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.


       2018 Scholarship Award

STSR announces the Referee Scholarship program for 2018.

Applications MUST be received by Email or postmarked by Monday April 30th, 2018 to be considered.

STSR will award three merit based scholarships to seniors graduating in the spring of 2018. Scholarships are one-time only awards. (scholarship recipients may not reapply for future years) Click here for full scholarship program description.

Scholarship will be merit based, not need based. (no family financial information will be collected)

Each scholarship will be $1000 and will be paid directly to the school identified in the letter of acceptance.

The scholarship application may be downloaded here.  It can be viewed here.

Updated 4-4-2018

2018 Badges and USSF ID Cards

Badges for members attending Entry Grade 8 clinics are handed out at the clinics, or mailed within two weeks to the attendee by STSR. 

Badges for Recertifying referees are mailed to recertified members starting in mid November by STSR.  If you receive a packet from STSR, it will have an OSI advertising flyer in it AND your badge and velcro.  Do NOT throw it away as junk mail.

Beginning with 2018 registration, U.S. Soccer will no longer be mailing registration packets to individuals once they complete registrations. Registered officials will receive a digital registration packet by email from US Soccer and will be able to download or print their own registration card for the current year. Instructions to print your registration card can be found here.

If you need to order a replacement badge, you can do so by using the "I want to : Order Replacement Badge" on your home page after signing into your account at  The charge is $6.00.

Updated 11-15-2017

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

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