Elite College Soccer Referees

We're going to start showing regular video clips on this page while there's no soccer to referee

This week has it all, foul recognition, communication and misconduct. The ECSR group has been preaching for years about the importance of communication. Here is a scenario where this is lack of communication and the credibility of the crew is in jeopardy.

From the clip, you can see there is a clear foul by the gold team. The Assistant Referee is in very good position as well as the referee. Why is the referee so close? Look at the defenders. There are 4 defenders and 1 attacker, could he be anticipating something with numbers like that and being in this position, he can transition himself to be ready for the next stage of play.

But what does the AR see? There is no offside as the flag does not come up when the attacker receives the ball. When the referee signals for the foul, we have conflicting signals-- AR has the foul going out and the referee has a foul in favor of the attacker. Eye contact is also missing in the clip. Neither official looks at each other before they signal. This may avoid the conflict of signals.

Regardless of the decisions of the crew, there must be communication. The ECSR prefer face to face communication so the decision is clear. With the communication, the crew can come to some conclusion as to what the decision should be.

If the referee decides to honor the flag of the Assistant Referee, he must communicate this information to the team captain and or the coach. If this is done, remember to stop the clock.

For the Good of the College Game

Registration Process

Referees will register each year, at a cost of $85. Registration will be open from January 1st until June 1st. After June 1st, registration costs will increase to $100. Once registered, you will be able to sign up for a camp without additional cost. You can register here or by clicking "Register" at the top of the page

Starting in 2020 there will be a mandatory background check that must be submitted through Arbiter, cost is $15.

As with previous years, registration includes insurance. Camps will be required anually for D1 Center Referees, and all other members must attend every other year. Registration for each camp will close 1 week before the camp date, so we have adequate time to prepare materials. Walk-ins will not be accepted.

The ECSR will still be offering insurance for its members. The ECSR supports its members and believes that it's important for our members to be covered while out on the field.

Assignors/Observers/Directors and Officers of the ECSR and any other Organization that is a Member of the ECSR now have Liability Insurance. Coverage is 1 million Personal and ADV Injury, 3 million General Aggregate, $25,000 Injury.


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Background Check

The Background Check is now set up on Arbiter.

The ECSR is now requiring a yearly background check to be taken. If you plan to do playoff games for NCAA (soccer only) we will accept that background check. This is the ONLY other background check ECSR will accept.

Without a background check, you will not be able to be assigned games. Please complete the check as soon as possible. The deadline to submit is May 1.

The cost is $15

Copy and Paste the link below and it will take you directly to Arbiter to submit the background check:


There are 5 steps to complete:

Welcome information

Personal Information

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Background Check consent (there are 2 drop downs to choose yes I consent)


Once you have taken the Background Check, please go to your profile on the ECSR site, click Update Profile, there's a line at the bottom that says "I certify that I have passed the required background check for this season" with a checkbox next to it. Once checked, click "Update My Profile", and this will verify you have taken the check.

Advice To Referees

Check here regularly for some great instruction you can use in your games!

Part 1  Part 2 Part 3

NCAA Updates

Link to NCAA Updated Rules and Memo-

2020 Rule Changes , click links for updated rules here


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