Here's the latest goings on regarding our association.

NFHS Soccer Officials Training

posted Nov 17, 2014, 1:34 PM by Ian Evans   [ updated Dec 22, 2017, 10:08 AM by DCSOA Commissioner ]

Every August we host a NFHS officials training.  You'll need to register at so that you have your rule book on hand for the training.  

Ten hours of annual training is required to officiate high school soccer.  

Training Agenda

Rule Changes, Points of Emphasis

Head Injuries, Cautions (Yellow), Disqualifications (Red)

Rules 10, 11, 12:  Scoring, Offside, Fouls & Misconduct

 Rules 13 - 17:  Restarts


 Rules 1 - 6:  Pre-game responsibilities

Rules 7-12 

 On-Field Training: Movement, Vision, and Communication 


United States Soccer Referee Licensing

posted Nov 17, 2014, 1:24 PM by Ian Evans   [ updated Feb 21, 2018, 1:30 PM by DCSOA Commissioner ]

Licensing Clinics for USSF Referees  are held at locations throughout the state.

Grade 8 is for those who are 13 years and older. Here is what is involved:
2-3 hours online prerequisite coursework
6 hours of classroom training
2 hours field session
Written test upon completion (20 questions; 80% passing score)

The cost for this course is $85.  License renewal is $45 each year.

For more information:

FIFA 11+ Warmup Exercise Regimen

posted Jul 26, 2013, 4:58 PM by DCSOA Commissioner   [ updated Dec 22, 2017, 12:56 AM ]

NFHS and USSF Registrations are OPEN!

posted Jun 17, 2013, 7:12 PM by DCSOA Commissioner   [ updated Dec 20, 2017, 10:42 PM ]

"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.

 NFHS referees can register now at  Look for the green star that says "Register Now!"

Instructional Materials

posted Sep 15, 2012, 12:21 PM by DCSOA Commissioner

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 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!

Free, Online Training Courses for Soccer Referees

posted Aug 17, 2012, 8:28 AM by DCSOA Commissioner   [ updated Aug 21, 2012, 2:36 PM ]

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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