Referee Program News

Kristen Dieffenbach joins State Referee Committee as Adult Player Representative

posted Jan 18, 2017, 4:02 PM by Michael McCarthy

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 Dec 23, 2016, 10:56 AM ]

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 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

Registration Open for 2017 WVSA Referee Program Workshop on February 4 in Charleston

posted Dec 17, 2016, 9:37 AM by Michael McCarthy

Registration is open for the 2017 WVSA Referee Program Workshop from 10:00am - 4:00pm on February 4, 2017, at the Embassy Suites in Charleston. Attendance is free to referees registered with WVSA. 

Kim Oberle, USSF National Referee Coach and former FIFA Assistant Referee, will serve as lead instructor.

For more details or to register, visit…/2017-wvsa-referee-program-workshop

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.

WVSA Referee Program gear available for purchase -- polo, t-shirt, jackets, cap, bag and flipping coin

posted Sep 9, 2016, 2:12 PM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Sep 10, 2016, 6:21 AM ]

WVSA Referee Program gear is now available for purchase, including a polo shirt, a t-shirt, a microfleece jacket, a water-repellent jacket, a cap, a bag and a flipping coin.  All items come with an embroidered or embossed West Virginia Soccer Association Logo, with the option of REFEREE, INSTRUCTOR or ASSESSOR underneath.

To view the catalog or place an order, see

Kudos to the Gear Committee -- Jack Clouse, Justin Sharpe and Richie Targosky -- for making these items available.

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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