year. Officials can also see their entire registration history. Instructions can be found here.
Interested in working State Cup, Preidents Cup, or Challenge Cup?
Below is the link to make yourself available. This link will require your GotSoccer Login and password. If you cannot remember your password, please use the option "Referee Lookup Password" . Please DO NOT create another account. If you do, no one will see you in GotSoccer even for regular season assignments.
Here are simple rules to remember:
1) To work State Cup games, you must have been a referee for a minimum of 3 years
2) To work President Cup or Challenge Cup, you must have been a referee for a minimum of 3 years
3) You select the location that you want to work, there are no reimbursement for miles or hotel.
4) Cup assignments have priority over any other games except the adult games
Please complete the questions of your availability. If you are a player, please make sure you discuss with your coach and know when your games are and where the games are being played. This is the link to sign up: https://www.gotsport.com/asp/application/reg/?ProgramID=58790&Type=OFFICIAL
If you have a problem opening the link by clicking on it, please copy the link then paste it in a browser/URL and you will be able to open it.
Please make sure you are familiar with the rules. The link below will take you directly to the rules:
If you have questions, please contact your District Referee Administrator.
The state assignors this year are Ben Trevino, Abdu Bensalah and Tony Delois
For more information about the Indiana Cup tournaments please visit http://www.soccerindiana.org/tournaments/state_cup/.
Video Assistant Referees (VARs) was the theme today at a FIFA World Cup referees workshop. Italian media observed a trial game and asked questions to FIFA's Head of Refereeing and Refereeing Committee Chairman. Each phase of the process has also been documented for fans on our microsite: http://quality.fifa.com/en/var/
Does the implementation of Video Assistant Referees improve the game?
Find out more about how FIFA is developing the Video Assistant Referee process at http://quality.fifa.com/en/var/.