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This is the current news for all referees, instructors, assessors, assignors, and mentors in Kansas.

2017 National Referee Coaches and National Assignors

posted Feb 5, 2017, 7:51 PM by Cory Kramer   [ updated Feb 5, 2017, 7:53 PM ]

U.S. Soccer is proud to announce the 2017 class of National Officials, National Referee Coaches, and National Assignors. 
If you need a National Assessor to assess your games, the list appears here.

New US Soccer LAC Appointed

posted Feb 5, 2017, 7:37 PM by Cory Kramer   [ updated Feb 5, 2017, 7:38 PM ]

National Coach Ali Saheli from Columbia, MO has been appointed by US Soccer to take over for Holly Hollingsworth as the National Assignor in charge of the Southern Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas areas.

Lauren Stalcup to Referee at ODP Nationals

posted Feb 5, 2017, 7:31 PM by Cory Kramer   [ updated Feb 5, 2017, 7:31 PM ]

Kansas referee Lauren Stalcup has been selected to represent Region 2 at the ODP National Championships in Phoenix, Arizona.

2016 Young Referees of the Year

posted Oct 21, 2016, 6:46 AM by Cory Kramer   [ updated Oct 21, 2016, 6:46 AM ]



Congratulations to Emily Astle and Braxton Pauls who have been selected as the Kansas Young Referees of the Year for 2016. This award is given to those referees who, not only excel on the field, but also in the classroom and community. Congratulations to both and they will now join the nominations for Region II Referee of the Year.





Futsal Winter 2016-2017

posted Oct 5, 2016, 7:07 PM by Cory Kramer   [ updated Oct 5, 2016, 7:08 PM ]

Futsal continues to grow in popularity with more teams and leagues forming every year.  Futsal is a game that teaches players how to develop skills by putting them into a much smaller space and discouraging contact.  While there are many similarities with outdoor soccer, there are specific laws and procedures that are unique to Futsal.  The Futsal course focuses on these differences (not on fouls and misconduct).  This is why the prerequisite for becoming a Futsal Referee is certification as a USSF outdoor Referee.


In the Futsal class we will focus on the differences between the outdoor game and Futsal (for example, 2 Referees, substitutions on the fly and DFKs without a wall) and the signals and techniques employed by Referees in Futsal.  You will be asked to complete USSF online training modules and an online test prior to the class.  We look forward to your joining us on the Futsal court this winter.

IFAB Law Changes

posted Aug 11, 2016, 8:00 PM by Cory Kramer   [ updated Oct 5, 2016, 7:03 PM ]



The IFAB has released the FIFA Law changes.  Click for the Law Changes or Here.

Questions contact the State Director of Instruction Larry Weigant or the State Referee Administrator Bill Davey.

An Honor for Kansas Referee Jon Freemon

posted Aug 11, 2016, 7:05 PM by Cory Kramer



An honor for the Kansas Referee Jon Freemon, who received the Center Referee Assignment, for the USASA National Championship, held in Milwaukee Wisconsin, August 6 & 7.  An outstanding, highly praised job, by the entire crew for the Finals.


Good job Jon for representing the Kansas Referees, with such an outstanding performance.

2016 Kansas Referee Honors

posted Jun 29, 2016, 2:58 PM by Cory Kramer   [ updated Jul 11, 2016, 6:59 PM ]



Kansas Referee’s Excel at Youth Regionals, Amateur Regionals, President’s Cup, and the US Soccer Developmental Academy.




Selected to attend the President’s Cup Nationals:                                Luis Tribaldo

Selected to attend the USYSA Nationals:                                                Alex Buehler, Ricky Gutierrez, Caitlyn Sabbert

Selected as a returning top performer to the Youth Nationals:          Jack Feldman

Selected to Attend the Developmental Academy:                                Alex Hamel

Selected to Attend the USASA National Amateur Championships:    Jon Freemon


Congratulations to each of you, and thanks to all the Referee Program Support Staff, for assisting the honorees, in realizing the next step in the ladder of success.


Bill Davey

Kansas – State Referee Administrator

Referee Night at FC Kansas City

posted Jun 13, 2016, 11:26 AM by Cory Kramer   [ updated Jun 13, 2016, 11:26 AM ]

U.S. Soccer Player Safety Campaign - Heading for Children 10 and Under

posted Feb 13, 2016, 1:43 PM by Cory Kramer   [ updated Jul 11, 2016, 7:19 PM ]

As part of U.S. Soccer's Player Safety Campaign, U.S. Soccer unveiled the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative that provides guidelines that have been implemented since January of 2016.

The information contained in the initiative is intended to give U.S. Soccer Organization Members, as well as players, parents, team/club staff and coaches and referees, guidance and direction when dealing with head injuries and potential head injuries during soccer participation.

Included in the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative are specific changes to rules on substitutions and heading for certain age groups. Those changes included:

  • Modify substitution rules to allow players who may have suffered a concussion during games to be evaluated without penalty
  • Eliminating heading for children 10 and under
    • Please note that U11 is listed in the U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative document because U11 players can be 10 years old at the beginning of the season
  • Limiting the amount of heading in practice for children between the ages of 11 and 13

In addition to the safety initiatives, the following modified rule should be implemented:

  • When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick (IFK) should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense.  If the deliberate header occurs within the penalty area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the penalty area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue.

For more information, please refer to the frequently asked questions, which should help clarify questions regarding the new initiatives.

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