The following attended the Men’s South Texas State Cup held February 2 & 3, 2019 In San Antonio
Referees: Bryan Abbott, Josh Allen, Carmelo Alvarez Jr., Joya Asadi, Richard Blackburn, Julio Blas, Jim Chan, Gerald Flores, Cristobal Fuentes, Ricardo Galicia, Billy Hale, Joseph Jeffers, Connor Jeffrey, Julio Mendoza, Mark Novosel, Ricardo Ocampo, Guillermo Ortegon Jr., Elvis Ortez, Melvin Rivas, Andrew Rogers, Derek Smolik, Alexandra Theriot, Kaitlyn Trowbridge and Jacobo Zuniga
National Referee Coaches: Masoud Rasti and Dick Triche
Referee Coaches: Ali Zamanian, Kevin Schade, Keith Poonwah, Steve Duke, Chris Mercado and Richard Friedman
State Director of Assignment: Tim McCurley
Referee Administrator: Gary Duke
SYRA: Christa McCurley
SRA: Marcel Theriot
Three US Soccer referees, currently at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup, were selected to work the final as on field officials and a fourth as VAR for the match between Ukraine vs Korea on Saturday June 15, 2019.
We are proud of our own Ismail Elfath and the other referees for their accomplishments.
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistant Referee 1: Kyle Atkins - USA
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Parker - USA
Fourth Official: Abdelkader Zitouni - TAH
Reserve AR: Folio Moeaki - TGA
VAR: Alan Kelly - USA
AVAR: Pawel Raczkowski - POL
Congratulations to South Texas’ own Ismail Elfath for selection to the 2019 U20 World Cup which will be held in Poland. To read the entire story and see the list of all referees selected, click here.
On 2 March 2019, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) held its 133rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Aberdeen, Scotland. The meeting, branded for "sensible changes to make the game better", was chaired by the President of the Scottish Football Association (SFA), Alan McRae and was attended by representatives from FIFA and the football associations of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Discussions focused on several areas aimed at fine-tuning the Laws for the benefit of the game as well as an assessment of the use of Video Assistant Referees (VARs). To read more about the upcoming law changes, click here.
To read and download the new law changes to be in effect on June 1, 2019, click here.
* PLEASE NOTE: While these law changes will be implemented on the majority of international competitions that will start after June 1, i.e. the Women's World Cup, Gold Cup, etc., any competition that has started play prior to June 1, i.e. MLS, USL, Adult or Youth Amateur Cup Events, etc., will not implement these law changes until they restart their next competition.