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State Cup Referees Sought
The 2014 State Cup is just around the corner.  Now's the time to apply if you're interested in working the state championships.  The Cup will be held on May 3-4 and May 17-18 for U12-U18's...U19's compete on May 31-June 1 (these dates will also serve as rain dates for the younger age groups).  Complete information is on the application which is due April 1, 2014.

Open Tournament Referees Needed
Referees interested in officiating at the 2014 Open Tournament June 13-15 and June 20-12 in Edinboro.  For complete information please download the application.  Deadline to apply is May 1, 2014

George Allen Scholarship Application Now Available
High school Seniors...the application for the George Allen Scholarship is now available. Two $1,000.00 scholarships are awarded to deserving HS Seniors who are registered members of PA West Soccer.

The application can be found on the PA West Soccer Forms Page under Awards.

Deadline to apply is April 30, 2014.

New SRA Appointed
PA West Soccer has appointed Jeff Stainbrook as its new SRA. The SRA leads the State Referee Committee and oversees the administration of all referee related activities.

Referee Education Course Information
For information about re-certs and entry-level courses please click here.  For more info contact Peggy Neason.

Hey Ref!  Do You Have Your Background Check?
All adults planning to referee must have a current clearance; that's a clearance that has been completed within the last two years and won't expire before the end of the current playing session.  PA West Soccer accepts clearances in the form of PA Act 33/34 clearances or those completed through the PA West Soccer online system.  To apply for clearance using the PA West Soccer system click here.

Be sure to complete the form and select a payment method before closing your browser.  If you close your browser before completing the entire application process it will cancel the application.

If you're unsure about the expiration date of your current clearance please contact your club Risk Management Coordinator.

US Soccer Unveils Online Training Module
Learn the Laws of the Game with US Soccer's online training modules.  There are 17 modules, one for each law, and they're a great way to get a head start on understanding the laws of the game.

USSF Position On Extra Persons On The Field
The US Soccer Federation has issued a position paper on dealing with extra persons on the field.  The paper offers suggestions for dealing with a variety of situations.  The paper is posted on the Referee Memo Page.

USSF Posts Info on Penalty Kick Deception
The USSF Referee Committee has provided direction, along with video examples, on penalty kick deception.  The information is available on the USSF web site.

Information For New Referees
Are you a new referee?  Do you have a few questions unrelated to the Laws of the Game?  You're not alone and now USSF has published some information to help you.  To view the most recent memorandum from USSF titled "Information For New Referees" click here.

Important Information For All Referees
All referees should obtain the following information prior to accepting a match assignment:
    1) The match or tournament is a sanctioned event through one of the USSF affiliate members (US Youth Soccer, US Adult Soccer, AYSO, etc.);
    2) The assigned match is within the limitations (competition level and age group) of the referee’s/assistant referee’s present grade certification;
    3) All members of the referee crew, assigned to the match, are within the limitations for their present grade certification;
    4) All members of the referee crew are certified for the present year (2008).

USSF Issues Memo On Padded Goals
US Soccer has issued a memorandum on the use of padded goals.  Click here to review