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Eastern Massachusetts Soccer Officials Association

Servicing Massachusetts High School Soccer Since 1959






NFHS has announced that the rule for  the uniform colors of the home and away teams will change starting with the Fall 2018 season.  Stand by for MIAA's response to this rule change.
Full set of rule changes for the Fall 2018 season will be published in May.


All referees who registered with MIAA in 2017 for a background check will be required to register again for a background check after July 1, 2018 and before the season starts.
If you are interested, you can read the official MIAA Policy on Background Checks (06/01/2015)
More information about the background checks can be found by clicking here.


Read the MIAA 2017-18 Game Officials' Winter Newsletter


EMSOA Uniform Policy for 2017 and 2018

T-Shirts, Golf Shirts, Etc. with EMSOA Logo are available from Land's End to any EMSOA member.  Log-in, create a Land's End account and make your purchase.
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The MIAA recommended Games Fees for the 2018 Fall season are $84 for varsity games and $62 for sub-varsity games when using a two referee system. The fee is 150% (one and a half) of the normal fee when only one referee is on the field.

Dual System of Control

by the EMSOA Rules Interpreter (2016)

Comparison of the 2017-2018 USSF (FIFA), NFHS and NCAA soccer rules (laws)
published by the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA).


The Eastern Massachusetts Soccer Officials Association provides training and professional development for its members under the rules of the Mass. Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS). Our members are assigned as soccer referees for both public and private high schools competitions in Eastern Massachusetts.

If you are interested in being a referee for youth (town leagues) soccer, go to the Mass. State Referees Committee (USSF) web site.

If you are interested in being a referee for college soccer, go to the New England Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NCAA) web site.

Your 2018 dues of  $82 (one varsity game fee) should be paid before Jan 1, 2018.  If you pay on or after Jan 1, 2018 and before March 1, 2018, send $102, $82 for your dues plus a $20 late fee.  If your 2017 dues are not paid by March 1, 2017, your EMSOA membership will be terminated.

You can pay by check, money order, credit/debit card, or bank e-transfer. Mail check or money order to address above.


Pay by credit/debit card or bank e-transfer, click on the grey box below.  There is a convenience fee of $2.95 added to the dues when paying with a credit/debit card or a convenience fee of $1.00 when paying with a bank e-transfer.

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E. M. S. O. A.

100 Powdermill Rd., #240

Acton, MA 01720-5932


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Send your comments or questions regarding the EMSOA organization to EMSOA.

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