Four BC Soccer Referees Participate in the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup


BC Soccer’s Referee Development Coordinator Jose Branco joined Rubin Smilev, referee assessor and four BC Soccer referees; Amanda Cordua-von Specht, Scott Milliquet, Cam Olive, and Stephen Lebrechthausen at the Dallas Cup in Texas.

Vancouver BC, April 1, 2016 – Four BC Soccer referees; Amanda Cordua-von Specht, Scott Milliquet, Cam Olive, and Stephen Lebrechthausen, who were evaluated and selected for their recent successes and referee potential headed down the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup to referee one of North America’s largest and prestigious international youth soccer tournaments. Working with five other provinces this year, BC Soccer was able showcase four of their referees amongst the 18 Canadian referees who attended.

“Being invited back to have our referee’s be a part of the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup is an honor and the experience that all of the referees gain from refereeing such an elite tournament is tremendous,” said Jose Branco, BC Soccer Referee Development Coordinator. “Referees like Chris Wattam who attended the Dallas Cup with BC Soccer a few years ago have now moved on to development opportunities with the PRO (Professional Referee Organization) and knowing that the Dallas Cup played an integral role in is his on-going development really helps motivate all the BC Soccer referees who attend.”

The Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup ran from March 20-26, 2016 and is one of North America’s largest youth soccer tournaments. Over the years the Dallas Cup has seen the likes of David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Wayne Rooney, Michael Bradley and other world class soccer players compete at the tournament.  It has also seen referees like Marcio Nevarro, a top CONCACAF Referee and BC Soccer Referee Committee Member and more recently Erina Cho, an upcoming BC Soccer referee who just refereed at the CONCACAF U15 Championships.  The Dallas Cup is also an invite only tournament that sees more than 100,000 spectators throughout the week which makes for a great development opportunity for referees.

“I really appreciated being given the opportunity to attend the Dallas Cup” said Cam Olive, British Columbia Regional Level Referee.  I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and overall I found it to be an invaluable, unique experience. I'm looking forward to applying everything I've learned down there as I move forward in my refereeing career.”

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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 sport 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 active, health and involved lifestyle.