All of our referees are FIFA certified and must renew their certification every year. If you or your child, (minimum 12 years of age), are interested in becoming a referee please see the important referee information below. Applicants must attend a USSF certified referee clinic and pass an exam with an 75% or better. All referees must also attend McKinney Soccer Association’s mandatory referee meetings before each season to keep up to date with any changes that may have occurred from the prior season. Please feel free to contact our referee assignor at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions that aren’t answered by the information below.
All referees should be at the complex where they are assigned thirty minutes before their first game starts to prevent your game(s) from being given to someone else, (and report to their field 15 minutes before game time). The referee should arrive, ready to be a referee or assistant referee, and should have a complete uniform (black shorts, black socks with three stripes or USSF logo, black shoes, official shirt, watch, flags, whistle, pen, and paper). The referee should bring a copy of MSA Game Day Rules with them and a copy of their schedule printed from online or hand-written on a time sheet.
Referee Information to know
Referees, Please Review this Checklist:
- Review MSA Referee Information, the MSRA Constitution, and NTSSA Referee Program Information.
- Returning Referees: Must re-certify every year.
- Referees that registered before June 15th will expire December 31st of the same year. Registrations after June 15th will be good until December 31st of the following year.Attend the mandatory referee meeting prior to each season.
- Sign-Up weekly for the next games by submitting the online availability form. Deadline to submit availability form is Monday by midnight prior to each weekend.
- Go to the Referee Schedule Page by Friday before the next games to view your assigned schedule.
(Tip: Type Control+F (Command+F on a Mac) when you’re on the referee schedule page and search for your name.)
Be prepared for game day:
- Be at complex where you’re assigned 30 minutes before your first game.
- Wear complete referee uniform and bring referee supplies.
- See Referee Information
- Bring a copy of the MSA Game Day Rules
- Bring a copy of your schedule from online or hand-written on a time sheet.
- Bring a copy of the GameDay Checklist and follow checklist at each game.
- Remember to collect game reports from the coach prior to each game and return them to the referee check-in location after the
- Turn in Referee Time Sheet to the referee check-in location after your last game.
- Make sure your contact information is up to date. We use email for ALL communications.
Referee Rates of Pay
Current MSA Playing Rules
Tournament Playing Rules
McKinney Soccer Referee Association - Constitution
ARTICLE I – NAME
Section 1. Name. The name of this association shall be The McKinney Soccer Referee Association, herein after referred to as MSRA.
Section 2. Office. MSRA may have offices at such places as the Board may from time to time determine.
ARTICLE II – AFFILIATIONS
Section 1. Affiliations. MSRA shall be associated and shall work with North Texas State Soccer Association (NTSSA), The United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
ARTICLE III – PURPOSE
Section 1. Purposes. The purposes for which MSRA is organized include, but not limited
to, the following:
a. further the interests of soccer officials;
b. maintain the highest standard of soccer officiating;
c. promote the welfare of amateur soccer, its players, administrators, fans, the press and soccer officials;
d. encourage the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship;
e. work with the organizations and associations connected with soccer to further amateur soccer and all persons involved with amateur soccer;
f. provide educational programs to advance the skills of soccer officials;
g. work with soccer administrators to provide qualified soccer officials to officiate amateur soccer;
h. conduct programs to encourage public appreciation for the skill and professional competence of soccer officials.
ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership. MSRA shall be comprised of the following persons within the following classes of membership.
1. Voting Members
a. Active: Comprised of individuals who are registered with USSF as soccer officials (referee, assessor, instructor, and/or assignor), who have complied with all the membership requirements of MSRA, who are in good standing and who are active in the referee program in their registered role(s) and shall be referred to as Active Members throughout the Constitution and By-Laws;
b. Honorary: Comprised of individuals who have never been Active members, but upon whom MSRA desires to confer honorary status according to criteria to be established by MSRA.
2. Non-Voting Members:
a. Honorary: Comprised of individuals who have never been Active members, but upon whom MSRA desires to confer honorary status according to criteria to be established by MSRA.
b. Inactive: Comprised of individuals who were formerly duly qualified soccer officials who are in good standing when they cease to be Active members and who now no longer participate in an active capacity but are otherwise duly qualified;
Section 2. Qualified Membership. MSRA may accept individuals for membership pursuant to criteria to be established by MSRA.
Section 3. Reinstatements. MSRA may re-instate individuals for membership pursuant to criteria to be established by MSRA.
ARTICLE V – MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
Section 1. Meetings of Members. MSRA shall hold no less than 2 regular meetings during each fiscal year. There shall be one Annual General Meeting, herein after referred to as AGM. Special meetings of the members may be called from time to time by the Secretary at the request in writing by the president or a majority of the Board. Such a request for a special meeting shall state the purpose or purposes of the proposed meeting. Written or verbal notice stating place, date, and hour of meeting shall be given not less than 48 hours prior to such meeting.
