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Offside Academy

Every grassroot soccer referee, you now have A MENTOR!

Produced by an unconventional USSF Regional/Collegiate National & Certified USSF Mentor!

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Effective Use of the Comm.

Eventually, you may officiate with a referee that personally owns a Communication System or Comm's for short. This guide on the Effective Use of the Communication System can help you prepare for using them.  (Note: US Soccer has released a position paper banning the use of Comm's by any Grassroots referee unless the local competition allows for them.  In 2021, MYSA approved of their use for all matches. If you attend an event outside of Montana you should inquire about their use.)

2021-2022 Changes to the Laws.mp4

2021-2022 LOTG Updates

Please watch this short video presented by the Minnesota Referee Committee on the LOTG changes that will be in effect as of July 1, 2021 for all competitions in Montana.

Click on the "Pop-Out" button in the upper right corner to play.

PRO AR Offside Test

Grab a piece of paper and open the video in full screen.  In real time, without pausing or rewinding, watch these 25 clips and if you would call offside, write an X, if you think it's onside, an O.  The results are at the end and you can see how you did.

2021 Terry Vaughn Referee Academy Videos

Visit the YouTube Playlist to view videos or you can watch here.

Video 1: Balancing Life & Soccer with Chris & Tori Penso

Video 2: Handling Offenses with Chris Penso and Ted Unkel

Video 3: Pregame Strategies with Sandra Serafini

Video 4: Handling Mistakes with Sandra Serafini

Video 5: Practical Refereeing with David Fischer

Video 1: Challenges

FIFA Considerations

Join Jason Hutchinson from the Idaho SRC for some FIFA Considerations training videos.  Each video has 3 short clips and analysis using the FIFA 2020/2021 LOTG.

FIFA Considerations for Video Alalysis Decision Making Document

Video 2: Handball

Video 3: Offside

Video 4: Penalty Area Incidents

Video 5: Tactical Fouls

Video 6: Match Control

U.S. Soccer Referee Department Position Papers

The U.S. Soccer Referee department periodically releases position papers to clarify confusion on the Laws of the Game.

Date: November 1, 2023   Subject: Law 4, The Players' Equipment (Jewlery)

Date: November 1, 2023   Subject: Law 4, The Players’ Equipment, (Medical Alert Jewelry)

Date: July, 2022   Subject: Clarification of the guidelines to distinguish between 'deliberate play' and deflection' (for offside.)

Date: May 28, 2021   Subject: Denying a goal or obvious goal scoring opportunity.

Date: September 30, 2020   Subject: Using offensive, insulting, or abusive language or gestures.

Date: August 1, 2020   Subject: "I Got the Ball"

Date: June 1, 2020   Subject: Fourth Officials, Standing or Sitting?

US Soccer Referee Department Position Papers and Directives Archive

Date: 1998-2012 Archive of Position Papers Sorted by Date

Date: 1998-2012 Archive of Position Papers Sorted by Law Number then Date