Here's the latest goings on regarding our association.
The Referee Gold Program sessions are offered for free at locations throughout the state, though 95% of them are in the Portland Area. Still, if you're looking to up your game, you absolutely cannot beat the training you'll get at these sessions. Plan ahead and incorporate a Gold program training session into your next trip to the Portland Area!
We'll meet at Fir Grove Park in the soccer building from 9:00am - 2:00pm on Saturday and Sunday. You'll need to register at osaa.arbitersports.com NOW so that you have your rule book on hand for the training. On Sunday, we'll do some on-field training at Fir Grove Par; please dress in your referee uniform on Sunday. We'll eat lunch as we work, so bring food (there's a Subway and fast food nearby if you forget).
Ten hours of annual training is required to officiate high school soccer. This clinic is an opportunity to get all of that in at once. Also, for those of you who need to take the OCEP Principles course, you can find it at www.nfhsofficials.com.
Keith reminded many of us via email that 2014 USSF registration is open. To use his words:
"It is so easy to forget. A great strategy is to register now and not worry about it or forget until it is too late."
Thanks for that, Keith! It is so true. Register now at oregonreferee.com and get registered for USSF 2015.
Also, NFHS (High School) registration is now open for the 2014 Fall season. NFHS referees can register now at osaa.arbitersports.com. Look for the green star that says "Register Now!"
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!
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!
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