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State Law Change Affects All Clubs
The PA Child Protective Services Law changed recently.  The change requires all coaches and volunteers involved with youth organizations to complete a State Police Criminal Record Check and a PA Child Abuse History Clearance.  For those individuals who have not resided in PA continuously for the previous 10 years they must also complete an FBI Criminal Background Check.

PA West Soccer’s Risk Management Policy will be amended to comply with the changes in the law.  We will make the necessary adjustments to our online Risk Management system to help manage this change.  PA West Soccer is committed to providing every player with the safest experience possible and as soon as we have the necessary changes in place we will share them. 

Paid employees are immediately required to comply with the law.  While it's legally permissible for volunteers to wait until July 1, 2015 before completing the mandated clearances it is recommended that all individuals take the necessary steps to fulfill their obligation as soon as possible.

Young Referee of the Year Sought
Annually PA West Soccer's Referee Committee recognizes the top young male and female referees with the Young Referee of the Year Award.  Nominations are now being accepted for this award.

US Soccer Futsal Online Training Available
The US Soccer Futsal referee curriculum has been updated and is now avaialble on the USSF web site.

U.S. Soccer RefereeDepartment joins Twitter and Facebook
The U.S. Soccer Referee Department is now on twitter and Facebook. Follow on Twitter @ussoccer_refand and on Facebook at

Amendments To The Laws Of The Game
The 2014 meeting of the IFAB and there were two amendments to the Law 4 as well as a statement of the IFAB's position on the use of cameras and microphones by officials for broadcast purpose.  More click here.

Pregame/Postgame Procedure

All referees should use the state's authorized procedures for pre-game and post-game.  These steps are necessary to insure the integrity of the game and safety of the players.

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. 

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