Referee Program News
U.S. Soccer Federation referee registrations in West Virginia for the 2017 badge year are running 7% ahead of the 2016 pace after 7 months, at 256 v 239.
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.
Over 70% of the total registrations for 2016 were submitted in February, March and April of that year. If this pace holds for 2017, the West Virginia Soccer Association State Referee Program might receive over 500 more referee registrations in February through April of this year.
Referees wishing to recertify for 2017 can visit www.wvsareferees.org/for-referees/online-recertification-2017 and complete the process online. Those interested in becoming new soccer referees can visit the event calendar on the front of www.wvsareferees.org for a list of upcoming clinics around the state or can sign-up to receive notifications when additional clinics are scheduled.
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, 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:
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:
Congratulations as well to other inductees of the Class of 2017:
More information and tickets for the banquet at the Embassy Suites in Charleston on February 4, 2017, can be found at www.wvsoccer.net/about_us/hall_of_fame/
The West Virginia Soccer Association State Referee Program 2016 Annual Report has been released and is posted among the files at the bottom of www.wvsareferees.org/about.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
The West Virginia Soccer Association State Referee Committee has selected the following members for its delegation to the US Youth Soccer Region 1 Olympic Development Program (ODP) Tournament, which will be held in Mercer County, New Jersey, on June 10 - 12, 2016:
Justin Sharpe (Morgantown) -- Head of Delegation (2015 WVSA Young Male Referee of the Year)
Kelly Shamblin (Sissonville) -- State Youth Referee Administrator
Aaron Bracy (Cherry Hill, NJ)
Ted Edison (Midlothian, VA)
Steve Gedon (Mineral Wells)
Ashley Keefover (Fairmont) (2015 WVSA Young Female Referee of the Year)