4th of July 2021 FLSRC News


Several new items and enhancements have been added to FLSRC.ORG and the FLSRC OMS registration system plus several news announcements.

  1. There is a new section in the FLSRC library called Referee Coach Resources.  Many documents that pertain to Referee Coaches can be found easily rather than looking through the whole documents section.
  2. Beginning this month of July, when registering for 2022 for recertification or new Grassroots referee (18 years of age and older) and completing a background check, it will no longer be necessary to go to Got Soccer and obtaining a FYSA background card to upload into the OMS system.  The background check will be done exclusively through the OMS system and paid through the OMS system, with no background card necessary.  FYSA staff will manage any background issues inside the OMS system.
  3. All SafeSports annual recertifications for referees, referee coaches, regional instructors/assessors, assignors can only be completed in the US Soccer Learning Center.  SafeSports renewal dates do not necessarily expire at the same time as recertification dates.  The renewal date must be watched carefully as to expiration.  The referee license can be suspended.
  4. The annual requirement module:  Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments must also be completed in the US Soccer Learning Center in the same supplemental courses section as the SafeSports renewal.  There will be a special training module to guide each recertification to the specific area in the Learning Center.
  5. The new FLSRC Referee Education & Development Initiative (REDI) will launch on Friday evening, July 30th in Orlando at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs Hotel.  The REDI will feature 4 US Soccer National Referee Coaches, led by National Coach Richard Heron, known in Florida as “Football Understanding.” REDI registration is now open in the OMS system, for all Regional Referees and any Grassroots Referees who are 18 years of age and older and have completed two (2) full years of referee registrations (beginning prior to 2019).  Anyone wishing to register and pay must obtain the invitation code by emailing  The detailed REDI policy is posted in the FLSRC Library.
  6. Regional Referee 2022 recertification at the REDI is open for registration in OMS.  There will be the men’s FIFA test category 1(15s-18s), the women’s FIFA tests category 1(17s-20s) for male regional referees, and category 3(17s-24s) for female regional referees.  The men’s FIFA test is a prerequisite for any pro-type games, but passing the test does not necessarily mean there will be upcoming game assignments. 
  7. The new Grassroots Referee Mentor course scheduled for July 31st, a separate event during the REDI weekend, is open for course registration in OMS for all who wish to be candidates to become grassroots referee mentors.  If the role of a referee mentor is unfamiliar, then research the documents in the Referee Coach Resource section before registering and paying.  The required familiarity with the modern game of soccer and the latest updates of the IFAB Laws of the game, computer technology literacy, and ability to lead groups of students in field sessions are all prerequisites for the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) for successful completion of the Grassroots Referee Mentor course.

Finally, after previously receiving two FLSRC Hall of Fame application nominations in late February 2021, the Hall of Fame committee met via Zoom on March 31, 2021 and unanimously approved two new Hall of Fame inductees for the year 2021.

On Sunday August 1, 2021 at 11:00 AM, during the last hour of the REDI at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs Hotel, former FIFA Referee Christina E. Unkel, along with Abrom Douglas, Jr. current FLSRC State Referee Administrator (SRA) will be formally inducted in the FLSRC Hall of Fame for the year 2021.  The many accomplishments of both Christina and Abrom over the years are very diverse and cover many areas in the referee world, but both of them are very well-deserved of the Hall of Fame honor.

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