News and Announcements

USSF Registration Window for 2016 is now OPEN!

Register today!  Do not wait until the last minute!  …………………………  Register today!  Do not wait until the last minute!  ………………………… 

*** REGISTER NOW FOR 2016 ***

Login to your Iowa RefLink Account using the window to the right and then click on "My Registration" under Menu.

PLEASE NOTE: This year the Registration Window in Iowa will only be open from August 1 until November 1.

Register and pay your annual fees now to ensure that you receive your 2016 Law Book and Badge in a timely manner and to avoid late fees. Read How to Re-register for complete instructions on how to register with US Soccer. If you have any questions, e-Mail the State Referee Registrar (SRR), Jim Albertson, at

2016 On-line Recertification Module Available

The on-line version of the 2016 Recertification Module and Exam is now available.

If you are unable to register for 2016 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 topics:

- Referee Assault & Abuse (US Soccer Policy Manual Section 531-9),
- Application of Advantage (IA Referee Academy),
- Fouls and Misconduct (IA Referee Academy), and the
- Offside Clarification (MNSRC).

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 2016.

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 online Training and Testing 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:

Grade 7 referees now are recorded in 2 tiers, the tiers are 7A - Competitive Level and 7B - 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 7A without completion of the entire requirements will automatically become Grade 7B - Recreational referees.

(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