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COVID-19 Update (Jul 2 7:00 PM)
Updated Jul 2, 2020

US Soccer Rolls Certification Through 2021

US Soccer has decided to roll all 2020 referee certifications through the entirety of 2021. Any official who has completed 2020 certification will now be certified through all of 2021 as well, with no need to pay a 2021 fee.

All Minnesota officials will be required to complete the 13-minute 2020-21 IFAB Changes to the Laws of the Game presentation in order to remain Eligible for assignment. This is now available in their Online Material.

Registration and online progress will remain open in a rolling status for 2021 through June 25, 2021.

FAQ for US Soccer Decision to Extend Certification

Return to Play Guidelines for Referees

The Minnesota Department of Health has cleared youth sports for outdoor games as of June 24, 2020. Below you will find a brief video covering MNSRC's Return to Play Gudielines for Referees. A downloadable document is also linked below for a brief written version of the recommendations.

MNSRC COVID-19 Return to Play Guidelines

Refund Updates

On May 3, 2020 the MNSRC board met to discuss revision of our refund policies for 2020 due to the effect of the pandemic on the soccer season and the now distinct possibility that there may be no games to officiate in summer 2020.

Please note the deadline for COVID-related refunds was June 26, 2020. This deadline is now passed. If you have an intact paid registration from before July 1, 2020, you now have until June 25, 2021 to complete your work, but are no longer eligible for a refund.

2020-21 Laws of the Game Released by IFAB
Updated Jun 14, 2020

IFAB has released the 2020-21 Laws of the Game. The Laws are available for download in both English and Spanish from the MNSRC website. The IFAB Changes Summary is also available for download from this website (alas, only in English, as that is all IFAB provided).

The 2020-21 version of the Laws will be in effect immediately for Minnesota once competition resumes. As no leagues will be starting before July 1, for the first time it will be possible to implement the new year Law Changes immediately into play moving forward. Please use this version of the Laws when play restarts.

The YouTube video summary of the Law Changes can be viewed below. (*If you are a referee and need to receive credit for viewing the Law Changes, please sign into your account and do so through the Online Material page.)

For access to the written versions of the Laws and the Changes summary, please use the links below:

2020-21 Laws of the Game (English)
2020-21 Laws of the Game (Spanish)
2020-21 Changes to the Laws (English only)

Entry Level Classroom Material Now Published Online
Updated May 19, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all classroom material for the four-hour entry course has been moved to an online format for the remainder of the 2020. This material is now available on the Online Materials page once entry students complete the other pre-class online work (US Soccer Grassroots Course, 10 MNSRC online presentations). Once the entry student completes the classroom material online, they will have to pass the US Soccer Grassroots Test, at which point they can be certified with US Soccer.

Please understand these online presentations are being provided out of necessity due to the pandemic. The SRC fully realizes the quality of the education from this material does not compare to what a student would receive from a classroom with an experienced instructor and a quality discussion. We regret having to use this to finish our referees' education, but we all must make due with what we can in these times.

MNSRC Releases 2019-20 Laws of the Game Changes Videos
Updated Jun 14, 2020

The Minnesota State Referee Committee is pleased to release a three-part YouTube series on the 2019-20 Changes to the Laws of the Game. These videos summarize IFAB's changes to the Laws of the Game, released on June 1, 2019.

Part 1: General Changes to the Laws of the Game
Part 2: Management of Misconduct by Team Officials
Part 3: Updates to the Handling Clause in Law 12

Please note these changes are NOW IN EFFECT for ALL USSF-affiliated competitions in Minnesota!

These presentations are available to all parties and do not require referee registration to access. However, watching these presentations on YouTube will not count for credit towards US Soccer Referee certification. Returning officials will need to watch the presentations after paying their 2020 registration fees on our Online Materials page in order to obtain needed credit towards certification.

Lightning Topic 1.11: Kicks from the Mark
Updated Jul 10, 2019

The final Lightning topic from Series 1 considers the rules for Kicks from the Mark, the tiebreaker used when a match must have a winner. We will be returing in late fall with Series 2.

If you are interested in reviewing previous Lightning Topics, be sure to check out our YouTube channel where every video we publish is archived!

Connecting with Assignors
Updated Nov 16, 2019

If you are looking to connect with an assignor to get games, remember there is a full presentation on how to use our site to do so. This presentation was required for both new and returning officials. For out-of-state officials, the link to the presentation is available here:

Connecting with Assignors

MYSA Affinity/TCSL Instructions (updated Aug 25 2019)
Updated Nov 16, 2019

The SRC has a short presentation on the use of MYSA's Affinity system and TCSL's GotSoccer system for game reporting. If you need to refresh yourself on how to sign in and report game results with either, you can do so with our presentation.

Instructions for Game Reporting for MYSA and TCSL

MYSA Portal Link to Report Match Results and Misconduct

For full instructions on reporting TCSL matches, review their manual:

TCSL Referee Manual (updated Aug 25 2019)


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