More Than 30 BC Soccer Referees Attended the Canada Soccer National Club Championships

Two nominated national referees from BC evaluated at National Club Championships

Vancouver BC, October 16, 2014Soccer players were not the only ones working hard at the Canada Soccer National Club Championships as more than 30 BC Soccer referees participated in the championships including Igor Cverkovski and Juan Marques as Canada Soccer nominated National Referees.  Igor and Juan were evaluated and assessed during their matches and if successful they will be placed on the Canada Soccer list of National Referees for 2015.

“The supporting referees (non nominated national referees) at the U18 National Club Championships were a very talented group of young referees,” said Tiger Liu, Head of Refereeing for the Canadian Soccer Association. “They were professional, well trained and took their tasks seriously. I wish all of them the best of luck and hope to see them in future National competitions.”

The 30 BC Soccer referees, many from BC Soccer’s Candidates Program, all attended the U18 Championships which were hosted by Coastal FC at the South Surrey Athletic Park.  The referees ranged in ages from 17 to 44 and more than a third of the referees were female.  BC Soccer also worked with in conjunction with other Soccer Associations from other provinces to help train and develop all of the referees.

“Being a part of this level of competition is always very rewarding,” said Carly Shaw-MacLaren, BC Soccer Referee. “It is a great experience to work with passionate referees with similar goals to mine and it is also great to receive feedback from high level assessors.” 

“It was fantastic to work with and learn from all of the different referees, both from elsewhere in BC and all across Canada,” said Bradley Smith, BC Soccer Referee.  “We have a lot of great people across the provinces who truly love the game and to have the opportunity to work matches with the top youth teams and receive feedback from national assessors was invaluable.”

The two Canada Soccer nominated national referees, Igor and Juan, also attended the U18 Championships in Surrey with hopes of making the 2015 list of Canada Soccer National Referees.  Throughout the tournament all of referees were assessed and evaluated on a number of things ranging from referee positioning to their on-field interpretation of the FIFA Laws of the Game while Igor and Juan were assessed specifically to become National Referees. If successful they will be able to referee professional soccer matches within Canada (NASL) and will be in future consideration for top level University matches and Major League Soccer matches.

“I am thankful for the opportunity awarded by BC Soccer and the Canadian Soccer Association to be a Nominated National Referee in the Championships,” Said Juan Marques.  “The six days were filled with a lot of emotions and a high level of stress as some of the top Referee Assessors and Instructors in the country were evaluating our performances. It has been an amazing experience that without a doubt, will help me to accomplish one of my goals which is to become a Canadian National Referee.”

If and once accepted by the Canadian Soccer Associations Referee Committee as National Referees both Juan and Igor will then have to complete and pass a fitness test which is conducted in January. 

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About BC Soccer

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.

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