BC Soccer's Annual Referee Instructor and Assessor Symposium Begins Wednesday July 8 2015

More than 35 Referee Instructors and Assessors will attend, along with more than 60 referees over the four day Symposium

Vancouver BC, July 7, 2015 – BC Soccer is holding their third annual Referee Instructor and Assessor Symposium in conjunction with the BC Soccer Provincial A Cup from July 8 -12 at the South Surrey Athletic Park.  More than 35 referee instructors and assessors will attend and be educated on the 2015-2016 Referee Refresher Course content which is the course all referee in BC must attend to annually to ensure they are kept current in referee education and their development.  

This year’s symposium delivery model is basis on consistent messaging to all involved.   The assessors, instructor and over 60 grassroots referees will all be involved in continuous learning as they will jointly attend education sessions run by member of BC Soccer Referee development program.

In addition the assessors will be supporting the grassroots referees with match assessments, including post match feedback.

“This is the third year we have run the symposium alongside the BC Soccer Provincial A Cup and after two very successful symposiums we’re excited to host another,” said John Reed, BC Soccer Referee Committee Chair. “Having the assessors watch the referees in real game environments was incredibly valuable in previous years as developing referees were able to receive direct and almost instant feedback,” said

The symposium covers a variety of topics including video portions and assessments of on field match analysis.  The on field practical portions of the symposium will help referees hone their positioning and movement which will help them improve in decision making.  

“Bringing all of these young BC Soccer referees into one place will help the future of soccer in BC as the environment stimulates conversations and engagement amongst the referees, instructors and assessor which creates an extremely valuable learning environment for everyone involved,” said, Jose Branco BC Soccer Referee Development Coordinator.

Referee development and retention will continue to be a priority within BC Soccer’s Strategic plan and hosting this four day symposium benefits young referee development and will ultimately assist with referee retention.

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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.