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.
The 2020 licensing courses in the U.S. Soccer Learning Center for all referee areas are now closed. This includes all levels of assignors, instructors and assessors as well as all levels of referees.
Information on the 2021 certification and licensing courses will be announced soon.
If you did not complete your coursework for 2020 certification and seek to become certified for 2021, once licensing courses are announced, you may contact the State Administrator to discover which completed modules may be used for the 2021 certification requirements.
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.