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Where provided, U.S. Soccer expects Florida State Referees, Inc. to establish requirements that best support the needs of the local competitions and the referees servicing them. This means that State Referee Associations are expected to work collaboratively with State Association(s) FSSA/FYSA leaders and local competition authorities.

Specific to requirements associated with grade…(Read More)

Our New Referee Coach/Mentor Program

After a year in development you are invited to look at our new Referee Coaching and Mentoring Program. This new program will address both aspects of referee development; group coaching and individual one-on-one mentoring.

The program’s purpose is to identify young referees, assist them in developing their knowledge, skill and experience and prepare them, upon attaining legal age, to qualify for and enter our already successfull Referee Academy Program.

Our recently appointed State Director of Coaching and Mentoring, Tim Geis, presented the Program during the FSR 2015 AGM, in Sunrise Florida. You may view his presentation…(Here)

New Look For Florida State Referees

During this administration, Florida was one of the first states to consider and implement “Online Registration” to be followed by “Online Course Scheduling” and now “Online Education” for all members. We have come a long way since the old times, listening to you and the sport we serve in an attempt to constantly improve our services and make the delivery of annual in-service requirements much easier.

Please feel free to explore our web site by using the menu on the left. You will be able to find all kinds of information from how to “Become A Referee”, getting the name of your local Referee Administrator, what is the “Referee Academy” and most important of all, how you are going to become a referee and how to meet your “Annual Recertification” requirements.

In our quest to always be on the forefront of our sport, FSR has entered into a number of cooperative relationships with other states willing and able to cooperate with us in implementing our constantly evolving vision. This change in policy has already proven successful. A few years back FSR changed its appearance and the way we will be implementing our referee development and providing services to the sport.

First, you will notice by visiting our home page at that it has a new look and feel. A constantly evolving dynamic page, it is intended as your “Gateway” to everything FSR has to offer. We will be constantly improving on that as we are planning some more changes to make this page friendlier.

The menu button titled “Member Login to the Secure Server” highlights our intent to maintain the outmost security and protection for our data. We have accomplished that in partnership with LeagueGM. This is your secure portal for updating your personal information, registering for all courses, both physical and virtual (online) and for accessing your personal record within FSR.

There are many more improvements to come. Until then, thank you for supporting FSR and our sport.

The Student Athlete

Prepare, Reach Out and Reach Your Goals

Student athletes prepare to reach their goals to play beyond high school

The NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly called the NCAA Clearinghouse) checks every athlete who want to play sports in college to make sure they’re eligible (except at the NAIA and junior college levels). The NCAA Eligibility Center needs 4 THINGS from you.

1. Good Grades in Core Cummulative Classes
They have a specific sliding scale of what makes the grade and what doesn’t, and a list of classes that every student athlete must have taken in order to compete. Click here for more details about the academic requirements for the NCAA Eligibility Center.
2. Amateurism Status
What’s amateurism? Basically, it means you’ve never gotten paid to play sports, so you’re qualified to play in college.

Student-Athlete list of things that can potentially disqualify you from competing in the NCAA:
1. Contracts with a professional team
2. Salary for participating in athletics
3. Prize money
4. Playing with professionals
5. Trying out, practicing or competing with a professional team
6. Receiving benefits from an agent or prospective agent
7. Agreeing to be represented by an agent
8. Delaying initial full-time collegiate enrollment to participate in organized sports competition
9. Getting financial assistance based on athletics skills or participation

3. Following the rules

Besides grades and amateurism, there’s a whole list of rules the NCAA Eligibility Center has for student-athletes.  The Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete. You can see or download the latest version of this guide by clicking here. It’s a must-read if you want to play sports in college.

4. Register
Contact the NCAA Eligibility Center and register so they can verify your eligibility.

Contact The Eligibility Center:
By phone:
877-262-1492 (if you live in the U.S.)
317-223-0700 (if you don’t live in the U.S.)

By mail:
NCAA Eligibility Center
Certifications Processing
P.O. Box 7136
Indianapolis, IN 46207-7136

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Finding out what you want to be in the future involves knowing who you are today. A self-inventory can help you plan for college and a career. READ MORE HERE

More than $185 billion in financial aid is available. Financial aid comes from many sources:

  • Federal government grants, loans and other aid: 73%
  • College grants/ scholarships: 18%
  • State government grants/scholarships: 5%
  • Private and employer grants/scholarships: 4%

Read Financial Aid Can Help You Afford College



NIAAA Student Athlete Scholarship


  • Applicant must have achieved at least two (2) of the following: (a) minimum of B+ average; (b) ranked in the top 25% of class; (c) ACT score of 24 or an SAT score of 1100 (Verbal and Math only)
  • Applicant must have participated in two sports for at least two years in each sport
  • Applicant must have earned at least one varsity letter in each of two sports
  • Applicant must complete attached scholar application
  • Applicant must have a letter of recommendation from the high school athletic administrator/director
  • School athletic administrator/director must be an NIAAA member and a member of their respective state athletic administrators association
  • The principal or athletic administrator/director must sign the application to ensure that the academic information submitted is accurate
  • All materials must be postmarked to the NIAAA Liaison in your respective state (select your state below to see due date and liaison contact information) no later than your states due date CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS