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Referees Corner

Dear Members of Our Soccer Community

As many of you experienced, last year our League was very impacted by a shortage of referees. Many teams had to play games with no official referee, often relying on parents courageously stepping in to fill the role. Since quality refereeing is so important to the flow and fairness of a soccer match we are very eager to correct this situation. To do this we need your help!

While a huge part of WESCO's soccer program is dependent upon volunteers (including coaching), refereeing is a paid position. This is because we place great value on having qualified and licensed referees in the soccer program. However, providing a monetary incentive is the only thing we can do; we can not force anyone to show up, and the refs we do have are already taking on many games. The only solution is to recruit more referees from within our community and that's where we need your help.

Who should become a ref?

  • The teenager with some soccer background who is looking for a side job (that looks good on college applications or resumes)
  • The parent who wants to learn the game of soccer on a much deeper level
  • The parent who may not have a child in youth soccer anymore but misses those Saturday morning clashes
  • That family friend who loves soccer and might appreciate a paid hobby
  • That parent on the sideline that already knows more than the licensed ref on the field (Sorry, couldn't help myself)

How do you become a ref?

Because we do value the importance of being qualified before officiating a league match, referees are required to obtain a license. This is done by means of taking an official 3-day course. They are not offered often and we have one coming up at the end of July. If you or anyone you know may be interested please see the attached announcement. Being a referee is not easy, but there is a lot of support available from the group of current referees and it makes a huge impact on the experiences had by our many youth soccer players.

Thanks for your time,

Gary Neargarder

WESCO Recreation Committee

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Use Your Soccer Knowledge!

Our referee course is now open for sign-ups!  This is the full US Soccer referee course, you must be 12 years or older – much of it needs to be completed online before the in-class portion.

Dates:  Friday, July 28th/Saturday, July 29th/Sunday July 30th

To sign up…

Go to:  https://cnra.gameofficials.net/

Sign up as a new user - button on the left.  You'll then click on "I have never been registered".

Fill out your account information.  Once you've gotten an email confirmation return to the website (https://cnra.gameofficials.net/) and click on the sign-up for course button on the left.  The WESCO course can be found in the ‘GRADE 8 ENTRY LEVEL’ folder, course number 20932.

Our Monitor night will be the week of August 7th.  This is open to 10 year olds and older who would like to help run our U8 matches.  It is a perfect way to start learning all of the laws of the game and get ready for the official course later.  More information on the specific monitor night will go out at the end of July.