Law 11 – Offside – Required viewing for Spring 2015 season

At tonight’s JUSA referee meeting, we watched a video produced by the Minnesota State Referee Committee regarding implementing the 2013 changes to Law 11 – Offside, specifically about how a deliberate play by a defender negates the offside position of any attackers.


Everyone MUST watch this video prior to spring season.


We have discussed the offside changes at several previous meetings and have shown many clips and examples.  This podcast is well-produced and gives a very clear explanation of how the slight changes in wording from July 2013 affect the way referees, and assistant referees, must judge offside.


In the past, we have put off instituting this change, but starting with our Spring 2015 season, JUSA referees are expected to implement this interpretation of offside.  Instructors at other referee associations throughout Cal South will be carrying the message to their referees as well.


If you didn’t attend tonight’s meeting, or if you did and just want to re-watch the video at home with better sound, here is a link to the Minnesota State Referee Committee’s podcast for December.


Recertification for 2015

Recertification for Grades 7 through 9 is now an online process

Go to the correct link below and follow ALL the instructions:
Step 1 – Pay
Step 2 – Complete online modules
Step 3 – Wait for badge in the mail

If you do not know your login or password for Cal South’s systems, you must contact their support.

Fall 2014 Sign-ups now open

Sign-ups are now enabled for the Fall 2014 season.

Level 3 and higher referees may now sign up for games.
Level 1 and higher referees may start signing up on Friday, August 29th at 5:00pm.
Level 0 referees may start signing up on Sunday, August 31st at 5:00pm per the usual schedule.

Brendon Garabito will be assigning the U16/U19 games as usual.  Contact him with your availability if you are interested.

New Referee Training

JUSA will be training new referees during the JUSA Friendship Games on August 16th.

If you are a new referee and ae interested in refereeing for JUSA this fall and have not received an email in the last couple of days, send a message to so you can be added to the distribution list.

There will be additional training on August 23rd, but August 16th is the preferred date as those games are higher level and better for new referees.

How to Become a Referee

If you are interested in becoming a referee and joining JUSA for games this fall, see the “how to” guide here.

Read through the information and follow the instructions to register and take the online modules. If you choose the Grade 8 path, you will also attend a 4-hour Cal South field training session.

There is no minimum age although, typically, our youngest referees are usually at least 11 or 12.

Grade 9 referees can referee all JUSA Recreational and Signature matches up to U14. This level is recommended for referees 15 or 16 and under.
Grade 8 referees can referee all JUSA Recreational and Signature matches up to U19 and can choose to join other referee associations, as they gain experience, and referee all levels of Competitive (Club) youth matches.

Our new referee training is on August 16th and August 23rd. As a new referee, you must attend one of these dates in order to be entered into our online system to sign up for games this fall.

Playoff sign-ups for 5/17 & 5/18

Schedules are now loaded for Semi-Finals on Saturday 5/17 and Finals on 5/18.

Level 3 and Level 4 referees (and associated family members) may sign up now.
Level 2 referees (and associated family members) may sign up starting at 5pm on 5/9
Level 1 referees (and associated family members) may sign up starting at 5pm on 5/10
All level restrictions will be removed at 5pm on Sunday, 5/11 when Level 0 refs would normally be able to sign up.

There are six games at many fields on Saturday 5/17. Remember, FOUR games is the maximum, per referee.

If you sign up for finals on Sunday, please try to do a different division/pool than you sign up for on Saturday, for semifinals, where possible.