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Registration for 2021 is OPEN!

The Iowa Referee Committee (IRC) Registrar, Tyler Turner, has OPENED the 2021 Recertification & Registration Window with US Soccer for all Iowa referees, assessors, assignors, and instructors. The window will remain open through December 31, 2020 after which late fees will be applied.

Match Day Protocols


Match Day Protocols to be followed with the return to play this Fall 2020 Season can be viewed below.

Please note that as a referee, you will not police nor enforce implementation of the protocols. However, please notify Iowa Soccer of any issues of non-compliance and they will follow-up with club / facility leadership to work through the issues.

RSS Feeds

US Youth Soccer News feeds provide updates on League Programs and Conference Activities, Academies, Showcases, the National Championship Series (Regionals / President's Cup), Youth Soccer Month, and the Olympic Development Program (ODP).
RSS Feeds from the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) include news articles, interviews, MLS and international assignments for PRO referees, Inside Video Review, The Definitive Angle, and more… .
The Dutch Referee Blog feed features challenging weekly Laws of the Game Quizzes, Interviews, Case Studies, Refereeing Assistance Programme (RAP) downloads, ...
Law 5 - The Referee is a blog about the men and women with the whistle, their appointments, analysis of decisions, commentary, and much more … .

US Soccer Referee Program Overview

This overview of the US Soccer Referee Program features the Administration, Assessment, Fitness Testing, and Instruction downloads available from the Resource Center.

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

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