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:

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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!

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Clinics and Fitness Tests

USSF FITNESS TEST

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

Sunday 2 April, 2017 – 8:00am – 9:00am

CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL
STADIUM TRACK BEHIND THE SCHOOL
4300 CENTENNIAL LN
ELLICOTT CITY 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 7.2 seconds per sprint

Interval Test

Maximum of 40 seconds for the 150 meter run
Maximum of 40 seconds for the 50 meter walk

For more information please contact: Bob Reath

State, Advanced, and Intermediate Referee Clinics

No dates have been set for upgrade clinics.

State Referee Clinic

This clinic is for Grade 5 and Grade 6 referees.

Advanced Referee Clinics

This clinic is for referees who desire to upgrade to Grade 6 (State Referee). You must complete the online tests prior to the clinic. Session 1 is the New Law Change Exam, and Session 2 is the State Referee Test. Even if you may have taken the New Law change Exam to complete your recertification, you must take it again for this clinic.

Intermediate Referee Clinics

This clinic is for referees who desire to upgrade to Grade 7. You must complete the online tests prior to the clinic. Session 1 is the New Law Change Exam, and Session 3 is the Grade 7 Referee Test. Even if you may have taken the New Law change Exam to complete your recertification, you must take it again for this clinic.

Entry Level and Recertification Clinics

For new referee entry level classes select this link:

http://marylandreferees.com/msr2/?page_id=21

For recertification classes select the link below:

http://marylandreferees.com/msr2/?page_id=23

For questions or concerns please contact the Maryland State Director of Instruction: sdimd@comcast.net