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High School Info 2016
Maryland Public High School
To be certified to referee Public High School you must meet ALL of the following requirements:
  1. You must pay the High School registration fee of $34 (plus $4 mailing and overhead costs for the Rule Book and Case Book, if registering thru CASRA). You can mail payment to CASRA, PO Box 8271, 16th Street, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or hand your check to a CASRA representative at a rules interpretation clinic.
  2. You must attend one of the state rules interpretation clinics (see link below for a list of locations and times).
  3. You must register with MPSSAA online in their Arbiter Group. When you log into Arbiter, if you already have a link for MPSSAA-Central Hub, click there and follow the link to register. If you do not have the MPSSAA Central HUb choice, then email Garrett Tucker at to create the link for you. Register for the 2016-17 season. If you still do cannot register, please let Garrett Tucker know by email and he will get you enrolled.
  4. You must take the 2016-17 high school test online thru Arbiter Central Hub for MPSSAA. You should see this link after you are registered. The test will be available starting August TBD, 2016 through September TBD, 2016.
  5. You must report your score to your registration coordinator through the assigning group with which you are registering (Garrett Tucker in CASRA's case).
If you want to work NHFS games in Virginia, DC or any other state, you will have to contact a Virginia, DC or other state assignor and send a request to Maryland State (MPSSAA) to have your test grade certified to Virginia, DC or any other state. You will have to meet all other local requirements besides testing, incuding attending a local rules interpretation clinic. You may contact Garrett Tucker at for help in getting the info sent to the other state. DCSAA also requires referees to file a Security Clearance Form.

2016-2017 SOCCER RULES CHANGES-Coming Soon

3-3-2b(2): If the referee stops the clock for an apparent injury to a field player or goalkeeper, the field player or goalkeeper will have to leave the field. The field player may be replaced and the goalkeeper must be replaced.
5-1-2: The jurisdiction of the officials shall begin on their arrival at the field of play and its immediate surrondings, which shall be no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the game.

3-3-2b(1): During a dead ball as the result of an injury, either or both coaches can now give coaching instruction to his/her team.
3-3-2 (new) and 3-4-1b: Before they enter the field, substitutes must be beckoned onto the field by the referee except at the start of a period.
4-1-1c: Clarifies that tape applied to the socks cannot change the basic color of the socks.
12-8-1e: The use of electronic communication devices is allowed in the bench area. These devices, however, cannot be used to communicate with athletes on the field during the game.
12-8-1f(14) (new): An unsuccessful attempt to deny an opponent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by a foul (i.e., a goal is scored anyway) is now  unsporting conduct and a caution (yellow card). Previously, this was a disqualification (red card).
12-8-2d(2): A successful attempt to deny an opponent an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by a foul (goal is not scored) is still serious foul play and a disqualification (red card).
18-1-1n: This change defines that on a free kick the ball has not been properly kicked into play when a player merely taps or steps on the top of the ball with his/her foot. The ball must now also move.

Remember, the "soft Red" was eliminated in 2012. ANY RED CARD MEANS A TEAM PLAYS SHORT.

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