News and Announcements

USSF Registration Window for 2016 is now CLOSED!

The State Referee Registrar (SRR), Jim Albertson, has closed the 2016 Registration Window with US Soccer for Iowa Referees. Note that the Registration Window was open for 3 months running from August 1 through November 1.

If you want to referee in 2016, you will have another opportunity to register after all the on-time registrations and remaining Instructor-led Clinics are processed. The Registrar will reopen the Registration Window for 10 days from November 21-30 to accommodate those referees who missed the deadline. A $40 late fee will be assessed.

Complete instructions for "how-to" re-register using your RefLink Account can be found in the following document: How to Re-register. You can pay your annual registration fees plus penalty by mail with a Check or online via Credit Card. After your Registration is approved and processed by the Registrar, you will receive a new Law Book, Badge and USSF ID Card in the mail from US Soccer mid to late Winter. Keep your ID Card – it has your 16-digit USSF ID Number on it.

2016 On-line Recertification Module Still Available

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

If you will be unable to register for 2016 when the window re-opens between November 21-30 because you have not satisfied the 5 hour minimum annual continuing education requirement and cannot attend an Instructor-led Recertification Clinic, 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 between November 21-30.

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. Password is REceRT16.

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

R. C. (Chip) Walaska

IRC High School Liaison

On behalf of the Iowa Referee Committee (IRC), I am pleased to announce that Jennifer Dunn has agreed to serve as the Committee’s High School Liaison. In this role she will be a key link between the IRC, the Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA), and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union (IGHSAU). Jennifer will be representing the interests of the IRC and Iowa high school referees to the IHSAA and IGHSAU, and providing information and input to the IRC regarding high school soccer policies, initiatives and proposals.

Jennifer is a USSF State Referee and lives in Central City, near Cedar Rapids. She has been a USSF Referee for 11 years, and also works high school and college matches each year. Jennifer is currently on the soccer advisory board for the IGHSAU, a position she will continue to hold while serving as the IRC High School Liaison. This past spring Jennifer was able to raise the bar in Iowa as she was selected as the Referee for the Class 1A Boys State Championship game - the first female in Iowa history to have the whistle for a boys championship match.

Along with her referee credentials, Jennifer brings almost 10 years of professional business experience and a history of leadership in other community organizations, including 4-H and the Linn County Fair.

Please congratulate Jennifer next time you see her, and thank her in advance for the work that she’ll be doing as part of the Iowa Referee Committee leadership team.

Steve Kopf
IRC Chair