BC Soccer congratulates 10 provincial referees accepted into Canada Soccer NextGen Program

BC-based Referees and Assistant Referees are now eligible for national domestic competition selection.

Feb 3, 2022 – Vancouver BC

At a time when our Canadian Men’s and Women’s National team players are proving themselves as a “golden generation” of talent, it’s exciting to see that a growing list of dedicated referees are receiving recognition for their critical roles in the game.

The NextGen list of referees is determined by Canada Soccer with recommendations from Provincial Associations, based on rigorous standards, and criteria-based expectations.  Once identified for the program, participating referees receive education, mentorship and personalized training, while being provided with an opportunity to be considered for the National list of Referees and Assistant Referees.

The NextGen list is renewed annually and requires each applicant to successfully pass fitness and Laws of the Game testing, while providing a detailed portfolio of their refereeing activity including game logs, highlights and assessments among other requirements. 

BC Soccer congratulates our 8 successful returning NextGen applicants for 2022, along with two individuals, Iwan-Nikita Jecanski from Surrey and David Schmidt-Schweda from Victoria, who have been accepted to the program for the first time.

2022 NextGen List from British Columbia:

Mo Mohseni, (26) North Vancouver

“I have a love for the game and the competitive but friendly-oriented environment of the refereeing family.”

Theo Diederichsen, (20) Saskatoon, Sk / Vancouver 

“I started refereeing 6 years ago when I was 14 because of my love and passion for the game”

Joey Ratcliffe, (24) Burnaby, BC

“I love the game and I think I can make it better by applying my experience, knowledge, and desire to continuously try and improve.”

Prem Gundarah, (21) Richmond, BC

“I enjoy the new challenges we face every time we step on the field while getting to travel around the country and meet new people”

Brandt Sianchuk, (24) Kelowna, BC

“I’m motivated by the opportunities I’ve been given, friendships I’ve made, and the competitions I’ve yet to experience”

Cole Shoemaker, (24) Vernon, BC

“I really like navigating the many challenges of refereeing, and finding solutions to problems when they arise in matches.”

Michael Hood, (34) Sidney, BC

“My love for the game and the amazing opportunities I've been given keeps me in it, along with the community of referees which keeps me wanting to give back as much as I can.”.

Voja Sremcevic, (30) Langley, BC

“What keeps me in refereeing is my two daughters and the possibilities of reaching the highest levels of soccer officiating achievements.”

Iwan-Nikita Jecanski (28) Surrey, BC

“I enjoy being part of a team as I believe working with, and alongside, other gifted officials is paramount to improve my skills. My ultimate goal is to become a FIFA Referee.”

David Schmidt-Schweda (23) Victoria, BC

“My motivation to keep refereeing is that I get to be a part of the game I love and challenge myself.”

Safe Sport Statement

BC Soccer believes that everyone involved in soccer has the right to participate in safe and inclusive environments free of abuse, harassment, discrimination, and to enjoy the sport at whatever level or capacity they participate in. The welfare of everyone involved in soccer is the foremost consideration and in particular, the protection of children in the sport is the responsibility of everyone involved.

About BC Soccer

Established in 1904, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants, consisting of registered players, coaches, referees, administrators and soccer leaders. As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts