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HOUSTON SOUTHWEST SOCCER OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION
The Houston TASO Chapter of High School Soccer Officials

Upcoming Meetings & Events

April Virtual Chapter Meeting

HSSOA Chapter Meeting to be held on Apr 21, 2021 at 6:30 PM CDT. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

LATEST HSSOA & TASO NEWS

2021 Playoff Procedures - Important
March 21, 2021 - HSSOA News

Referees officiating playoff matches should be sure to read playoff procedures presentation and print off a copy to take to the field. PDF versions of both can be found here: Go to Playoff Procedures Presentation 

HSSOA Referees Participate in TASO Fitness Test
January 17, 2021 - HSSOA News

HSSOA and other TASO District 8 Chapters Members met at Elkins High School, Saturday, January 17, 2021 to participate in the TASO Fitness Test. A successful score on the TASO-approved fitness test is one of several requirement for referees who wish to be considered for assignments at the UIL Regional and State tournaments.
Members who participated in the Fitness Test were: Chris Fuentes, Kevin Good, Tolulope Ajao, Lino Alanis Ocampo, Emanuel Aran, Sean Couette, Frank Huber, Victor Hinojosa, Jose Rodrigo Ibarra, Emily Moon, Joshua Neu, Shane Sobnosky, Francisco Velez, Jose Ventimilla, Jose Villatoro, Roger Phillips Mills, Haitham Swaidan, Charles Coulter – Golden Triangle
HSSOA Board Members Administering TASO Fitness Test: Guillermo Ocampo, Dan Butler, Jude Nwambuonwo, Britton Coffman (TASO Representative)

2020-2021 TASO/NFHS Rule Change Presentation
December 3, 2020 - HSSOA News

Review the 2020-2021 TASO/NFHS Rule Change Presentation available in your member portal under Training Resources.

Updated Version of NFHS Rules vs Myths Available
December 31, 2020 - HSSOA News

See the updated version of the NFHS the NFHS Rules vs Myths compiled by HSSOA referee James Spencer. A printable version is available so you can take this valuable document to the field with you. Go to the Rules vs Myth page. 

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: The referee can only stop the clock for goals, yellow/red cards, injuries, and penalty kicks. The referee has no discretion to stop the clock for anything else.

Fact: The referee has discretion to stop the clock for any reason he/she deems necessary. This might include situations where it is taking excessive time to retrieve a ball, to explain a call to a coach or player, to handle an escalating situation between players/teams, to remove a disruptive spectator, to consult with an assistant referee, etc.

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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 www.ussoccer.com/referees.

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