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FYSA REFEREE TRAINING INFORMATION

The following training opportunities are scheduled for new and returning referees, to be held at the FYSA winter office at 1422 Hampstead Ave:

Monday April 8th. 5:30pm. Entry-level adult referee training. 
Wednesday April 10th. 5:30pm. High School season officials meeting for all those planning to referee for the FNSBSD soccer season.
Monday April 29th. 5:30pm to 8pm. Part 1 entry-level youth referee training.
Monday May 6th. 5:30pm to 7pm. Part 2 entry-level youth referee training.
We will hold at least one more entry-level training option before the summer season. Let us know if you want to be contacted when that is scheduled!

Please contact us if you plan to attend any of these trainings so we can know who to expect and can provide any pre-clinic training materials or notes.
Minimum age for youth referees is 14
Minimum age for FNSBSD season referees is 18

If you are interested in officiating this year but are unable to attend one of these clinics, please contact us anyways so you can be on our email list for future training opportunities. We WILL hold at least one more entry-level training clinic for both youth and adults before the summer season. Additionally, all referees, new and returning, must attend a field-training session closer to the start of the season. Those who have been USSF certified or wish to become so will have some additional requirements for certification or re-certification. 

Bryce Melegari
FYSA Referee Coordinator
[email protected]
907-456-3972 (FYSA office)

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General Info for Referee Training
All new referees are required to complete the following:
-Pre-clinic online training modules (contact us for more info)
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Attend an in-person, classroom style clinic
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Pass a written test
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Participate in a field/gym training session (for indoor season, will be scheduled for late January)
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Purchase referee uniform materials (starter kit available from FYSA for $20) 

USSF Training for ‘Grade 8’ Certification. Intended for those who have refereed before or entry-level referees interested in starting out at a higher level of officiating. We encourage attendance of an entry-level training before this to better prepare yourself, however that is not required. There is no cost to attend the clinic, however USSF certification does require a fee through Alaska Soccer Referee Association.

Those who were certified for 2018 will need to attend an in-person recert training. Bryce Melegari, the District Referee Administrator for Fairbanks, will be in touch regarding plans for this. Non-certified referees who officiated in 2018 are encouraged to pursue certification for the coming year. Bryce will coordinate clinics for this in the spring. A Field/Gym Training session is required for ALL referees (new and returning, certified or not) who plan to officiate any given FYSA season.

Certification and Employment: USSF certification is not required to officiate FYSA recreational league games. However, attending a training clinic is required for all. A referee’s level of training and certification determines the level of games they're permitted to officiate. Referees that officiate FYSA games are considered employees of the organization. Prior to any assigned games, standard employment paperwork (W4, I9, etc.) must be completed. Certification with USSF does include a registration fee and there are some uniform items that are required to be purchased. FYSA assists with certain required uniform components while others are the responsibility of the referee. NOTE: we cannot employ anyone under the age of 14 per labor laws. Those under this minimum age, or those interested solely in volunteer officiating, are still welcome to attend any training we offer. If a youth wants to attend a clinic prior to turning 14 and then complete employment requirements after their birthday and begin working after that point, they're permitted to do so. Contact us for more info.

QUESTIONS? Please contact FYSA Executive Director, Colt Chase at [email protected] 456-3972 or call/text 907-987-6334

Referees. Submit your game report here (click the image).