Snake River Soccer Officials Association

US Soccer






Association Meetings &

Continuing Training

None scheduled at the moment.

Upcoming Tier 2 Topics:

Free Kick and Restart Management
Contact above the Shoulder
Injury Management
Managing the Technical Area

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.


Recertification in 2017 will require either an in-person clinic or completion of a set of online modules.  Check the Idaho Soccer Referee Committee website (www.idahosoccerrefs.org) for more information or contact  the State Referee Administrator (sra@idahosoccerrefs.org) or the State Director of Instruction (sdi@idahosoccerrefs.org).

Spring Youth Soccer

Spring youth leagues will begin in about 6 short weeks.  The time is now to 1) ger recertified or become certified; 2) get into game shape; and 3) contact the assignors for the leagues you want to support.

You may also want to begin planning for your support of the various tournaments which will take place this spring and early summer.  



SRSOA officers are: 

President: Rick Spielman

Treasurer: Dan Kotansky 


Note the changes in two of the clinics below.  If you already scheduled yourself for one of the date which were cancelled (2/25 and 3/11), you may change your clinic to one that meets your schedule either on-line or by contacting the State Director of Instruction (sdi@idahosoccerrefs.org):

Two clinics are planned for District 2 in early 2017. 


Peter Stilling will lead a clinic as follows:

Clinic #: REX.03.11.2017
Date: Saturday, MARCH 18, 2017 (8:00 AM - 6:00 PM)
BYU-Idaho, Hart Building Room 170
239 S 1st W
Rexburg, ID 83440

Rick Spielman will lead one clinic as follows:  NOTE THE SCHEDULE CHANGE

Clinic # IF.03.25.2017

Date: Friday March 24 (6 - 10 PM) and Saturday, March 25, 2017 (8:00 AM - 12 Noon)

First Presbyterian Church

325 Elm St

Idaho Falls, ID 83402


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 will be six steps that must be completed to become a US Soccer Federation Referee in Idaho.

  1. Register for an Arbiter account.
  2. Pay the 2017 ISRC Clinic fee ($30).
  3. Pay the US Soccer Registration fee ($40).
  4. Sign up for an in-person clinic.
  5. Complete the online modules at US Soccer. These must be completed prior to the in-person clinic. Directions on how to prove completion are below.
  6. 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 2017" 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 2017". 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 smartphone, tablet, etc. Each one of the modules will want a Clinic Number. Use 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 the instructor (email links are above) 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. You are welcome and encouraged to bring food and drink. We will break for lunch.

Check the Idaho State Referee web site for clinic information.  

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.