There are many law changes that will go into effect on 01 July 2016. It is your responsibility as a referee to know the Laws of the Game and rules of the competition you are refereeing. So the links below will provide you with the Laws of the Game and the new changes. For those that are attending recertification clinics this summer, you will get an hour and half presentation of all the changes. However I recommend that you still read the information in the following links:
As you know, over the past months, US Soccer has sent out a number of messages concerning the issue of heading the ball by players in the U-11 age group and younger. Here is the latest statement to come out of US Soccer:
“As part of U.S. Soccer’s Player Safety Campaign, players 10 years old and younger are prohibited from heading the ball in practice and in games. To this end, when a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs in the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred.”
Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) and the Virginia Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) have taken a position that aligns with the U.S. Soccer Player Safety Campaign.
The Maryland State Referee Committee fully supports this decision. The Committee has established the following criteria that must be adhered to by all Maryland Referees when they are officiating USSF sanctioned matches as well as all sanctioned tournaments. These amended rules will be enforced in both Maryland and Virginia, thereby eliminating the possibility of confusion across state lines. These changes are effective immediately!