BC Soccer Appoints Nine Referee Development Officers

BC Soccer Set To Launch Grassroots Referee Development Program

Vancouver BC, December 12, 2013 – BC Soccer is set for the January launch of their Grassroots Referee Development Program with the recent appointment of nine Referee Development Officers; Antonio Hurtado-Coll, Shannon Mazerreeuw, Art Bandenieks, Dan Village Sr., Harry Sommerfeld, Ken Sookero, Terry Carter, Neil Farber, and Mark McNally-Dawes. 

“We are really excited to have appointed these nine Referee Development Officers and we really look forward to launching the program in January,” said Jose Branco, BC Soccer Referee Coordinator. “The program is designed to help create a solid foundation for new and established referees and we feel that these nine Referee Development Officers will do an incredible job of this by working with head referees, mentors, schedulers and by facilitating workshops across the province.”

 Within their regions, the Referee Development Officers will host workshops to help ensure consistency amongst referee education, expectations and to help the growth of young and aspiring referees.  In the coming weeks 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 for a seamless launch of the program in January of 2014.

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 Referee Development 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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