BEING PREPARED: Provincial PREP referees analyze game footage, then ask the officials in charge about specific moments

FIFA and PRO Referee Ismail Elfath shares unique insights into game and player management, preparation and process.

Aug 12, 2020 – Vancouver BC

Referee education is a never-ending process whether there are live games to officiate or not. 

BC Soccer’s PREP (Provincial Referee Education Program) recently invited its referees to review last year’s FIFA Club World Cup semi final between Flamengo of Brazil and Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia, which was refereed by Ismail Elfath with Kyle Atkins serving as one of the assistants. (Both officials are members of the Professional Referees Organization and were in charge of Tuesday’s "MLS is Back" Tournament final in Orlando Florida)

Elfath and Atkins were kind enough to join BC Soccer’s Sunday’s Question and Answer webinar, offering fascinating insights into game and player management, along with preparation strategies. 

For referees, coaches, players and even fans of the game, the level of detail and insight provided was extremely compelling, giving a glimpse behind the curtain into specific moments and decision making with the hindsight of match video. 


BC Soccer is the provincial sport governing body with the mission to govern, promote and develop the game of soccer in British Columbia in a professional and progressive manner. Established in 1907, BC Soccer is the largest provincial sports organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer-specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants.  As a professional not-for-profit society and a member of Canada Soccer, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for existing and potential participants, as well as provide support in the most effective and appropriate way for current players, parents, volunteers, member clubs, leagues, and districts.

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,200 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators, and soccer leaders. Working with its 40-member Youth Districts and 11 Adult Leagues as well as their affiliate member clubs, BC Soccer operates under the guiding principles of Professional Leadership, Passionate Service and Progressive Collaboration. In managing its relationships throughout the larger soccer community, BC Soccer’s vision is to ensure every British Columbian has the opportunity to be involved in soccer as part of a lifelong commitment to an active, healthy and involved lifestyle.