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Eastern Massachusetts Soccer Officials Association

Serving Massachusetts High School Soccer Since 1959






Call for nominations:
Game Official of the Year

Deadline: Friday, March 27, 2020


The MIAA recommended Games Fees for the 2020 Fall season are: 

$86.52 for varsity games

$63.86 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.  No rounding up to an even dollar amount apparently.


MIAA has issued an updated Clarification to the Soccer Time Out Rule (Rule 78.2.24) in the MIAA Handbook . Read both the basic rule and the  Clarification and apply the Time Out Rule properly during your games.


Whether it's cold or hot, the weather can affect your performance on the field and affect your health.  Know how to protect yourself.

Click here to Information about Cold Weather Safety

Click here for information about Hot Weather Safety



All active referees should have an ArbiterPay account.
Click here to learn how to open an account


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.
Click here


Dual System of Control

by the EMSOA Rules Interpreter (2016)


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 2019 dues of  $84 (one varsity game fee) should be paid
 before Jan 1, 2019.  If you pay on or after Jan 1, 2019 and before March 1, 2019, send $104, $84 for your dues plus a $20 late fee.  If your 2019 dues are not paid by March 1, 2019, your EMSOA membership may 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 (eCheck).

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E. M. S. O. A.

100 Powdermill Rd., #240

Acton, MA 01720-5932


(If the above e-mail address does not open your e-mail program when you click on it, go to your e-mail program or web page and type the address on the TO: line.)

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

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