2021 Entry-Level Grassroots Referee Clinics


2020-2021 Recertification Instructions (ONLY for those not already certified for 2020)


The South Carolina State Referee Committee (SRC)


You 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

2021 Recertification Information (ONLY for those registered in 2020)

The SC SRC in conjunction with US Soccer has decided to waive ALL fees for 2021 registration. When you register for recertification for 2021 you will pay nothing to either US Soccer or South Carolina. We know that the current health situation has caused financial hardships for many officials across the state and we hope […]

South Carolina Creates Elite Referee Academy

The South Carolina State Referee Committee is proud to announce the inaugural group of officials that will be participating in the South Carolina Elite Referee Academy (SCERA).  The Elite Referee Academy was created with the goal of providing a pathway for advanced development and upgrade, provide a unique opportunity with small group coaching, and provide […]

Mid-State Creates Referee Association

We are proud to announce the establishment of our refereeing association for the Midlands community.  The Midlands Soccer Officials Association (MSOA) was established in June of 2019.  Since that time we have created our Executive Board and governing by-laws with the goal of providing our soccer officials a means to better themselves through proper training, […]

Five SC Referees Attend DA Showcase

BB&T Sports Complex, Bermuda Run, NC:  The Developmental Academy EastRegional Showcase was hosted on October 25th – 28th for U-13 and U-14 Boys.South Carolina sent five (5) talented and available referees after informingARA’s (area referee administrators) and inviting a substantial number ofqualified South Carolina referees. Those grassroots referees attending were Paige Bell and Diego Mora […]

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 […]

Unanchored Soccer Goals Pose a Dangerous Threat

Unanchored Soccer Goals Pose a Dangerous Threat http://www.nbcboston.com/investigations/Unanchored-Soccer-Goals-Pose-a-Dangerous-Threat-453168723.html 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 […]

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

Sara Allecia Griggs

Sara Allecia Griggs has been involved in soccer since she was little. Her passion growing up was to excel on the soccer field. After several injuries and setbacks in her young teen years, Sara picked up a whistle and began to referee. She was certified in 2016 as a FIFA Grade 8 Referee, and by the end of her first two years, received her 7C-license.

Her hard work and determination was noticed by the South Carolina Referee’s Association leadership quickly, which opened opportunities to referee at the ODP, DA, regional (President’s and NCS), national, collegiate, referee academies and professional levels. Sara had the opportunities to break several “glass ceilings”, including being the youngest female referee to officiate at the USSL League-1 Level in South Carolina.

 After going to the Presidents Cup Regionals tournament in 2018 Sara received her first award from the South Region as one of the top 15 ARs. The following week Sara attended NCS Regionals and received her second award from the South Region as one of the top 25 ARs, and was selected to represent the state of SC and the South Region at NCS Nationals in 2018.

In 2019 at Presidents Cup Regionals she received the top-15 referee award and was selected to represent the state of South Carolina and the South Region at Presidents Cup Nationals in 2019. Sara is working for her regionel badge and will be attending Dallas cup in 2020.