Official Launch of BC Soccer's Grassroots Referee Development Program

Nine BC Soccer Referee Development Officer’s hard work helps launch the program

Vancouver BC, January 20, 2014 – BC Soccer is excited to announce the official launch of BC Soccer’s Grassroots Development Program.  Within their regions, the nine BC Soccer Referee Development Officers have begun connecting with youth districts and member soccer clubs to help bring the local referees together for consistency and mentorship.

The BC Soccer Grassroots Referee Development Program is designed to better meet the needs of registered and potentially new referees at the grassroots level. This is being done by training and supporting local Head Referees, Mentors, and Schedulers who oversee refereeing in their area. The training and support is being facilitated by the nine Referee Development Officers.

“A lot of work and preparation has been put into BC Soccer’s Grassroots Development Program and we are very happy to be launching the program,” said Jose Branco, BC Soccer Referee Development Coordinator. “There is still a lot to be completed but thanks to commitment and work ethic of the referee development officers we’re excited for the launch of this initiative and the positive outcomes that it will bring.”

The goal of the Grassroots Referee Development Program is:

  • To raise the level of competence of all registered referees at the grassroots level across the province
  •  Provide support and foster recruitment, education, development and retention of referees
  • Supply timely and relevant reporting about the referees to BC Soccer and the Referee Committee via the Referee Development Coordinator.

Referee Development Officers will host workshops to help ensure consistency amongst referee education, expectations and to help the growth of young and aspiring referees.  The Referee Development Officers will be reaching out to youth districts and member soccer clubs within their region to bring local head referees, schedulers, and referee mentors together.

The Referee Development Officers and their regions are listed below:

Antonio Hurtado-Coll

Lower Mainland Zone1

Art Bandenieks

Lower Mailand Zone2

Dan Village Sr.

Lower Mailand Zone3

Neil Farber


Shannon Mazereeuw


Terry Carter


Ken Sookero


Harry Sommerfeld

Upper Island

Mark McNally-Dawes

Lower Island


For a complete list of youth member soccer clubs within is region please CLICK HERE
To learn more about BC Soccer’s Grassroots Referee Program please CLICK HERE
If you would like to learn how to become a referee please CLICK HERE

About BC Soccer

BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body responsible for the promotion and development of the game in British Columbia. The professional not-for-profit society is committed to developing the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play. Its vision is to pursue Canada’s foremost integrated soccer development system built upon club, school, varsity and professional team excellence.

BC Soccer is comprised of 150 member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, spanning more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 referees, and thousands of coaches and other volunteer administrators and soccer leaders. Working with these member Clubs, Districts and Leagues, BC Soccer will operate under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer will promote the integral soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity.


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