resources & instruction
These resources contain information and tools needed by referees, assistant referees, and 4th officials officiating Iowa Soccer's State Cup and Presidents Cup Championships.
Iowa State Cup & Iowa Presidents Cup
The Iowa State Cup and the Iowa Presidents Cup are considered the highest level of youth competition in the state and are the first steps taken in US Youth Soccer's National Championship Series and National Presidents Cup, respectively. The purpose of these Tournaments is to identify the teams in each age division that will represent Iowa at the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championships and Midwest Region Presidents Cup. NOTE: Headsets are not permitted at these matches since they are not allowed at Midwest Regionals nor the Region 2 Presidents Cup.
- These tournaments are conducted annually on dates and at sites determined by Iowa Soccer. 15U through 19U age groups hold their competition in the Fall. 13U and 14U age groups hold their competition the following Spring preceding the Region 2 Championships held in June.
Fall 2021 & Spring 2022
- October 23-24, 30-31 – at the Cownie Soccer Complex (Des Moines)
- Spring TBA
If selected for the Cups, familiarize yourself with the following
Go to the IA-State-Cups folder located in the Box tool for:
- 2021-2022 IFAB Laws of the Game (LOTG) including Practical Guidelines for Referees
- Rules of Competition
- Report Codes for Cautionable and Sending-Off Offenses
- 4th Official Game Log
- Referee Report Forms
Click the link for a refresher training on the revisions to the IFAB Laws of the Game for 2021-22 can be found at 2021-22 IFAB LOTG Changes Presentation with Video.
Just-in-Time (JIT) training for the Duties of the 4th Official and tie-breaking Kicks From The Mark (KFTM)
Determining the Outcome of a Match: From the 2021-22 IFAB Laws of the Game (LOTG), these are the procedures to be followed for taking tie-breaking kicks from the Penalty Mark for those competitions where a winner must be determined.
4th Official: These are the roles and responsibilities of the 4th Official (when one is appointed) as summarized from the U.S. Soccer publication Guide for 4th Officials.