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Iowa Referee Academy

  Iowa Referee Academy - XIV coming February, 28, 2015 to Des Moines University! ……….

Our first Guest Speaker identified for the Iowa Referee Academy is Rick Eddy.

Rick Eddy is currently Director of Referee Development for US Soccer and is a National Instructor and Assessor. He was a USSF National Referee from 1992 to 2006 and a Major League Soccer Assistant Referee from 1997 to 2006. Rick has worked the 2006 Lamar Hunt Open Cup Final, the 2002 MLS Cup and PDL Finals, 2001 A-League Final, and the 1999 USL D3 Pro Final.

The topics that Rick will present to us will be shared in a future post. We are very fortunate to be able to have Rick speak at our Academy!

The 14th Annual Iowa Referee Academy will be held on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Des Moines University, Student Education Center (SEC) Auditorium, 3200 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312. You can register now by following the instructions at Academy Registration. Be sure to check the Iowa Referee Committee (IRC) Website Academy Page at Iowa Referee Academy and the IA Soccer Referees Facebook Page periodically for updates as the date draws nearer.

REMINDER: One of our referee guest speakers represented the United States at the World Cup in Brazil last Summer! You do not want to miss this opportunity to meet him personally and to hear him speak.

Register now. Tell your friends. More info to come…

Registration Window for 2015 is now OPEN!

Login to your Iowa RefLink Account and click on "My Registration" under Menu. Register now to ensure you receive your 2015 Law Book and Badge in a timely manner and to avoid any late fees. Read How to Re-register for detailed instructions on how to register with US Soccer. If you have any questions, contact the State Referee Registrar (SRR), Jim Albertson, at

2015 On-line Recertification Module Available

The on-line version of the 2015 Recertification Module and Exam is now available.

If you are unable to register for 2015 because you have not satisfied the 5 hour minimum annual continuing education requirement and if you cannot attend an Instructor-led Recertification Clinic between now and the end of the year, then you can click on the link below to launch an on-line version of the Recertification materials.

The Recertification Materials reside in Brainshark and contain the following 10 topics:

- Memorandum of Law Changes for 2015,
- Assistant Referees,
- Teamwork,
- Professionalism,
- Command Presence,
- Verbal Judo,
- Foul Recognition,
- Application of Advantage
- Dealing with Dissent, and
- Offenses that are 100% Misconduct.

After you have finished the presentation portion, you will transition to the 50 Question Recertification Exam in EasyTestMaker.

Upon completion of the on-line module and test, your recertification hours and test score will be entered into the Iowa Referee Committee (IRC) RefLink Database so that you can register for 2015.

If you have any questions re: the on-line materials or exam, please contact me at

The link to the Brainshark Recertification Module is located at:

You will be asked to enter your first and last name and e-Mail address.

DO NOT abuse this system! Abuse will not be tolerated and will be
dealt with.

R. C. (Chip) Walaska