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There will be a second soccer season from
February 22 to April 25, 2021

for those schools that did not play during the Fall 2020 season. EMSOA does not have any information about which schools will participate or what the schedule will be.  Only referees who are registered as "active" for the 2020-2021 school year may work these games.


  If you are "inactive" for 2020-2021 and want to work these games, you MUST

  • pay the difference in dues,
  • view the virtual Rules Interpretation meeting for the Fall II (Spring 2021) season.  Attendance at the September 2020 Rules meeting does not count.
  • be registered with MIAA.

 The virtual Fall II Rule Interpretation meeting will held on Zoom Sunday February 28 starting at 6:30 pm and ending at 7:30 or 8:00 pm.
Click here to register for Sunday Zoom meeting
When you register, the link to the meeting will be sent to you.

There will be a second session of the Rule Interpretation meeting on Tuesday, March 2 starting at 6:30 pm and ending at 7:30 or 8:00 pm.. The link to register for the Tuesday meeting will be sent out to everyone on the EMSOA list on ArbiterSports.com soon after the Sunday meeting finishes. The link will be in an email from the Arbiter email service


The MIAA has issued special rules for the second soccer season, which MIAA has named the Fall II season.  Click here to get a copy.

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Referees who are inactive for the 2020-2021 school year and have paid dues to be active for the 2021-2022 school year will be listed as inactive until the February-April 2021 season is finished.

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EMSOA Handout: Game Management
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Study of the Comparison of 2020 NFHS, USSF and NCAA Soccer Rules

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NFHS Soccer Rule changes for the 2020-2021 Season

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The MIAA recommended Games Fees for the 2021 Fall season are: 

$90 for varsity games
and

$66 for sub-varsity games when using a two referee system.

The fee is 150% (one and a half = $99) of the normal fee when only one referee is on the field.

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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.

NOTE: TIME OUT rule is suspended for the 2020-2021 season.

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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

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

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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

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Dual System of Control

by the EMSOA Rules Interpreter (2016)
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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 Active Membership 2021 dues of  $86 should have paid  before February 1, 2021.  Between February 1, 2021 and April 1, 2021, you must pay $106 for active membership ($86 plus a $20 late fee).  If your 2021 dues are not paid by April 1, 2021, your EMSOA membership may be terminated.

Dues for members who will be inactive in 2021 are $43. Between February 1, 2021 and April 1, 2021, you must pay $63 for inactive membership ($43 plus a $20 late fee). If your 2021 dues are not paid by April 1, 2021, your EMSOA membership may be terminated.

Dues for Active Life Members in 2021 are $21.50. Between February 1, 2021 and April 1, 2021, you must pay $41.50 ($21.50 plus a $20 late fee). If you have not paid by April 1, 2021, you will be listed as an Inactive Life Member.

You can pay for Active Membership by check, money order, credit/debit card, or bank e-transfer. All others must mail a check to the EMSOA address listed at the top and bottom of this page.

or 

To 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

emsoa@emsoa.org


(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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