California Soccer Association – North (CSAN) is affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).

To protect our members and provide the best possible experience for our players and fans, CSAN and its member leagues use only referees who hold current USSF referee certifications.

North California has the largest number of USSF trained referees of all the state associations in the United States.  For information about the USSF referee program in Northern California, visit the California North Referee Administration.

You can also find current national information at the USSF referee website.


Laws of the Game 

The Laws of the Game are authorized on an annual basis by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and provided by the Fédération Internationale de Football Associations (FIFA).

Click here for the updated version of the LOTG.

The 2016-2017 Laws of the Game are organized as follows:

  • Law 1 – The Field of Play
  • Law 2 – The Ball
  • Law 3 – The Players
  • Law 4 – The Players’ Equipment
  • Law 5 – The Referee
  • Law 6 – The Other Match Officials
  • Law 7 – The Duration of the Match
  • Law 8 – The Start and Restart of Play
  • Law 9 – The Ball In and Out of Play
  • Law 10 – Determining the Outcome of a Match
  • Law 11 – Offside
  • Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct
  • Law 13 – Free Kicks
  • Law 14 – The Penalty Kick
  • Law 15 – The Throw-in
  • Law 16 – The Goal Kick
  • Law 17 – The Corner Kick