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Iowa Referee Academy

  Iowa Referee Academy - XIV coming February, 28, 2015 to Des Moines University! ……….

Our first Guest Speaker identified for the Iowa Referee Academy is Rick Eddy.

Rick Eddy is currently Director of Referee Development for US Soccer and is a National Instructor and Assessor. He was a USSF National Referee from 1992 to 2006 and a Major League Soccer Assistant Referee from 1997 to 2006. Rick has worked the 2006 Lamar Hunt Open Cup Final, the 2002 MLS Cup and PDL Finals, 2001 A-League Final, and the 1999 USL D3 Pro Final.

The topics that Rick will present to us will be shared in a future post. We are very fortunate to be able to have Rick speak at our Academy!

The 14th Annual Iowa Referee Academy will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Des Moines University, Student Education Center (SEC) Auditorium, 3200 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312. You can register now by following the instructions at Academy Registration. You have to register for the Academy if you want to attend the Academy. Attendance is limited to the first 600! Be sure to check the Iowa Referee Committee (IRC) Website Academy Page at Iowa Referee Academy and the IA Soccer Referees Facebook Page periodically for updates as the date draws nearer.

REMINDER: One of our referee guest speakers represented the United States at the World Cup in Brazil last Summer! You do not want to miss this opportunity to meet him personally and to hear him speak.

Register now. Tell your friends. More info to come…

Requesting Assessments


When requesting an assessment, be sure to allow 14 days from scheduled match. For upgrades, please note the following:

Please be sure to have read the Grade Requirements schedule for Upgrade/Recertification which was sent by e-Mail February 28, 2014. There was also a match record schedule attached for your use, which will be verified. 

Grade 7 referees now are recorded in 2 tiers, the tiers are A - Competitive Level and B - Recreational Level.

To be considered in Grade 7A - Competitive Level, the referee must complete ALL requirements of the updated Grading System. Any requests for upgrading to Grade 7 without completion of the entire requirements will automatically become Grade 7B - Recreational referees.

These requirements came into effect March 1, 2014.

(A) Be sure to have satisfied Time in Grade and have an acceptable number of rateable matches completed at the required level.

(B) Be sure to have had at least 1 Maintenance or Developmental Assessment performed by an approved assessor during the previous 6 months.

(C) Be sure to have completed the required Written Test and Fitness Test during the approved time frame.  

(D) Allow good prior notice to your Assignors so that they can assign you to  acceptable matches for the grade you are working towards.

State Director of Assessment (SDA)
Shane Smith


Click on 'Playlist' in the lower left portion of the video below to scroll through dozens of instructional video clips: