January 17, 2017 


Delaware State Referee Committee Announcement 

Re-certification Information Update


For the 2017 USSF certification period the Delaware State Referee Committee is providing a three-tier re-certification process as follows:



 Recertification event postponed until January 21st, 8:30AM - 3PM, Smyrna High School

Experienced Grade 8 Recertification (Grade 8 Referees)

January 7th, 2017   9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Registration begins at 8:30am

Smyrna High School Auditorium

500 Duck Creek Parkway

Smyrna, DE 19977


Instruction and discussions will be focused on the high level youth and amateur game.

  Grade 8 Referees

· Minimum age 17 years old with a minimum of three years of practical experience as a Grade 8 Referee

· Refereeing at the U16 and older levels

*Adult Grade 8 referees with less than 3 years of experience looking to officiate higher level games and youth referees who are looking to travel to work tournaments should discuss their recertification options with the Bob Jarvis, State Director of Instruction sdi@socrefde.com.




Advanced Referee Recertification

January 28th, 2017  - 9:00AM – 3:00 PM

Registration begins at 8:30am

Easter Seals of Delaware

61 Corporate Circle

New Castle, DE 19720

Instruction and discussions will be focused on amateur level and higher competitions.

Grade 7 Referees

Grade 6 Referees

Emeritus Referees




Invitations have been emailed for those who are not currently active in the Delaware SRC Arbiter Sports account or assigned within the Delaware SRC Arbiter Sports account for those who are currently active.

If you have not received an invitation via email or Arbiter or are unsure of which event you should attend, please contact Bob Wood directly at SYRA@socrefde.com or by phone at 302-531-4444.


 Referees may voluntarily choose to attend, by request, a clinic below their appropriate grade but may NOT attend a higher certification level clinic without advanced written permission from the State Director of Instruction, Mr. Bob Jarvis. Any request to attend a higher certification level clinic must include a written narrative as to the reasoning for such request including an outline of previous experience to justify the request.

 Any referee may substitute any re-certification clinic by attending a new entry clinic at any time during the year. Recertifying officials will not be subject to the written test normally administered during these clinics but must attend the entire duration of the clinic to qualify for re-certification.


Prior to attending the assigned re-certification event, all participates must complete their 2017 USSF registration.

Registration may be completed here:



Additionally, all participants must complete the online training modules appropriate for their grade level here:



We are currently seeking new referees to meet the growing demand for soccer referees in Delaware and abroad. In support of this initiative the Delaware State Referee Committee has significantly increased the opportunities state wide for new entry certifications. Below are the available dates in 2017 for New Entry Certification Clinics.

  • February 18th, 2017- Upstate (Easter Seals, New Castle) and Downstate (Easter Seals, Georgetown)
  • April 8th, 2017 - Dover area (Paradee Center)
  • June 10th, 2017 - Dover area (Paradee Center)
  • August 12th, 2017 - Upstate (Easter Seals, New Castle) and Downstate (Easter Seals, Georgetown)
  • October 14th, 2017 - Dover area (Paradee Center)


Please direct all inquiries regarding clinic assignments and/or scheduling to your SYRA, Mr. Bob Wood at SYRA@socrefde.com or by phone at 302-531-4444.

Thank you for your participation and your support of youth soccer in our great state!



Delaware State Referee Committee



2016-17 Laws of the Game Book
U.S. Soccer, in cooperation with the Referee Committee, have decided to reduce the number of hard copy law books being provided to the referee community.  Not only does this decision allow us to go green but it also aligns U.S Soccer with many other Federations worldwide.


We realize this is a big change for the referee program but we also believe it’s a positive step forward. The prevalence and usage of smart phones and tablets allow referees to have a full, digital version of the Laws of the Game at their fingertips. This digital book will serve as a reference for all officials instead of the physical book. You can find a link to the IFAB’s user friendly version below. Additionally, this site offers supplemental information for referees of all levels.

2016-17 IFAB Laws of the Game

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