Re-Certification For 2020 - U.S. Soccer Grassroots Referee (Formerly grades 9, 8 & 7)

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Re-Certification For 2020 - U.S. Soccer Grassroots Referee (Formerly grades 9, 8 & 7)

October 1, 2019
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NOTE - JUNE 1, 2020: This licensing course will close midnight June 24th and if you have not completed your coursework at that time, you will not be certified for the 2020 badge year.

For any current grade 7, grade 8 or grade 9 referee, the 2020 grassroots re-certification course with additional requirements is now available - all online.

U.S. Soccer has transitioned to a new Learning Center/Registration Database for grassroots referees. All your license information that resided in the old database has been migrated to the U.S. Soccer Learning Center. In addition, the STSR will no longer be using our web site member sign-in for registration and re-certification of grassroots referees.

You must create a Profile in order to access your information, enroll for grassroots related courses and register starting now with U.S. Soccer for 2020.

To create your Profile, complete the following steps:

  1. Go to the US Soccer Learning Center at https://learning.ussoccer.com/referee/
  2. Fill in your name as it appears on your USSF ID Card.
  3. Fill in all the required information identified by an asterisk.
  4. Use the same e-Mail that US Soccer has on file for you.
  5. Check the 2 "Agree to" boxes.
  6. Click on SIGN UP NOW in the lower right hand corner of the screen.
  7. This should complete the process so that you can LOG IN next time using your e-Mail and Password you just created.

Sign up instructions are also provided at Learning Center Sign Up.

NOTE: If you are unsuccessful, e.g., you do not see all your current licenses listed in your Profile, then send an e-Mail to referee@ussoccer.org.

GRASSROOTS RE-CERTIFICATION

This grassroots re-certification course is hosted on the U.S. Soccer Learning Center.

Once you have officially signed up with U.S. Soccer, you can "LOG IN" again, click on "COURSES" in the upper left and under "AVAILABLE COURSES" click on Re-certification. Then set the "HOST" filter to South Texas Referee Committee and the "LOCATION" filter to All States to obtain the necessary results or you can find the re-certification course by clicking here. Please note the additional requirements in the course details.

BACKGROUND SCREENING

IMPORTANT: US Soccer now requires ALL referees 18+ years of age to complete an NCSI Background Check in order to be able to register for 2020. Background Checks must be performed by the National Center for Safety Initiatives, LLC (NCSI). The cost is $30. You pay online with a credit card. You will not be able to register for any course in the Learning Center (including re-certification modules) until you have completed and passed the NCSI Background Check.

To initiate the background screening process, follow these steps:

  1. Login to the U.S. Soccer Learning Center at https://learning.ussoccer.com/referee/
  2. Go to your "Profile"
  3. Scroll down to "Background Screening"
  4. Click on "Initiate Background Screening"
  5. Follow the instructions provided

As a reminder, the law changes for 2019-2020 are extensive so you are strongly encouraged to please read the 2019-2020 law changes, watch the recorded IFAB 2019-2020 law change presentation webinar and download the IFAB app to your phone or mobile device.


GRASSROOTS INSTRUCTORS: Follow the above process to create your profile and perform your background check (if you have not already done so for your referee re-certification) and register for the 2020 Grassroots Instructor Licensing Course (South Texas) here.

GRASSROOTS ASSIGNORS: Follow the above process to create your profile and perform your background check (if you have not already done so for your referee re-certification) and register for the 2020 Grassroots Assignor Licensing Course (South Texas) here.


News

IFAB 2022/2023 Laws of the Game - Law 11: Offside Clarification

July 27, 2022
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STSR News

Following a number of high-profile situations and based on the expectation that a player who is clearly in an offside position should not become ‘onside’ on all occasions when an opponent moves and touches the ball, The IFAB and FIFA, after discussions with football stakeholders, have clarified the guidelines for distinguishing between ‘deliberate play’ and ‘deflection’.

Download Circular no. 26 - Law 11 - Offside: Clarification of the guidelines – Decisions in English here.

View video examples for law 11: offside clarifications here.

IFAB 2022/2023 Laws of the Game - Changes &  Clarifications

July 1, 2022
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STSR News

A number of changes to the Laws of the Game for 2022/2023 were approved; the exact wording is in the document available for download below.

Laws of the Game 2022/23 effective as from 1 July

It was agreed that, to give players, coaches and match officials more time to become familiar with the changes to the Laws of the Game, the date on which they become effective will move from 1 June to 1 July. Competitions that start before that date may implement the changes earlier or delay their implementation until no later than the start of the next competition.

Download the Laws of the Game 2022/2023 Changes and clarifications in English from IFAB here.

Download the Laws of the Game 2022/2023 in English from IFAB here.

View the Laws of the Game 2022/2023 Changes and clarifications presentation in English here.

Download Circular no. 25 - 136th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The International Football Association Board (The IFAB) – Decisions in English here.

Download Circular no. 26 - Law 11 - Offside: Clarification of the guidelines – Decisions in English here.

Information For All 2023 Licensing Courses, Background Checks & SafeSport Training

July 1, 2022
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STSR News

Licensing for 2023 licensing courses will stay within the U.S. Soccer Learning Center. To renew your certification for 2023, you will need to register and successfully complete your respective 2023 licensing courses utilizing the U.S. Soccer Learning Center.

As 2023 licensing courses open for registration during this badge year, information/course links will be posted below in this article and an email will be sent from the State Administrator providing the same information.

Referees - though your registration for 2022 is in effect until December 31, 2022, we strongly encourage you to review the changes to the laws of the game that went into effect on July 1, 2022. You can find that information in another news post by clicking here.

Items of note:

1)     NCSI Background Check - if you turn 18 over the period that is still covered by your 2022 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.

2)     SafeSport training - if you turn 18 over the period that is still covered by your 2022 registration, you will need to complete the SafeSport training – 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. After logging in, go to COURSES > AVAILABLE COURSES > SUPPLEMENTAL COURSES > SafeSport (in the left-hand column).

3)     SafeSport training refresher- if your SafeSport training expires during the period that is covered by your 2022 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. After logging in, go to COURSES > AVAILABLE COURSES > SUPPLEMENTAL COURSES > SafeSport (in the left-hand column).

For more information on NCSI background check and SafeSport training, click here.

For questions in regards to the U.S. Soccer NCSI background check requirements and process, you can click here for the FAQ page.


COURSES NOW AVAILABLE IN THE U.S. SOCCER LEARNING CENTER

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the State Administrator at: sra@stxref.org