These US Soccer Documents should be in every referee's personal library, regardless of Grade. Additional Publications (Laws of the Game Made Easy, Offside Made Easy, ...) can be obtained at the US Soccer Resource Center.

Publications

US Soccer's Guide to Procedures for Referees, Assistant Referees & 4th Officials:

The Guide to Procedures describes the standard practices for positioning, signaling, and mechanics to be followed by the referee crew. The responsibilities, tasks and duties of the Referee, ARs, and 4th Official are also included.

• Guide to Procedures

US Soccer Referee Certification Requirements:

This document describes the minimum certification requirements for USSF Referee Grades 9, 8, and 7, State Referee Grade 6, and Emeritus. NOTE: Iowa's certification requirements for Grades 7 and 6 are different. (Check under Supplemental Publications below for specifics.)

US Soccer Referee Certification Requirements

International Football Association Board (IFAB) Laws of the Game:

These are the 17 laws of the game from the IFAB. This 210 page PDF document also includes a summary of Laws changes and practical guidelines for Match Officials.

• 2016-2017 IFAB Laws of the Game (LOTG)

Player Development Initiatives (PDI):

The PDI describes the standards for small-sided play (4v4, 7v7, 9v9) and addresses US Soccer's Concussion Initiative, Build Out Line Practical Applications, and the Modifications to the Laws of the Game for U6 through U12.

• Player Development Initiatives  Ne

• Modified Laws of the Game for U6-U12  New