September 28, 2020 The MPA Sports Medicine Committee approves gaiters as an appropriate face covering for athletes.
With that being said, we have stated that any player who pulls an opponent's gaiter will automatically be shown a Red Card for Violent Conduct.
As far as officials go, I would agree that they are acceptable for officials as well.
Keep in mind,
blowing of the whistle is to happen under the face covering to reduce the
airborne particles or use of an electronic whistle is required.
This material may also be found at:
MPA COVID Return to Competitive Athletics
Appendix I for General Considerations for Officials
Appendix E Return to Competition - Soccer
MPA Soccer Bulletin
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Mandatory Referee Clinic Dates: To be established - check with your Regional Board Secretary
June 12, 2020
May 31: MASO Executive Board will be meeting via Zoom
April 21, 2020
Folks – The National Federation is offering free on line courses for officials through their Learning Center. Total of 11 courses through July 1, 2020. Learn more at NFHS.org.
March 8, 2020
A. The MASO Executive Committee has voted to adopt the "MASO SOCCER REFEREE PROGRAM. The program goals includes:
Improvimg knowledge, mechanics and application of the DSC, including the 4th Official for all Maine High School Soccer Refs.
B. Develop a training presentation to become a qualified assessor
C. Develop a program for referees to become advanced referees, with the understanding that only advanced referees would be considered for regional and state finals
Develop a database to be able to track qualifications of referees (undergoing
development) and to define who has responsibility for the various inputs into
An Advanced Soccer Program is being developed and will include the following requisites:
1. MASO class I official for at least three years prior to application
2. Must be a member in good standing with his or her primary board
3. Members of the board is in good standing with MASO
4. Officiated in a minimum of 20 high school varsity (USSF U 15 and above, and college games to be accepted)
but of which 10 have to be high school varsity matches, and the two seasons prior to application.
5. To have undergone and passed 1 formal assessment as a Center Referee (CR) and 1 as an assistant referee (AR) in
the DSC in the year of application and that it would be a by annual requirement.
6. Pass annually, with a grade of greater than 85%, the NFHS online test
7. Pass the MASO advance referee test. (USSF regional ref test and college test will be acceptable)
8. Attend MASO Advanced Referee clinic/playoff procedure presentation
9. Take NFHS courses
a. Concussion in sports (free)
b. Concussion for students (free)
c. Heat illness prevention (free)
d. Officiating soccer: Fouls and Misconduct ($20 fee paid to NFHS)
Update / DSC presentation
Rules presentations on the DSC and forth official will be made by the MASO Director of Referee Development to the local board interpreters, who will then disseminate to all members of their individual boards. This will be a compulsory meeting for all members of the various boards. These presentations will be done in July and August.
Assessor course will be offered in two locations in August in conjunction with
the advanced referee courses and the fitness test. Times, dates, and place will
be determined in the very near future.
Referees would, to their individual board, and request to be assessed. Those
request would be facilitated by the individual boards, as far as possible, with
certified assessors within their board. If a board cannot satisfy the request
they will inform the MASO Director of Referee Development who would facilitate
obtaining an alternate assessment.
New Referee Training:
MASO has adopted a model New Referee Training Presentation that will be made available to all Boards and is recommended for adoption.
The MASO Director of Referee Development and MPA Rules Interpreter will meet with local Board Interpreters and Trainers prior to this taking place. MASO President will also be scheduling a meeting with Local Board Presidents.