Referee Program News

US Soccer and affiliates release joint statement announcing Player Safety Campaign

posted Nov 12, 2015, 4:17 PM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Nov 12, 2015, 4:29 PM ]

U.S. Soccer recently released a joint statement that provides additional information on specific initiatives that will be implemented soon, including recommendations on modifying substitution rules in relation to concussions, eliminating heading for children 10 and under, and limiting heading in practice for children between the ages of 11 and 13.

The complete details of the initiatives, along with a more comprehensive player safety campaign, will be announced by U.S. Soccer in the near future. Please refer to the Player Safety Campaign FAQs document which should help clarify questions regarding the new initiatives.

Register for Futsal Clinic by FIFA Futsal Instructor, Charleston, November 21

posted Oct 21, 2015, 3:31 PM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Oct 25, 2015, 6:30 AM ]

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SAVE THE DATE: November 21, in Charleston: Futsal Referee Clinic presented by Ed Marco, FIFA Futsal instructor.

The WV Soccer Association just announced the inaugural season of the WVSA State Futsal League, with matches starting in Charleston on November 28 ( Details will follow soon, but to train referees for the league, the WVSA Referee Program has arranged for a Futsal Referee clinic by Ed Marco.

Ed has been on staff with US Soccer as a Technical Advisor responsible for technical content, specializing in Futsal, frequently involved as Staff Instructor for courses around the country and as Lead Assessor for national events. He is also a US Soccer National Referee Emeritus, US Soccer National Assessor, and US Soccer National Instructor. Along with his current appointments for US Soccer, Ed was appointed by FIFA in 2008 to the International Panel of Referee Instructors and Lecturers for Futsal making him one of 4 in CONCACAF and 25 in the world at that level. He was recently appointed to the CONCACAF Futsal Club Championships in Guatemala as a Referee Inspector, has participated as an Instructor in the FIFA Futuro III courses for Futsal and Beach soccer held in Costa Rica and has travelled to Jordan, Bangkok, Canada, and Bermuda as FIFA Instructor. And now he's coming to West Virginia on November 21.

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WVSA Referee Program names Keefover and Sharpe as 2015 Young Referees of the Year

posted Sep 26, 2015, 5:03 PM by Michael McCarthy

Congratulations to the 2015 WV Soccer Association Young Female and Male Referees of the Year:  Ashley Keefover and Justin Sharpe.

Ashley, 16, of Fairmont, West Virginia, is a Grade 8 referee in her third year of service.  She referees for the local Marion County recreational league and has worked WVSA statewide events including Kohl’s Cup and Open Cup.  Dean Shriver of Marion County described her as a reliable and tireless referee for the local league, and West Virginia State Referee Administrator Michael McCarthy noted that she is committed to developing as a referee, as evidenced by her willingness to make the trip all the way from Fairmont this past June merely for the opportunity to observe referee crews working the US Youth Soccer Region 1 Championship tournament.

Justin, 18, of Morgantown, West Virginia, is a Grade 7 Referee in his sixth year as an official.  He referees high school matches as well as youth and adult amateur matches for the Mountaineer United Soccer Club.  He has worked several WVSA statewide events, including Kohl’s Cup, Open Cup and the WVSA State Championships, as well as events for US Youth Soccer Region 1, including President’s Cup, the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Tournament and the US Youth Soccer Region 1 Championship tournament, where he served as West Virginia’s Head of Delegation in 2015.  He has also worked matches in the United Soccer Leagues’ Premier Development League (USL PDL) and is poised to upgrade to Grade 6 State Referee during the 2016 badge year.  He also mentors newer and younger referees, as noted by Jessica Kennedy, former State Youth Referee Administrator for West Virginia, who observed that “Justin is a very ambitious young man who encourages other young referees around him to strive to become better.”

Ashley and Justin will be honored at the 2016 WVSA Hall of Fame and Awards Dinner in Charleston, WV, on March 5 and will now both be considered for the US Youth Soccer Region 1 Young Femal and Male Referee of the Year honor.  Nominees for both the West Virginia and the Region 1 awards are judged on their commitment to personal development, promotion of the game and involvement in the community.

Sideline Development: How Parents Can Improve the Game (video)

posted Sep 18, 2015, 6:50 PM by Michael McCarthy

8:25 video by Washington Youth Soccer on how parents can improve the game:

SAVE THE DATE - WVSA Referee Program Workshop, March 5, 2016, Charleston, WV

posted Sep 9, 2015, 6:10 PM by Michael McCarthy

SAVE THE DATE:  March 5, 2016 -- WVSA Referee Program Workshop, Charleston, WV, with the WVSA Hall of Fame Dinner to follow that evening.  Region 2 Referee Administrator and US Soccer National Instructor Jonathan Meersman will be the featured facilitator.  Details to follow....

New US Soccer Coaching Initiatives Target Improvement in Youth Development Standards

posted Sep 1, 2015, 6:29 PM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Sep 1, 2015, 6:29 PM ]

CHICAGO (Aug. 24, 2015) – In another step towards its commitment to long-term player development, U.S. Soccer is phasing in new standards related to small-sided games and birth-year registration.  Read more....

US Soccer publishes new recommendations for referee skin care

posted Jul 21, 2015, 7:16 PM by Michael McCarthy

US Soccer has published new recommendations for referee skin care (7/18/15):

Kelly Shamblin joins WV State Referee Committee, succeeding Jessica Kennedy as SYRA

posted Jul 7, 2015, 6:41 PM by Michael McCarthy

The West Virginia Soccer Association State Referee Committee welcomes Kelly Shamblin to the position of State Youth Referee Administrator (SYRA), where she will fill the position formerly held by Jessica Kennedy as Jess and her husband prepare to welcome their first child to the family.

Kelly will be responsible for overseeing development initiatives for young referees in West Virginia, as well as recruiting and selecting the referee and assessor delegations to US Youth Soccer Region 1 events, including President's Cup, the ODP Tournament and the NCS Champtionship.  Further, she will have responsibility for the selection process for the WV Young Male and Female Referees of the Year.

Please join the WVSA Referee Program in thanking Jessica for her years of service and wishing her good luck, and in welcoming Kelly to this role and supporting her in her efforts.

WV Referee Recruitment & Retention, 2006 - 2015

posted May 25, 2015, 6:14 PM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated May 25, 2015, 6:41 PM ]

The PDF document below provides detail on WV Referee recruitment and retention from 2006 - 2015.  Some grim observations:
  • 1 out of every 3 new referees in WV quits after only a single year.
  • 2 out of every 3 new referees in WV have quit after 2 years.
  • 4 out of every 5 new referees in WV have quit within 3 years.
  • 9 out of every 10 new referees in WV have quit within 5 years.
  • Approximately 1 in every 3 referees in WV is in her or his very first year.
  • Our total number of referees in WV has declined each of the last 6 years.  We currently have more than 125 fewer referees in WV than our annual average over the previous 9 years and more than 200 fewer referees than we had in 2009.
  • Our success in recruiting new referees this year has been 32% below the annual average of the previous 9 years, meaning that we recruited 80 fewer referees this year than our historical numbers would have predicted.

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