Snake River Soccer Officials Association

US Soccer

Idaho Soccer Referee Committee






Association Meetings & Continuing Training

Association meetings will restart in March.  Dates will be established in conjunction with BYSL schedules to assure that all referees who are also players and coaches can participate.

It is critical that you attend as many of the SRSOA meetings as you can. Even the most experienced refs learn something from every meeting.

USSF 2018 Re-certification Clinics Added

If you haven’t done so already, you also need to pay your fees and take an on-line examination.  You may want to wait on the exams until after attending a clinic.  The instructions for re-certification are found at the Idaho Soccer Referee Committee website (www.idahosoccerrefs.org).  It will direct you to access Arbiter and log in to the ISRC - Idaho Central Hub group to process your fee payments and take the examination. 

The re-certification clinics will cover rules changes, a couple of which are significant and a little complicated, and provide some video challenges regarding foul and misconduct recognition.  Two re-certification clinics will be held in Idaho Falls.  Attend one of them.  Please preregister through Arbiter.

March 8 and 22
7:00 PM to 10 PM
First Presbyterian Church
325 Elm Street
Use the east entrance and parking lot

Contact Rick Spielman for information: crspielman@gmail.com or 208-569-6107

You also have the option to do the clinic on-line, though live training is almost always better.

To access the online recertification:
Log in to Arbiter under the “ISRC – Idaho  Central Hub” group. If you are unsure what group you are logged in under, go to switch views and select “ISRC – Idaho  Central Hub”.
Select the Eligibility Tab.
Click on the link that mentions requirements under your referee grade. (e.g “0 of 9 Requirements Completed”)
You should now see all the online clinics required for recertification.
View each clinic individually. It may take up to an hour or more for completion to show in the Eligibility center. To be safe, close the window of the clinic when you have completed the module. It will then email a completion certificate to you.

Spring Youth Soccer

Junior and Senior High soccer has come to a close.  We have a few months to rest, but not stay idle.  During the off-season, stay in shape; keep an eye out for training opportunities (some really good prospects are in development; and watch professional matches on TV to see how the pros call a game.  The bottom line is, spend some of your time getting ready for next spring; it will be here before you know it.  And try to recruit some friends to be a referee.  Several rules clinics are scheduled in the area with more to come.


SRSOA officers are: 

President: Rick Spielman

Treasurer: Dan Kotansky 

USSF Grade 8 Entry Level Referee Clinics

One clinic is scheduled in the Idaho Falls area at this time.

March 24, 2018
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

First Presbyterian Church

Idaho Falls, ID

Use the east entrance and parking lot Clinic # IF3.24.2018

Contact: Rick Spielman (crspielman@gmail.com)

First, Grade 08 is an entry level referee. You do not need to be in the 8th grade to attend. There has been confusion about this in the past.   There are six steps that must be completed to become a US Soccer Federation Referee in Idaho.

  • Register for an Arbiter account.
  • Pay the 2018 ISRC Clinic fee ($30).
  • Pay the US Soccer Registration fee ($40).
  • Sign up for an in-person clinic.
  • Complete the on line modules at US Soccer.  These must be completed prior to the in-person clinic.  Directions on how to prove completion are below.
  • Successfully complete the in-person clinic.

Steps 1-4 will be completed by going to the following link: http://idahosoccerrefs.arbitersports.com/front/105684/Registration.  Once there select "New Referee 2018 from the menu; Read first Page entitled "Entry Clinic Welcome", then select Next; Complete the remaining steps including "Personal Information", "Background Check", "Additional Information", and "Payment".  If not automatically directed to do so, go to the "Eligibility" tab. There, under "Open", you will now see "1 of 2 Requirements Completed" for "New Referee 2018". When selecting that option, you will then see a link for "Register for In-Person Event". Select that and register for the date which you intend to attend.

Step 5 is to be completed at the following link: http://www.ussoccer.com/Referees/Resource-Center/Online-Training/Grade-8-Referee-Course.aspx. There are 18 modules that must be completed. There is a quiz associated with each module, you need to take and pass all the quizzes and provide some way to prove / show me you have passed them. You can print the certificates out or show me on your smart phone, tablet, etc. Each one of the modules will want a Clinic Number. Enter the clinic number listed above. If it asks for a USSF ID number, just leave it blank.

Regarding Step 6: Please bring a notebook and black pen to take notes, but more importantly so that you can take the test at the end of the clinic. YOU MUST REGISTER THROUGH ARBITER to let me know you want to sign up for the class. Please also email me to inform me that you will be attending. Please dress comfortably in clothes that you are willing to run around in. However, also dress modestly. No shorty shorts, tank tops, or other sloppy apparel.

USSF Intermediate Referee Clinic

A tremendous opportunity will be available to all referees who want to elevate their "game" to the next level.  An intermediate clinic with USSF National Referee Brad Jensen and National Referee Emeritus Peter Stilling will be held in Pocatello at Century High School on March 3 from 8 - Noon.  More details to follow.

Interesting Link

Use this link to see a great job by an AR under tough circumstances.  A real credit to the profession.


Check out this link regarding what it takes to be a professional referee.



The web master (LOL) for the SRSOA site is Rick Spielman.  If you have information that should be posted to this site, please send it to him at crpielman@gmail.com.  Alternatively, you may call him in the evenings or text his cell at 208-569-6107.