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Welcome to the The Soccer Officials of Tennessee (SOT) website!

The summer soccer season is fast approaching as the spring season starts to wind down.  Our TSSA D-II State Cup starts 29 May, 2015 and runs through 31 May, 2015 at Richard Siegel Park in Murfreesboro, TN.   The SOTN referee/assessor delegation heads for Little Rock, AR. from 18-25 June, 2015 to work the Region III Championships.  This tournament is the highest level competitive youth event for our section of the country and provides those referees/assessors attending a wonderful opportunity to receive name recognition that will promote their referee careers.

        The SOTN 2015 Region III referee/assessor delegation includes: Susan Williamson, Don Eubank, BJ Brillard, Donovan Eubank, Walt Heatherly, Sean Hunt, Joe Kirkpatrick, Judson Holden, Neyland Hopkins, Chris Kloc, Tasa Mushayamunda, Caleb Nobles, Josh Nobles, Joshua Platillero, Zach Yarid, Ariel Morris, and HOD Terry Hendrixon.  I want to personally thank each of you for dedicating a week of your time to serve TSSA, SOTN and Region III.

        Also, below are details for the SOTN intermediate/advanced referee training that this year will be a “traveling” circuit with venues in the west, middle and east parts of TN.  These clinics will be facilitated by SOTN National Assessor Andy Moss and SOTN National Referee Leland Grant but will also include a person whose name is prominent within USSF … Alfred Kleinaitis!!

The dates are:

  • 25 July, 2015 at Christian Brothers HS, Memphis, TN

  • 26 July, 2015 at Farther Ryan HS, Nashville, TN

  • 1 August, 2015 Knoxville, TN (venue TBA)

        As a reminder, intermediate/advanced training attendance is mandatory   for all referees grade 7-6 as well as grade 8 referees who desire upgrade to 7.  Also, I’d like to extend an invitation to all grade 8 referees who would like to attend and, as an added bonus, will count the clinic as their in-service hours for 2016 recertification (leaving them to only complete the on-line recertification test for grade 8).   Registration for the clinics will be available on-line with info forthcoming as to when to sign up.

Best regards,


Mike Candebat

SRA Tennessee

How do special-cases officials register for 2015?


Special cases are officials who will not recertify by taking a run-of-the-mill recert clinic. Special cases typically include officials who satisfy any of the following:

  • referees grade 6, 7, 15 & 16,
  • referees who attended the advanced clinic (plus those who were excused from attending it),
  • referees who are expecting in-service-training credit for attending an SOT University,
  • instructors, and/or
  • assessors.

Please go to the following URL for more information and/or to register for 2015 (that is, to pay your registration fee(s), to complete your 'paperwork,' and to take the appropriate refresher exam).


Note: If you are a referee who will be upgrading (instead of recertifying) for 2015, do not follow the special-cases instructions for your referee registration. Instead, follow the instructions you have or will have received from Brady regarding how to register as a referee for 2015. On the other hand, if you are planning a mid-year upgrade sometime in 2015, follow the special-cases instructions given at the above URL.


Walt Heatherly

Walt Heatherly has been selected as the Region III Youth Referee of the YEAR!

  • The Youngest Referee grade 7 in TN History
  • The Youngest Referee grade 6 in TN History
  • The Youngest ever from TN to attend Region III tournament - 14 Years Old
  • Selected to attend Region III tournament 4 Years in a row
  • Selected by Region III to represent Region III at the National Tournament as one of the Best Referees in Region III
  • Selected as Tennessee Youth Referee of the Year

Walt has become a staple in TN Soccer, he represents the State of Tennessee, his parents and himself with dignity.  He is the first referee on an assignors list when they have difficult games to assign.  His maturity on the pitch belie his true age - great work Walt! 

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Who Must take the FIFA Sprint and Interval test (Test will be offered at the advanced clinic on July 26, 2014).

  • All Grade 6 Referees who wish to recertify for 2015 at current or higher grade.

Grade 7 referees' (Or grade 8's in the upgrade program) who wish to receive priority assignments in adult matches will have a new fitness test available in multiple locations this fall.

What will happen to Grade 5 Referees on Jan 2015?

  • SOT will recertify all grade 5's as State Referee Grade 6 on Jan 1, 2015
  • Any Grade 5's entering the USSF program for Nationals will be also processed by USSF and upgraded back to a grade 5 in USSF system.