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2018 HSSOA Referees

Referees in Action

Elvis Ortez (AR)
Gerald Flores (Referee) &
Jonathan Hernandez (AR)




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TASO Policies for Better Officiating

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The Houston TASO Chapter of High School Soccer Officials

Upcoming Meetings & Events

March BOD Meeting

March 2018 HSSOA BOD meeting via conference call.

March Chapter Meeting

March 2018 HSSOA Chapter meeting at Bayland Community Center.

UIL Regional Quarterfinals

2018 UIL Regional Quarterfinals April 5-7.

April BOD Meeting

April 2018 HSSOA BOD meeting via conference call.

UIL Regional Tournament

2018 UIL Regional Tournament, April 13-14, 2018.

UIL State Tournament

2018 UIL State Tournament April 18-21, 2018.

April Chapter Meeting

April 2018 HSSOA Chapter meeting at Bayland Community Center.


TASO and Battlefields to Ballfields Announce Partnership
February 15, 2018 - TASO News

TASO is proud to announce that they are the first state-wide organize to forge a partnership with Battlefields to Ballfields (B2B). B2B is a non-profit foundation dedicated to assist veterans and active members of our armed forces become sports officials. The Foundation will reimburse a new official for uniforms and dues paid to the local chapter and TASO the veterans will join. Battlefields to Ballfields will also reimburse the new official for their equipment, training materials, insurance. Read complete details on 

Updated Training Material for 2018 Available
January 20, 2018 - HSSOA News

Our VP of Development, Magdy Kotbe and Patrick Muana have done a great job creating new training modules for the 2018 season. The training presentations are available from the training menu item in your member portal. Referees are encouraged to either print these or be able to access them from mobile devices in the event a review is needed by your crew before a match.
Login to your account and select the training menu item! 

Keep Your HSSOA Account Above $40
January 27, 2018 - HSSOA News

Now that the season is in full swing, members must maintain an account balance of $40 or more at all times. Assignment charges are posted weekly to accounts so it is a good idea to log in and check your balance every Sunday. Login and check your balance now! 

HISD Requires W-9 Forms
December 18, 2017 - HSSOA News

HSSOA officials that plan on officiating HISD games this year should plan on submitting a W-9 form for tax purposes. Payments will be made much faster if this form is in place before you being officiating. Log in to your GO account and look for the information in the News section in your portal.

Consider an EIN for W-9 Forms
December 16, 2017 - HSSOA News

Identity theft should be big concern for officials that leave pay sheets with the ticket takers at the different venues. Consider visiting the IRS website and applying for and immediately receiving an Employee Tax Identification number (EIN). It is very easy to do and having one will add a layer of protection against identity theft. 

HSSOA Support for Referees Impacted by Harvey
September 1, 2017 - HSSOA News

HSSOA members that have a surplus balance in their referee assigning account may donate any or all of their balance to the TASO Hurricane Harvey relief effort. If you have account funds to donate, please send the HSSOA treasurer an email with your amount and the chapter will transfer your funds. Email the HSSOA treasurer at

UIL & TAPPS Drone Policy
July 1, 2017 - TASO News

The UIL and TAPPS have created policies for the use of drones by its member schools. Please read this article posted on TASO's website so you are aware of these policies. See complete policy on 

TASO Soccer Referee Uniforms
June 5, 2017 - TASO News

TASO Referees are required to wear uniforms that conform to the requirements of US Soccer. Those are currently, red, blue, green or gold with black vertical stripes or black with white vertical stripes. Any manufacturer's uniform may be worn as long as it is of this design. Uniforms that are designed for other competitions are not permitted.

Tools to Become a Better Referee

A Feel for the Game: MLS referees - FOX Soccer

Get an in-depth look at what it takes to be a referee in MLS. Learn from referees performing at the highest levels.

NHFS Rules Book

NFHS Rules Myth vs Fact

Myth: It is a team's right to substitute as much as it likes and may do so even if it results in running down the time.

Fact: The referee is required to stop the clock for substitutes if he/she believes the team repeatedly substituting is doing so to waste time.

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US Soccer

US Soccer Referee Program

A great way to understand the Laws of the Game and become a high school referee is to first become a US Soccer certified referee. Their certification program will allow you to build a solid foundation for officiating the sport. Learn more at

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