Referee Development News

The purpose is to aggregate useful information about referee professional development so that our officials are best equipped to support our partner leagues, tournaments, and exhibition competitions.


Referee Development Presentation – Corner Kicks and Tactical Officiating – MONDAY, JULY 12 2021 8 PM EST via Zoom.  Expert Panelists are Shak Hill (DCV), Corey Yerace (PA West), and Jeremy Zehr (MD).  Topics include:

  • Offensive and Defensive Corner Kick Tactics
  • Optimal Referee/AR Positioning
  • Foul Recognition and Discrimination for every Corner Kick
  • Corner Kick Risk Management inside Penalty Area
  • Corner Kick Misconduct

Referee Development Presentation – Tournament Selection – MONDAY, JUNE 28 2021 8 PM via Zoom.  Expert Panelists are Kevin Nicholson (WV); Nick Chancey (LA); Brent Brownell (TX); and Vince DiNardo (CA South). 
*Tournament Selection
*Assignor-Referee Relations
*Preparations and Execution
*Travel/Nutrition Advice

Referee Development Newsletters

Training Materials
*PRO: Kicking the Ball at Opponent
*PKs – Foul Recognition and Encroachment Decision Practice
a) MLS with Charlie Davies
b) MLS with Charlie Davies
c) USA-MEX CONCACAF Nations Cup Final
d) MLS Red Card Flashback (2019):

* Stadium and Spectator Issues
a) When Ball Kids Attack:
b) USA-MEX Spectator Field Invasion:
c) USA-MEX Spectators Throwing Bottles at Players
d) Dismissed spectator returns to field:
e) Dismissed coach returns to field:

*Goal Video Candy
b) USL Goals of the Week:
c) Women’s Professional/International Goal Reel
Cool Clips:
*USA FIFA Referee Tori Penso proudly smashing CONCACAF glass:
* Official Professionalism by Brendan Mullarkey (NY):