Any questions regarding recertification should be directed to:

Brittny Seem

Nebraska Referee Development Program



ENSA Scholarship Applications are open - Deadline March 15

ENSA is pleased to offer the Linus W. Fangman Scholarship competition for 2020.  Please share the information below with any graduating seniors.  The application is online at


The Linus W. Fangman Scholarship is offered by the Eastern Nebraska Soccer Association (ENSA) in recognition of outstanding young persons who are involved in soccer within our clubs and communities. The scholarship is an annual, one-time scholarship for graduating high school seniors. The award is based on academic achievement, school involvement and service to ENSA related activities. Those activities can include playing, coaching or refereeing in the league.

ENSA will award up to five scholarships to graduating high school seniors based on the following criteria:

  • Must be a graduating senior Class of 2020 with plans to attend a college, technical school or other higher education institution in the Fall of 2020.
  • Must have refereed, held a coaching position or played within ENSA for a combined minimum of three years or six seasons.
  • Must submit at least two (2) but not more than four (4) letters of recommendation, with at least one (1) coming from a teacher or school administrator and one (1) from a soccer related authority. Must be received by the March 15, 2019 deadline.
  • Must submit a short essay with the application, of not more than 500 words on the theme, “How Soccer Has Affected My Life.”
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.

All applications are due to be postmarked by March 15, 2020. Email entries must be received by Midnight March 15, 2020. Be sure to read and submit all forms, letters and documents requested. The Selection Committee will decide on the recipients from the list of applicants. Final selection will be made on or before March 29, 2020 with recipients being notified via Email, US mail or phone by April 6 2020. ENSA will announce the 2020 recipients on the ENSA website (


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.