Referee Program News

WVSA Young Referee Academy Event at Little General Tournament in Beckley, May 11 - 13

posted Apr 17, 2018, 9:14 PM by Michael McCarthy

The West Virginia Soccer Association State Referee Program is pleased to announce that the West Virginia Young Referee Academy will coincide with the Little General Darrell Moore Memorial Soccer Tournament in Beckley on May 11 - 13, 2018.

Robyn Johns
This is a great opportunity for young referees to gain experience in a safe environment under the mentorship of seasoned officials.  As a member of the Young Referee Academy, you are invited to attend a weekend of fun and camaraderie working alongside experienced officials who can help improve your skills as a referee.  The mark of a great referee is one who always seeks to learn something new about themselves as an official no matter how experienced or good they are.  Learning is a lifetime process.  Always keep learning!

The guest instructor once again will be Robyn Johns, who hails form Australia and currently lives in The Bronx, New York.  Her experience and enthusiasm of what it's like to be a confident official will keep you entertained and engaged.

Accommodations and food will be provided for you throughout the tournament.  This is a great opportunity to learn and make some money while making friends that can last a lifetime . Please join us!  We have a special WV Youth Referee Academy shirt for all youth referees who sign up to attend the academy.  Wear it proudly and know that you took an extra step to learn how to become a better referee!

It's gonna be fun!  Hope to see you there!

Kelly Shamblin, State Youth Referee Administrator
West Virginia Soccer Association

Nasser Sarfaraz, USSF National Referee Coach, to serve as lead instructor for 2018 WVSA Referee Program Workshop

posted Jan 21, 2018, 3:56 PM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Jan 21, 2018, 4:18 PM ]

Nasser Sarfaraz
The 2018 WVSA Referee Program Workshop is a learning opportunity for referees of all levels of experience who are interested in improving their skills.  Topics will include some of those presented at this year's USSF National Referee Camp.

The workshop will be held from 10:00am - 4:00pm on Saturday, March 3, at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place (visit hotel website).  The 2018 WVSA Hall of Fame banquet will be held that evening in the same venue.

Nasser Sarfaraz, USSF National Referee Coach, former MLS Referee Coach, and former SDI and SDA for California South, will serve as the lead instructor for the workshop.

Laney Cole (Charleston) and Jack Clouse (Huntington) Selected as the 2017 WV Young Referees of the Year

posted Sep 20, 2017, 8:01 AM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 8:33 AM ]

The WV State Referee Committee has selected the recipients of the 2017 Young Female and Male Referees of the Year from among a field of very strong nominees.  This year’s recipients are Laney Cole of Charleston and Jack Clouse of Huntington.


Laney Cole became a referee in 2015 and has since worked numerous matches in both her local leagues in the Charleston area and in state-level events, including the WVSA State League, Kohl’s Cup, Open Cup and State Cup Preliminary matches.


Laney is a member of the WV Young Referees Academy.  Her nomination was supported by letters of endorsement from around the state, including from coaches for Tri-County Soccer Club in the eastern panhandle and FC Ripley in Jackson County, with one coach describing her as “a pleasure to work with and [giving] great effort in every match.”




Jack Clouse of Huntington has been a referee since 2013.  He has worked frequently in the local Huntington YMCA league where he now also regularly assists in teaching clinics for new referees and in mentoring young referees as they do their first matches.


Jack is as member of the WV Young Referees Academy and has worked matches at numerous state level competitions, including the WVSA Kohl’s Cup, Open Cup and State Cup, where he led the referee crews for the 2016 U12G and 2017 U14B championship matches and served as an Assistant Referee on U15B, U16B and U18B finals.  He has also served on the WV referee delegation to several US Youth Soccer Region 1 events, including the Presidents Cup and the National Championship Series.


Jack’s goal is to climb the referee ladder and someday earn the white FIFA badge.  In pursuit of that ambition he continually seeks opportunities to learn and improve, such as participating actively in online referee discussion forums and attending state and regional level referee clinics where he has been taught and mentored by U.S. Soccer National Referee Coaches and former FIFA International Referees.  He also gives back to the soccer community by serving as a “buddy” in the local US Youth Soccer “TOPSoccer” program.

Condolences to the Rogers Family

posted Sep 20, 2017, 3:38 AM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 6:24 AM ]

The WV State Referee Program joins everyone in the West Virginia soccer family in offering condolences to Len Rogers and his family on the passing of his wife, Connie, on Sunday, September 17, 2017.  Len is the president of the WV Soccer Association, an Emeritus State Referee, Assignor, Instructor and Assessor, and a WVSA Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee.  Connie was a strong supporter of his involvement with our state's soccer and referee programs and will be missed.

Visitation has been scheduled Friday, September 22, from 5pm - 8pm at 5th Ave Baptist Church in Huntington.  The funeral service will be Saturday, September 23, also at the 5th Ave Baptist Church.

2018 Online Recertification NOW AVAILABLE

posted Aug 5, 2017, 2:16 PM by Michael McCarthy

The 2018 online recertification for West Virginia Referees is NOW AVAILABLE:  

Referees who complete their recertification and pay their registration fees by December 31, 2017, will enjoy a $5 discount off of the regular, annual fees:
  • Grade 9 Referee:  $50  $45
  • Grade 8 Referee:  $50  $45
  • Grade 7 Referee:  $55  $50
  • Grade 6 State Referee: $85  $80
  • Grade 15 Emeritus State Referee:  $85  $80

U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives are now MANDATORY

posted Aug 5, 2017, 11:41 AM by Michael McCarthy

The U.S. Soccer Player Development Initiatives are MANDATORY for all WV Soccer Association member leagues and events as of August 1, 2017. 

The WVSA and the State Referee Program have put together a reference page for referees, league administrators and coaches available at

Kristen Dieffenbach joins State Referee Committee as Adult Player Representative

posted Jan 18, 2017, 4:02 PM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Oct 7, 2017, 5:38 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.

Referees well represented among WVSA Hall of Fame Class of 2017

posted Dec 23, 2016, 10:55 AM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Oct 7, 2017, 5:48 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

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

posted Oct 2, 2016, 8:21 AM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Oct 7, 2017, 5:48 PM ]

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 Oct 7, 2017, 5:48 PM ]

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.

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