Advanced Clinic 2019

This year's advanced clinic will take place in Memphis, TN on August 3rd, 2019 with a physical test and field training on August 4th, 2019. Our TN clinic will be a regional clinic, combining referees and coaches from several states and administered by the Arkansas Referee Program. Registration officially closes July 19th, 2019 at midnight to give Official Sports enough time to fulfill the order. All referees and coaches need to sign up so we can maintain a head count and accurate order number. If you do not sign up, you will not get a shirt or lunch. This is only a signup link and Arkansas will collect the payments: https://advancedclinic2019.itemorder.com/sale
Who needs to attend the Advanced Clinic?
Current 6's & 5's
Current Academy Members
Referees who are currently in the upgrade program

Who does NOT need to attend the Advanced Clinic?
90% of current 7's do not need to be there (if you are looking to upgrade in 2020, you may request permission to attend the clinic. If you are not, please wait for upcoming courses to be announced)
Nor do Grade 7 assessors, assignors, or instructors

** If you are not sure if you need to attend this camp, please email Jessie (jprigge@tnsoccer.org) prior to registering. **
As of July 1, 2019,, US Soccer changed the way we, as a Country, register and certify referees. TSSA is working hard to make these changes as easy as possible for our members statewide. The biggest impact currently is that we had to suspend all "old style" entry level courses and retrain our instructors for the new "grassroots" referee course. The new course is a better tool for training and certifying referees, and will prove beneficial for us once we are accustomed to the new way. 

To combat our biggest issue, we are working diligently to get our instructors trained so we can start offering in-person courses. We are training the majority of instructors at our Advanced Clinic the first weekend in August. Once that is done and we have the new Referee Coaches in place we can then start to offer in-person courses. 

We are offering a few in-person courses in key areas to help get this process started. Nashville and Memphis will host in-person courses on August 10th and Knoxville will host one on August 24th. We will also have these courses on the learning center website by first of next week. New referees can follow the instructions below and sign up. They will have to successfully complete the online portion prior to taking the in-person course. If you know of new candidates push them to the learning center below and get them started with the online portion of the certification process. This is one of the best parts about the new process. Candidates will be able to register and do the online US Soccer requirements any time of the year. Then all they have to do is find an in-person course near them and register for it.

Once we get through the next month we will be able to work directly with clubs across the state in offering the in-person course and will do our best to accommodate all requests. Please reach out to Jessie if you want to get on a list of clubs that would like to host the in-person course. We will contact your club directly and do our best to get this set up. The overall landscape for the new program looks different but it really isn't. We can assure you that this change was needed and will be beneficial for the officials and the game.

We know change is always scary, but TSSA is here to help you meet the challenge. We also know that each area of the state is diverse and we are willing to sit down and speak with clubs that have fears of the new program and work toward continued success. 

Details on the US Soccer Referee Pathway can be read here. 

Per US Soccer, new referees must be 13 years of age or older at the time they register. State Referee Committees have no discretion in changing this.

(This change is due to new Federal Risk Management standards, COPPA compliance, and legal advice from the USSF legal team.)

Becoming a Grassroots Referee in the US Soccer Referee Program consists of accomplishing both of the following:

·        Grassroots Online Course ($20)

o   You may register for and complete this course now.

·        Attending the Grassroots In-Person New Referee Course ($50 + $10 Admin Fee)

o   If an In-Person New Referee Course near you is not yet available, check back later as they are constantly being added throughout Tennessee.

If you are 18 years or older, also completing these two mandatory items:

·        US Soccer NCSI Online Background Check ($30) – valid for two years (available inside the Learning Center by end of July)

·        SafeSport Online Training (Federal Law) – valid for two years

Completing these requirements will certify a referee through December 31st, 2020.

What To Do Next

Step 1: Create a Profile at: US Soccer Referee Learning Center (LC).

·        The unique account identifier is an email address. Parents may not use their lone email address to register multiple referees. Each referee needs their own email address. Parents may add a secondary email address to each account in order to receive any emails their referee is receiving from either US Soccer or the Tennessee State Referee Committee.

·        A known issue while creating an account in the LC is a browser timeout. If this occurs for you, the US Soccer recommended steps are to close your browser, clear your browser history and cookies, and try again. Alternatively, try a different browser or device to create your account.

·        After creating an account, the prospective referee must register for the Grassroots New Referee Online Course ($20). 100% of the Grassroots Online Course must be completed before attending the In-Person course. Estimated time to complete is 4.5-6 hours.

Step 2: Register for an In-Person Grassroots Entry Course at: US Soccer Referee Learning Center.

·        In-Person Entry level courses are typically held July through September, and again January through March.

·        Courses will be continually loaded throughout July and August 2019. If a convenient course location is not offered, check back at a later date. Courses should automatically populate closest to your registered zip code.

·        After you register for an In-Person Course, the lead instructor will email further details and an itinerary in the week leading to the course using the Communication tab within the course.

·        The In-Person Course is an four to six hour course. Your lead instructor will email a more detailed itinerary in the week leading up to the course.

Step 3: Safe Sport Certification (mandatory if 18 years or older)

·        Access Code: YC3E-6P5G-YYIL-CS2M

·        If you have already completed Safe Sport training, log in to your account, click on the Menu in top left corner, Update Account, change tab to Profile, scroll down and ensure US Soccer is listed under Memberships. If not, just add it.

·        If you have US Soccer listed under Memberships, Safe Sport certification will automatically migrate your information into the US Soccer Learning Center by September.

·        Safe Sport must be completed before attending the In-Person course. Estimated completion time is 2-2.5 hours.

·        Safe Sport is Federal Law passed by the United States Congress and is mandatory for anyone 18 years or older.

Step 4: Complete the US Soccer NCSI Background Check (mandatory if 18 years or older)

·        Available inside the Learning Center by end of July 2019

·        Valid for two years per check

·        Mandatory for all referees 18 years or older

Step 5: Download the IFAB Laws of the Game (LOTG).

·        The LOTG are also available as an app on both Android and iOS.

Email Jessie Prigge  (jprigge@tnsoccer.org for general questions about the Tennessee Soccer Referee Program.

Email US Soccer (referee@ussoccer.org) for general questions about the Learning Center, issues creating your account, background checks, etc.