Each referee over the age of eighteen must go through the Risk Management procedure.
Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association’s risk management initiative is more than just background checks for coaches, referees and volunteers. The principal aim is to provide a reasonable level of safety and security for our 130,000 players while they are participating in soccer activities.
Referees over the age of 18 are required to complete a background check during the registration process. These checks are reviewed at the state level to assure that the ENYYSA policy is administered fairly and consistently across the state and that a referee’s private information is kept confidential.
It is important to note that while an individual referee may be asked to explain an issue in their background, it does not mean the/she will be denied officiating privileges. It simply means that the committee needs more information. Referees may appeal a negative decision.
The United States Soccer Federation has mandated that all certified referees are required to take the Concussion Course. It is a simple online module conducted as part of your yearly registration.