Section 2. Regular Meetings. The affairs of MSRA shall be handled at regular meetings of the members. These meetings shall be held at a time and place to be determined by the President. Written or verbal notice stating place, date, and hour of meeting shall be given not less than 48 hours prior to such meeting.
Section 3. Notice of Annual General Meetings. Verbal or written notice of an AGM of members, stating the time, place and object, shall be given no less than fourteen (14) days before such meeting.
Section 4. Voting. The presence of two (2) percent of the active membership constitutes a quorum. A majority vote of such members where a quorum is present is necessary to make a decision, except where some other number is required by law or by this written constitution. Neither proxy voting nor mail voting is permitted.
ARTICLE VI – BOARD MEMBER MEETINGS
Section 1. Meetings of Board Members. MSRA shall hold no less than 2 regular meetings during each fiscal year. Special meetings of the members may be called from time to time by the President or elected officer and must be called at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Such a request for a special meeting shall state the purpose or purposes of the proposed meeting.
Section 2. Regular Board Meetings. The affairs of MSRA shall be handled at regular meetings of the Board. These meetings shall be open meetings held at a time and place to be determined by the President. Written or verbal notice stating place, date, and hour of meeting shall be given not less than 24 hours prior to such meeting.
Section 3. Voting. The presence of fifty (50) percent plus one (1) member of the active board constitutes a quorum. A majority vote of such members where a quorum is present is necessary to make a decision, except where some other number is required by law or by this written constitution. Neither proxy voting nor mail voting is permitted.
ARTICLE VI – OFFICERS
Section 1. Elected Officers. The elected officers of MSRA shall be a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer, herein to be known as the Executive Board. The officers shall serve two (2) year terms and be elected on a staggered basis to assure continuity in the operations of MSRA. They shall be elected on an odd/even year system as listed below:
a. to be elected for term beginning in even number years:
b. to be elected for term beginning in odd number years:
1. Vice President,
The officers shall be elected at the AGM and assume office at the next meeting of the members.
Section 2. Qualification for Elected Officers. Only active members of MSRA are eligible to be elected as officers. They must have been a member in good standing for at least one year prior to running for election. An elected officer can be a member of another board but must abstain from any votes which may constitute a conflict of interest.
Section 3. President. The President shall be the chief executive officer of MSRA, and shall be responsible for all management functions. The President shall have executive authority to see that all orders and resolutions of the membership are carried into effect and subject to the control vested in the Board by statue or by the Constitution and By-Laws, shall administer and be responsible for the overall management of the business affairs of MSRA.
Section 4. Vice President. There shall be one Vice President who shall be responsible for such duties as are individually assigned to him by the President of MSRA.
Section 5. Secretary. The Secretary shall:
a. Keep the minutes of all meetings;
b. See that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws or as required by law;
c. Be custodian of the records;
d. Have charge of membership records of MSRA and,
e. In general perform all duties incident to the office of the Secretary, and such other duties as provided by the Constitution and By-Laws and as from time to time are assigned by the Board or the President of MSRA.
Section 6. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall:
a. Receive and be responsible for all funds of and securities owned or held by MSRA and, in connection therewith, among other things; keep or cause to be kept full and accurate records and accounts for MSRA; deposit or cause to be deposited to the credit of MSRA all money, funds, and securities so received in such bank or other depository as the Board or an officer designated by the Board may from time to time establish; and disburse and supervise the disbursement of the funds of MSRA as may be properly authorized;
b. Render to the Board at every regular board meeting, financial and other appropriate records on the condition of MSRA; and,
c. In general, perform all the duties incident to the office of Treasurer and such other duties as from time to time may be assigned by the Board or by the President of MSRA.
Section 7. Subordinate Officers. The Board may appoint such Assistant Secretary, Assistant Treasurer, Controller, Developer, and other officers and such agents as the Board may determine, to hold office for such a period and with such authority and to perform such duties as the Board may from time to time determine.
Section 8. Elections. Election of officers shall be held at the AGM or when situations necessitate new elections in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order (latest revision).
Section 9. Balloting. Balloting shall be by those active members in good standing present at the AGM. If no candidate receives a majority of votes greater than 50% of the total votes available, the top two candidates shall be placed in a run off race. The run off candidate receiving the most votes shall be declared the winner.
Section 10. Resignations. Any officer may resign at any time by giving written notice to the Board. Such resignation shall take effect at the time specified therein; unless otherwise specified therein, the acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make it effective.
Section 11. Vacancies. Any vacancy occurring in any office shall be filled by a majority vote of board members present at a board meeting after a notification of fourteen (14) days minimum to the existing board. Each officer so elected shall hold office for the unexpired term of his predecessor and he shall hold such office until the next election of officers or until his successor, if any, shall be similarly appointed or until his death, resignation, or removal.
