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Todd Abraham is a National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA) National Referee Emeritus and past-President of NISOA. Todd has refereed NCAA Division I, II, and III Tournaments including the D-I and D-III quarterfinals. He was inducted into the NISOA Hall of Fame in 2010.

Todd was appointed NISOA Rules Interpreter in 2010 and appointed to the NCAA Soccer Rules Committee in 2012. As a National Clinician and Director of Instruction, Todd prepares the NCAA post-season qualification exam, annual refresher tests, and post-season quiz for NISOA referees. He also writes and edits the NISOA Pre-season Guide and articles for Referee Magazine and the NISOA Comparative Study of Rules and Laws.

Sean Hurd is currently a FIFA Assistant Referee and has been on the FIFA panel representing the United States since 2009. Most recently, his international accomplishments include representing the United States at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil! He was also an Assistant Referee at the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup (Morocco) and the 2012 Olympic Games (London). Last, but not least in the FIFA tournament cycle, at the 2011 FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Colombia, Sean was part of the North American trio who earned the honor of being the first US born Referee and Assistant Referee to be appointed to a FIFA tournament Final (Brazil 3 - Portugal 2). Internationally, Sean has also represented CONCACAF at the Gold Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, and various international friendlies. Domestically, Sean has been working as an Assistant Referee within Major League Soccer since 2006 where he has participated in more than 75 matches. You do not want to miss this opportunity to meet Sean personally and to hear him speak.

Rick Eddy is Director of Referee Development for US Soccer and is a National Instructor and National Assessor. In his current role, Rick oversees all technical aspects of the US Soccer Referee Program. 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. Most recently, Rick is seen in the US Soccer video entitled Referee Grades Overview.

The 14th Annual Iowa Referee Academy will be held 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.

Additionally, Manny Ortiz from Official Sports International (OSI), suppliers of on-field and off-field referee apparel and gear, will be there with merchandise! OSI is offering free embroidery and shipping for purchases made at the Academy. Representatives from Referee Magazine and the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) will also be on-hand!

Register now! Spread the word. 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:

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


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