Referee Assessors & Instructors AcrossThe Province Attend Symposium

This past weekend BC Soccer conducted its Annual Referee Assessor/Instructor Symposium with almost 50 participants attending. Assessors and Instructors from across the Province including representatives from Kitimat, Trail, Prince George, Creston, Comox, and the Lower Mainland attended the three day event which was held in Burnaby at the Burnaby Lake West Field Complex.

BC Soccer Referee Development Coordinator Jose Branco, and members of the Referee Committee including former FIFA Referee Bob Sawtell, former FIFA Assistant Referee John Nielsen, as well as Pat Harkness, Roy Branco and Arnar Bernhardsson delivered and instructed the sessions.

The Symposium was a combination of technical, practical and administrative sessions with the technical / on-field sessions coming from FIFA’s continued commitment to assist in the referee programs of Member Associations and their Provincial Partner’s. BC Soccer ensures that the teachings of FIFA’S Futuro III program is given to all its Instructors and Assessors. This material is then given to all referees threw  the 2011-12 Annual Refresher Clinic, Entry Level clinics, Regional Referee Clinics and Assessments. Referees will be educated with the new material commencing at the first Referee Refresher on August 17, 2011 in Surrey. The administrative session was designed to improve the understanding of the administrative functions within the Referee Program and to advise on how Instructors and Assessors can assist with cost savings to the Referee Development Program.

Terry Carter, an instructor and assessor from Prince George said “I greatly enjoyed the symposium; the content was new and fresh and we left there with a new direction and new information that will be beneficial to both current and prospective referees. FIFA and the CSA have provided us with the latest electronic media material but our own BC Soccer Referee Committee has enabled us, through the program, to take this forward”.

This annual event provides FIFA educational multimedia material and information to the attending participants while also providing them the environment to connect and knowledge share.

Jose Branco said, “We are proud that our Assessors and Instructor are continually seeking to further develop their skills. The BC Soccer Referee Program is committed to ensuring that the individuals tasked in BC Soccer with educating our referees are provided with current and up to date tools referee specific knowledge”.

Rick Connors, Chairman of the BC Soccer Referees Committee stated, “Assessors and clinic instructors play a vital role in educating and supporting registered match officials in British Columbia. In the recent BC Soccer Provincial Cup competitions, feedback from clubs, teams and match officials themselves highlighted how valuable a role assessors and instructors play in developing the skills they require to perform at the highest levels”

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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.