News and Announcements

Registration Window for 2015 is now OPEN!

  Register NOW! ………. Register NOW! ………. Register NOW! ……….

Login to your Iowa RefLink Account and click on "My Registration" under Menu. Register now to ensure you receive your 2015 Law Book and Badge in a timely manner and to avoid any late fees. Read How to Re-register for detailed instructions on how to register with US Soccer. If you have any questions, contact the State Referee Registrar (SRR), Jim Albertson, at

2015 On-line Recertification Module Available

The on-line version of the 2015 Recertification Module and Exam is now available.

If you are unable to register for 2015 because you have not satisfied the 5 hour minimum annual continuing education requirement and if you cannot attend an Instructor-led Recertification Clinic between now and the end of the year, then you can click on the link below to launch an on-line version of the Recertification materials.

The Recertification Materials reside in Brainshark and contain the following 10 topics:

- Memorandum of Law Changes for 2015,
- Assistant Referees,
- Teamwork,
- Professionalism,
- Command Presence,
- Verbal Judo,
- Foul Recognition,
- Application of Advantage
- Dealing with Dissent, and
- Offenses that are 100% Misconduct.

After you have finished the presentation portion, you will transition to the 50 Question Recertification Exam in EasyTestMaker.

Upon completion of the on-line module and test, your recertification hours and test score will be entered into the Iowa Referee Committee (IRC) RefLink Database so that you can register for 2015.

If you have any questions re: the on-line materials or exam, please contact me at

The link to the Brainshark Recertification Module is located at:

You will be asked to enter your first and last name and e-Mail address.

DO NOT abuse this system! Abuse will not be tolerated and will be
dealt with.

R. C. (Chip) Walaska

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