Hot off the presses

Hot off the presses…

Worked on by National and volunteers from AYSO, here is the presentation that was given on the web. All referees should be taught the changed and as many coaches as possible. Please contact me with any questions you may have, I have been already answering questions on the Law Changes. {File was sent to the RRA or RC that I have on file}

With the fall season fast approaching, please send any correction to the RRA list I made to me ASAP so I can keep you informed.

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Summertime Training

Yes, it is almost the fourth of July, but time to start thinking of training your referees. Also for your old veterans, you should have a refresher class, to go over the law changes that took place June 1st. Weekends are filling fast, so if you need an instructor, make sure you let us know ASAP.


7/9 LaGrange, Illinois Intermediate Referee
7/19 Chicago, Illinois U8 Referee
7/19 Chicago, Illinois Online Companion Course
7/23 Chicago, Illinois U8 Referee
7/23 Chicago, Illinois Online Companion Course
7/24 Skokie, Illinois Basic Referee
8/7 Chicago, Illinois U8 Referee
8/7 Chicago, Illinois Online Companion Course
8/7 Elmhurst, Illinois U8 to Basic Referee Upgrade
8/7 Elmhurst, Illinois U8 Referee
8/7 Elmhurst, Illinois Basic Referee
8/12 Antioch, Illinois Advanced Referee
8/13 Antioch, Illinois Basic Referee
8/13 Antioch, Illinois Intermediate Referee
8/13 Elmhurst, Illinois Intermediate Referee
8/20 Elmhurst, Illinois Basic, Referee, U8 Referee, U8 to Basic Upgrade
8/20 Glenview, Illinois Intermediate Referee
8/27 Scottsbluff, Nebraska Basic Referee training

Note: Some of these classes are 2 days long. All are available on and the students should sign up ASAP to ensure the classes are not cancelled. Exact information is also available at sign up or would be emailed to you. Apologies to any instructor if I missed a date.

Reminder: Just taking the Online Course does NOT make you a referee. The Online companion course along with the test, and Safe Haven and Concussion training are REQUIRED. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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Online Webinars

The following courses will be available online. The times are PST which is 2 hours behind us. Courses are open to all, especially the New Law Changes. I will post the Area Referee Admin and the Regional Referee Admin soon.

Law Changes:

Tuesday June 7 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday June 8 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Thursday June 9 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday June 9 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday June 21 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday June 22 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday June 22 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Thursday June 23 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Thursday June 23 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday June 28 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday June 29 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday June 29 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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Section 6 Games

Section 6 Tournament is now open for registration. Inform your teams now for a save the date!!
Here is the information:

Section Six Games ’16
All Currently Registered Players MY2015
Players must have been registered before MAY 1, 2016
ALL Coed teams will play in the boys division.
Space is limited. Team acceptance requires 1 Volunteer referee per team.
Each team must provide a referee that is not a coach for the tournament or listed by a different team.
Each team must provide 1 volunteer for administration for a 4 hour shift.
U16 and u19 will be separate divisions; a Minimum of 4 teams required.
Only players participating on regular/primary program teams may register.
NO EXTRA teams or Side-By-Side only players may register.

Deadline is May 30, 2016
Note birthdates of Each Division:
U10 – Aug 1,2005 thru July 31,2007; will play 7 v 7, Maximum roster 10
U12 – Aug. 1,2003 thru July 31, 2005; will play 9 v 9, Maximum roster 12
U14 – Aug. 1,2001 thru July 31,2003 : will play 11 v 11, Maximum roster 15
U16 – Aug. 1,1999 thru July 31,2001; will play 11 v 11, Maximum roster 18
U19 – Aug. 1,1996 thru July 31,1999 ; will play 11 v 11, Maximum roster 18

When: June 18, 2016; Rain Date June 19, 2016
Each Team will be scheduled to play the equivalent of approximately two (2) full time matches Saturday with 3 pool play and one final match.

Where: Libertyville Township Soccer Complex
1200 Technology Way, Libertyville, Il. 60048

VIP PLAY at 9 AM Field 5 Contact VIP Director, Region 372, Valerie Walker

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Law Changes II

These are not official and may change. Disclaimer now done, this is the best thing I have seen for the Law Changes effective June 1st. Remember, if your season is already going, or starts before June 1st, then the changes will not take place until the fall season. If you start after June 1st, then you will have to update the referees fast. If you need someone to come out and teach, let myself or Tom Severin [the Section Director of Referee Instruction].

Also, I visited unannounced both LaGrange and Hinsdale this past Saturday. Glad to see that the heading change is being called, but I have noticed a lot more high kicks. Anyone else noticing this trend? Just a quick no if you haven’t, or tell me how much more you have seen. [Best Guess]

Make sure your referees are AYSO certified and have taken Safe haven. If they are not certified, then they cannot referee an AYSO game. Failyre to follow this simple rule can subject the referee who is not certified and the region to lawsuits.

