BC Soccer to Host the Annual Referee Assessors and Instructors Symposium at the BC Soccer Provincial Championships

Three of the BC Soccer Youth Provincial Championships to host referee education initiatives reaching more than 150 referees

Vancouver BC, June 23, 2017 – Three BC Soccer Youth Provincial Championships will play host to the Annual Referee Assessors and Instructors Symposium on July 6-9, 2017.  The Les Sinnott Memorial Boys Cup Championship, Girls B Cup Championship, and the A Cup Championships will all include on-field and in classroom education sessions for referees.

Based out of Surrey and Vernon, more than 150 referees and 45 assessor and instructors will take part in this year’s Referee Assessor and Instructor Symposium. Instructors and Assessors receive and review the Refresher Clinic content for the upcoming year, which help ensure referee education consistency across the province. Instructors and Assessors will also take part in education sessions led by BC Soccer’s Referee Development Coordinator, Jose Branco as well as National Level Referee Instructor Bob Sawtell. Throughout the weekend the Instructors and Assessors will also hone their skills by delivering education sessions, assessments, and by mentoring the 2017 BC Soccer Provincial Cup referees.

 “The annual referee symposium is a great opportunity for developing referees to receive assessments, feedback, and mentorship from more senior and even FIFA level officials,” said Rob Lennox, BC Soccer Referee Committee Chair. “With so many competitive matches over the weekend, the BC Soccer Youth Provincial Cups offer the perfect atmosphere for referee development and I want to wish all the referees the best during the symposium as well as during their matches.”

The Referee Instructor and Assessor symposium will be based out of Surrey (Provincial A Cup) and Vernon (Les Sinnott Memorial B Cup) with additional education and mentoring sessions being held in South Surrey (Girl’s B Cup).  FIFA Referee, Michelle Pye will lead the additional education and mentoring sessions in South Surrey which will make for an fun and inspirational refereeing experience.

The constant development of the assessors and instructors helps ensure consistency with the development of grassroots referees across the province while also ensuring that all referees are up to date with the most current IFAB rules.  

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BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body with the mission to govern, promote and develop the game of soccer in British Columbia in a professional and progressive manner. Established in 1907, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sport organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants.  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.  

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,200 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators and soccer leaders. Working with its 40 member Youth Districts and 11 Adult Leagues as well as their affiliate member clubs, BC Soccer operates under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer’s vision is to ensure every British Columbian has the opportunity to be involved in soccer as part of a lifelong commitment to active, health and involved lifestyle.