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Fall 2020 - due to Covid-19 will be announced later this summer.


LOTG Amendments - Effective JUNE 2020

There are a number of minor changes and clarifications.

Summary of changes can be found here


Practical Guidelines for Match Officials

   Important information found in IFAB 2019-2020 LOTG

    Found on pages 193-222 - check it out!


Spring 2020 - Genesisis Referee Program


Ref in Training will be held in Lancaster this spring.

It will be a 3+ hour course to include field work at the Lancaster Community Center.

     Classroom will be held on        9-11:30am.  

      Field training will be held        1:30-3:00pm.

If interested, please contact Maria Mpelkas - jmpelkas@yahoo.com


LOTG Amendments - Effective JUNE 2019

A number of changes are in effect for Fall 2019

Summary of amendment changes found here



If the referee believes a player may have sustained a concussion, the player will be told to leave the match and may not return to play. Players, coaches and parents must NOT dispute the decision! NVYSL referees have received concussion education and have been instructed to err on the side of caution.  Concussions may occur even without a direct blow to the head and symptoms may not be immediately apparent. You can review the concussion training at the following:        



NVYSL Grade 5/6 and lower games, heading will result in an IDFK.


NEW US Soccer Initiatives for US Youth Soccer

U.S. Soccer Concussion Initiative (January 2016)

Specific changes to rules on heading for youth players. U.S. Soccer modifications to U10 games that intend to limit head injuries during soccer participation.

Subsitution rules will allow players who may have suffered a concussion during games to be evaluated without penalty.


All referees should view the video entitled "Ask, Tell, Dismiss" found here(August 2015)


NVYSL wants to adopt this resonse to help referees deal with poor conduct by coaches. 

The display of cards is only for the players. 

However, as a last resort you may display cards if you feel your message to the coach has not been fully understood.



Current Nashoba Valley Youth Soccer Referee info can be found at: Nashoba Valley Youth Soccer Organization



Other referee facts or upgrading info found at: Massachusetts Referee State Committee



Please contact NU assignor or NVYSL assignor for higher level games