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.

USSF Response to COVID-19

As many states are considering returning to play, we’ve received a few questions regarding the liability policy. As a reminder, U.S. Soccer events are postponed through June 30th.

USSF highly recommends that you keep in touch with your local health authorities as you work through these decisions. Here are a number of different resources and communications from the CDC and other organizations regarding the Coronavirus:

Are referees covered if our state resumes play?
The fact that U.S. Soccer programming is suspended through June 30 does not by itself impact the applicability of U.S. Soccer’s general liability policy. If the games are U.S. Soccer sanctioned and the referee is certified, then the general liability policy would apply. However, please note that the policy would not cover illness due to COVID-19. Furthermore, it may not cover activity in violation of a government imposed stay-at-home order. Please note that coverage is determined on a case-by case-basis by the insurer, and U.S. Soccer cannot guarantee coverage in any specific circumstance.

ATTENTION: To All Recertifying Referees

Referees, the 2020 Recertification exams are now available online for all referee grades (except National and above). You can access the exam from a 2020 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 2020 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