Referee Days at DC United

Each year DC United hosts referee days. It is an opportunity to watch a game with fellow referees. The first Referee day is August 6th: DC United v. Philadelphia

If you are interested please visit the link below:


If you attend you will be credited with 1-hour toward next years recertification.

Bob Reath
SDI Maryland

Law Changes effective 01 July 2016.

To All Referees,

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:

      Continue Reading »

Clarification of Heading Policy for All MD Referees

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!

Continue Reading »

Clinics and Fitness Tests


This Fitness Test is for referees who are attempting to Upgrade (Grade 8 to 7; 7 to 6) and State Referees (Grade 6).

Sunday October 2, 2016 9:00AM – 10:00AM

South River High School
201 Central Avenue East
Edgewater, MD

Contact: Bob Reath

The Fitness Test administered will be the State Referee Fitness Test which consists of a sprint test and then an interval test.

Sprint Test

6 consecutive 40 meter sprints at a maximum of 9 seconds per sprint

Interval Test

Maximum of 45 seconds for the 150 meter run
Maximum of 45 seconds for the 50 meter walk

For more information please contact: Bob Reath

State, Advanced, and Intermediate Referee Clinics

There are no State or Upgrade clinics scheduled at this time. Anticipate the next clinics to be in January 2017.

State Referee Clinics

This clinic is for Grade 5 and Grade 6 referees.

Contact: Bob Reath

Advanced Referee Clinics

This clinic is for referees who desire to upgrade to Grade 6 (State Referee).

Contact: Bob Reath

Intermediate Referee Clinics

This clinic is for referees who desire to upgrade to Grade 7 referee.

Contact: Bob Reath

Entry Level and Recertification Clinics

For new referee entry level classes select this link:

For recertification classes select the link below:

For questions or concerns please contact the Maryland State Director of Instruction: