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Spring 2021 Zoom Meeting Expansion
Updated Mar 31, 2021

The two current posted mentoring sessions on Zoom (April 8 and April 21) have been expanded to allow up to 100 attendees. Both sessions will run from 7 PM to approximately 8:30 PM. They will be hosted by Referee Coaches and cover various game management topics.

To sign up, use the Tier Program link on the Referee menu when logged into your MNSRC account, then click on "Clinics" in the right sidebar.

March's Two-Footed Tirade
Updated Mar 31, 2021

This month's Tirade looks at a slide tackle in a recent high school playoff game...

MNSRC Protocol for Dealing with Discrimination in Matches
Updated Mar 2, 2021

Due to a spate of significant recent incidents regarding potential discriminatory comments made in matches around the state, the SRC is releasing a recommended protocol for dealing with such statements in games. Further training will be forthcoming in 2022 to expand on this protocol.

MNSRC Protocol Recommendations for Discriminatory Comments in Matches

MNSRC Releases New Grassroots Tier Program
Updated Jan 29, 2021

The SRC has released a new Grassroots Tier program, replacing the old system, effective January 29, 2021. This is a self-paced program designed to help officials improve via law knowledge, fitness, classroom and online education, and game participation. This new program replaces the prior tier system that had been in use.

Introduction to the new Tier Program

COVID-19 Update (Dec 30 7:15 PM)
Updated Dec 30, 2020

Winter Return to Play Recommendations

On December 28, 2020 Governor Tim Walz issued an update to his executive orders permitting youth sports to hold contests again as of January 14, 2021. This new order ends the moratorium on youth sports enacted in November. It also mandates the wearing of masks during competition by all participants (athletes and officials). The SRC has published a document providing advice for officials regarding this new mandate.

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


MYSA and TCSL have released protocols for competition: TCSL/MYSA Return to Play Protocols

Return to Play Guidelines for Referees

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

Lightning Topic 2.11: 2020-21 Handling Updates
Updated Nov 3, 2020

Series 2 concludes with a review of the 2020-21 updates to Law 12 regarding handling. If you are interested in reviewing previous Lightning Topics, be sure to check out our YouTube channel where every video we publish is archived!

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)

A three-part YouTube series on the 2019-20 Changes to the Laws of the Game was released by MNSRC previously. These videos summarize IFAB's changes to the Laws of the Game for 2019. As many teams and officials never used these in play during the spring/summer 2020 season, we recommend their review before playing in the upcoming 2020 fall season.

Part 1: 2019-20 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

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

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.

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