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Becoming a Better Referee 
Directions to Training Sites
RSRA Instructor Staff
New RSRA Referee Course
Training and Class Schedule
USSF instructions to referees (downloads)
VHSL Soccer Rules Clinic & Exam

ALL registration is being done on-line
Clinic Registration
REGISTRATION PROCEDURES: To be certified as a USSF and Metro DC-Virginia State Referee Program referee you must complete all of the following five steps:

1. Register as a referee at USSF.
a. Use the login and ID that is printed on the form to which your referee registration card was attached, or register as a new user if this is your first time signing up..
b. Follow the directions on the website.
NOTE: If you have lost you login ID or password use the 'forgot password?' at USSF.
2. Pay Registration Fee, which for Referee Grade 8, 9 or 12 is $65.00. You must pay by credit card while registering at US Soccer.
NOTE: Before the next step you must wait 24 hours while the databases are updated.
3. Sign up for class at MDCVSRP.
a. Login using the same login ID and password as you used in step one.
b. Open your profile and select a class.

RSRA New Referee Certification

Those completing this course will be certified as an entry level RSRA referee. Class members will be instructed either in the rules of the National Federation of State High School Associations and the Virginia High School League or in the United States Soccer Federation entry level class (grade 9).

To successfully complete this course you will be required to participate in an outdoor field session and pass a written examination with a minimum grade of 75%. New RSRA referees will be required to work with experienced RSRA referees during their first season.

Those certified as RSRA recreation league referees will be qualified to work games using the dual officiating system in the Fredericksburg, Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, USMCB Quantico and Stafford* leagues. Candidates must be at least 14 years of age to do recreation league games. Adults are encouraged to sign up. Referees who have completed the RSRA referee course are NOT qualified to do Stafford recreational soccer league, any travel leagues or any tournament games which come under the auspices of USSF, unless they take the USSF grade 8 or 9 class. For further information contact
Tim Piester .

Those who wish to referee in the Stafford Area Soccer Association must take the USSF referee certification clinic. The fee for the USSF grade 8 referee clinic is currently $65. The fee for the USSF grade 9 referee clinic is also $65. Fees for USSF grade 8 and 9 re-certification clinics are $65. Contact Tim Piester for more information.

*Please note that to referee in the area recreational leagues serviced by the RSRA, you must either possess a USSF grade 8 or 9 badge or have completed an RSRA-sponsored recreational referee rules class.

The Rappahannock Soccer Referees Association's policy on age limits and recommendations can be discussed with commissioner Keith Armstrong, by e-mail to:

RSRA Mailing List:
Those registered in ARBITER are notified in advance by email of classes and training opportunities that are scheduled. If you're not already listed you can either keep watching this website for information or contact Barbara Brandao to be added to ARBITER.

Rappahannock Soccer Referees Association Instructors

Barbara Brandao USSF Instructor
Chuck Lieber, USSF Instructor
Ron Magin USSF Instructor
Tim Piester USSF Instructor
Eric Worth USSF Instructor
Greg Hauck USSF Associate Instructor

For information on becoming a VHSL certified referee, contact Keith Armstrong.

USSF instructions to referees (downloads)
Advice to Referees 2014 New!
100% Misconduct Red Card Tackles
Injury Management
Handling the Ball
Game Management Model
Game Disrepute and_Mass Confrontation
Free Kick and Restart Management Dissent
Contact Above the Shoulder
Assistant Referee Involvement
Managing the Technical Area
Assignors' Conflict of Interest
Celebration of a goal
Feinting at the taking of a penalty kick
Kicks from the Penalty Mark
Mandatory suspensions
Non-Compulsory Equipment
Obvious goal-scoring opportunities
Offside (USSF position paper)
Offside slides
Penalty Kicks
Player temporarily off the field
Reduce to Equate (Kicks from the Penalty Mark
Resolutions for cup competitions
Restarts after striking, throwing or spitting
Second cautions
Severe weather guidelines
Sleeveless jersey guidelines
USSF position papers


Directions to Training Sites

Chancellor Community Center
Courthouse Community Center
Harrison Road Community Center
Germanna Community College at Lees Hill
Lee's Hill Community Center
Salem Church Road Library
Spotsylvania Career & Technical Center (formerly Spotsylvania Vocational Center)

Directions are given from I-95 exits, Four Mile Fork (intersection Routes 1 & 208 1 mile north of I-95 exit #126) and Spotsylvania Mall (.1 mile west of I-95 exit #130 on Rt. 3).

