Referee Program News

WVSA Referee Delegation to Region 1 Presidents Cup Named

posted Apr 16, 2016, 6:59 AM by Michael McCarthy

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

WVSA Rule Change: Deliberate Heading

posted Mar 30, 2016, 6:18 PM by Michael McCarthy

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.

Best wishes,

Michael McCarthy, State Referee Administrator
WV Soccer Association
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2017 WVSA Referee Program Workshop Date Announced: Feb 25, 2017

posted Mar 15, 2016, 6:45 PM by Michael McCarthy

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.

U.S. Soccer releases more details about its Player Safety Campaign

posted Feb 13, 2016, 10:33 AM by Michael McCarthy

U.S. Soccer has released more details about its Player Safety Campaign, including guidance to referees regarding the prohibition against deliberately heading the ball by players 10 years old and younger.  View email from U.S. Soccer (FEB 12, 2016) >>

2016 WVSA Referee Program Workshop

posted Jan 18, 2016, 6:53 PM by Michael McCarthy

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 >>

Referees Strongly Represented Among 2016 WVSA Hall of Fame Inductees

posted Jan 2, 2016, 5:41 PM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Jan 2, 2016, 5:54 PM ]

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:

Andy Anderson
Harold "Dunnie" Bache
Elaine Baldwin
Tom Hasbrouck
Sam Hood

A sixth 2016 inductee -- Hank Dyer -- currently serves as the Adult Player Representative on the WV State Referee Committee.

US Soccer Announces "Recognize to Recover" Player Health and Safety Program

posted Dec 4, 2015, 3:54 PM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Dec 4, 2015, 3:55 PM ]

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 ]

Register for this clinic >>

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.

Register for this clinic >>

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.

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