BC Soccer's Annual Referee Instructor and Assessor Symposium Begins Wednesday July 2

60 Referee Instructors and Assessors will support more than 60 referees over the four day Symposium

Vancouver BC, July 2, 2014 – BC Soccer is holding their annual Referee Symposium from July 2 to July 5 at the Burnaby West Sport Complex in conjunction with the BC Soccer Provincial A Cup. More than 60 referee instructors and assessors will support more than 60 referees with direct feedback after classroom sessions, on field practical sessions and BC Soccer Provincial A Cup match assessments.

“This is the second year we have run the symposium alongside the BC Soccer Provincial A Cup and after such positive feedback from last year we are really looking forward to holding another successful symposium,” said Jose Branco, BC Soccer Referee Development Coordinator. “The combination of classroom sessions, on field practical sessions and match assessments truly benefit all of the referee’s and assessors development and having more than 60 qualified referee assessors plus Isaac Raymond, Canada Soccer Associations National Technical and Fitness instructor is an incredible addition allowing for even further referee development.”

The classroom portion of the referee symposium covers a variety of topics and includes video portions to help referees understand and assess on field situations.  The on field practical portions of the symposium will help referees hone their movements and positioning and finally aligning the Referee and Assessor symposium with BC Soccer Provincial A Cup allows the 60 referee assessors and instructors the opportunity to watch and assess referees in real game environments.  Following the in game assessments the referees will then debrief with the assessor covering what went well and how to handle specific in game situations.

“Having the assessors and instructors watch the referees in real game environments was incredibly valuable last year as it enabled direct and almost instant feedback,” said John Reed, Chair of the BC Soccer Referee Committee. “Each of the assessed referees sits down with their in game Assessor post match and they cover various situations that happened during the game, making for one of the best possible learning environments.”

Referee development and retention at the grassroots level is a priority for BC Soccer and hosting this four day symposiums truly benefits young referee development and ultimately increases referee retention. Referees from across the province will take part in the symposium with the youngest referee being 15 years of age.  For more information on how to become a BC Soccer registered referee please visit:


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