The South Carolina State Referee Committee (SRC)

whistleYou may have asked yourself at one time or another, what is the SRC? The SRC is the organization sanctioned by the USSF for promoting and implementing U.S. Soccer’s initiatives and programs in support of all affiliated members and competitions within the South Carolina jurisdiction. The SRC collects your money and decides how best to spend it in support of those initiatives and programs. Approximately one half of the money collected is turned over to the USSoccer organization. For a more detailed explanation of the SRC Click Here

Latest News & Announcements

Brian Marshall earns National Badge

Brian Marshall is attending nation camp in Florida.  He has been a national candidate for a while and officiated many high level (pro, semi-pro and matches involving visiting international teams) matches throughout the Southeast for the better part of three years.  This weekend he earned his US Soccer National Assistant Referee badge at US Soccer’s […]

Official Sports International’s 2018 Holiday Sale, now, through 31 DEC 2018.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our SC Referees. Official Sports International’s 2018 Holiday Sale, now, through 31 DEC 2018. This is a great time to purchase new uniform components, compulsory items and save money.  OSI reduces prices on all accessories, gear, performance apparel, off field apparel. Save money and provide USSF referees with new equipment and, […]


In 2018, Congress enacted the “Safe Sport Act” which was ultimately signed into law requiring adults who are being involved in youth sports to receive training on sexual abuse. This applies to referees.  In order for SC Referees to become compliant, each referee who is an adult and who will be working youth games must […]

FIFA Referee to Instruct at South Carolina’s Elite Clinic in Clemson, SC

Margaret Domka FIFA referee and former FIFA assistant referee will attend South Carolina’s Elite clinic on January 26th and 27th in Clemson, SC.  US Soccer has provided SC Referees another high level referee and national clinician to aid in the advanced instruction and clinic presentation.  Margaret was a college All American soccer player and participated […]

Unanchored Soccer Goals Pose a Dangerous Threat

Unanchored Soccer Goals Pose a Dangerous Threat CHECK THE GOALS!

Developmental Academy 13/14 Boys East Regional Showcase – 27, 28 & 29 October

Winston-Salem, NC:  L to R; Leonard Gonzalez, Nate Mitchell, Frank Hobson, Sara Griggs, Lydia Ratliff, Jack Burroughs.  US Soccer hosted the Developmental Academy 13/14 Boys East Regional Showcase at the BB&T Soccer Park on 27, 28 & 29 October.  This is a US Soccer invitation and identification event.  The referee administrative staff from Chicago was […]

Russell Davis, USMC

Russell Davis, USMC – is our US Soccer referee in the middle.  Russ is a Marine Corps navigator and was in Australia for a few days and when he had a day off he made arrangements to officiate along with our Aussie referees.   Small world, when you have the badge

Implementation of “Silent September” — Just let them play!

Implementation of “Silent September” — Just let them play! July 10, 2017 — Irmo, SC — In late June, the South Carolina Youth Soccer Association (SCYSA) published a Silent September policy to its website but the guidelines for implementation had not been fully developed so they were not part of that publication.  That policy, however, […]

2017 Greensboro Region III Delegation

  Back:  Matthew Hinman, Greg Baltyn, Jack Collins, Ed Waddell, Warren Woody Middle: Cameron Clark, Oliva Urig, Jack Schultz, Frank Kucinic Front: Dallas Rosier, Joshua Picillo, Izlen Peksenar, James Felluca

South Carolina referees attending July’s Region III ODP camps

Montevallo University, Girls ODP Camp Emily Brooks, Columbia Paul Ilukor, Aiken Annabelle Leone, Charleston Ford Johnson, Upstate Gion Vazquez, Columbia Morgan Farrar, Rock Hill Alisa Foley, Rock Hill Allecia Griggs, Columbia   University of Alabama, Boys ODP Camp Jack Collins, Columbia David Cherup, Columbia Jack Burroughs, Rock Hill Roman Thiessen, Rock Hill Nate Mitchell, Rock […]

Spring 2017 League of Champions Final, Saluda Shoals Park, Columbia, SC on Saturday, May 20th

Spring 2017 League of Champions Final, Saluda Shoals Park, Columbia, SC on Saturday, May 20th.  Lowcountry United (Charleston), 3 vs, Sorinex (Columbia), 1 – Referee team, l to r:  Matthew Hinman, AR2, Aiken; Dallas Rosier, 4th Official, Columbia; Frank Kucinic, Referee, Greenville; Olivia Urig, AR1, Charleston.  The League of Champions is the top level of amateur […]

Developmental Academy 13/14 East Regional Showcase

Winston-Salem, NC: L to R; Matt Hinman, Ed Waddell, Olivia Urig, Brigitte Rosier, Izlen Peksenar and Nate Mitchell were selected and attended the Developmental Academy 13/14 East Regional Showcase at BB&T Soccer Park on 28, 29 & 30 October hosted by US Soccer. Every match was filmed and national assessors were present for every match […]

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Upcoming events

Date/Time Event
08/04/2018 - 02/28/2019
All Day
4 August   SC Referees Entry Level Certification classes begin

Something you should know

Preseason Tips:

Positioning & Reading the Game. 

“The best position is one from which the referee can make the correct decision.”  The pregame conference should be productive, useful and create a cohesive officiating team.

Referees: Work Rate (Effort)(Finish your run)

                   Anticipation/Next Step

                   Angle of View/See between players


                   Explosive Movement

                   Football Understanding

AR’s:  Second to Last Defender (STLD) or ball, whichever is closest to the Goal Line

           Eye contact (teammate support)

           Relevant/proper signal flag mechanics (teammate communication)

           Finish your run

           Precision, Discipline and Vigilance

Referee Spotlight : Frank Kucinic

Frank was born in Cleveland, OH.  He is first generation Croatian-American and did not speak English when he entered the 3rd grade.  Frank remains bilingual.  He is fluent in Croatian.  He grew up playing soccer for the Croatian Soccer Club, kicking the ball since he could walk.  Frank has been involved in soccer for 35+ years.  He began his collegiate career at Lakeland CC in Mentor, OH, earning All-American honors in 1997.  It was at West Virginia University, ’97-‘99 he played varsity soccer until sustaining a career ending knee injury.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education & Health Education and teaching certification while serving as an assistant soccer coach for the Mountaineers men’s team.

A soccer friend invited Frank to consider Greenville, SC for teaching and coaching at a private high school.  Frank, for 14 years and currently, teaches at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and is the boys varsity soccer coach.  His teams have won nine (9) state championships.  Frank and his wife Robyn have three children (Sylvia-13, Luka-11 and Elyse-8) and, still, reside in Greenville.

Frank became a referee in 2015 with encouragement from friend and referee Jack Kovaleski.  Fellow referees Roni Canales, Virgo Carrillo and Wilmer Soriano  aided in his development and mentored Frank.  He quickly realized that his love of the beautiful game could be met by officiating, not only, by playing.  Frank was a Fast Track Grade 7 referee.  Frank has traveled quite a bit, in his short time, and met some amazing men and women on his referee journeys.  He has traveled throughout South Carolina and parts of Region III, earning top referee awards two (2) consecutive years at Regional Championships and this year he was selected as a referee for National Presidents Cup in Indianapolis, IN.

Frank continues to pursue excellence and expand his knowledge of The Game of Soccer.  He is a newly minted US Soccer Referee Instructor and has earned the privilege of state referee (Grade 6) upgrade and officiating at the highest level of matches available, amateur and professional, within South Carolina and Region III.