Elite College Soccer Referees

We are going to post videos throughout the year. You can go to Clips on the menu and give your response.


*Please note there are two video clips to view, the other is posted under clips*

The spring season has turned out to have many challenges and I want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding.

We are 1 month into the spring season and conference play is about to begin. There needs to be a few things to mention and I understand that most of you have not been on the field since fall of 19. It takes some time to adjust but one thing does not change and that is the game itself.

We have witnessed that the games have been very intense, feisty. The student athletes, for the most part, are like the referees, not playing competitively since 2019. There is a lot of bottled-up energy. Late tackles, dangerous challenges that may not be punished.

One thing has not changed-player safety. It is out obligation to protect the student athlete from dangerous tackles.

Teamwork. Assistant Referees have a duty to assist if they see an infraction, especially those in the penalty area. They need to have the courage to alert the referee when they feel there is a penalty.

This falls on both, the referee and AR and both will be held accountable.

Bench control. Due to the shortened season and the post season field diminished, the bench area can be more active than previously. The crew needs to have a thorough pre-game and discuss the action to be taken. As I have said in the past, I do not want any coach sent off, but a clear message from the referee must be delivered to the bench area.

If the AR is having difficulty, they are to get the referees attention and give clear details. The referee will speak to the offender reminding them that they cannot act irresponsibly.

VB 1

Please review the language of Violent behavior, specifically VB 1. Violent behavior I and II, which may be against anyone (for instance, opponent, teammate, official or spectator) not competing for the ball, may be on or off the field of play, and the ball may be in or out of play; Violent behavior I is an unwarranted excessive act or use of force when not challenging for the ball There are 2 incidents in this clip but the focus in on the 2nd one. You can see this is off the field of play and falls under VB1.

You can see this clip on the elite college website, elitecollegesoccerreferees.com

Multiple fouls.

Referees need to be alert to how many fouls are committed on one player. This is much easier if the targeted player is the GK. In the following clip, you can see the GK gets fouled 4 times before a caution is administered.

For the Good of the College Game


Dates for ECSR/NISOA Webinars are:

June 14th

June 28th

Below is the link for NISOA/ECSR Virtual Summer School Series – Session 2


Topic: Reading & Managing the Modern College Game

Date: Monday June 28th, 2021 @ 8pm ET

Lead Professor: Paul Tamberino

Support: Corey Rockwell & Roger Morton

July 12th

July 26th

August 9th

We will send information on how to sign up for each date by email

Registration Process

**For those that have registered in 2020, you will qualify for games in 2020 and Spring of 2021. In order to be considered for assignments and insurance coverage for Fall 2021, you must register again from January 1st-March 31st*.

Referees will register each year, at a cost of $85. Registration at $85 will be open from January 1st until March 31st. After March 31st, registration costs will increase to $100. Once registered, you will be able to sign up for a camp or webinar without additional cost. You can register here or by clicking "Register" at the top of the page

There will be a mandatory background check that must be submitted through Arbiter, cost is $15, this will be available in January.

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.

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


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

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.



NIRSA Soccer Officials Application Link is below:

Applications are due by July 31

NIRSA soccer officials’ application link went live today! Here is the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeTO8eJ2JH49Vg3x1AWSqJUPlrEEjp-PalzOQHmUGwjzuxHSQ/viewform


Please review the following video created by ECSR before the season starts. There are some important Rule Reminders


ECSR Webinars:

Thank you to all that participated in our webinars January 14th or 25th

Here is a link to both webinars

Clinic 1


Clinic 2


We would like to welcome Matt Tiano as a new Director for ECSR. Matt is a Referee and Assignor in Minnesota. He assigns the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic , Conference (MIAC), Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) and the American Rivers Conference (A-R-C)

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-

2020-2021 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

and here


Powerpoint of newest rule changes: Please copy and paste the link: