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Eastern Massachusetts Soccer Officials Association

Serving Massachusetts High School Soccer Since 1959





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Fall 2021 Rules Interpretation Meetings

West Chapter, Tuesday August 10th

North Chapter, Thursday Aug. 12th by Zoom starting @ 7:00pm
All coaches & A.D.'s are welcome to join us.

South Chapter, Tuesday August 17th, 7pm

The above three Rules meetings will be done virtually using the Zoom app. In formation about how to join each meeting will be sent to everyone on the EMSOA ArbiterSports.com list about 2 days before the meeting date.

A second meeting of the North Chapter Rules Interpretation meeting will be held in-person Monday August 23rd starting at 6:30 pm at
the Lakeside Inn, 595 North Ave, Wakefield, MA

ALL ACTIVE members MUST ATTEND one of these meetings.
INACTIVE members should attend one of these meetings.


NFHS Soccer Rule changes for the 2021-2022 Season
Points of Emphasis for the 2021 - 2022 Season

EMSOA Chapter Meetings for Fall 2021

North Chapter
Sunday Oct 3 & Thursday Oct 28, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Lakeside Inn at the Lakeside Office Park
595 North Avenue, Wakefield, MA 01880

West Chapter
7:00 pm Tuesday, September 28 & Tuesday, October 26., Location is TBD

South Chapter
Wednesday, September 22 & Wednesday October 20,
7:00 -8:30 pm
Virtual meetings on Zoom.


EMSOA Handout: Game Management



Study of the Comparison of 2020 NFHS, USSF and NCAA Soccer Rules


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

$90 for varsity games

$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.


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 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.


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


(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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