Directions from other areas and maps are available from MapQuest and Yahoo Driving Directions.


Chancellor Community Center

From Spotsylvania Mall (Intersection of Rt 3 (Plank Road) and I-95) - Go west on Rt. 3 to Chancellor Elementary School. Turn left at the light onto Andorra Road. Continue to the end of Andorra Road. The Community Center is at the end of Andorra Road, on Old Plank Road. [Top] [Directions]

Courthouse Community Center

note: The main offices of Stafford County Parks and Recreation Department and the headquarters of the Stafford County Head Start Program are located here.

From I-95 take exit 140 (Route 630), east towards Stafford. Follow Route 630 east for approximately 1 mile until you come to the stoplight at the Route 630/Route 1 intersection. Turn left onto Route 1 north, and go one block to the next stoplight. The Old Stafford Middle School is on the immediate right at that stoplight. Turn right at the stoplight and make the first right into the school parking lot. Meeting Room A is to the left side of the gymnasium.
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Germanna Community College at Lees Hill

From I-95, take Massaponax exit 126, Head south on Rt 1 to second traffic light. Turn Left on Rt 17 and go 1 mile to left into the Germanna Community College Campus (just before the entrance to Lees Hill Subdivision)

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Lee's Hill Community Center

next to Cosner Park Field
- Note: The entrance sign is difficult to see (if there at all) and the park is not visible from the highway. The park sits about 0.3 miles off the highway through a new subdivision and behind trees. The access road is a narrow winding road and caution must be used when approaching oncoming traffic.

From: Spotsylvania Mall .4 mi west of I-95 on Rt.3 Proceed east on Rt 3 towards Fredericksburg for about 1.2 miles. Passing under US1, continue straight ahead at the traffic light onto Blue-Gray Parkway, around the city of Fredericksburg, for about 1.3 miles crossing over the railroad tracks. Exit southbound onto Dixon Street (Tidewater Trail; US17 business/Rt 2) towards Shannon airport and Fredericksburg Country Club (and Bowling Green) for approximately 2.8 miles to Cosner Park on the left. The turn will be just past the Tidewater Market (white bldg)

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Harrison Road Community Center

From Spotsylvania Mall (Intersection of Rt 3 (Plank Road) and I-95) - Go east on Rt. 3 to Rt. 1. Turn right at the light onto Harrison Road. The Community Center is on the left shortly after you turn onto Harrison Road. The address is 4728 Harrison Road.

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Salem Church Road Library

From Four Mile Fork Intersection of US Rt. 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway) and Rt 208 (Courthouse Rd. going west / Lafayette Blvd. going east) - Head west on Rt 208 to 5th signal light. Turn right onto Leavells Road (Rt. 639) and go past Loriella Park on the left and continue to signal light at Harrison Rd. intersection (CVS Pharmacy is on your right). Leavells Road becomes Salem Church Road beyond the Harrison Rd. intersection. Continue straight on to Salem Church Road for approx. 1/2 mi. and the library will be on your right.

From Spotsylvania Mall (Intersection of Rt 3 (Plank Road) and I-95) - Go west on Rt 3 to 3rd signal light. Turn left on Salem Church Road and head south past 1st signal light. The Library is on your left after the light.

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Spotsylvania Career & Tech Center (formerly Spotsylvania Vocational Center)
From Four-Mile Fork: Take Rt. 208 (Courthouse Road) to Smith Station Road. Turn left at Smith Station. The Vocational Center is behind the Spotsylvania School Board Office.

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Stafford Courthouse
Take I-95 to the Stafford exit (#140). Get off and go east (if you're coming from the south, that's a right turn; if you're coming from the north, it's a left).
You're now on Courthouse Road (Rt. 630). The courthouse is at the corner of Courthouse Road and US-1 (the first traffic light). Courthouse is on the left, parking is in the rear.

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