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BC Soccer Hosts Annual Referee Assessor and Instructor Symposium and a Female Specific Referee Development Initiative

The BC Soccer Girl’s Provincial B Cup hosted the Female Specific Referee Initiative while the Provincial A Cup hosted the Annual Referee and Instructor Symposium

Vancouver BC, July 11, 2014 – This past weekend was host to two very important BC Soccer referee initiatives: The Annual Referee Assessor and Instructor Symposium and female specific referee development initiative.  The BC Soccer Provincial A Cup hosted the Referee Assessor and Instructor Symposium in Burnaby while The BC Soccer Girl’s Provincial Girls B Cup hosted in Chilliwack played host to the Female Specific Referee Development Initiative.

 “The BC Soccer Provincial Championships offer a great opportunity to deliver these referee initiatives,” said John Reed, BC Soccer Referee Committee Chair. “Diversity in soccer has always been a focus of BC Soccer and hosting the female specific referee initiative has really helped support, develop and retain female referees.

Twenty referees took part in the female specific referee initiative and each of them was provided direct feedback in post match debriefs in which FIFA Referee Marie-Soleil Beaudoin and local referee and mentor Holly Terhune provided amongst others.  The twenty referees are also assessed during the match and the post match feedback helps referees understand and develop their in match skills.

“ Last year the female specific referee initiative was incredible successful in North Vancouver and it was great to be part of it again, this time in Chilliwack,” said Holly Terhune. “Helping retain young female referees is extremely important to the game and being able to help mentor and develop them has been an incredible experience.”

Coinciding with the female specific referee initiative was the BC Soccer Annual Referee Assessor and Instructor Symposium. 60 referees and an additional 60 assessor and instructors took part in this year’s Referee Assessor and Instructor Symposium which was run at Fortius Sport and Health in Burnaby in conjunction with the BC Soccer Provincial A Cup.  Referees were educated during the symposium through classroom on field sessions as well as assessed on every match they refereed at the BC Soccer Provincial A Cup which included post match debriefs similar to the ones conducted at the FIFA World Cup.

Another important component of the symposium is the opportunity for the instructors and assessors themselves to receive feedback and to develop their instructor and assessor skills. Isaac Raymond, Canadian Soccer Associations National Technical and Fitness Instructor, and other Assessor and Instructor Evaluators provide feedback to for their continued development.

During the Symposium, Instructors and Assessors were trained in the 2014-2015 Referee Refresher course content and member organizations can request these clinics today at: http://www.bcsoccer.net/referee-clinics

“I wanted to thank Fortius Sport and Health for hosting all of the referee instructors and assessors for the symposium,” said Reed. “ Having classroom portions, on field portions as well as in game assessments and debriefs really allows for development of not only the referees but of the assessors and instructors as well. Having so many referees in one location also allow for the more experienced referees to mentor the less experienced referees not only during the symposium but after it as well.”

To learn more about becoming a BC Soccer registered referee or to learn more about refereeing in general including Clinic offerings, rules and regulations or continuing referee education please visit: http://www.bcsoccer.net/referee

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