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Eastern Massachusetts Soccer Officials Association

Serving Massachusetts High School Soccer Since 1959





2022 EMSOA Re-Certification Exam

Download the exam by clicking on the above link. Take the exam before you attend a Rules Interpretation Meeting.  The correct answers will be given during the Rules Interpretation meeting.  Only you will know your score. The test is for refreshing you rule knowledge.


Rules Interpretation Meetings

Tuesday, August 16, South Chapter, 7pm  on Zoom
Slides for South Chapter meeting

Wednesday, August 17, West Chapter, 7pm on Zoom

Sunday, August 28, North Chapter, 6:30PM on Zoom

Thursday, September 1, North Chapter, 7pm on Zoom

Members of EMSOA MUST attend one of these sessions.

There is no extra credit for attending more than one.
EMSOA members do not need to attend the session for his/her chapter. Each session will have the same instructional material plus information from the chapter President.

EMSOA members may attend the Rules Interpretation meeting of another NFHS officials association including Central Mass SOA, Whaling City SOA or Cape Code SOA. Any EMSOA member who attends one of the meeting of one of these other SOA's must ask the Secretary of that association to send an email to emsoa@emsoa.org verifying attendance.


Click here for the 2022 EMSOA Newsletter


NFHS Soccer Rule Changes for 2022-2023

MIAA Recomended Game Fees for the Fall 2022 Season
$93 for Varsity
$69 for Sub-Varsity/Freshman (2 referees on field)
Fee and a half for 1 referee on field


EMSOA Handout: Game Management



Study of the Comparison of 2020 NFHS, USSF and NCAA Soccer Rules


Whether it's cold or hot, the weather can affect your performance on the field and affect your health.  Know how to protect yourself.

Click here to Information about Cold Weather Safety

Click here for information about Hot Weather Safety



All active referees should have an ArbiterPay account.
Click here to learn how to open an account


T-Shirts, Golf Shirts, Etc. with EMSOA Logo are available from Land's End to any EMSOA member.  Log-in, create a Land's End account and make your purchase.
Click here


Dual System of Control

by the EMSOA Rules Interpreter (2016)



The Eastern Massachusetts Soccer Officials Association provides training and professional development for its members under the rules of the Mass. Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS). Our members are assigned as soccer referees for both public and private high schools competitions in Eastern Massachusetts.

If you are interested in being a referee for youth (town leagues) soccer, go to the Mass. State Referees Committee (USSF) web site.

If you are interested in being a referee for college soccer, go to the New England Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NCAA) web site.

You can pay for Active Membership by check, money order, credit/debit card, or bank e-transfer. All others must mail a check to the EMSOA address listed at the top and bottom of this page.


To pay by credit/debit card or bank e-transfer, click on the grey box below.  There is a convenience fee of $2.95 added to the dues when paying with a credit/debit card or a convenience fee of $1.00 when paying with a bank e-transfer (eCheck).

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E. M. S. O. A.

100 Powdermill Rd., #240

Acton, MA 01720-5932


(If the above e-mail address does not open your e-mail program when you click on it, go to your e-mail program or web page and type the address on the TO: line.)

Send your comments or questions regarding the EMSOA organization to EMSOA.


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