Last, seeing how much interest there is for a National Referee Course in 2017. If you have advanced referees, let me know the level of interest, as it does take some time to get things setup.

As always, we are here to help you. Let me know if there are questions on anything.

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Opening Games and Law Changes


Hopefully we will have a great day for tomorrow, when most regions open their spring season. However, much to cover:

If your region is going to restrict header, which is the suggested thing for the Spring, the following applies:

Heading the Ball Statement from AYSO National (from Web Site )

1. Consistent with the U.S. Soccer mandates on heading the ball, heading is banned for all division players U-11 (U-12 and below for programs without single age divisions) and below in both practices and games.

Heading for players in U-14 is limited to a maximum of thirty (30) minutes per week with no more than 15-20 headers, per player. There is no restriction on heading in matches.

2. An indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team if a player age 10 or younger, deliberately touches the ball with his/her head during a game.

(a) The indirect free kick is to be taken from the place where the player touched the ball with his/her head.
(b) Indirect free kick awarded to the attacking team inside the opposing team’s GOAL [change is mine] area, must be taken on the goal [change is mine] area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the player touched the ball with his/her head.

3. Neither cautions nor send offs shall be issued for persistent infringement or denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity related to the heading infraction.

Note, that this is different from what is on AYSO website. I called National today to get the policy but could not find anyone with the answer. So to be consistent with USSF, FIFA, and State Youth Referee commissions, I have change the wording from Penalty to goal area. Use this definition for the Spring season. This rule should be in effect if everyone was trained and updated on the change for the Spring. That was and still is the intent, to protect players from injury and it is what USSF is doing effective immediately. I take full responsibility for this wording.

Now, for those of you who attended one of my classes at Section Expo, you know of some of the law changes to become effective June 1st. [If your season is already in progress, then will take place at the start of your next season]. If you weren’t at Expo, and haven’t heard, the biggest rewrite of the Laws of the Game has taken place, been voted on, and approved by FIFA. There is a summary in the law book about 4.5 pages long with the Law Changes. I do NOT know if these changes will be in effect for Section Games, but my suggestion is that they will not be. AYSO will have to change manuals, tests, guidelines, etc and has a lot of work to do to get the word out. You can see the full IFAB [yes, the name was changed] Laws of the Game here:

I will once again be visiting unannounced various regions this Spring to see how things are going. I don’t announce so you don’t have to worry, it is not an inspection, just me getting a feel for how things are going. I will try to meet the RRA after my visit to let you know what I saw.

Have a good start to the season tomorrow. As always, we are here to serve you. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

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Immediate Illinois Concussion Law Change

Public Act 099-0245

Available for viewing at

All, this law was passed on 8/3/2015 and took effect 1 Jan 2016 to little fanfare. It changes the Illinois concussion Law to include:
“Sponsored youth sports activity” means any athletic
activity, including practice or competition, for players under
the direction of a coach, athletic director, or band leader of
a youth sports league…

So, yes this impacts EVERY AYSO region in Illinois. The requirement is that information on concussion MUST BY LAW be passed down to the player, coach
League official, game official [including referees], and parents or guardians of each player. The exact wording is:

Section 15. Concussion and head injury educational
materials. Each youth sports league with players who
participate in any youth-sponsored sports activity sponsored
or sanctioned by the youth sports league is encouraged to make
available, electronically or in writing, to coaches, game
officials, and players, as well as the parents, guardians, and
other persons with legal authority to make medical decisions,
educational materials that describe the nature and risk of
concussions and head injuries, including the advisability of
removal of players that exhibit signs, symptoms, or behaviors
consistent with a concussion, such as a loss of consciousness,
a headache, dizziness, confusion, or balance problems, from
participating in a youth-sponsored sports activity sponsored
or sanctioned by the youth sports league.

This can take the form in writing or electronically. The information per AYSO guidelines is the CDC information and/or forms that many of the regions have been using.
If your region did not give out the forms before the fall season, it must do so before the start of this spring season. There are no other requirements for AYSO at this time other then before each season starts, the information MUST BE passed on to the above. However several bills are in The legislature which is on break.

Also passed to other states to remind referees and RCs to double check their state law. Remember AYSO policy for players if concussion is suspected by either the coach, parent, or referee
That the player is done for the day, and must have a signed release form in order to return to game or practice. A injury report shall be filled out and sent to the Safety Director and to National. The Referee report should go to the RC with a copy coming to the Section Referee Administrator. . If in doubt, sit them out. No parent, coach, or referee can overrule the sitting out policy if the concussion is suspected. You must also follow your state laws concerning concussions!

AYSO Concussion information is available at:

Feel free to contact me with any questions.

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