McLean Youth Soccer provides its membership with resources such as referee job opportunities, medical and health information for their players, and registration insurance.

Referees Needed - Courses Available

There is a shortage of referees in our area. If you need a recertification OR would like to take a certification course for this in demand role with youth soccer, please follow the instructions below to find current available courses.


USSF Referee recertification is ongoing NOW.   At any point, referees who have been last certified as long ago as 2018 can become eligible again by paying the 2021 registration fee ($80), completing the online coursework (4 hours), and becoming SafeSport certified if you are now at least 18 years old.  For 2020 referees, the cost is only $10.  Instructions are here:

New Referees are also welcome at any time.  Prospective referees need to enroll with DCV, pay $80, and complete the online coursework (approximately 5 hours).  After completing the online course, each prospective referee ALSO MUST attend an on-field session -- including weekends in Falls Church and weeknights in other areas of Northern Virginia - and then referees are able to step onto the field as an official.  Instructions are here:


Referee Assignment Procedures

MYS Referee Assignors

Tarey Houston assigns all McLean home referees for Recreation, SFL, CCL, NCSL and MYS Tournament games. Tarey has a Google Referee Availability Form you can complete for any MYS tournaments that you are available to work. Each March and mid-August, she will begin making pre-assignments for that season's MYS games.

Contact Tarey to request her group code so you can be added to her online referee group. Once you join Tarey's group, you will begin receiving emails with a list of open MYS games, and this is the system where you will be assigned your MYS games. Tarey can be reached at

Jesse Rosenthal, USSF Assignor, assigns all McLean home referees for ECNL, EDP, and competitive youth play throughout Northern Virginia.  His contact information is and 703-338-6916.  He does NOT use self-assignments. Please contact him to be added to his mailing lists for future assignments. Join GameOfficials Group 1483; passcode is "FUTURE".

MYS REBATE BONUS for Brand, New Referees:

Tarey will also manage MYS' new referee registration fee rebate program. If you attend a referee class, become certified, and work 20 or more MYS Recreation (REC) games (with a maximum of five being MYS tournament games) by the one year anniversary of you first becoming a certified referee, you will be eligible for a one-time payment reimbursement of $80.

Want to be Assigned MYS Games?

Tarey utilizes as her online referee assigning tool. This is where you will find the list of available MYS games and how you will be assigned games. You will need to join Tarey's group to have access to this information. If you are already certified, please contact Tarey (at to request the instructions on how join Tarey's online referee group. Closer to the start of each season, you can opt to be pre-assigned games for the entire season, or you can pick up games from the weekly available game lists that Tarey will post and send by email. If you need instructions on how to use the system, Tarey can provide them.

Generally, below is the procedure that Tarey uses to make referee assignments:

1) At the beginning of the season, Tarey will request your availability via email through the system. This is your opportunity to let Tarey know specifically when and where you are available to be assigned games. Note: You can opt to be pre-assigned games for the entire season (or just the specific dates you indicate on the form). You can also decide to pick up available games from her emailed list of open games week by week.

2) Based upon the collective emails that Tarey receives from you, she will make pre-assignments before the season begins.

3) If there are holes in the schedule AFTER she sends out those assignments, she will follow up with additional emails to get those holes filled. At this point, games are usually assigned in the order that Tarey receives requests by email [as long as the referee requesting the game(s) is qualified and has the level of experience]. To increase your chances of being assigned the games you want, when replying to Tarey's emails to request games, always send more than one game set choices in one email.

Tarey Houston can be reached as follows:
Phone: 301-702-2771

Laws & Myths of the game

Laws of the Game

2021-2022 IFAB Laws of the Game

Myths of the Game

The 4 most misunderstood fouls in soccer and a quick lesson on what a goalkeeper can do. This 6 slide introduction is meant to help someone who is new to soccer or someone who wants a quick refresher guide on a few rules so that they can understand why a referee calls AND DOES NOT call a certain foul. Enjoy!

Myths of the Game

Reporting Player Illness or Injury

MYS Illness Report 2021-2022 - Fill out this form If your player becomes ill during the season.

MYS Injury Report 2021-2022  - If a player sustains an injury during a practice or game, the coach, manager or family should complete this form.

MYS Medical Team

dr annunziata

Christopher Annunziata, M.D.

Dr. Annunziata earned a BS from Boston College before graduating with his medical degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at Georgetown University Medical Center and went on to complete a fellowship in Sports Medicine/Knee and Shoulder Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Sports Medicine Center.

