Elite College Soccer Referees

Welcome to the Elite College Soccer Referees (ECSR) website. We encourage you to visit our website often to receive up to date information concerning what is important to the college game, as well as to the student athlete. Our individual conferences are excited that we have undertaken this challenge to improve officiating at the college level. We ask you to visit the Universities websites that are listed on this site to keep each of you informed on the latest scores and soccer news. You will see that we service some of the top men’s and women’s soccer programs in the country.
ECSR Chicago 2019

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 March 31st. After March 31st, 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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PRESS RELEASE – February 23, 2019 St. Louis, MO and Chicago, IL

The Elite College Soccer Referees (ECSR- www.elitecollegesoccerreferee.com) and the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA – www.nisoa.com) are pleased to announce a collaboration designed to enhance the education and training of intercollegiate soccer officials. ECSR and NISOA have agreed to conduct joint referee instructional clinics at various locations to provide officials access to the most advanced educational material delivered by an exceptional instructional staff leveraging both organizations’ vast database of educational material. ECSR and NISOA leadership will support each others members to continue taking full advantage of all the benefits each organization has to offer. The most recent NISOA uniform will be the standard referee kit. Each organization will provide a non-voting Board member to the other organization to maximize the collaboration between the entities.

ECSR believes that this joint venture with NISOA will streamline the requirements for collegiate referees who are members of both organizations supporting the values of ‘family first’ while maintaining a rigorous and thorough educational experience.”

This alliance between ECSR and NISOA will commence immediately and will be in effect for the next three years at which point both parties have the option to renew the arrangement.


Paul Tamberino, Steve Siomos, Roger Morton & Manuel Ortiz, Jr.

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

Background Check

We are working with Arbiter to finalize the details on the Background Check. Please don't do any other background check on Arbiter until this is finalized. For those that will do playoffs and do the background check through NCAA for Soccer Only, we will honor that and ONLY that one. For now, we are extending the deadline until May 1. We will email everyone once everything is finalized.