How do changes to IFAB Law 16 (The Goal Kick) affect the Build-Out Line?

Since IFAB’s changes to Law 16 (The Goal Kick) went in effect on June 1, 2019, there have been a lot of questions about how the new rule impacts the implementation of the Build-Out Line (BOL). The short answer is, very little. The purpose of a BOL is to ease defensive pressure on goal kicks/goalkeeper […]

Recertification for 2020 is now available

Information regarding Recertification is available on CalSouth at  In addition to registration and payment, you will need to take the Recertification Quiz for Grassroots Referees (Previous Grade 9, 8 & 7) for 2020. You can click here to take that test. As reference you can click here for the recent Laws of the Game. […]

Referee SafeSport Training

April 30, 2019  This email update is being sent to the entire Cal South referee community. New National Requirement All USSF Certified Referees, Instructors, Assessors & Assignors, 18 years of age and older are now required to be SafeSport trained. This requirement must be completed before the deadline of 9/1/2019 in order to be allowed […]

App for IFAB Laws of the Game 2020/21 for both Apple and Android

To compliment a hard copy of the Laws, check out the recently updated IFAB app. Laws of the Game 2020/21 come into force on 1 June. Explore them with the OFFICIAL APP from The IFAB – free and available to everyone! FIND OUT MORE:

2019 Law Changes Announcement from IFAB

The IFAB released the actual language of the changes to the 2019 Laws of the Game.  Some of these are going to roil instruction in all of our various associations for the next several seasons. NOTE: All changes come into force on June 1, 2019.  Competitions starting before that date may apply the changes from […]

CalSouth Instructor & Assignor Entry Courses Now Posted

Entry courses for those seeking to become first time Referee Instructors Grade 7 or Referee Assignors are now posted. For the Instructor Grade 7 Entry course – Please click here For the Assignor Entry Course – Please click here Please fill out the applicable application and email that to our SDI, Randall Reyes at […]

11 Jan 2019: From Cal South

These are helpful tools for referees to be aware of and their use: Step by step instructions to print the USSF Registration Card Standards of Dress Pocket Guide

Cal South SRC Guidance Regarding Drones

Cal South’s State Referee Committee is providing the attached guidance. It covers a procedure for the referees to follow when the presence of drones may impact the safety of participants of the beautiful game. This is a matter of safety – the prime directive of referees. Cal South SRC Guidance Regarding Drones