Section 12. Good Standing. An active member is in good standing if he/she has registered with MSRA, passed the requisite tests as needed, timely paid any fines, penalties and assessments, and has observed and complied with the Constitution and By Laws of MSRA and all other requirements established by MSRA.
Section 13. Removal. Any elected officer may be removed from office for cause. An active member in good standing seeking the removal of an officer shall submit a written Bill of Particulars at a general board meeting and offer a motion for its acceptance. A quorum being present and the motion being seconded, a majority vote of active members in good standing present and voting shall be sufficient to set a Vote of Confidence. Such Vote shall take place at the next board meeting but at least thirty (30) days after acceptance of the Bill. A quorum being present at that meeting, a two-thirds majority vote of active members in good standing present and voting shall be sufficient to remove the officer.
ARTICLE VII – SPECIAL AND STANDING COMMITTEES
Section 1. Nominating Committee. The President shall appoint a nominating committee and a Chairman of that committee. The nominating committee shall invite suggestions from the members for those offices which are vacant or about to expire, allowing at least thirty (30) days for suggestions. The nominating committee shall then nominate candidates for the required officer of MSRA as provided in the Constitution and By-Laws and report such nominations to such membership at least thirty (30) days before the AGM.
Section 2. Referee Development Committee. The President shall appoint three (3) members to serve as the Referee Development Committee with one serving as chairperson. The committee shall serve for the same terms and pursuant to the same conditions as the appointing President.
Section 3. Special Committees. The President shall appoint such other committees, subcommittees, or task forces as are necessary and which are not in conflict with other provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws, and the duties of such committee shall be prescribed by the President.
ARTICLE VIII – BOOKS AND RECORDS
Section 1. Location. The books, accounts and records of MSRA may be kept at such place or places as the Board may from time to time determine.
Section 2. Inspection. When the books, accounts and records of MSRA are fully controlled by MSRA they shall be open to inspection by any member of the Board at all times; and open to inspection by the active members at such times, and subject to such regulations as the Board may prescribe, except as otherwise provided by statue.
Section 3. Audit. When the accounts of MSRA are fully controlled by MSRA they shall be audited annually so as to coincide with the tax reports due, by a certified public accountant who shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Board and who shall provide a report to the Board and which also be provided to the members at the next annual meeting or when requested by any active member in good standing. Prior to full control the accounts shall be reviewed by MSA as per their By-laws.
ARTICLE IX – RULES OF PROCEDURE
Section 1. Rules of Procedure. Unless specifically called out in this Constitution and By-Laws or in state or national association rules, Robert’s Rules of Order (current edition) shall apply to conduct business at regular or special meetings.
ARTICLE X – RATIFYING THE CONSTITUTION
Section 1. Ratifying the Constitution. The Constitution may be ratified by a two-thirds majority of total members present.
ARTICLE XI – AMENDING THE CONSTITUTION
Section 1. Amending the Constitution. The Constitution may be adopted, amended, altered, or repealed by a two-thirds majority of the active members attending a regular board meeting with written notice of the proposed changes being duly given and with voting on same being deferred until the next or a future meeting.
Section 2. Amending the By-Laws. The By-Laws may be adopted, amended, altered, or repealed by a two-thirds majority of the active members attending a regular board meeting with written notice of the proposed changes being duly given and with voting on same being deferred until the next or a future meeting.
ARTICLE XII – DUES
SECTION 1. Annual Dues. The members of the board may determine from time to time the amounts, if any, of an initiation fee, annual dues payable by the members of MSRA, the dates upon which payment is due, and penalties for nonpayment or failure to pay in a timely manner.
ARTICLE XIII – MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
Section 1. Non-Profit and Tax Exempt Status. MSRA shall obtain and maintain a non-profit status and tax exempt status from the appropriate government agencies when deemed legally necessary.
Section 2. Gifts. The Board may accept on behalf of MSRA any contribution, gift, bequest or devise for the general purpose or for any special purpose of MSRA.
Section 3. Status of Members. All members of MSRA are independent contractors in their officiating capacities and not employees of MSRA, or of any officer of MSRA, or of any other person or entity for whom the members work as officials. All members of MSRA recognize this status and understand that neither MSRA, nor its officers are employers, and therefore, the members may not collect worker’s compensation from MSRA or any other person or entity for injuries sustained while officiating.
Amended by the members of MSRA on September 2, 2009.
The McKinney Soccer Association has been promoting and growing the game of soccer in McKinney since its formation over 30 years ago. The association is controlled by a board of directors which meets once a month to ensure that both, the Spring and Fall soccer seasons run smoothly. We also have a small office staff to manage daily operations and help to coordinate between players, parents, and board members in solving issues.