Referee Program News

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.

Doug Sharpe Assumes Role as WVSA State Director of Referee Instruction

posted Jul 26, 2016, 2:53 PM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Oct 7, 2017, 5:41 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 Oct 7, 2017, 5:57 PM ]

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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