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

2019 New Referee Course

Here are the instructions for registering for the soccer referee course. Please share these within your clubs. We will set up the classroom/field clinics in East Fishkill and Marlboro for late this month.


Thank you for your interest in becoming a certified soccer referee. The referee certification has three components:

· A four-hour online module on the US Soccer Federation Learning Center website plus a 1.5 hour online module on “Safe Sport.” Instructions below*.

 · In-person classroom training consisting of 4 hours in the class plus another hour on-field training.

 · Becoming a dues-paying member of the Hudson Valley Soccer Referee Association (HVSRA) and getting your patch.

 *Instructions for the USSF Learning Center:

https://learning.ussoccer.com/referee/courses/available/1/details/1

 Paste in the URL if the above link does not get you there directly. Establish an account by going to “sign up,” top of page, for the GrassRoots course as a new referee and pay the $20 fee. Use the referee student’s email (can include that of the parent as a secondary email—communications will go to both). Upon completion, download and print the certificate---this is critically important as it will be your admission to the local classroom session (second component above). ** PLEASE DO THIS RIGHT AWAY**

 You also must take Safe Sport. U.S. Soccer has developed the Safe Soccer Framework as a foundation from which all participants in the soccer community, be they athletes, coaches, referees, administrators or volunteers, play an active role in creating an environment free from emotional, physical or sexual abuse.

Go to https://www.safesoccer.com OR https://safesport.org/training …Click on Take SafeSport Training and then Register…no charge for this; Again, it is critically important for you to download and print the certificate.

 Upon completion of the Learning Center items, you will be given a choice of class location and field sessions for which to register to complete your training. Please check your emails for this invitation and directions. The initial class/course sessions (4-6 hours total) are scheduled for Saturday, August 17 in White Plains starting at 10 a.m. and Sunday August 18 in Eastchester, starting at noon. More sessions are being set up in East Fishkill and Marlboro High School for late August. The cost for the clinic and field session is $150; it includes a full uniform (with two shirts) and gear (line flags, whistle, yellow/red cards, flip coin, carrying bag). Upon registration for the field clinic, our supplier Score Sports will send you an email with a code and instructions to place your order with them on line. You will indicate your shirt and short sizes, whether male or female shirt style, and your address to where they will ship your kit.

Those who will be 18 years old or older by the end of 2020 must also take the (quick) Risk Management protocol.

Total cost is $210 ($20 paid to the US Soccer Federation before taking the online course, $150 for the clinic/field training and the uniform kit, $40 dues to HVSRA).

Any questions, contact Rob Miller at rmill21julie@gmail.com

32 new recruits joined the HVSRA team on the weekend of March 30/31 at the East Fishkill Community Center. Thanks to all involved, especially instructors: Rob, Brian, Michael, Dave, John, and Jason.

32 new recruits joined the HVSRA team on the weekend of March 30/31 at the East Fishkill Community Center. Thanks to all involved, especially instructors: Rob, Brian, Michael, Dave, John, and Jason.

HVSRA in the News - 3/2-3, 2019

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.