The application window for SNSA beginning referees for the 2020-2021 soccer year will open on May 20, 2020 and run through July 8, 2020. We continue to accept applications from experienced referees (Grade 8 License or higher) at any time. If you are interested in becoming an SNSA referee, please click the application link below and follow the instructions for submission; licensed referees should include a copy of their current USSF license with their application. SNSA referees are also required to read and affirm the SNSA Referee Guidelines.
Referee applicants for the 2020-2021 soccer year must be at least 14 years of age by September 30, 2020. SNSA will host referee licensing and field training classes in August 2020; check the upcoming events calendar on this page in mid-July for the class schedule. Click the Nevada State Referee Association below for more information about referee certification and local in-person certification classes.
Current SNSA referees are required to register with US Soccer through the Nevada State Referee Association (NSRA). First-time referees need to complete both online and in-person Grassroots referee training courses; returning referees 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. All SNSA referees are required to have a current USSF referee badge to be assigned games for the upcoming season.
The 2020-2021 Laws of the Game are established by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), and govern play in all Southern Nevada Soccer Association games. All SNSA referees are expected to have a thorough knowledge of the Laws of the Game. SNSA uses small-sided play formats in our U5-U6 (3v3), U7-U8 (4v4), U9-U10 (5v5), U11-U12 (8v8) and HS (7v7) age divisions, so we have established modified rules that are applicable to each play format. SNSA referees should also review the rule books for each play format to become familiar with the special rules associated with small-sided play.
SNSA follows the FIFA Laws of the Game; however, some rules have been modified to accommodate the youth game and smaller play formats. Click on the links below for a summary of rules modifications and the SNSA rule books for the various play formats.
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.
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