BC Soccer Hosts Annual Referee Assessors and Instructors Symposium at the BC Soccer Provincial A Championships

The BC Soccer Youth Provincial Championships all hosted grassroots referee education initiatives reaching more than 135 referees

Vancouver BC, July 20, 2015 – The BC Soccer Youth Provincial A Cup was host to the Annual Referee Assessors and Instructors Symposium on July 8-11 while the Les Sinnott Memorial B Cup and the Girls Provincial B Cup were host to other grassroots referee initiatives including on field and classroom sessions that focused on Grassroots Referee Development.

 “The BC Soccer Provincial Championships offer a great opportunity to deliver these referee initiatives,” said John Reed, BC Soccer Referee Committee Chair. “Helping develop grassroots referees in British Columbia is a strong focus for BC Soccer and this type of symposium allows for BC Soccer’s grassroots referees to receive feedback and education on all aspects of refereeing including theory and post game assessments.”

More than 50 referees and an additional 30 assessor and instructors took part in this year’s Referee Assessor and Instructor Symposium which was run in Surrey in conjunction with the BC Soccer Provincial A Cup.  Referees were educated during the symposium through classroom and on field sessions as well as assessed on every match they refereed at the BC Soccer Provincial A Cup.  The symposium also included post match debriefs similar to the ones conducted at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. This year, run along-side the Instructor and Assessor Symposium, each of the BC Soccer Provincial Championships also held referee initiatives that allowed more than another 85 of BC Soccer’s grassroots referees the opportunity to develop and learn from assessors and instructors.

Another important component of the symposium is the opportunity for the instructors and assessors themselves to receive feedback and to develop their instructor and assessor skills. The constant development of the assessors and instructors helps ensure consistency with the development of grassroots referees.

During the Symposium, Instructors and Assessors were trained in the 2015-2016 Referee Refresher course content and member organizations can request these clinics today at:

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