November 2023

Referee of the Year Nominations Do you know a referee that deserves some recognition? We are looking for a Young Male, Young Female, Male Referee, and Female Referee of the Year Nominations for Indiana Soccer Referee Association. For the young referee of the year nominations, please submit this completed form along with 3 letter of recommendations to by December 15th. For referee of the year nominations (over 18), please submit this completed form along with 3 letters of recommendations to We look forward to reviewing your submissions!

Health Insurance Indiana Soccer Association is now partnering with Players Health to offer a variety of health insurance plans to players, volunteers, families, AND referees. Some of these plans include Affordable Care Act (ACA) Insurance, Short Term Medical Insurance, Accident Insurance, Limited Fixed Indemnity, Telemedicine, and Dental Insurance. Please check out this website for more details and to enroll.

Welcome New Committee Members We would like to welcome 3 new people to our Indiana Soccer Referee Association Committee. Please help us welcome Rogelio Alvarez (assistant treasurer), Tim Kuhar (district referee administrator - district 2), and Steve Pardieck (district referee administrator - district 11) to the team!

Rogelio Alvarez

Assistant Treasurer

Tim Kuhar

District Referee Administrator (DRA) - District 2

Steve Pardieck

District Referee Administrator (DRA) - District 11

GA East Regionals Thank you to all the referees that were able to help with Girls Academy East Regionals last month. The event wouldn't have been so successful without your help!

Check out one our newest referees make her referee debut at the Girls Academy East Regionals in Grand Park last month. She turned out to be quite the celebrity with the GA social media staff. Great job Hailey Pardieck!

Calling All Female Referees We want to formally invite all female referees to be a part of the U.S. Soccer Women's Initiative. This program is totally free and 100% voluntary. You can pick and choose what events you would like to attend. The goal is to host a one hour Zoom education session once a month and have tournament opportunities at several ECNL events throughout the year. The Zoom sessions will be led by FIFA referees and National Referee Coaches. At the ECNL events, U.S. Soccer will be inviting several National Referee Coaches to three-day tournaments in order to provide you feedback during your games and lead classroom education sessions. Past guest speakers include World Cup Final Assistant Referee Kathryn Nesbitt and World Cup Referee Katja Koraleva. November's session will be led by Indiana's Academy Referee Coordinator - Abbey Okulaja. These are great opportunities for learning from some of the top female officials in the world as well as our outstanding National Referee Coaches. If this seems like something you would be interested in joining, please fill out the form so you can be included on all future communication. The more the merrier!

2024 Registration Is Now Open All recertification courses are 100% online and can be found in the U.S. Soccer Learning Center under Courses -> Available Courses. Make sure you complete this before the start of the year so you can continue to officiate games at the start of the year without a lapse in your certification. If you have any questions about Referee recertification, please contact your DRA.

Referee Pathway The referee pathway has been updated. The biggest change is the entry level position is now called "Referee".

New Referees We would love your help in recruiting new referees! ISRA has come up with a new, easy to follow, 3 step registration process (shown below) for new referees. Please help us spread the word to anyone that might be interested. A more detailed description of the registration process can be found on our website.

U.S. Soccer Learning Center Directory Make sure your certification is up to date by checking the U.S. Soccer Learning Center Directory here. All you have to do is put in your full name and state to check if your License, SafeSport (over 18 years old), and Introduction to Safe & Healthy Playing Environments are up to date. If you are missing one of these requirements, your license may be suspended. It can easily be reinstated by completing any missing requirements. If you have any questions, please contact your DRA.

November 3-5 - Indy Fusion Classic 2023 - Indianapolis

Keith Mitchell

November 4 - Referee Mentor Course 12 - 6pm EST - Fort Wayne Sports Club

*Limited to the first 20 people*

November 4-5 - Fall Shootout 2023 - Portage

Ismail Attallah

November 10-12 - Veterans Invitational Tournament U13-U19 - Evansville

Matt Hirsch & Eric Cox

November 10-12 - Grand Park College Showcase 2023 - Westfield

Dave Howard & Nate Sinders

November 17-19 - 2023 Millennium SA Turf Classic - Crown Point

Ismail Attallah

November 17-19 - Indianapolis College Showcase Women's 2023 - Westfield

Dave Howard & Nate Sinders

December 1-3 - Indianapolis College Showcase Men's 2023 - Westfield

Dave Howard & Nate Sinders

December 15 - Last Day to Submit Referee of the Year Nominations

Youth Referee -

Referee -

Regional Referees We have clarified all upgrade and maintenance regional referee requirements on our website. More details will follow soon. In order to upgrade you need to meet these requirements:

In order to maintain your regional badge, you need to meet these requirements:

Note: Male referees are required to run the FIFA Women’s Category 1 test which consists of 6 repeated 40 meter sprints in 6.4 seconds or less (sprint test) and 40 repeated 75 meter runs in 17 seconds followed by a 25 meter walk in 20 seconds (interval test). Female referees are required to run the FIFA Women’s Category 3 test which consists of 6 repeated 40 meter sprints in 6.6 seconds or less (sprint test) and 40 repeated 75 meter runs in 17 seconds followed by a 25 meter walk in 24 seconds (interval test). The audio recordings for both interval tests can be downloaded here.

The practical evaluations (game assessments) for upgrade and maintenance must be completed by June 30th. If you have a game that you are looking to get evaluated on, please fill out this Google form so a coach can be assigned to your game. If you have any questions, please reach out to Jeff Swartzel.

Questions about becoming a regional referee? Check out our website first, and then contact State Director of Development, Ben Trevino

Looking for Volunteers We are looking for volunteers that are willing to lend their expertise and dedication to the Indiana Soccer Referee Association. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming more involved in any capacity, please let us know by filling out this form, and we will get back to you soon.

Pictures Please share your referee pictures with us so we can feature you all in our upcoming newsletters, social media posts, and much more! Send your pictures on social media, to, or tag us in your post!

Official Sports International Need a new jersey or some new USSF apparel? Check out the Official Sports website.

December Preview Come back next month to see a wrap up for the year and get all the latest updates throughout the state!

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