Additional Note: For questions in regards to the U.S. Soccer NCSI background check requirements and process, you can click here for the FAQ page.
With the effect of COVID-19 on soccer this year, the South Texas Referee Committee has elected to opt-in to the offer made by U.S. Soccer to automatically extend 2021 licenses to all referees licensed for 2020 at NO CO$T. Licenses will be renewed for 2021 at the 2020 level.
This means that Grassroots Referees, Assessors, Assignors and Instructors will be renewed as Grassroots Referees, Assessors, Assignors,and Instructors. Regional Referees will be renewed as Regional Referees with the fitness test and evaluation requirements waived. Regional Referee Assessors will be renewed as Regional Referee Assessors with the assessment/evaluation requirements waived. Regional Emeritus Referees and Regional Referee Instructors will be renewed as Regional Emeritus and Regional Referee Instructors.
Four items of note:
1) 2021 Licensing Courses - do not register for any paid courses for 2021 at the same level as your 2020 license.
2) NCSI Background Check - if you turn 18 over the period that covers your 2020 and 2021 registration, you will need to pay for and obtain a background screen – U.S. Soccer will send you notice of this requirement and if not completed in the required time, your registration will be suspended until this is approved.
3) SafeSport training - if your SafeSport training expires during the period that covers your 2020 and 2021 registration, you will need to complete the SafeSport Refresher Course – U.S. Soccer will send you notice of this requirement and if not completed in the required time, your registration will be suspended until this is successfully completed.
4) 2020/2021 Laws of the Game Changes – the U.S. Soccer Learning Center has a FREE module for these changes. We STRONGLY encourage you to take this short supplemental course prior to your taking assignments when they may occur again. After logging in, go to COURSES > AVAILABLE COURSES > SUPPLEMENTAL COURSES > Laws of the Game Update (in the left-hand column). When the list appears, click on “Clear” on the right side so nothing is populated in the filters and an English and Spanish version will both appear – click on “COURSE DETAILS” to continue.
Only individuals registered for 2020 will have their licenses automatically extend for 2021 at no cost. individuals who did not re-certify for 2020 may re-certify for 2021, but will need to pay the registration fees to do so (18+ years of age will need to pay for a background screen) and successfully complete the respective 2021 licensing course. Once the 2021 license is approved/obtained, you may perform the activities of the license immediately.
Licensing courses sponsored by South Texas for 2021 will commence to populate on the U.S. Soccer Learning Center in late July/Early August.
Grassroots Referees wishing to upgrade for the 2021 badge year will be required to pay the registration fee and complete the 2021 U.S.Soccer Regional Referee Upgrade Requirements by December 31, 2020.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the State Administrator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2020/2021 edition of the Laws of the Game comes into force as of June 1, 2020, but competitions suspended because of COVID-19 have the option of completing the competition using the Laws of the Game 2019/20 or 2020/21, even if the restart is after 1 June 2020.
To download the IFAB 2020/2021 LOTG Booklet, click here.
To download the IFAB 2020/2021 LOTG Single Page, click here.
If you currently have the IFAB app, it will allow you to automatically update once you open it.
To download the IFAB LOTG App to your mobile device, click here.
A number of changes to the Laws of the Game for 2020/2021 were approved; the exact wording is in the document available for download below.
All changes are compulsory for competitions and matches as from 1 June 2020, although competitions which start before that date may implement them earlier or delay their implementation until no later than the start of the next competition.
The International Football Association Board (IFAB) members were pleased that the changes to the Laws of the Game for 2019/20 – particularly with regard to the goal kick, the substitution procedure, the use of red cards(RCs) and yellow cards (YCs) for team officials, and no attackers being allowed in the defensive wall – have had such a positive impact on the game at all levels.
Download the Laws of the Game 2020/2021 Changes and clarifications in English here.