Rule changes to NFHS Soccer Rules

New changes and amendments will take place in the Fall season, be prepared and knowledgable with this changes...

This link takes you to the NFHS Soccer rule changes...there are many...check it out.


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Helpful links to Referee Resources

NFHS online Concussion Course (click here)

CMSO Board Honorees Celebrated

The CMSO Board honored three great contributors - each in their own right - an all-star for sure!

John De Simone (referee) retiring after 45 years of service to the game and Central Mass

Paul Mumby (Outstanding Contributor) - as Westborough Girls varsity coach - Paul has contributed to the growth of soccer, its players and coaches inside and outside the white lines of the field!

Dick Guzzi (referee) retiring after 50 years of officiating of service to game that he has brought so much joy to - always smiling and always trusted beyond reproach

Letter to the CMSO Officials :

June 15, 2015

Dear Soccer Official, another high school soccer season will be here before we know it.  The dates and times have been set for our meetings.


Meeting dates for the 2015 soccer season.

Monday       August  31              7:00PM           St. John’s  MANDATORY

Sunday        September 13          6:00PM           St. John’s MANDATORY

Sunday        September 27          6:00PM           St. John’s                                        

Sunday       October 25              6:00PM           St. John’s

Sunday       November 1             6:00PM          Banquet Knights of Columbus


All active members must attend the first and second MANDATORY meetings and ONE of the remaining three meetings.  If you are unable to attend our MANDATORY meetings, it is your responsibility to attend similar meetings at other boards. A list of boards and contact persons are listed below.


Board                                    Contact Person                              Email

Eastern Ma                           Fred Rich                    

Berkshire County                 Bob Berube                  

Pioneer Valley                     Jim Duggan                  

Whaling City                       Megan Borges               


Failure to attend MANDATORY meetings will result in a $50.00 fine per meeting missed. Also failure to make the 3 meeting requirement will result in a $50.00 fine. In order to officiate games this season you MUST register for the background check with the MIAA as outlined in the June 13 email.


Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulation 105 CMR 201.000: Head Injuries and Concussions in Extracurricular Athletic Activities require officials to successfully complete the National Federation of High Schools concussion course.  a step by step procedure to acquire the required certificate can be found on our website

Enjoy your summer, Steve Palmieri, Secretary- Treasurer



CMSO Recognogizes Bill Martino

Bill Martino has coached a variety of sports at several schools, baseball, basketball, football, cross country and soccer. Bill was honored by the CMSO for his accompliments, tenure and respect academically as well as his personal accomplishemnts. In Bill served a coaching position at Monty Tech and a second stint at Montachusett, which began in 2005. Bill served as the Girls Varsity coach during the initial start of the soccer program many years ago. Sandwiched between the Monty Tech coaching jobs is an eight year tenure at Fitchburg High.

All of Bill's soccer experience has been coaching the girls teams except for his first year of teaching and coaching at Marcus Kiley Jr. High located in Springfield Ma. where he coached the boys. Soccer coaching is the sport which seems to fit best for Bill, he's been at it for twenty five years and plans to continue for a bit longer to extend his teaching experience: M.Kiley Jr High 1yr., N. Middlesex 3 yrs, Monty Tech 31 years. Bill is a graduate of Lunenburg H.S. and Springfield College, B.S., HPER. Graduate of Fitchburg State U., M.Ed. Married Kathleen Comiskey Martino in 1976 to present, two daughters, Meghan born in 1982, and Tess born in 198, the CMSO honors Bill and family now and into the future.


2015 Annual Concussion Course requirement for CMSO..

Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulation 105 CMR 201.000: Head Injuries
and  Concussions in Extracurricular Athletic Activities requires officials to successfullycomplete the National Federation of High Schools concussion  course, each year.

Step by step directions to take concussion course

  1. Go to:
  2. Choose "Sign In" or create an account (it's free)
  3. If you dont remember your log in or have never taken this course before you will have to create an account with your email address and a password.
  4. Click the "Official" box to indicate your role
  5. Navigate to "Courses" and "Order the Course"
  6. Follow prompts

(To access and complete at a later date, login and look under “My homepage/courses” to select
The concussion course, then click BEGIN.)






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