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2019 Entry Level Referee Clinics

Feb 9-10

Feb 16-17

March 2-3

Location: Evergreen Fire Hall

2236 Hwy 2 E
Evergreen, MT 59901

Here is information on 3 entry-level Grade 8 soccer referee clinics being held at the Evergreen Fire Hall (2236 Hwy 2 E) on 3 weekends:  Feb 9-10, Feb 16-17 & March 2-3 of 2019. Attendance at all 9 classroom hours is required, plus completion of about 6 hours of online modules before attending the clinic.  More information on that is shown below.

 Information on re-cert opportunities for previously certified referees has been announced in another email

 The Grade 8 clinic is suitable for both adults and teenagers.  Some experience playing or coaching soccer is helpful, but not necessary.  Youths 12 and older are usually able to complete the clinic.  For 10-11 year olds, it depends on their maturity.

 If you know folks who might be interested in supporting and learning more about our sport, please pass this along to them.  Attending a clinic does not obligate a person to officiate at a certain number of soccer matches, unless they want to have a local club pay for their clinic participation.


 FIRST, participants are encouraged to read “FIFA Laws of the Game 2018-19.”   This link should take you directly there:

Downloading the Laws of the Game (LOTG) onto a pad, smart phone, laptop of other device (or printing the 200+ page document) will be helpful during the clinic, and also while completing the required online modules.  You can also find a link to LOTG at the website.

 Participants will need to provide an email address they have access to.  Information will be sent to that email address about new interpretations of LOTG, future clinics/meetings, and referee assignments.  So it is important that somebody check the email you provide at least a couple times each week.

 Clinic participants will need to pay for the clinic online with a credit or debit card.  Adults who complete the clinic & help officiate at least 5 matches can apply to their home club to have clinic fees refunded.  Local clubs also reimburse all clinic fees & annual recertification fees for youth referees up to age 18.  I believe the cost this year is $65.

 REGISTRATION.  Click on this link to register for a clinic:

Then select “Sign up for course.”

On the next page, the 4th choice will show “Entry level grade 8 course, online plus 6 hours and one 3-3.5 hour class/field session.”  Click on that choice, and it will show you the 3 clinic choices in Kalispell for brand new refs – events 28532, 28533 and 28534.

New referees should follow the instructions to create a User ID and Password – be sure to make a record of it.  Previously certified refs with a gap of more than 3 years or those who wish to retake the complete clinic instead of the annual 3-hour refresher should use their 16-digit USSF number as User ID and their last name as Password.  It is not case sensitive.

This Grade 8 clinic consists of 9 classroom hours – from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sat, and from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on Sun.  All 9 hours are required (plus the online modules discussed below).  If you have a conflict for part of those hours, contact Dixon to see if an alternate schedule is possible.

ONLINE MODULES.  After registering for the entry-level Grade 8 ref clinic, participants need to complete a number of online modules before showing up for the classroom sessions.  This will take about six hours, maybe less, and will make the information presented during the 9-hour clinic much easier to understand.  Those who fail to complete the online modules ahead of time will not be allowed to attend the clinic.  If you can spend 2-hours per night for 3-4 evenings, you’ll do fine.  If you try to complete it the night before the clinic starts, you will probably not succeed.

The first module just makes sure you are able to view a video clip, and demonstrates the procedures.  Then there is a series of other modules, covering all the LOTG.  They all start with a video clip (sometimes up to 4 or 5 clips), and then a brief quiz.  Take your time, since a passing score on each self-test is needed before advancing to the next module. 

If a passing score for a module is not achieved, go to the bottom of the page and click on “Exit to Course Home.”  You can view the clip(s) again, or click past them to try the quiz again.  You are limited to 3 attempts on each module, and also on the open-book exam at the end.  If you fail to get a passing score, click on the Review button to see which questions you missed, and the correct answers. 

After getting a passing score, click on the button that says “Print for Your Records.”  (You should bring those printed pages to the clinic.) Then “Exit to Course Home” for the next module.

Participants must take the modules in the order they are listed, even if it is different from the order in LOTG.  The final module is an open-book exam.  Many of the questions are taken word-for-word from the module self-tests.  

If you have trouble with the online modules or registering, please contact me (Dixon at and I’ll either figure it out or else get a state-level officer involved.

One more detail – we pay $10 dues to the Flathead Soccer Refs Assoc (or FSRA) each year, so please bring cash or a check to the classroom clinic since we’re not set up to process credit cards.

Thanks for your support of Montana Youth Soccer, and I look forward to working with you to keep the games for our local players “fair, safe and fun.”

Dixon Rice