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Registration for 2020 is OPEN!

The Iowa Referee Committee (IRC) Registrar, Tyler Turner, has OPENED the 2020 US Soccer Registration Window for all Iowa referees, assessors, assignors, and instructors.

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Click on the US Soccer Referee Department Update header above for the latest news and events, updates and reminders, information on gear, and other resources from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

Iowa Delegation – 2019 Midwest Regionals


The Iowa Referee Committee (IRC) is proud to present the Iowa Delegation to the 2019 Midwest Regional Tournament that was held June 21-26 in Saginaw, MI. Iowa was represented by 15 referees and 3 referee coaches.

Referees were Michael Barnes, Peter Bergum, Greg Dollens, Jonathan Hill, Robert Kerwood, Ben Lloyd, Daniel Lopez, Jeromy Metier, Esad Omanovic, Blaise Rothwell, Jackie Spiegel, Jared Tee, Krista Tee, Miranda Thelen, and Charles Woodcock.

Referee coaches were Royce Van Roekel, Kevin Stapleford, and Lance Mesman who also served as our Responsible State Administrator.

4 referees were assigned to semi-final matches and another 2 referees to finals matches.

Esad Omanovic was selected to referee at the US Youth Soccer National Championship Tournament in Overland Park, KS in July.

refs-2019-Midwest Regionals
L. Mesman, P. Bergum, J. Tee, R. Kerwood, K. Stapleford, J. Hill, R. Van Roekel
M. Barnes, B. Rothwell, J. Metier, G. Dollens, B. Lloyd
E. Omanovic, J. Spiegel, K. Tee, M. Thelen, C. Woodcock, D. Lopez

Iowa Delegation – 2019 Region 2 Presidents Cup


The Iowa Referee Committee (IRC) is proud to present the Iowa Delegation to the 2019 Region 2 Presidents Cup held June 13-17 in Overland Park, KS. Iowa was represented by 14 Referees and 3 Mentors.

Referees were Laura Anderson, Jeff Blanchard, Mary Blanchard, Rod Christofferson, Jonathan Hill, Robert Kerwood, Ben Lloyd, Millie Phillips, Blake Reed, Blaise Rothwell, Matt Ryder, Nikki Schuppan, Joseph Spies, and Nejra Vatres.

Mentors were Lou Agocs, Mike Lucht, and Phil Watson who also served as our Responsible State Administrator.

9 Iowa referees were selected to work games in the semi-final round of the tournament with 4 selected to work the finals.

J. Blanchard, B. Rothwell, J. Spiess, B. Read, R. Kerwood, J. Hill, R. Christofferson, B. Lloyd, M. Ryder
P. Watson, M. Phillips, L. Anderson, M. Blanchard, N. Vatres, N. Schuppan, L. Agocs, M. Lucht

IHSAA Soccer Official of the Year


Congratulations to Jennifer Dunn (Central City) on receiving the 2019 Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Soccer Official of the year award! Jenn was presented the award at the 25th Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet held in April at the Iowa Events Center Hall of Pride in Des Moines. She is the first female to receive this award.

Jenn started playing soccer at age 7 with the local YMCA, AYSO, Heartland Soccer Club, and Linn-Mar High School. While attending St. Ambrose, Jenn started refereeing youth soccer in the Quad Cities to earn money while going to college.

Since her start 15 years ago, Jenn has had the whistle for many IHSAA and IGHSAU State Championships.

In addition to officiating High School soccer, Jenn also referees D1 and NAIA collegiate level matches as a NISOA referee and has worked the former PDL as a USSF Grade 6 State Referee.

Iowa Officials Attain National Status


The Iowa Referee Committee (IRC) congratulates Justin Mack (Grimes) and Eric Wood (Cedar Rapids), pictured left to right, for successfully completing the Grade 4 National Assistant Referee requirements for 2019.

Justin and Eric were invited to attend the US Soccer Referee Program National Camp held January 10-13 in Bradenton, FL. Field exercises and classroom sessions were led by Kari Seitz, Esse Baharmast, Rick Eddy, Mark Geiger, Corey Rockwell, among others.

Our two National Referees were presented their badges in a graduation ceremony held on the final day. This is Justin's fifth year as a National AR and Eric's first.

In addition, Shane Smith (Knoxville) was named Grade 3 National Coach for the fifth year.

Adult Referee of the Year


The Iowa Referee Committee (IRC) is proud to announce our Adult Referee of the Year for 2018 – Royce Van Roekel.


Royce Van Roekel is a USSF Grade 5 State Referee, State Instructor and State Assessor. He has refereed at the US Youth Soccer Regional Presidents Cup, Midwest Region 2 Championship Series, National Presidents Cup, and the Youth National Championships. Royce has also been selected to work the Development Academy (DA) Winter Showcase and Summer Playoffs, USASA Regional Championships, and the Region 2 Tournament of Champions.

Royce has refereed adult amateur soccer in the Professional Development League (PDL), National Premier Soccer League (NPSL), and Fricker and Mengel Cup Championships.

He has also worked at the professional level including the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL), United Soccer League (USL), and North American Soccer League (NASL).

In 2018, Royce had the whistle for 3 NPSL Matches, 6 UPSL Matches, and 2 PDL matches including the Central Conference PDL Championship and the Midwest Conference UPSL Championship.

This past year, Royce led the IRC’s Advanced Referee Program holding monthly instructional teleconferences and quarterly in-person training camps around the state cultivating our next generation of soccer referees.

Standards of Dress and Appearance


REMINDER: As first announced in 2016, US Soccer has prescribed that referee crews wear the new referee jerseys and socks at all major competitions, i.e., Tournaments, State Cup, President's Cup, Development Academy, US Youth Soccer National League, … starting January 1, 2019.


The crew pictured at left are in yellow for their match; however, all similarity ends there. This is now unacceptable. Only the AR on the right is wearing the current style jersey. The other AR is wearing the previous style and the Referee is wearing the style before that. If you haven't yet, please use a match fee to buy a new jersey. You can purchase an economy one from Official Sports International (OSI) for as little as $25.95.

You will not make a good first impression this Spring with players, coaches, and spectators if they see you wearing an older style jersey and socks.

Frankly, they're wondering about the other things that you might not be current with – like the changes to the Laws of the Game (LOTG).

When you fail to take the field properly attired, you not only reflect poorly on yourself and your crew but on Iowa too. Always make sure your uniform is clean, neat, and professional in appearance – shirt tucked in and socks pulled up. And, be sure to properly wear your USSF Badge for the current year.

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