New Uniforms Mandatory January 1, 2019

US Soccer has mandated that all referees switch to the new uniform standards. These uniforms have been available for some time and referees have been urged to make the switch over the past couple years. As of January 1, 2019, the new style will be the only acceptable option.

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


The Fitness Test is for referees who desire to upgrade (from Grade 8 to Grade 7; or Grade to Grade 6). Periodically we will run the Grade 5 fitness test for those that require it to referee and upgrade to Grade 5.

Maryland State Fitness Test

Summer Fitness Test

Thu, Aug 9 6:00pm – 7:00pm


Running the State (College Test) fitness test. Be there 15 minutes prior to sign in. We are open to running the Grade 5 Fitness by appointment and approval by the SDI (

Contact: Bob Reath

State Fitness 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

Grade 5 Fitness Test
This test is for Grade 5 maintenance and Grade 5 upgrade
Sprint Test:
6 consecutive 40 meter sprints at a maximum of 6.4 seconds per sprint
Interval Test:
Maximum of 17 seconds for the 75 meter run
Maximum of 20 seconds for the 25 meter walk

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:

State Referee Clinic

The next State Referee Clinic will be scheduled for early 2019.
Advanced Referee Clinics

This clinic is for referees who desire to upgrade to Grade 6 (State Referee). The next Advanced Clinic will be scheduled for early 2019.

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. The next Intermediate Clinic will be schedule din early 2019.

Contact: Bob Reath

“Ask A Referee” is Back!

Jim Allen’s  Ask A Referee web site is now up and running again full speed ahead. Jim has “passed the baton” to Dan Heldman. For those who do not know Dan, his credentials include involvement in the National Referee Program as a National Referee Instructor, National Assessor, and a member of the National Instructional Program staff for 15+ years. Dan chaired USSF’s Instructional Program Advisory Panel. Dan also was an author of the ATR (along with Jim Allen), Laws of the Game Made Easy and Offside Made Easy publications.

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