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.
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 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
STSR has implemented a 4 hour field session to replace the class room training that was done in the past. Exercises will include training for proper signals by the referee, correct flag signals by the assistant referee and the opportunity to blow a whistle and raise a flag during a scrimmage prior to the referees first actual assigned match. To see all entry level clinics, click here or to start registration, click here.
The Laws of the Game published by The International Football Association Board (IFAB) is available on the IFAB web site. To obtain a pdf version in several different formats and languages, click here to download.
Also, the book is now available in a printed copy. To obtain a copy from the U.S. Soccer Store, click here to purchase.
The referee recertification courses have been posted and are now available – all are online for your 2019 badge. As per the 2019 US Soccer requirements, anyone 13 and younger with a current grade 8 badge will retain the same level of certification and anyone 18 and older with a current grade 8 badge will be given the grade 7 upgrade course for recertification. The grade 7 upgrade course does not require a physical test nor an assessment to attain the grade. Sign in and register for your 2019 badge and respective course.
US Soccer has announced changes to the certification and recertification requirements for referees registering and registered in Texas South.
PDF documents for each of these referee grade requirements changes can be found on the Referee page on this site. Go there now.