South Texas Soccer Referees

We are the official USSF affiliated soccer referee organization for South Texas and are responsible for the administration of the USSF Program for Referee development, including Administration, Registration, Instruction, Assessment and Assignors within South Texas.

Through this site you will be able to become a referee, maintain your referee status and upgrade as a referee.  It will also provide similar support for other USSF roles (e.g. Assignors, Assessors and Instructors).

You will find everything you need to know about your status on the Member Information Page. For currently registered Officials, click Sign-In on the far right of the top Menu Bar.

If you want to become a Referee, click on the entry in the right sidebar, titled "
How to Become a Referee."

If you are an existing USSF Referee from another State Association moving to South Texas, use the Registration: "Transfering to South Texas". 

If you are temporarily in South Texas and wish to officate as a Guest Referee use the Registration: Register as a Guest.


       Referee Clinics for 2018 Registration

If you have not yet recertified for 2017, you can still officiate in the fall season if you pay both the 2018 and 2017 Registration fee.  You must be recertified as a 2017 Referee as of June 30th to officiate this year unless you pay both the Late 2017 and 2018 Registration fees, when you recertify for 2018.  If you prefer not to officiate this year, wait until after November 1st 2017 to request 2018 Recertification to avoid paying both fees.

New Referees and Refeees Lapsed for more than 3 years taking an Entry clinic can start refereeing immediately with their 2018 badge.

Entry Grade 8 (New Referee) clinics will be scheduled in all areas for the mid July-October timeframe. The Fall soccer season starts in September, with some pre-season tournaments in  late August. New Referees taking an Entry clinic can start refereeing immediately with their 2018 badge.

Recertification clinics for the 2018 badge year are offered starting in September. If you have NOT attended a 2018 recertification clinic by December 31st 2017, you will pay the non-discounted registration fee ($62.50 for Grade 8).    Hybrid Recertification clinics will consist of Online modules and a 3 hour In-Person clinic attendance.  Some areas may offer a full 5 hour In-Person Recertification clinic which includes a written test and no online course work.

After October 1st, STSR will also offer a FULLY ONLINE option for 2018 Recertification for those that just cannot find the time and location to attend a hybrid Recertification clinic.  Because of hurricane Harvey, the FULLY ONLINE option will cost no more than a standard clinic this year, because of the disruption caused by the hurricane.

Be sure and Recertify for 2018 before December 31st of this year to avoid paying late registration and clinic fees.

The Digital version of the Laws of the Game can be found here. The book may also be downloaded under "Documents:


US Soccer no longer supplies the Laws of the Game book for grade 8 and 7 referees. It is however available for purchase:

Laws of the Game Book Available for Purchase
The  Laws of the Game published by The International Football Association Board (IFAB) is now available for purchase on the U.S. Soccer Store.  . The cost of the book is $5.99 (plus S/H), Member Price $5.39 (plus S/H).

Updated 6-26-2017

       2018 STSR Referee Academy Program
Taking Applications Now

CLOSED 9/8/2017


Applications are now being accepted for STSR’s 2018 Referee Academy Program.  This program includes a State Academy and a National Academy with an overall goal of developing the next group of State and National referees in order to:

1.       Meet the growing demand from high-level amateur and professional matches

2.       Improve the overall quality of officiating in STX by “sharing best practices” through the Academy referees, as they officiate games or mentor at their local leagues.

Details of this program, including the selection criteria and Referee commitment can be found by clicking here.

Application:  2018 Academy

1.       All Grade 7+  (in 2018) and higher referees are invited to apply to either the State or
 the National Academy

2.       Applications must be mailed to by September 4.  Decisions will be
made by October 1

3.       Applications must include:

a.       Your refereeing Goals and why you want to participate in the Academy (limit 200 words)

b.       Experience and Accomplishments - USSF, NHFS, NISOA

c.        Any other information that you consider useful – including a list of references

4.       A candidate may be admitted into the Academy on a “provisional basis” without a completed fitness test – but will be required to complete this test by Dec 31, 2017

5.       A Grade 7 candidate may be admitted into the Academy on a “provisional basis” - but will be required to complete their Grade 7+ upgrade requirements by Dec 31, 2017.

Deepak Lumba
Director of STSR Referee Academy



Updated 8-12-2017

STSR 2017 Regionals Top 20 Referees/ARs

Congratulations to our STSR 2017 Youth Regionals  Delegation of officials for representing STSR with the professionalism and excellence that continues to make STSR a top State Association.


Top ARs: Israel Lara, Richard Ocampo, Laurel Theriot, Melvin Rivas, Gerald Flores, Alexandra Theriot, Goya Garza

Top Referees: Rigo Cardenas, Arturo Ibarra, Chris Chen, Josh Allen, Elton Garcia, Cody Rowden, Antoan Teodassive

Referees going to US Nationals: Arturo Ibarra, Elton Garcia

Referees going to President's Cup Regionals: Cody Rowden

Assessor / Referee Coach Ali Zamanian presented with Andy Stone Award

(picture courtesy of Raymond Lalgee)

Updated 7-1-2017

       Referee Uniforms


Referee uniform styles have changed in the last year. US Soccer expects the new uniform to be worn by all USSF referees by January 1st, 2018.  The new uniform style can be found here.  Uniforms, equipment and referee starter kits can be ordered from Official Sports International on the web.

