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Junior Referees

JUNIOR REFEREES

Each season, MSI trains nearly 100 teenagers as Junior Referees, and utilizes their talents and abilities to officiate nearly 700 games for our 3rd and 4th grade program. These games are 7v7 or 8v8 and are played at locations all across the County. Individuals interested in becoming a Junior Referee must be at least 13 years old, and complete a 9-hour training program, consisting of 6 hours of classroom instruction and 3 hours of "on the field" practical training. Experienced ("returning") Junior Referees must complete 2 hours of refresher training before each season. Detailed information for these training sessions, as well as a link to the online registration form, is provided below on this page.

Assigning of games is primarily accomplished by e-mail communication between the Junior Referee Assignor and the Junior Referees. Before the start of the season, the Junior Referee Coordinator sends a "mass email" to all Junior Referees who have completed the training and asks that they go online and provide their preferences regarding locations, dates, and times for the games they will work during the season. Using that information, the Assignor makes assignments each week. Junior Referees are then asked to respond promptly to confirm or decline their assignment. 

Being a Junior Referee is an exciting, rewarding and fun way for young men and women to develop maturity and confidence and is a great way to give back to the great game of soccer. It is important to note, however, that it is a difficult and challenging job at times and there are some fine young people who may not be comfortable yet interacting in a competitive game environment with adults. For those who welcome a challenging opportunity to become a Junior Referee, MSI provides strong mentoring and remedial support through the season. Parents and candidates are encouraged to consider this prior to registering for the training.

Junior Referees may choose to receive either SSL hours or $10 per game (with a bonus after working a certain number of games).

Questions?? Please contact Gary Wheeler at gary@msisoccer.org

Thank you to everybody who participates in the Junior Referee Program, including the parents who help make it all possible. Your participation literally makes it possible for several thousand youths to play soccer each season!

NEW JUNIOR REFEREES (did not work in the Spring 2017 season)

Candidates must complete an online registration, pay the $10 registration fee, and attend three training sessions, consisting of two classroom sessions (Parts 1 and 2) and a field session (Part 3), as follows:

Part 1:  Classroom Session  (mandatory attendance at one of these two options)
  • Option 1:  Saturday, August 5, 2:30-5:30 p.m. (Council Office Building cafeteria, 100 Maryland Ave, Rockville)
  • Option 2:  Sunday, August 13, 1:00-4:00 p.m. (Executive Office Building auditorium, 101 Monroe St, Rockville)

Part 2: Classroom Session
(mandatory attendance at one of these two options) 
  • Option 1:  Wednesday, August 9, 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Executive Office Building auditorium, 101 Monroe St, Rockville)
  • Option 2:  Wednesday, August 16, 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Executive Office Building auditorium, 101 Monroe St, Rockville)

Part 3: Field Session
(mandatory attendance at one of these two options)
  • Option 1:  Saturday, August 19, 1:00-4:00 pm (Maryvale ES athletic field, 1000 First St, Rockville)
  • Option 2:  Sunday, August 27, 1:00-4:00 pm (Maryvale ES athletic field, 1000 First St, Rockville)

To register for the New Junior Referee training, please click here. 

Laws of the Game Made Easy is required reading for all Junior Referee candidates. Please click  here to access Laws of the Game Made Easy. 

Important Note for New Junior Ref Candidates: A candidate must attend all 3 Parts, no exceptions!  Upon successful completion of all 3 parts of the training, our newly certified Junior Referees will be provided a Junior Referee shirt, whistle, and yellow/red cards, and instructions on how to obtain game assignments for the upcoming season.  The first recreational games of the season will be played on Saturday, September 9, 2017.

RETURNING JUNIOR REFEREES (worked in Spring 2017 season)

Returning Junior Referees must take one 90-minute refresher training each season. There is no fee for returning Junior Refs. Please register for one of the two options below. 

Refresher Training 

  • Option 1:  Thursday, August 17, 6-7:30 p.m., MSI Office Park Conference Park conference room (7529 Standish Pl, Rockville, 20855)
  • Option 2:  Wednesday, August 30, 6-7:30 p.m., MSI Office Park Conference Park conference room (7529 Standish Pl, Rockville, 20855)

 
To register for the Returning Junior Referee refresher training, please click here. 

All Junior Referees must complete the Junior Referee Information Form and bring it to their training class. 

Junior Referee Information Form, please click here

The first recreational games of the season will be played on Saturday, September 9, 2017.  

HELPFUL RESOURCE DOCUMENTS
FIFA Laws of the Game (2016-2017)
Rec Modifications of FIFA Laws Spring 2017