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 for 2018 will be coming this fall.  Check in here or at the Idaho Soccer Referee Committee website (www.idahosoccerrefs.org) beginning in November for more information .

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 thes off-season, stay in shape; keep an eye out for training opportunities (some really good prospects are in development; and whatch 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

Two clinics are scheduled in the Idaho Falls and Rexburg areas.

October 28

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Spring Hill Suites
1177 S Yellowstone Highway
Clinic # REX.10.28.2017
Contact Peter Stilling stillingp@gmail.com

November 4, 2017
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Hillcrest High School
Room 2212800 Owen St
Ammon, ID
Clinic # IF.11.4.2018

Contact: Georg Behrens georg23@hotmail.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 will be 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 online 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 smartphone, tablet, etc. Each one of the modules will want a Clinic Number. Enter the clinic number listed abover. 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.

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.