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Development camps for aspiring Referees to Regional & Provincial list completed with great success

Provincial Pre-Season Camp

The BC Soccer Referee Provincial Program hosted its annual pre-season camp at Simon Fraser University over three days. This event brought together the top referees from across the province in preparation for the 2024 League1 BC season and top amateur matches. The camp featured various activities designed to enhance the referees' communication skills, including technology implementation, on-field education, in-class group work and more!  

Participants engaged in both in-class education sessions and practical on-field sessions. These training modules ensured that our referees were well-equipped to meet the expectations and demands of semi-professional and top amateur matches. The preparation at these camps is also a good opportunity for Canada Soccer to identify referee talent in BC that is ready for the next level. 

Stuart Neely, General Manager of League1 BC, made a special guest appearance. Stuart’s insights and encouragement were appreciated by all participants, demonstrating the commitment of League 1 BC not just to player and coach development but to referee development as well.

Regional Referee Upgrade Weekend

The Regional Referee Upgrade Weekend took place on May 11th and 12th. This course was specifically designed for District referees looking to advance their skills and move to the Regional level on the Referee Development Pathway.  

The upgrade weekend included both in-class and on-field sessions. These sessions focused on enhancing the referees' understanding of the game, improving their decision-making abilities, and refining their on-field performance. The goal of this weekend was to prepare referees for demands expected at more challenging matches.  

 “BC Soccer offers a variety of courses for referees along any part of the referee development pathway. The regional upgrade course and the League 1 pre-season camp are designed for referees on the performance pathway to ensure that they are prepared and well equipped to officiate the highest caliber of matches in BC.” Stated Hagen Herold, Referee Development Coordinator. 

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