Any questions regarding recertification should be directed to:

Brittny Seem

Nebraska Referee Development Program



NSSA Updated Info as of April 1
Nebraska State Soccer updated the season status on April 1.  Click here
CYSL cancels spring season

Catholic Youth Soccer League (CYSL) has been monitoring the ever changing COVID-19 pandemic over the past couple of weeks while following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local authorities. The directives set forth in response to the outbreak from the Nebraska and Iowa Governors and Omaha and Council Bluffs Mayor's Offices have been to limit public gatherings to less than 10 people.

Concurrently per US Youth Soccer, US Soccer and the Nebraska State Soccer Association recommendations, CYSL had postponed practices and games for the spring season due to the pandemic through April 30th, 2020 per the Directed Health Mandate.

We understand that these changes and uncertainties have caused disruptions to everyone's jobs, school schedules and lives. The health and wellness of our players, coaches, referees, parents and spectators are of utmost importance to us. As such, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the spring 2020 CYSL season. This decision was not made lightly, but we feel it's in the best interest of all parties.

Though structured games will not be played, CYSL continues to work with Nebraska State Soccer and member clubs on informal game play, tournaments and festivals that may be held during the summer to still allow players to partake in soccer activities. Please continue to watch the CYSL.NET website for additional updates.

Let's pray for strength and unity for our community, country and world as we deal with this situation. Thank you for understanding.

Jeremy List CYSL President

Changes & Clarifications to Laws of the Game for 2019/20

VERY IMPORTANT - please review

2019/20 Laws of the Game – Changes and clarifications
• Yellow and red cards for misconduct by team officials
• A player being substituted leaving the field of play at the nearest point on the boundary line
• At a goal kick and a free kick for the defending team in their own penalty area
Team Officials
If any coach, assistant coach, athletic trainer or representative of the team on the sidelines is
found to be guilty of misconduct but the referee cannot distinguish who committed the infraction,
the highest-ranking team official will receive the Yellow/Red Card.
Anyone who is being substituted needs to leave at the closest point of the touchline/goal line. If the
halfway point is the closest point, please go off there.

ENSA & CYSL request that all substitutes enter and leave the field of play at midfield on the team bench side.

If you are injured or the safest point to exit the field is not the nearest, then the referee will indicate so and you can leave at the halfway point.
This change is trying to eliminate the practice of wasting time by substituting a player who is on
the opposite side of the field.
Goal kick
In the past, the team taking the goal kick could not touch the ball until it had left the penalty area.
Now, a player from the team in possession may reside in or enter the penalty area and touch the
ball as soon as it is in play. For the ball to considered be in play it must have been kicked and clearly
moved. This change is meant to speed up the play of the game.
Does this change affect the buildout line?
No, the spirit of the build-out line is still in effect in that players on the team not in
possession must move behind the buildout line until the ball is considered in play. The ball
is considered in play when it has been kicked and has clearly moved. Players for the team in
possession of the goal kick may choose to position themselves inside the penalty area. If a
team chooses to take a goal kick or free kick quickly, they are doing so at their own risk as
the normal build out line rules still apply.


Latest Omaha, Nebraska, weather conditions and forecast

NSSA Weather Policy

NEBRASKA STATE SOCCER ASSOCIATION (ALL LEAGUES) WEATHER PLAN      JULY 19, 2014                                                                                

Weather Safety Plan/Lightning Safety                                                                      

Before games are played, league organizers are listening and monitoring the latest forecast to determine the likelihood of thunderstorms. If thunderstorms are forecasted, league organizers will consider canceling or postponing the activity. Once people start to arrive at an activity/event, the guidelines below should be followed.

Stopping Activities/Events:

 In general, a significant lightning threat extends outward from the base of a thunderstorm cloud about 6 to 10 miles. Therefore, people should be in a safe place when a thunderstorm is 6 to 10 miles away. League Representatives, Site Supervisors and/or Referees can stop the activity/event. Team Staff should get the attention of the Referee if they witness any of the criteria within the Safety Plan. Here are some criteria used to stop activities:

1. If you see lightning or;

2. If you hear thunder.



Cold weather ref attire

When the weather conditions are predicted to be cold, please feel free to wear long pants (solid black preferably) and a long-sleeve black t-shirt or sweatshirt (layer appropriately) under your ref jersey. You can also wear a black stocking cap and gloves if desired. Dress to stay warm with the unpredictable weather we have been having.  For more info:  US Soccer Guidelines


If you do not have a username or password, please "sign up to ref" and you will be notified of your username and password (they are not autogenerated once you submit your form).

Bench personnel

Only coaches with passes are allowed on the bench side.  I've had several reports with too many "coaches" with no passes lately.  Here is the policy for ENSA.  CYSL  has a similiar policy.

6.12 Team Bench Supervision

At all age groups and divisions, a coach, manager or team official must supervise an ENSA team at all times at the Team Bench Area. Coaches, managers and team officials are required to provide the Referee with a coach’s pass certifying that the coach, manager or team official is currently rostered with the team or club. If by expulsion or emergency, a team does not have a coach, manager, or team official to supervise ENSA team during a ENSA match, then only one adult from the spectator side shall be permitted to sit with the team. That person’s name will be recorded and reported by the Referee in the game report.