Referee Program News

Guest Instructor / Mentor to Provide Referee Clinics at Little General Soccer Classic in Beckley on May 6 - 7

posted May 1, 2017, 7:16 PM by Michael McCarthy

The WV Soccer Association State Referee Program is pleased to announce the instructor / mentor who will be in attendance at the Young Referee Academy event in conjunction with the Little General Soccer Classic in Beckley on May 6 & 7:

A native of Australia, Robyn Crawford-Smith is a state referee and instructor with Eastern New York. She is also a NISOA referee, Futsal referee and instructor, and Director of Competitions and Officials at Street Soccer USA. She has refereed at many regional and national showcase events, including US Youth Soccer regional tournaments and at the National Championship Finals, where she served as the Region 1 Head of Delegation in 2015.

Robyn will provide instruction and feedback to members of the Young Referee Academy and others throughout the weekend, starting with a clinic on Friday evening at 8:00pm in the press box of the Cline Soccer Complex, and followed by another clinic on Saturday evening at 8:00pm in the same location. All referees in attendance at the tournament are welcome to attend.

2017 WV Referee Registrations 10.9% Higher than 2016, Year-to-Date

posted Mar 20, 2017, 7:07 AM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Mar 20, 2017, 7:11 AM ]

U.S. Soccer Federation referee registrations in West Virginia for the 2017 badge year are running 10.9% ahead of the 2016 pace through mid-March, at 447 v 403 as of March 19 of each year.

The 2016 badge year represented a significant watershed, as it marked the first increase in referee registrations in West Virginia since 2009, with a total of 734 referees -- a 12.2% increase over the previous year.

Referees wishing to recertify for 2017 can visit and complete the process online.  Those interested in becoming new soccer referees can visit the event calendar on the front of for a list of upcoming clinics around the state or can sign-up to receive notifications when additional clinics are scheduled.

Kristen Dieffenbach joins State Referee Committee as Adult Player Representative

posted Jan 18, 2017, 4:02 PM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Feb 6, 2017, 5:49 PM ]

Kristen Dieffenbach has joined the WV Soccer Association State Referee Committee (SRC) where she will succeed Hank Dyer in the role of Adult Player Representative.

Kristen is an Associate Professor of Athletic Coaching Education, the Director of the Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Science and the Coordinator for the Athletic Coaching Education Masters Degree Program at West Virginia University.  She is also a player in the Mountaineer United Soccer Club's adult league.

The SRC thanks WV Soccer Association Hall of Fame Inductee Hank Dyer for his service and welcomes Kristen to this position.

Justin Sharpe of Morgantown represents the WVSA SRP at the Disney Showcase

posted Dec 30, 2016, 11:15 AM by Michael McCarthy

Justin Sharpe, Grade 6 State Referee of Morgantown, discusses being selected by Region 1 to represent the WV Soccer Association State Referee Program at the Disney Showcase, December 31, 2016 - January 3, 2017:

YouTube Video

Referees well represented among WVSA Hall of Fame Class of 2017

posted Dec 23, 2016, 10:55 AM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Feb 4, 2017, 8:30 PM ]

Past and current members of the West Virginia Soccer Association State Referee Program are well represented among inductees into the WVSA Hall of Fame Class of 2017:

Len Rogers -- WVSA President, Emeritus State Referee, Instructor, Assessor & Assignor

Sam Rizk -- former Referee and State Director of Instruction (SDI)

Ted Toler -- Emeritus State Referee, Assessor, former Instructor and former State Referee Administrator (SRA)

Dana Sutton -- former Referee

Congratulations as well to other inductees of the Class of 2017:

Jim Adams

Ned Kelly

More information and tickets for the banquet at the Embassy Suites in Charleston on February 4, 2017, can be found at

WVSA State Referee Program 2016 Annual Report Released

posted Oct 15, 2016, 12:50 PM by Michael McCarthy

The West Virginia Soccer Association State Referee Program 2016 Annual Report has been released and is posted among the files at the bottom of

2016 Young Referees of the Year Selected: Keefover (Fairmont) & Noss (Kingwood)

posted Oct 2, 2016, 8:21 AM by Michael McCarthy

Ashley Keefover of Fairmont, WV, and Junior Noss of Kingwood have been selected as the 2016 WVSA Young Female and Male Referees of the Year, respectively.

Ms. Keefover is a Grade 8 Referee with four years of experience.  She has worked matches in her local Marion County league as well as several tournaments within West Virginia during her years as a referee, including the WVSA State Championship (an NCS qualifying event).  This year she was selected as a member of the state’s referee delegations to both the 2016 Region 1 President’s Cup and the ODP Tournament.  She is a repeat honoree as the state’s Young Female Referee of the Year, having won the distinction in 2015 as well.

Mr. Noss is a Grade 8 Referee with four years of experience.  He comes from a family of referees in the northern part of our state, and he has nurtured that immersion into a promising referee career.  He has served the game at a wide variety of levels, from local youth matches in Preston County to state level tournaments such as the WVSA Kohl’s Cup and Open Cup.

Both winners will be honored during a special awards presentation on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the WVSA Hall Of Fame Awards Dinner at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Charleston, and their nominations will be forwarded for consideration as the 2016 Region 1 Young Referees of the Year.

Justin Sharpe of Morgantown selected to referee at 2016 Disney Girls Showcase

posted Sep 24, 2016, 6:59 AM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Sep 24, 2016, 7:00 AM ]

Congratulations to Justin Sharpe of Morgantown, WV, who has been selected as one of only twelve referees from Region 1 to officiate at the 2016 Disney Girls Showcase in Orlando, FL, from December 30, 2016, through January 3, 2017.  This event offers a very high level of competition for teams in the U15 - U19 age groups and was voted the #1 youth soccer tournament in the United States in a recent Soccer America survey.

Doug Sharpe Assumes Role as WVSA State Director of Referee Instruction

posted Jul 26, 2016, 2:53 PM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Jul 26, 2016, 2:54 PM ]

After many years of service in the role of State Director of Referee Instruction (SDI), Dennis Brumfield has stepped down from his duties for the West Virginia Soccer Association State Referee Committee.  He will continue his work as the State Rules Interpreter for Soccer for the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission (WVSSAC) and his active role assigning referees for the NISOA chapter.

Doug Sharpe of Morgantown, WV, will assume the duties of SDI for the WVSA State Referee Committee.  In this role he will oversee the development and delivery of referee training in West Virginia.  He can be contacted at

WVSA Referee Justin Sharpe selected for Region 1 ODP Finals

posted Jun 12, 2016, 7:20 AM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Jun 12, 2016, 7:21 AM ]

WVSA Referee Justin Sharpe of Morgantown has been selected to be among only 16 referees to work matches at the US Youth Soccer Region 1 ODP Finals in Kirkwood, Delaware, on June 24 - 26, 2016.  Justin has served on the WV referee delegation to several Region 1 events in recent years, including as Head of Delegation for those in 2015 and 2016, and was selected as the WVSA Young Male Referee of the Year for 2015.  He completed his upgrade to Grade 6 State Referee in June 2016.

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