league referees in Danville Soccer Association make
it possible for us to play the games. Referees are coaches
and parents who have learned the basics of the rules
for their level of play, and volunteer to do the job.
There are usually training sessions for referees before
the beginning of the fall season for those who are interested.
rules are pretty simple at the younger age groups, so
the official mainly decides restarts for out of bounds
and fouls, keeps the clock, and keeps the game safe
and fun for the players and fans.
games, such as traveling soccer, require referee certification
through the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
These officials are paid for their work. Anyone with
an interest can become certified by attending a two-day
course taught by certified instructors, either in Danville
or Urbana. Once certified, an annual one-day refresher
keeps you current. Danville soccer has several USSF
certified officials who help teach and train our recreational
league officials, and who volunteer to do some of the
is lots of help available to volunteers who referee.
This Website has links to referee pages and the "laws
of the game". There are books and courses available
through FIFA www.fifa.com.
Click on "Laws of the Game", pick the language you want
to read it in, and go. This link is a very helpful concise
booklet, which you can download, so you have the official
rules at hand. DSA does do some minor youth-league modifications
(field size, ball size, game length, etc.).