With a special interest in sports medicine, Dr. Annunziata enjoys helping athletes return to their sport after an injury. In addition to sports related injuries, Dr. Annunziata treats complex problems of the shoulder, elbow, knee, and ankle, performs all types of ligament reconstruction, arthroplasty of the knee and shoulder, and a complete array of arthroscopic surgeries.

He also carries his love for sports medicine into the community where he serves as chief medical officer for DC United, team orthopaedic physician for the Washington Redskins, consultant for US Soccer and The Washington Ballet and lecturer for multiple athletic societies. Dr. Annunziata is a member of the Professional Soccer Physician Society, NFL Team Physician Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Association of North America.

Ortho Virginia - 1635 George Mason Dr., Arlington, VA 22205, 703-810-5215,

dr. antonis

Michael S. Antonis, DO, RDMS, FACEP, CAQ-SM

Dr. Antonis earned a BA from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, PA, and a medical degree from Chicago . He completed a residency in internal medicine and emergency medicine at Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. For the next 13 years, he was an emergency department (ED) physician, serving as Associate Chief of Service at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and ED chair at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center. He has had medical roles with the Washington Mystics, Washington Capitals, and now the venue medical director with DC United for the last two years. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in 2018.

Ortho Virginia - 8501 Arlington Blvd Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22031, 703-810-5218,

canal dentist

Emilio Canal, Jr. D.D.S. FASD

Dr. Emilio Canal, Jr. completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami, Florida. He then received his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1990, where he received Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society Award for Excellence in Clinical Achievement.

Dr. Canal served as the team dentist for the Washington Freedom and has served in this same capacity for the US Soccer Federation (all teams) and DC United since 1996. He has served as a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Sports and Safety Committee and is on the U.S. Soccer Federation Medical Advisory Committee. He is a Fellow of the Academy for Sports Dentistry and was elected President of the Academy in 1999 and 2009. Dr. Canal also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association in 1999. He has been voted Top Dentist in Washingtonian Magazine, Washington Checkbook Magazine, Virginia Living Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine. In addition, he is currently the President of the Professional Soccer Dentistry Society.

Dental Group at Reston Station - 1886 Metro Center Dr. in Reston, VA, 703-312-8200,

Dynamic Warm-Up for Cold Weather

Dr. Annunziata of OrthoVA has provided our membership with  guidelines on how to warm-up and prep for play in cold temperatures.

Dynamic Warm-Up for Cold Weather

ACL Injury - Return To Play

Dr. Annunziata of OrthoVA has provided our membership with updated guidelines on returning to play after sustaining an ACL tear injury.

ACL Injury - Return to Play Guidelines

Health Resources

Below please find a number of articles and documents to help keep your youth athlete healthy! Check back for updates and additional information!

ACL Injury - Return to Play Guidelines

Nutrition for Soccer Athletes - Set yourself up for a successful performance on the field by focusing on your plate!

Reign in your Nerves and Improve Performance: Pre-Game Routines

Injury Prevention Workshop

Nutrition Presentation

Managing the Ultimate Risk - US Youth Soccer Presentation

Concussion Recognition and Assessment Mobile Device App

McLean Youth Soccer requires that ALL coaches be certified with the CDC Heads Up Concussion Training and to renew every two years. Coaches must also also download the free mobile device app in case of any suspected head injury during a practice or game. MYS recommends that all team admins and parents download the app as well.

Heads Up Concussion App

USSCI Registration Insurance

McLean Youth Soccer adheres to a no refund policy. However, each year we have players who are affected by injury, illness, relocation, etc. which may affect their ability to play for a certain length of time or the remainder of a season. When this occurs, it creates a domino effect for all the other families fees to compensate for the lost funds of the injured player as they are calculated on a per player basis. This also affects the Club’s operating budget.

At McLean Soccer, we have been looking for a solution that will help families and teams when they are faced with these unforeseen situations.  During the current times that we are all facing, this concern is even greater. With the USSCI sports insurance, families, teams and the club will all have protection. Review your options here -

We encourage you to check out the details of and purchase this optional coverage to protect the financial commitment you are making for your athlete. Please note this insurance covers the following depending on which of the two plans you choose:

  • Injuries - Injuries that leave the athlete unable to play for 30+ days
  • Illness - Illness that renders the athlete unable to play for 30+ days
  • Death - The Death of the Athlete or Parent
  • Mental Illness – Player forced to withdraw from the program due to a Mental Illness
  • Job Relocation - Moving out of the area for your employer greater than 75 miles
  • Job Loss - A loss of employment in the household from a W2 employee

The coverage price for the insurance depends on your players specific program fees and which of the two plans you choose. Click HERE for additional information.