If you are a new Referee, the uniform and equipment is NOT required for the Entry clinic.  It however is required for officiating your first game.  Remember, that predominately black shoes are also required.  They can be tennis shoes or a form of turf shoes or cleats.  Starter kits are available from Official Sports in the range of $38-$62, in both men and women's versions.


Updated 7-7-2017

2017 Badges

Badges for Recertifying referees are mailed out by US Soccer in Chicago. Badges for brand new referees (never been a referee before) are handed out at the Entry Grade 8 clinic.

Referees that Recertified before November 1, 2016 should have received their badges from US Soccer along with their ID card.

Referees that recertified before the end of 2016 should receive their badge and ID card by end of January 2017.

Referees recertifying for 2017 in 2017 (late recertification) should receive their badge and ID card within four weeks of their Registration being Approved by STSR.

You may temporarily referee without your 2017 badge in 2017 as long as your registration was approved for 2017 by STSR.

If you recertified and have not received your badge and ID card from US Soccer by the above times do the following:

  1. Sign into your account at
  2. On your Member Home page in the Member Information box, confirm that you are Registered for 2017. If not contact STSR.  If the expected USSFID card date is past continue to step 3, otherwise wait until after that date.
  3. In the Member Information box, click on the "Show More Detail" box.  Confirm your address is correct and current.
  4. Send an email to copying
    Subject: No Badge Packet Received : Texas South
     In the email provide your full name, USSFID  and your mailing address
     If your address was incorrect or you moved state: Address change.
     If the address is good state :  No Address change
  5. Rachel Lawrence at US Soccer will respond to your email.

Updated 01-1-2017

STSR National Camp Attendees

 left to right: Luis Guardia, Masoud Rasti, Marco Vega, Rudy Nino, Francisco Bermudez, Jeremy Weed, Jeff Katawar, Pedro Trejo, Kyle Phillips, Mike Arrington, Harlan Matthews, Gibby Widner

(picture courtesy of Kyle Phillips)

Updated 2-20-2017

        Certification, Recertification and Upgrade Requirements


US Soccer and STSR has made numerous changes to Referee Certification, Recertification and Upgrade requirements for Badge year 2017 and beyond. In addition FIFA has made numerous law changes effective June 1st, 2016, which will be incorporated into all 2017 and later Training material.

For the 2018 badge year, Badges and velcros will be mailed out to the official directly by STSR for Recertification or Upgrade Registrations in December. Badges and velcros will continue to be handed out to all New Referees who pass a Entry Referee clinic.

Summary of Referee Registration Requirement Changes:

  • No changes for Grade 9 or  8  Registration requirements
  • Referees upgrading to Grade 7 must be at least 18 years old (was 17)
  • State or National Referees going Emeritus must be age 45 or older and have been a State or National Referee for at least 3 years
  • Grade 7+ Fitness test requirements reduced from 10 to 7 interval laps
  • For Grade 7+ and higher grades, a passing Fitness test is good for 1 year for game assignments and Assessment requests
  • For Grade 7+ and higher grades, a passing Fitness test is required in the Registration period for that Badge year (July 1st - June 30th)
  • Beginning with the 2018 Registration period, Referees upgrading to Grade 6 must have been a Grade 7+ for at least one badge year. In addition Game Count requirements have been changed for Grade 6 Upgrades effective immediately. Click Here for Referee Requirements by Grade. Also see Training: Assessments and Fitness Testing.
  • For the 2017 badge year only , Grade 6 referees with an outstanding game and assessment portfolio will be considered by the National Referee Selection committee in September of 2016.
  • Grade 5 registrations and training have been returned to the State Associations (STSR) and Referees that have been Grade 5 for at least 12 months with an outsanding assessment and game portfolio will be considered by the National Referee selection committee in September of each year. Click Here for Referee Requirements by Grade. Also see Training: Assessments and Fitness Testing. Assessments required for Grade 5 Upgrade and Recertification must occur during the registration period of July 1st- June 28th.


Updated 5-31-2017

     US Soccer Player Safety Campaign

US Soccer has published new substitution rules and  a new Indirect Free Kick rule to be applied to Under 11 games and younger for deliberately heading the ball. STYSA our Youth Soccer Association has now adopted this rule as well as US Club and Junior Academy.   In addition Concussion evaluation protocols must be followed by coaches,players, parents and referees. The U-11and younger game rule to be enforced by Referees is as follows:
If in the opinion of the Referee, a player deliberately heads the ball , the game should be stopped and an indirect free kick awarded to the other team at the location of the header. If a defender deliberately headed the ball within the goal area, the indirect free kick is to be taken at the goal area line parallel to the goal line, closest to where the header occurred.  These heading restrictions are based on GAME AGE, not individual player age. If the header is not deemed deliberate by the referee, play continues.


Updated 2-13-2016

Skin Care

U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program has skin care recommendations for referees. In the interest of health and safety, U.S. Soccer’s medical and referee experts recommend that match officials practice the following skin care guidelines.

  1. Consider wearing sunscreen
  2. Consider wearing long sleeves
  3. Consider wearing a black cap with no logo
  4. Review your skin for any changes and consult a professional if there are changes
For more details see US Soccer Skin Care.
Updated 01-29-2016


Frequently Used Links

STSR Website Help

How to Become a Referee

Information for New Referees

Clinic & Scheduled Clinics

STSR Event Calendar

Check Current Registrations

US Soccer Referee and Supplemental Report

USSoccer LOTG Videos (03/06/13)
FIFA Laws of the Game Videos (01/29/13)
Advice to New Referees Videos
Referee and Assistant Referee Procedures Videos