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There will be a online clinic April 7 & 8 for anyone interested in becoming a high school soccer referee.  Click here for details.

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You can nominate a fellow soccer official to be the MIAA 2020-2021 Game Official of the Year. Click below to access the form.
MIAA Official of the year Nomination Form (2020-2021)
Deadline to submit a nomination is March 26, 2021.

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There will be Spring High School Soccer seasons
February 22 to April 25, 2021
and
April 25 to July 3, 2021


The schools that did not play during the Fall 2020 season or had to cancel several of their Fall 2020 games will play in one of these two Spring seasons. EMSOA does not have any information about which schools will participate or what the schedule will be. Ask your assignor about the schedule.


  If you were "inactive" for Fall 2020 and want to work these games, you MUST

  • Pay the difference in dues between 2020 Active and Inactive membership.
  • Have viewed the virtual Rules Interpretation meeting for the Spring 2021 season which occurred at the end of February and start of March.  Attendance at the September 2020 Rules meeting does not count.
  • Be registered with MIAA.

Frequently asked questions with answers from the February 28th session of the Fall II Rules Interpretation Meeting.
Click here
Make sure you read questions 29 and 30 and the answers.

Frequently asked questions with answers from the March 2nd session of the Fall II Rules Meeting.
Click Here

The MIAA has issued special rules for the Spring 2021 soccer season, which are different from the MIAA special rules for the Fall 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-July 2021 season is finished.

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

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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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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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NFHS Soccer Rule changes for the 2020-2021 Season

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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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