Hudson Valley Soccer Referee Association

Welcome to the Hudson Valley Soccer Referee Association! 

Our organization is dedicated to educating, supporting and promoting the abilities of youth and adult soccer officials serving the Mid-Hudson Valley region. 

Our mission is to:

1.    Promote the general welfare of its membership;

2.    Promote a better understanding of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Laws of the Game among players, coaches, referees;

3.    Provide its membership with information, instruction, and mentoring to improve their abilities in soccer officiating;

4.    Encourage and support the members to upgrade with an avenue for upgrading under the USSF guidelines;

5.    Recruit, train and support new referees.

We also require our members to adhere to the USSF  Referee Code of Ethics.  They are all equally important, and reads thusly:
 I will maintain the utmost respect for the game of soccer;   I will conduct myself honorably at all times and maintain dignity of my position;   I will always honor an assignment or any other contractual obligation;   I will attend training meetings and clinics so as to know the Laws of the Game, their proper interpretation and their application;   I will always strive to achieve maximum team work with my fellow officials;   I will be loyal to my fellow officials and never knowingly promote criticism of them;   I will be in good physical condition;   I will control the players effectively by being courteous and considerate without sacrificing fairness;   I will do the utmost to assist my fellow officials to better themselves and their work;   I will not make statements about any games except to clarify an interpretation of the Laws of the Game;   I will not discriminate against nor take undue advantage of any individual group on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin;   I consider it a privilege to be part of the US Soccer Federation and my actions will reflect credit upon that organization and its affiliates. 

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HVSRA IN THE NEWS

Our primary mission as the Hudson Valley Soccer Referee Association (HVSRA), is to educate and promote its members to become better soccer officials.  With our new board of directors installed last year, it was imperative to launch a robust mentorship program to grow, maintain, and retain membership.  With 123 new referees since September 2018 (111 between 14-18 years of age), many did not have the chance to officiate a match.  In previous editions of the Shamrock Cup Tournament, our members donated their time to officiate the youth matches that occur during the weekend.  Our long standing partnership with Kicking Back to Give Back (KBtGB) of their primary fundraising event, created a superb environment to teach our newest officials the fine craft of soccer refereeing.

22 new referees, supported by 12 mentors, officiated 86 matches over the course of the Tournament.  While most of the officials were anxious for their first match, their abilities progressed exponentially during their 3-4 hour shift. 

The new officials found the experience rewarding and supportive in a competitive and non-result oriented environment.  The mentors observed the officials grow significantly from first game to last; their abilities, confidence and courage increasing with each match.

HVSRA will continue to support KBtGB with their mission,  strengthening our collaboration with the development of socially responsible student/athletes and student/referees.  HVSRA will be back next year...to give back.