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Here's the latest goings on regarding our association.

NFHS Training is Aug. 10 & 11

posted Jul 26, 2013, 4:58 PM by DCSOA Commissioner

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 - 10:30am2013-2014 Rule Changes, Points of Emphasis
10:40am - 11:50amHead Injuries, Cautions (Yellow), Disqualifications (Red)
12:00pm -  1:00pmRules 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

2013 NFHS and 2014 USSF Registrations are OPEN!

posted Jun 17, 2013, 7:12 PM by DCSOA Commissioner

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.

Also, NFHS (High School) registration is now open for the 2013 Fall season.  NFHS referees can register now at osaa.arbitersports.com.  Look for the green star that says "Register Now!"

6pm First and Third Thursday Soccer Mtg

posted Feb 12, 2013, 1:13 PM by DCSOA Commissioner   [ updated Feb 12, 2013, 1:14 PM ]

     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!

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 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!

Meeting Times Changed Back to 6:00pm.

posted Sep 1, 2012, 11:03 AM by DCSOA Commissioner   [ updated Feb 12, 2013, 1:17 PM ]

(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.

As an OSAA Local Association, we're required to complete a minimum of 6 regular training sessions or 10 hours of training per sports season.  See Rule 3 in the Athletic Officials Handbook.

This same rule applies to OSAA officials.  To be an OSAA Soccer Official, you must a few things every year: pay your registration fees, pass the NFHS Soccer Rules test, attend a minimum 10 hours of training or 6 training sessions per sports season (that means completed by December 1).  See Rule 4 in the OSAA Athletic Officials Handbook for a complete list of requirements.

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.

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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