About CSOA

The Commonwealth Soccer Officials Association (CSOA) is an independent association of certified soccer officials. CSOA provides referees to officiate at all levels of high school competition in Northern and Northwestern Virginia, to include Alexandria City, Arlington, Falls Church, Fairfax, Loudoun, Stafford and Prince William counties. Games are officiated in accordance with the laws/rules of soccer as set forth by the national and state governing bodies for high school athletics.

The objectives of CSOA are to:

  • Promote and maintain the highest standard of soccer officiating;
  • Provide opportunities to advance officiating skills through periodic training and evaluation; and
  • Further the educational interests and ideals of interscholastic soccer by cooperating and supporting the schools and associations officially related to the sport.

Membership is open to any individual interested in officiating interscholastic soccer. It is preferred that you have a current certification(s) with U.S. Soccer, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), or the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA). If your certifications are not current, previous experience refereeing soccer is acceptable as CSOA will help you get certified.

The specific qualification policies for VHSL include:
- An individual must be 18 years of age or a high school graduate to register to officiate interscholastic contests.
- A high school senior who is at least 17 years of age may register with CSOA but cannot officiate at the high school level.
- To officiate VHSL sanctioned games officials must register with VHSL, pass the NFHS soccer rules exam for the current season, and attend a state rules clinic.
- Transfer officials must provide written proof that they have passed an exam in their previous state for the current season. (Email confirmation is acceptable.)
- Maryland officials must provide written proof that they have passed a current season exam. (Email confirmation is acceptable.)

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CSOA board members:


President Dick Cotè
VP for Training Mark Cook
VPAssessments Peter Baum
Treasurer/Secretary David Dunlap
Members at Large

Tommy Boehm

Ben Glass

Gabi Morrison

Ash Sawkar

Jill Weisman

Ian Winstanley 

Commissioner  Kevin Newmeyer


Jonathan Loney, CSOA Assignor

Email: CSOAAssignor@gmail.com

CSOA Phone: Business & Game day issues     (703) 357-7921

Alt Cell: Non-critical CSOA texts/calls            (703) 346-6820

Miles Kara, former CSOA Assignor, csoa@comcast.net


CSOA Corporate Mailing Address:

David Dunlap
CSOA Treasurer
210 Mc Henry Street
Vienna, VA 22180-6603