The application window for SNSA Level 1 referees for the Spring 2023 season is now open and will run through January 31, 2023. We accept applications for SNSA Level 2 referees from experienced USSF applicants at any time. If you are interested in becoming an SNSA referee, please complete the SNSA Referee Application and follow the instructions for submission; licensed referees should include a copy of their current USSF license with their application.
SNSA Level 1 Referee applicants must be at least 14 years of age by March 1, 2023. SNSA will host SAY referee classroom and field training classes in February for beginning referees; check the upcoming events calendar on this page for the class schedule. For those referees interested in USSF referee certification, click Nevada State Referee Association for more information.
All SNSA referees need to review the SNSA Referee Guidelines before the start of each new soccer year.
Southern Nevada Soccer Association is accepting applications for SNSA Field Administrator positions for the 2022-2023 soccer year. Field Administrators perform administrative tasks at the fields on Saturday game days; duties include team staff and player check-in; league rules, policies and procedures communications; disciplinary reporting; and referee administration. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Please review the full Field Administrator Job Description and if you are interested, complete and submit the online Field Administrator Application by February 17, 2023.
Southern Nevada Soccer Association's under the direction of our national affiliate, Soccer Association for Youth (SAY), has established a Level 1 referee training program for beginning recreational youth league referees who have applied and been accepted as SNSA Referee Candidates. The program is designed to provide the Referee Candidate with a fundamental understanding of the Laws of The Game, the modifications to the laws for recreational youth league play formats, and the techniques referees use to communicate effectively with players and coaches. The program consists of three components:
Once a referee candidate successfully completes the Level 1 training, he or she will receive the SAY Referee badge and will be eligible to officiate 4v4 and 6v6 format youth recreational league games.
Click the link below to go to the SNSA Referee Training page.
SNSA Level 2 referees (certified to officiate 8v8 and 11v11 games) are required to register with US Soccer through the Nevada State Referee Association (NSRA). Those referees who are are applying for a USSF license for the first time need to complete both online and in-person Grassroots referee training courses. Those referees with a USSF license need to recertify annually in order to obtain their referee badge for the current year. The NSRA links to the US Soccer Referee Learning Center, which offers online referee education and recertification courses. Click on the link below to access the NSRA website to start your registration process.
Southern Nevada Soccer Association uses a dual-referee (2-referee) system for our 8v8 format games. The dual-referee system can be difficult to execute effectively, as both referees have responsibilities to call offsides and outs, and to call fouls and violations. There is a misconception that in the dual-referee system one referee makes calls on one side of the field, and the other referee makes calls on the other side of the field. In the dual-system, the referees work together as a team. The lead referee (referee ahead of the ball) aligns with the second last defender, parallel with the touch line, in order to observe offsides. The trail referee (referee behind the ball) moves with play behind the attack, and pinches toward the center of the field to be in position to call fouls or violations around the ball. Not only can the trail referee make calls on the attacking side of the field, he should be making those calls! Referees in the dual system need to coordinate their movements to ensure proper coverage of the field, mirror each other's signals to ensure consistency, and work together as a team to ensure a safe playing environment for all of our players. Click on the link below for a set of criteria for the dual-referee system.
Protect the players, keep the game moving!
Courtesy of US Soccer Federation