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Training for New NFHS Soccer Referees

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Are you interested in being a high school and/or middle school soccer referee?

Next scheduled training sessions will be March 25, 2018  (see detail below) in Westwood, North Reading and Hanover. 

Requirements: Be 18 years old as of the start of the Fall soccer season, finished high school and have an interest in serving the student athletes. Prior experience in playing , coaching or refereeing soccer at any level is useful but not necessary.

Games: All games (boys and girls) are played in Sept and Oct. Most games are played at or near local high schools at 4:00 pm in the afternoon, Monday through Friday. Referees must be able to get to the field not less than 15 minutes before the start of a game.  A few games are played in the evening, Monday through Friday, and a very few games are played on Saturday. No games are played on Sunday. Certified referees may request to do from 1 to 6 games per week. In the Fall of 2018, the games fee is $84 per varsity game and $62 per sub-varsity game.  Game fees for the Fall of 2019 will be announced in the Spring of 2019.

Training: EMSOA conducts training for new soccer referees under the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) rules. The next regular Entry Level Training courses are listed below. Candidates must communicate with the contact person before the first session to let them know that you are coming. The contact person can tell you about any last minute changes. Those who hold a current USSF referee license grade 7 or better (Grade 6, 5, etc.) only need to come to the last two hours of the training session where NFHS and MIAA specific rules are covered and then take the entry level test. There is a clinic fee of $164.00 which includes EMSOA dues for 2018.

OTHER ASSOCIATIONS: Although EMSOA is the largest NFHS referee association in Massachusetts (600+ members), there are several other Massachusetts NFHS referee associations (with another 400+ members) and many more across the country. You may do your training at any one of the Massachusetts associations and then do games in the area of any other Massachusetts association. The rules are the same; the commitment to excellence is the same. Only the area covered is different. 

 If you are interested in being a referee for college games, please go to New England Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NCAA) which trains and certifies soccer referees for college games played under NCAA rule. EMSOA is mutually aligned with New England Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association, but EMSOA does not certify referees for college games. 

If you are interested in being a referee for youth and adult soccer games under USSF and FIFA rules, go to the Mass. State Referees Committee (USSF) web site.  EMSOA is not affiliated with USSF

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NORTH CHAPTER:  A clinic for new members will be held Sunday May 6th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Tuesday May 8th from 6 pm to 9 pm.  These two dates are a single training session.  Pre-registration is required.  A deposit of $25.00 must be received one week prior to the start of the clinic. The training will be conducted in the meeting room of the Flint Memorial Library (147 Park St.)  in North  Reading, MA. Parking is in the back of the building, where the door for the meeting room is located.  Contact Richard Beaudoin to let him know that you will attend.

SOUTH CHAPTER:   A clinic for new members will be held at a location near Hanover, MA in late spring or early summer 2018.  For further information, contact Randy Ellis.

WEST CHAPTER:   The next clinic for new members in Westwood held in the Sunday, March 25, 2018. Location will be the Westwood Council on Aging -  60 Nahatan St ,Westwood 02090. (Take Exit 16 from Route 128 / I-95 onto Route 109.  Go about 1.5 miles. Then turn left onto Nahatan St.) Training for new high school soccer referees is done under the National Federation of High School rules.  Pre-registration is required. For registration and further information, contact Ed Rae.

EXTRA SESSIONS: If 3 or more people contact the chapter trainers about joining at any time when a regular session is not scheduled, a special session might be set up at a mutually convenient time and location.  During the high school soccer season (September and October), an extra session cannot be scheduled.

Background Check: The MIAA requires a Background Check for all high school sports officials. Click here for more information. Requests to the MIAA for background checks for the upcoming fall season begin on July 1st for that year. It is recommended but not required that this be completed prior to attending any clinic held after July 1.

There is a clinic fee of $164.00.  The clinic fee includes clinic materials, EMSOA dues for 2018 ($82),  badges for the uniform, and liability insurance coverage.  Member will obtain an appropriate uniform at his/her own expense. Please fill out a membership application form and return it to the contact for your clinic or mail it to EMSOA, 100 Powdermill Rd #240, Acton, MA 01720-5932.  You can download and print the form to paper and mail the completed form. Or you can download the form as a file, fill it out with Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat, save the file and e-mail the file to the above e-mail address.

Payment The clinic fee of $164.00 can be paid by cash, check, money order, credit/debit card or bank e-transfer.  Cash should be given in person to the clinic contact at the clinic site.  Check and money order can be mailed to EMSOA, 100 Powdermill Rd #240, Acton, MA 01720 before the clinic or given to the clinic contact at the clinic site.  To pay by credit/debit card or bank e-transfer, click on the grey box below .  There is a convenience charge of $3.95 add for credit/debit card payment and a convenience charge of $1.00 for payment by electronic transfer of funds from your checking account to the EMSOA checking account.  Payment by credit/debit card or bank e-transfer must be paid not later than one business day before the start of the clinic.  For example, if the clinic starts on Sunday, credit/debit card or bank e-transfer payment must be made not later than midnight of the Thursday before the clinic.

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