Elite College Soccer Referees

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

Holding Foul in penalty area of Kansas St vs Gonzaga match

-White jersey attacker beats purple jersey defender by the end line very close to penalty area.

-White jersey attacker dribbles into the penalty area and purple jersey defender with her left hand clearly holds attacker.

-This hold by defender definitely effected the play as it slowed the attacker and needs to be called.

-Since foul was committed inside penalty area the correct decision is a PK

-Center referee correctly calls a PK.

- NCAA Rule 12.1.9

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

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

NCAA Updates

Link to NCAA Updated Rules and Memo here

and here