New Referee Registration Re-Opens for July
Updated Jul 1, 2015
We have re-opened registration for 2016- for new referees only- for our three summer classes held at the end of July and early August. Please be advised this is ONLY for new referee candidates.
The deadline for certifying as a returning official passed on June 21. Re-certification for 2016 will open on November 1.
FIFA Releases 2015-16 Laws of the Game
Updated Jun 29, 2015
FIFA has released the 2015-16 version of the Laws of the Game. The MNSRC has made it available for download from the Documents page on our website.
Minnesota Officials Make Impact at Region II Championships
Updated Jun 25, 2015
The USYSA Region II Championships have taken place between June 20-24 in Appleton, WI, and Minnesota referees have made their presence felt with standout performances throughout the tournament. Finals appointments have been made for the June 24 Finals, and seven Minnesotans have received assignments:
U13 Girls: Matt Printup (Referee) and Lauren Selby (4th)
U14 Boys: Michael Johnson (AR) and Haroun Elayed (4th)
U17 Boys: Dan Stupca (AR)
U18 Girls: Amber O'Connor (AR)
U19 Boys: Ismir Pekmic (Referee)
Also, SDI Doug Marshak was appointed as the assessor for the U18 boys final.
Almost as importantly, for the first time since 2006 Minnesota had three officials selected for the National Championships: Ismir Pekmic (Referee), Matt Printup (Referee), and Dan Stupca (AR).
Minnesota's delegation had a particularly impressive showing in the semifinal appointments as well, with 10 officials receiving assignments on June 23 for the first knockout stage.
The SRC congratulates all of these tremendous officials on their honors!
Minnesota's USYSA National selections, L to R: Ismir Pekmic, Dan Stupca, Matt Printup
Lightning/Thunder: See It, Hear It, Clear It
Updated Jun 10, 2015
On June 9 a brief thunderstorm rolled thorugh the metro area resulting in the suspension of several MYSA matches... though some of them not as quickly as they should have been suspended. All referees are reminded of the See It, Hear It, Clear It priniciple. Don't mess around with player safety. Get off the field and into a car or under shelter.
Along those same lines, do not let coaches or parents intimidate you into playing. If a coach attempts to convince you to keep playing, remind them that this is MYSA policy, and if they would like to press the issue and insist on playing, that you would be happy to relay their opinion to MYSA in the match report. MYSA's Give & Go E-Newsletter this week made it clear to coaches that they are not to pressure referees from deviating from this policy. MYSA is on your side... be safe.
June Pod Released... Back to Basics!
Updated Jun 3, 2015
The June podcast goes back to basics on common but often missed simple rules that referees need to pay attention to. Plus, a duck. As always, the pod is available for download on YouTube and iTunes!