Washington State Referee Committee

We are the official USSoccer affiliated soccer referee organization for the State of Washington and are responsible for the administration of the USSF National Program for Referee development, including Administration, Registration, Instruction, Assessment and Assignors within the State of Washington.


These protocols are effective Feb. 1, 2020. Make sure you are up to date on all safety procedures for game day.

Return to Play - Match Officials (Jan2021).pdf

Webinar: 2021 Return to Play Update (February 1, 2021)
(Addendum from February 8th Webinar included)

Return to Play Webinars

The Washington State Referee Committee will be presenting a series of Referee webinars to help you keep your Soccer Referee skill sets "match ready" for when games resume.

To watch a webinar click on the link below. You don’t need to register.

March 1 - "The Alter Ego Effect" Book Review
Presented by: Will Niccolls, Former National Referee

Webinar Time – 7:00PM – 8:00PM

Zoom Link For All Webinars

Referee Webinar Series - 2021
'Increasing Awareness' Series 2020-21 'Return to Play' Series - 2021
Referee Webinar Series - 2020
Summer Series 'Return to Play' Series - 2020
COVID-19 News (U.S. Soccer PLAY ON)

On June 1st, U.S. Soccer launched a new educational campaign called U.S. Soccer PLAY ON to help safely guide our soccer community back to the field and play. Through PLAY ON, U.S. Soccer will be sharing a range of resources across return-to-play phases. These phases, from Phase 0 (no organized activities; stay home) through Phase IV (no playing restrictions related to COVID-19), come with specific recommendations and a suggested duration, to ensure that clubs, players, and referees have the opportunity to appropriately adapt and implement safety measures.

While U.S. Soccer is providing this information as recommendations, these guidelines are intended for consideration by national and state soccer associations, clubs, players, coaches, referees and parents as a consistent and risk-mitigation pathway to return to play. At all times, please defer to your local and state public health authorities for specific modifications and/or alterations.

As we progress into and beyond Phase II, the campaign will grow to include helpful videos, info graphics and other resource materials, including Spanish translations for key documents. Just as the situation continues to evolve, so too will the information we share. All of the resources will be available in a virtual information hub, www.ussoccer.com/playon.

As a reminder, at this time we are still in Phase II of PLAY ON and we recommend that any SRCs who are still certifying referees for 2020 refrain from holding in-person sessions and instead hold a webinar or online session. As the Federation moves between the various Phases of the campaign, we will continue to keep you all informed via the Weekly SRC Updates. The Referee Department plans on releasing a Return to Educate document in early July to coincide with Phase II of PLAY ON and the beginning of the 2021 Registration Year.

ATTENTION: To All Recertifying Referees

Referees, the 2021 Recertification exams are now available online for all referee grades (except National and above). You can access the exam from a 2021 Recertification clinic you have or will attend or using the Online Only clinic option. Please note that there are many IFAB/FIFA/USSF Law changes for 2021 that are more "new application of the Law" vs. "technical (like field markings)". This exam tries to cover all of them that are in any way important in the games you are doing.

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Managing Referee Abuse & Assault

Soccer referee abuse and assault are very serious crimes against the sport and they continue to happen to our members. Misconduct against referees may occur before, during, and after a match — including travel to and from a match. It is critical that referees correctly identify and make a report of these incidents. Your SRC has developed two pages to assist you in recognizing and dealing with Referee Abuse and Assault.  The first page provides information on recognizing abuse and assualt and how and when to report it.  It may be viewed on the page Refereee Abuse & Assault. Guidance for how you should conduct yourself when you experience Abuse or Assault is provided on this Supplemental page.  A link is also provided in the sidebar and the right of this page.

It is requested and recommended that all recertifying and new referees complete the new lesson providing online instruction on recognizing and dealing with Referee Abuse and Assault.

If you have not already completed it, the lesson may be taken by clicking

Updated 12-03-2018

Concussion Protocol Player Development Initiatives
For Washington Youth Soccer

Washington Youth Soccer has instituted the US Soccer Concussion Protocol and Player Development Initiatives Rules of Competition for all Youth Small Sided Games (SSG-U6-U12) with modifications. These initiatives are effective immediately. To assist in the education of Washington State Referees, an online course has been created. This course has been included in the Annual Recertification lessons. However, some referees have already recertified for 2017-2018 and we encourage you to take the online course at the following link: Small Sided Games (WA)."

NOTE: These changes apply to all US Youth Soccer and US Club Soccer Small Sided Games with the following exceptions: US Club Soccer games for U11 do NOT use the Build Out Line for Offside. Offside for US Club Soccer games for both U11 and U12 are in effect from the Halfway Line.

Referees are encouraged to work with coaches before each game to determine everyone's understanding of the new rules for Small Sided Games (U6 - U12).

Updated 09-14-2017