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 October for more information .

Spring Youth Soccer

After a bit of a chaotic start, the spring youth soccer season turned out quite well.  We broke in (almost literally) Pedro Corona as the new ref assignor and finished the season with a successful Dean Cook Memorial Shootout tournament.  We had strong positive feedback about the overall quality of our refs and had few problems with unruly fans, players, or coaches.  Well done.  



SRSOA officers are: 

President: Rick Spielman

Treasurer: Dan Kotansky 

High School

Hard to believe, but the high school soccer season is almost upon us.  The state commissioner and rules interpreter meeting is on July 11.  The first scheduled District 6 Soccer Rules Clinic is scheduled for August 3.  Coaches meeting at 7 and referee meeting at 8 (but this may change a bit).  This meeting will be held at the Idaho Falls High School.  More information to come.

All officicals must create a new NFHS account.  When on exams.nfhs.org select Register in the top right.  Follow the steps to create your username and password.  Click on NEXT (keep your username and password for future use).  Fill in the required Personal Information.  Click NEXT.  You will then get an confirmation e-mail.  Open the e-mail and click in the link in the message.  Use your new username and password to sign in.  Now you can view Available & Upcoming Exams as well as your Exam History.  

If you do not score 90% or better you may retake the exam up to 5 times.  Once you score 90 or better, you may not retake it.  You must score 85% or better to referee in the state tournament.

USSF Clinics

One Grade 8 Entry Level clinic is curretnly scheduled in District 2 at the moment, but more will occur.


Peter Stilling will lead a clinic as follows:

Clinic #: POC.07.29.2017
Date: Saturday, July 29, 2017 (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Highland High School
1800 Bench Ave.


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 are 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 the instructor you have passed them. You can print the certificates out or show them 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 us know you want to sign up for the class. Please also email the instructor (email links are above) to inform them 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.