Here's the latest goings on regarding our association.
We'll meet at Cobb School (1281 Walnut Street, Roseburg) from 9:00am - 2:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. You'll need to register at osaa.arbitersports.com soon so that you have your rule book on hand for the training. On Sunday, we'll do some on-field training at Fir Grove Park, so dress accordingly. We'll eat lunch as we work, so bring food (there's a Subway and fast food nearby if you forget).
|9:00am - 10:30am||2013-2014 Rule Changes, Points of Emphasis|
|10:40am - 11:50am||Head Injuries, Cautions (Yellow), Disqualifications (Red)|
|12:00pm - 1:00pm||Rules 10, 11, 12: Scoring, Offside, Fouls & Misconduct|
| 1:00pm - 2:00pm|| Rules 13 - 17: Restarts|
|9:00am - 10:00am|| Rules 1 - 6: Pre-game responsibilities|
|10:00am - 11:00am|| Rules 7 - 10: Game on!|
|11:15am - 12:45pm|| On-Field Training: Movement, Vision, and Communication |
|1:00pm - 2:00pm|| Test|
Everyone is invited to attend the soccer meetings on the first and third Thursdays of each month. They are held at the soccer building at Fir Grove Park at 6pm. We cover rules interpretations, mechanics, and principles of officiating. Soccer officials in Douglas County are asked to attend at least one meeting each month. If you are interested in becoming a soccer official in Douglas County (Oregon), come by one of our meetings and introduce yourself!
It looks like USSOCCER.COM has changed their site around a bit, but there are still tons of valuable resources to be found there. I recommend selecting the Referees
link on the menu bar at the top of the ussoccer.com page, then the Laws of the Game
link on the left sidebar. There, you will find Referee Education Resources Download
at the bottom of the page, and that's where you can find videos, interactive offside quizzes, etc. The Resource Center still has the online training course, but the additional stuff has moved to the location I listed above.
Of particular interest are the videos, books, and FIFA Resources sections. I've found numerous items that have helped me raise my game, I feel, and become a better referee. I hope you will take some time to poke around the site and watch some videos, read some books, and raise your game, too!
(revised Feb 12, 2013) Meetings are the First and Third Thursdays of each month at 6:00pm at the Fir Grove Soccer Building in Roseburg. This is to accomodate refs who have games on those days. Please make a note of this change in your calendar.
So, you have 2 choices. You can either attend the 10-hour training session (good for new refs, or those who have been away from refereeing for some time), or you can come to 6 of these regular, 1-hour meetings. Either of those will satisfy the annual training requirement for OSAA officials.
Also, there is a requirement for Officials Certification and Education Program (OCEP) Principles training to be completed by all OSAA referees (for all sports) within the first 3 years of becoming a High School sports official. We'll be using some of our regular meetings to do the OCEP training. My plan is to break the OCEP training up over multiple training sessions, but more on that later. By the way, if you have been OSAA registered since before 2006, you do not need the OCEP Principles course.
These courses are intended for USSF training, but most of the material applies very well to both USSF and high school games. There are differences between them. Look in your NFHS rule book for a table that lists the differences between the leagues. Also, please note that the online classes are only part of the training requirement.
Review the rules in any order, and take the quiz following each section (on the Florida website, anyway) to see how well you're understanding the material. The Florida website link has been added to the navigation sidebar on this site so you can go back to it, anytime, at your convenience.
The USSOCCER Referees Resource Center has a lot of GREAT downloadable videos and training materials including "Offside Made Easy", "The Gray Areas", and "Myths of the Game". You will need the QuickTime movie player to watch the videos. You can get that at
Take a look, and have fun!