Important Information For All Maryland Referees

There are a large number of changes coming from US Soccer, starting July 1st, 2019, for the 2020 registration year. Over the next number of months, we will be sending information on all of these changes as they affect you. Please watch for emails from MSR Game Officials or Officials Management System (OMS) concerning changes in registration, training, assessments and other areas.

There are two things that you can (and should!) be doing as soon as possible, as these will directly affect you personally. They are:

1.) As stated in a previous email, Maryland is migrating to Officials Management System (OMS) and getting away from Game Officials for registration and training. If you have not logged into OMS yet, you need to ASAP. Here is a link to explain how to log into OMS:
http://marylandreferees.com/msr2/?page_id=4367

You will need your 16-digit USSF ID number. If you do not know your ID number, here are instructions how to locate it:
http://marylandreferees.com/msr2/?page_id=4363

If you have already signed into OMS, you DO NOT NEED TO DO THIS!

2.) Starting now, every referee 18 years of age and older MUST complete SafeSport training in order to officiate any games. If you turn 18 between October 2nd, 2019 to June 30th, 2020 you will have 30 days after you turn 18 to complete this Safe Sport training. This training will take approximately 2 hours and is mandatory. All referees are required to complete this. Instructions on how to access the training can be found here:
https://ussoccer.app.box.com/s/hqwzpluhr05kieixv0caz8zfd130uuz5

When you successfully complete training, you will receive a “SafeSport Trained” certificate. Save this certificate (.pdf file). You may need to upload it to US Soccer at a later time.

THIS IS A MANDATORY REQUIREMENT! If you do not complete this training by October 1st, 2019, you will no longer be licensed as a USSF Referee.

If you have any questions, please contact Greg Watson, SRA or Bob Reath, SDI.

Greg Watson, SRA

2019 – 2020 Law Changes

IFAB Laws of the Game changes for 2019-2020 went into effect June 1st, 2019. In Maryland, most associations (including MSYSA and MSSA) will be implementing them for their Fall seasons. Leagues starting in Maryland after August 1st should be playing under the new laws. This can be verified by your assignor.

This year’s Law changes are extensive. It is imperative that referees familiarize themselves with all of the changes. Here are links to a summary of the Law changes as well as a complete presentation of all changes and clarifications:

Summary of IFAB main Law changes for 2019-2020

MSR complete presentation of all Law changes and clarifications for 2019-2020