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Connecticut State Referee Program

Connecticut State Referee Program

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Connecticut State Referee Program
705 North Mountain Rd
Newington, CT   06111

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the complete resource for Soccer Referees in Connecticut

2021 CSRP Referee Symposium

The Connecticut State Referee Program is pleased to announce (3) Referee Symposiums for 2021. Due to COVID social distancing restrictions all three symposiums will be held virtually as outlined below. Once you have registered for a symposium you will be given access information for the “virtual session” you have chosen.

Virtual Symposium for Advanced Referees:
On February 27 at 9 am Mark Geiger, who has Refereed the 2012 Olympics, 2013 and 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cups, and the 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups (where he became the first Referee from the United States to officiate a knockout match at the World Cup), will be hosting a 90-minute virtual seminar on Game Management and Game Control for Advanced Referees.

To sign up for this session, please choose the clinic from the Event Calendar "02/27/2021 – In Service – Virtual Symposium for Advanced Referees"

Virtual Symposium for Grassroots Referees:
On February 27, 2021 at 11 am, Connecticut State Referee Program will be hosting a 90-minute virtual mini-symposium, led by Tom Felice who is a USSF National Assistant Referee and Connecticut native. Tom will be presenting videos for analysis and a fun discussion for Grassroots level Referees and Assistant Referees.

To sign up for this session, please choose the clinic from the Event Calendar "2/27/2021 – In Service – Virtual Mini Symposium for Grassroots Referees”

Virtual Symposium for Upper-Level Referees:
On March 6 at 9:00 am there will be a mini- Symposium geared toward upper-level Referees with at least 3 years of experience. Ryan Cigich, National Referee Administrator for Youth Soccer, a member of the US Soccer Referee Committee and NCAA director of Officials will be speaking on communication. FIFA Referees Tori and Chris Penso, a husband-and-wife team of MLS referees will lead a discussion on Family and Referee Life balance and will also present video clips for analysis. Tori is the first female Referee to officiate in an MLS game in 20 years.

To sign up for this session, please choose the clinic from the Event Calendar "03/06/2021 – In Service – Virtual Symposium for Upper-Level Referees"

The CSRP was pleased to present:
Wednesday     March 3, 2021     at 7:00 pm
Due to COVID social distancing restrictions The 16th Annual Referee Awards Night will be a virtual ceremony.

The link for the virtual ceremony will be posted here soon.

Awards for:

Referee Recognition Jeremy Scheer
Female Youth Referee
of the Year
Amanda McGeehan
Male Youth Referee
of the Year
Daniel Cuyler
Instructor of the Year Daniel Marques
Assessor/Mentor of the Year David Fenton
Assignor of the Year Eric Baughman
Special Recognition Ann Powers
2020 Award Recepients
(click on image to start
the slideshow)


Many of you may already know, Ann Powers a longtime friend of the Connecticut State Referee Program
passed away on January 25, 2021 after a brief but hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer.

Click here for more on the memory of Ann Powers...

Return to Play (COVID-19) Update

As of November 20 the Governor of CT has suspended all sports activities through January 19th, including both High School and Club. CJSA, EDP, NEP have decided to suspend activities immediately.

As Connecticut prepares for Return to Play please keep in mind the decision to return to officiating is yours. The Referee Program does not set policy regarding back to play. Referees have to follow policies dictated by the competition. Please check with your Assignor if you are unsure of the competition rules.

For latest information regarding return to play please see the following links for Adult and Youth Soccer:

1. CSSA has sanctioned return to play – Click here for more information from the Connecticut State Soccer Association...

2. CJSA is in Phase 3 of return to play - Click here for more information from the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association...

As further information becomes available updates will be communicated.


NEW REFEREE / Grassroots Training is currently OPEN for registration through 3/31/21.

It is imperative that you READ the On-Line Course Instructions document before you proceed with any aspect of the New Referee - Grassroots Training!!!

New Referee - Grassroots Training Instructions

Click on the link below to see a video on the Grassroots instructions:

New Referee - Grassroots Registration Video


The CSRP is pleased to announce that in conjunction with US Soccer all 2020 registered Referees, Assignors, Assessors and Instructors will be registered with US Soccer for the 2021 registration year for free. However, in order to be on the list of registered Referees in Connecticut in 2021 you will need complete minimal Recertification steps on the Connecticut State Referee Program site. You will be notified when Recertification opens sometime this fall.

RECERTIFICATION for the officiating year 2021 is currently OPEN!!!

If you are 18 or older a Background Check is part of the Recertification process. If a Background Check is needed this year you will need to start your Recertification process to allow sufficient time for the Background Check results to be updated to your eReferee account before continuing with the Recertification process.

Recertification will be done 100% On-Line;
there will be no in-class Recertification Clinics.

Click on the flashing image "Referee Clinics" to go to the Referee Clinic page for more information or logon to your eReferee account to Recertify.

It is imperative that you READ the document
2021 Recertification Information
before you proceed with the Recertification Process!!!

Important Notice --- SafeSport Training is now required
to continue officiating in the CT Referee Program

All Referees 18 years old and older are required by Federal and State law to complete Safe Sport training by September 1, 2019. If your training is not completed and proof submitted to CSRP by September 1, 2019 you will be removed from the list of registered Referees and are prohibited from officiating after that date.

SafeSport training takes at least 90 minutes to complete but does not need to be completed in one sitting. Please get started as soon as possible. After the initial Safe Sport certification you will need to complete a yearly refresher, the refresher takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.

To register, sign in or learn more go to The U.S. Center for SafeSport...

- Click on the "SIGN IN" link in the upper right corner
- First time users click on the "REGISTER" link and complete the prompted steps
- Select "US Soccer" from the dropdown list
- Enter the "access code" specific for the Connecticut Referee Program

    (the access code can be found in the email that was sent to you or log in to your eReferee account)

You will receive an email from SafeSport to confirm your email address and activate your account.
It is imperative that you select this link in the SafeSport email to complete the SafeSport registration process. After that you will access SafeSport through your SafeSport username/password to complete the training.

You will receive a certificate for each of the three sections you complete. Do not upload the individual certificates to your eReferee account, you must upload the final certificate that states Successful Completion of SafeSport Trained.

Save the "SafeSport Trained" certificate on your computer.

- Log into your eReferee account at https//www.ctreferee.net and scroll down to SafeSport Certification
- Click on Browse, find and select your saved certificate on your computer
- Click on upload now

If you have a SafeSport Trained certificate that is still valid you may upload that certificate to your CSRP eReferee account.

Note: If you will reach the age of 18 soon, make sure you are SafeSport Trained before your 18th birthday.

All Referees under the age of 18 will need parental permission to complete the training.

Unanchored Goals

Unanchored Goals = Serious Injury

It is the responsibility of the Referee to check for the safety of the players!!!

The Referee's authority begins upon arrival at the area of the field of play and continues until he or she has left the area of the field after the game has been completed. The Referee's authority extends to time when the ball is not in play, to temporary suspensions, to the half-time break, and to additional periods of play or kicks from the penalty mark required by the rules of the competition.

The first order of business for the Referee team upon entering the field is to determine the fitness of the field. Failing to perform that duty is a significant breach of the Referees' responsiblies and represents Referee misconduct.

IF Goals Are Not Anchored - Do Not Start The Game!!!

Referee Recognition

Check out the Connecticut Referee Program Facebook page to see and support the many Connecticut Referees who have been selected to officiate high profile events throughout the US.
Many documents on the CSRP web are offered in the PDF file format - to view or download these files you will need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer. You can obtain Adobe Reader for free from www.adobe.com by clicking on the Adobe PDF Reader image to the right: