Elite College Soccer Referees

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

Reading the players body language, communication and center referee not utilizing common sense:

A little background of this play/match: -All referees had Vokkero's on this match -Center referee awarded goal on this play and ball clearly did NOT go into the goal legally. -Center referee was only 80% sure it was a goal and went to the AR#1 near play and AR#1 informed center ref that he didnt know if goal or not. -Immediately after speaking to AR#1, the center referee spoke to AR#2 & 4th official. 4th official didn't know for sure if goal or not. AR#2 who was approximately 75 yards away from goal line thought it was a goal. -Video Review equipment was not available at the scorekeepers table

Since the center referee did not know if this was a legal goal or not he did the right thing by checking with his crew. If you look closely at clip you can see that only one of the white jersey player's thought it was a goal. All the other players were positioning themselves for a goal kick. As the center referee if you are not 100% sure it is a goal then you cannot award a goal, especially when three out of the four members of the crew could not tell. Goal kick is correct restart

This type of error is unacceptable and will likely get a referee removed from an assignors conference roster.

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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NCAA Updates

Link to NCAA Updated Rules and Memo-

Special thanks to ECSR member Kevin Flynn and his Jacksonville, FL ECSR members for their assistance with creating the powerpoint presentation.

2020-2021 Rule Changes , click links below under "here" for updated rules. To Download the Powerpoint Presentation click on the word "here" below and then download and save to your desktop. This make take a few mintues to load. Links: here here

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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

Photo (optional)

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