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Spring 2020 - Genesisis Referee Program

Ref in Training will be held in Lancaster the last two weeks in March

It will be a 3 hour course to include field work at the Lancaster Community Center

If interested, please contact Maria Mpelkas - jmpelkas@yahoo.com


2020-2021  Grade 8 Ref Recertifications   

       Seminars:      Dec 8 - Peabody

                                Dec 21 - Natick


                                Oct 26 - Natick

                                Dec 7 - Devens

                                Dec 14 - Chelmsford

                                Jan 19 - Leominster

All information and registration found at MassRef.net



LOTG Amendments - Effective JUNE 2019

A number of changes are in effect for Fall 2019

Summary of amendment changes found here



NVYSL officiating with 2018-2019 LOTG (January 2019)

NVYSL will use the 2018-1019 LOTG for SPRING 2019. Please review the amendments for the spring, the most recognizable changes will the addition of Biting to Law XII.

The amendments and details are found starting on page 110.  The LOTG and other referee info can be found here.



If the referee believes a player may have sustained a concussion, the player will be told to leave the match and may not return to play. Players, coaches and parents must NOT dispute the decision! NVYSL referees have received concussion education and have been instructed to err on the side of caution.  Concussions may occur even without a direct blow to the head and symptoms may not be immediately apparent. You can review the concussion training at the following:        



NVYSL Grade 5/6 and lower games, heading will result in an IDFK.


NEW US Soccer Initiatives for US Youth Soccer

U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative (January 2016)

Specific changes to rules on heading for youth players. U.S. Soccer modifications to U10 games that intend to limit head injuries during soccer participation.

Subsitution rules will allow players who may have suffered a concussion during games to be evaluated without penalty.


All referees should view the video entitled "Ask, Tell, Dismiss" found here.


NVYSL wants to adopt this resonse to help referees deal with poor conduct by coaches. 

The display of cards is only for the players. 

However, as a last resort you may display cards if you feel your message to the coach has not been fully understood.



Current Nashoba Valley Youth Soccer Referee info can be found at: Nashoba Valley Youth Soccer Organization



Other referee facts or upgrading info found at: Massachusetts Referee State Committee



Please contact NU assignor or NVYSL assignor for higher level games