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How do I re-register each year with US Soccer, i.e., the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), in Iowa?

 

You must re-register with US Soccer every year. In Iowa, the Registration Window is open from August 1 to November 1. Please register within this 3 month window. If you register late and are outside the window, you will be assessed a late fee. Detailed instructions for "how-to" re-register using your RefLink Account Username and Password are provided by the Registrar during the Registration Window. (You can pay your annual registration fees by mail with a Check or online via Credit Card.) After your Registration is approved by the State Referee Registrar (SRR), you'll receive a new Badge in the mail mid to late Winter. The earlier you register, the sooner you'll receive your new Badge. If you register late, you may not receive a mailing.

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What's the difference between Recertification and Registration?

 

In order to be able to referee United States Soccer Federation (USSF) matches, e.g., Iowa Soccer League (ISL), ILLOWA, State Cup, President's Cup, Regionals, other US Youth Soccer sanctioned matches, etc., you have to be registered each year. And, you cannot re-register unless you have recertified.

Certified means you have satisfied Iowa's annual continuing education requirement of 5 hours of training. The Laws change. Memoranda are issued every year. Recertification ensures that you have been made aware of the changes and of any points-of-emphasis for the next registration year. Referees typically meet this requirement either by regularly attending Referee Association Meetings where training is provided (as posted on the Calendar of Events), attending the annual Terry Vaughn Referee Academy, attending an Instructor-led Recertification Clinic, completing the on-line recertification module and test provided in the Fall, completing the online Grade 7 or Grade 6 Course Modules and Exam to upgrade, or by completing an Instructor-led Grade 9 or Grade 8 Course within the last 12 months.

Registered means you are current with your annual registration fees with US Soccer and have been issued a Badge for that year.

Recertification Clinics are free; you are only out the time that it takes. Annual registration fees are based on what referee grade you are, i.e., 9, 8, 7, 6, ... . Just because you've taken the required steps to recertify doesn't automatically mean that you have re-registered. Note also that Referee Grade does not correspond with grade in school.

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Now that I've successfully completed an Entry-Level Referee Course, how do I get assigned to games?

 

Following an Entry-Level Referee Course (Grade 8 or 9), the Class Roster is provided to the State Director of Assignment who has the new referees' names, contact information, and most importantly their e-Mail addresses entered into the statewide Arbiter Database / Assigning Tool. You must have a unique e-Mail Address, i.e., you cannot have the same e-Mail Address as a parent, brother or sister if he/she also referees. You will be provided with an Arbiter Account. Once your account is setup, you will create a password, enter your availability and will receive e-Mail notifications and reminders of matches assigned. All assignments, ISL, Tournaments, State Cup, ... are made through the Arbiter.

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I am a Grade 8 Referee. How do I upgrade to a Grade 7 Referee?

 

If you are 18 years old and have been a Grade 8 Referee for a minimum of 2 years, you can upgrade to a Grade 7 Referee by completing the on-line Grade 7 Referee Course located under Training Training & Tests, passing the 50Q Grade 7 specific test with a score of 80% or higher, passing the Fitness Test which is the FIFA Interval Test at 45/45, and passing 2 assessments – one as a Referee and one as an Assistant Referee on matches of 80 minute duration. You can request an assessment under Mentoring & Assessment.

Refer to the Iowa Referee Certification Requirements and Fitness Tests documents provided under Publications for additional information.

NOTE: After satisfying all the Grade 7 requirements, be sure to click the 'Request Upgrade' box in your RefLink Account during the next Registration cycle.

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I am a Grade 7 Referee. How do I upgrade to a Grade 6 State Referee?

 

If you are 18 years old and have been a Grade 7 Referee for a minimum of 1 year, you can upgrade to a Grade 6 State Referee by completing the on-line Grade 6 State Referee Course located under Training & Tests, passing the 50Q Grade 6 specific test with a score of 80% or higher, passing the Fitness Test which is the FIFA Interval Test at 45/45, and passing 3 assessments as a Referee on matches of 80 minute duration – at least two on Adult matches and one on a U18. You can request an assessment under Mentoring & Assessment.

Refer to the Iowa Referee Certification Requirements and Fitness Tests documents provided under Publications for additional information.

NOTE: After satisfying all the Grade 6 requirements, be sure to click the 'Request Upgrade' box in your RefLink Account during the next Registration cycle.

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What is the Terry Vaughn Referee Academy?

 

The Terry Vaughn Referee Academy is the premier soccer-training event in the state of Iowa, and one of the largest single-day referee training events in the United States. The TVRA is typically held in late February or early March on a Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Greater Des Moines area. The Academy is FREE! All you have to do is get there. Lunch is provided at NO CO$T and there are prize giveaways / raffles provided by the sponsors throughout the day. 

On-site sponsors have included Official Sports International (OSI), the Referee Store, AdvoCare, the Iowa Games, and the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO), publishers of Referee Magazine.

Past speakers at the Academy have included FIFA World Cup Referees, Assistant Referees and Instructors; USSF National Referees and Instructors; and, NISOA Referees and Instructors.

Your attendance automatically satisfies the continuing education requirement for annual recertification with US Soccer.

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I've lost my referee badge. How can I get another one?

 

If you've lost your referee badge and need a replacement one, go to the US Soccer Online Ordering Site. You will need your 16-digit USSF ID Number to login the first time and to setup an account. Replacement badges cost $3.50 tax and shipping & handling. Allow a week from the time of your order.

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How do I get my 16-digit USSF ID Number and RefLink Username & Password?

 

Your USSF ID Number can be found on your Registration Card. If you have lost your card and do not know your ID Number, e-Mail, Jim Albertson, at jasarefia@gmail.com. The Registrar can also provide you with your RefLink Username and Password if you have forgotten them. For registration year 2018, you can download and print your Registration Card by following the instructions at "How to Print Your Registration Card" under Publications.

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