Referee Program News
Richard Fulcher, having recently completed his upgrade to Grade 5 State Assessor, has assumed the role on the State Referee Committee as State Director of Referee Assessment, replacement Harry Foose, who had continued to serve in that position in semi-retirement until a successor could be named.
In this role, Fulcher will oversee referee mentoring and development initiatives of the State Referee Committee, as well as direct the assignment of Development & Guidance, Upgrade and Maintenance Assessments for the WVSA State Referee Program.
Congratulations to Justin Sharpe of Morgantown, West Virginia, on being selected to referee at the US Youth Soccer Region 1 Champions League finals on May 7 - 8, 2016, in Kirkwood, Delaware. This is quite an honor, as the selection process is competitive and not every state association is represented among the crew. www.region1.com/clubsite/?p=12452
The West Virginia Soccer Association State Referee Committee has selected the following members for its delegation to the US Youth Soccer Region 1 Presidents Cup, which will be held in Reisterstown, Maryland, on May 27 - 30, 2016:
Justin Sharpe (Morgantown) -- Head of Delegation (2015 WVSA Young Male Referee of the Year)
Kelly Shamblin (Sissonville) -- State Youth Referee Administrator
Steve Gedon (Mineral Wells)
Adrian Inman (Martinsburg)
Ashley Keefover (Fairmont) (2015 WVSA Young Female Referee of the Year)
Richard Targosky (Morgantown)
Michael McCarthy (Huntington) -- Assessor
All WVSA Referees, Assignors, Instructors & Assessors:
The WVSA Board of Directors has adopted the U.S. Soccer Concussion Awareness Program - Recognize to Recover -- effective 1/1/2016. They have developed and are now providing the Implementation Guidelines in the attached PDF.
Please note that these Rule Changes are mandatory and effective immediately for all WVSA member leagues and sanctioned tournaments. Referees are directed to apply these rule changes immediately in all applicable competitions conducted by WVSA member leagues and sanctioned tournaments.
Let me attempt to anticipate and answer a few questions. If you have others, please feel free to reach out to me.
1. Deliberate heading to prevent a goal does NOT meet the criteria of a send-off offense under Law 12, as it does not deny "an obvious goalscoring opportunity to an opponent moving towards the player’s goal." Do not show a player a red card for this infraction, even if her or his deliberate heading prevents a goal.
2. WVSA applies the Indirect Free Kick (IFK) for Deliberate Heading at the U11 age group and younger, per U.S. Soccer's guidelines. Referees who work in leagues or tournaments where U11 and U12 age groups are combined should inquire with their leagues as to whether they will apply the IFK for Deliberate Heading to the U12 age level.
3. Implementation of these U.S. Soccer guidelines may vary among the member state associations. Referees are directed to inquire with other state associations for whom they work matches.
Mark your calendars: 2017 WVSA Referee Program Workshop: February 25, 2017, Embassy Suites, Charleston. Featured speaker & program TBA. The 3rd Annual WVSA Hall of Fame Banquet will follow that evening.
Registration is open for the 2016 WVSA Referee Program Workshop on March 5 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston, Featured presenters include Jonathan Meersman, U.S. Soccer National Instructor, and Amanda Ross, FIFA Assistant Referee. More Info & Registration >>
The 2016 WVSA Hall of Fame inductees have been announced, and once again individuals involved in the state's Referee Program are strongly represented. FIVE of the seven inductees have experience as referees:
Harold "Dunnie" Bache
A sixth 2016 inductee -- Hank Dyer -- currently serves as the Adult Player Representative on the WV State Referee Committee.
US Soccer today announced the "Recognize to Recover" Player Health and Safety
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.