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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

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 […]

SCYSA Announces the South Carolina Youth Referees of the Year

  SCYSA Announces the South Carolina Youth Referees of the Year Congratulations to this year’s 2019 recipients, Sydney Baltyn and Aldemar Jimenez, both, of the Upstate. Each year the South Carolina Youth Soccer Association (SCYSA) selects from the submitted nominations the two most outstanding youth referees. Sydney, 18 is the Female Youth Referee of the […]

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 […]

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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

Sam is a Rock Hill native, who began playing soccer at the age of 16 in the Rock Hill Youth League for Ian Davidson. Sam’s first stint as a soccer referee was in the Georgia Tech intermural league in Atlanta GA. He returned home to attend, play soccer at and graduate from Winthrop College, lettering in 1979. It was that same year Sam began officiating high school soccer for Jim Casada. Soon after Sam began officiating USSF matches and his college career commenced in 1985. Sam was the referee area assignor in Rock Hill and a coach for the Rock Hill Select Soccer Club/Discoveries for nearly two decades. During that time he upgraded to grade 7 referee, became a NISOA assessor and assignor and an USSF assessor and served as Rock Hill’s first ARA. Sam was dedicated to the game at all levels. He was perpetually asking open ended questions and wanted his players and referees to dissect the match and/or the Laws and, always, asking everyone to think, “Tell me this….” He tirelessly pursued excellence in all his roles and was a true mentor to players and referees both youth and adult. Sam was and is loyal. He attended every first round NCAA tournament soccer match the Winthrop Eagles qualified for in the last 20 years. Sam left the playing fields to concentrate on and dedicate his efforts to Tucker Ornamental Iron and Steel Works, his family business. Congratulations, Sam, a true soccer treasure in York County and South Carolina.