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Welcome to the Alabama State Referee Committee website. This website was created to keep Alabama registered United States Soccer Federation (USSF) referees and anyone within the state interested in becoming USSF registered soccer referee informed about the activities and opportunities made available by your Alabama State Referee Committee.

Interested in becoming a soccer referee, click on Become a Referee for more information

Region III President's Cup Tournament will be held in Decatur, Alabama on June 12-15. If you want to referee, please go here and register

An Assignor clinic is being scheduled for 2014. If you are interested please contact our SDI, her contact information is on the Administrators page


MLS Assistant Referee Paul Scott With Bill at State Referee Clinic (Jan 11, 2014)

FIFA AR Corey Rockwell in Mobile Summer Recert                          Corey Rockwell, Buddy Jaet and Kris Bailey in Mobile

Corey Rockwell in Montgomery Recert clinic

Boys ODP Camp Tuscaloosa, Alabama

FIFA referee Chris Penso and MLS assistant referee Paul Scott providing instruction to referees at the boys ODP camp in Tuscaloosa - 7/18/13.

Brandon Marion , National Referee, Chris Penso, FIFA referee, Paul Scott , MLS AR and Paul Tamberino, former MLS Referee and FIFA AR on fields after games at ODP camp in Tuscaloosa - 7/18/13.

Referee Guidelines

There appears to be some confusion in the use of “Club Linesman” when officiating sanctioned matches in Alabama.

1. Club Linesmen are authorized to be used if a Neutral Assistant Referee is unable to be assigned.

2.  By footnote, the Club Linesmen is limited to calling in and out of bounds.  However, this is the only official on the field with that limitation.

3.  Both the Referee and the other Assistant Referee must assume all of the duties and responsibilities assigned by the Laws of the Game in Laws 5 and 6.

4.  We must not make it a practice to limit the responsibilities of the Neutral Assistant Referee.  Both teams will receive the advantage of the Neutral Assistant Referee (or the converse with the Club Linesmen) for half of the match which is deemed fair and equitable by USSF. (Full Text here)

AYSA Rule 3:03:06 Conditions of Grounds and Weather-Related Cancellation
1. The home club will be responsible for the condition of the grounds, the proper field markings,
and proper equipment. Nets and approved corner flags are required;
No Corner Flags No game (Note: Bicycle flags are OK for AYSA games)


This is for D1 State League teams that are U15 & older:  If a player is substituted in the first half of play, that player cannot re-enter the game again in the first half.  However, that player can play in the second half.  If a player is substituted in the second half, then that player may not re-enter the match again.

In other words, NO re-entry in the 1st half AND no re-entry in the second half.  But, any player that was substituted in the 1st half CAN play in the second half.

A player that is substituted for in the second half can no longer participate in the remainder of the game.

There are NO substitution or re-entry limitations for  U13 & U14 D1 teams.  These teams have unlimited subs.

There are NO substitution or re-entry limitations for D2 teams.  This league (all teams) have unlimited subs.


Recertification clinics have been scheduled and registration for 2014 season has begun. You will have until June 2014 to recertify for 2014. Referees that attend a recertification clinic between 1/1/14 and 6/30/14 must pay a $25 fee at the clinic.  If you bring a check, please make checks payable to SYRA. PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU DO NOT RE-CERTIFY BEFORE JUNE 2014 YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO OFFICIATE FOR THE ENTIRE CALENDAR YEAR OF 2014.


The Alabama Soccer Association requires a Background Check on ALL referees 18 years and older. The background check is good for a 2 year period. The fee is included in your yearly dues, so you do not pay when you do the background check. We only want referees to complete the background check every other year. More information can be found on the Referees page

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