Seven top BC Soccer referees participate in national refereeing course

Vancouver-BC: The Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) held its annual Provincial Promotion Referee Course last weekend in Vaughan, ON and seven (7) of BC’s top soccer officials, the largest contingent from all of the Provinces, attending.

This was the fifth time the centralized course was run, with 18 officials from five Provinces (BC, SK, ON, QC, NS) attending, with the CSA Head of Refereeing Tiger Liu leading the course. The Provincial Promotion Referee Course featured two days of intensive practical and theoretical sessions, held at the Ontario Soccer Association’s Soccer Centre.

The seven officials from across the Province and representing BC were Brett Hartmann (Duncan), Juan Márquez (Vancouver), Evan Fryer (Victoria), Stefan Tanaka-Freundt (Surrey), Daniel Dittarro (Prince George), Omar Masood (Victoria), and Kent Waechter (Surrey).

“The Provincial Promotion Referee Course is an important part of the CSA’ long term referee development program. Course participants benefit from the expertise of FIFA Futuro III Instructors and exposure to the latest referee training materials from CONCACAF and FIFA”, said Jose Branco, BC Soccer Referee Development Coordinator.

Stefan Tanaka-Freundt, one of the newly upgraded Provincial referees stated “,The Provincial Promotion Referee Course was a weekend rich with information and learning experiences taught by some of the best instructors in Canada. I look forward to taking the knowledge gained and incorporating it in my matches to make me a better official and to also share it with my colleagues here in BC”.

The preparation for the BC group of officials has come through the BC Soccer Candidates Program, which has centres in Burnaby, Kelowna, Langley, and Victoria. This program is designed to provide aspiring referees from across the province the ability to hone their referee skills through on field practical sessions, fitness training and theoretical sessions. This type of programming provides a progressive and a positive educational referee specific environment which helps to give referees an opportunity to progress through the referee classifications.

“Without BC Soccer's support it would not be impossible for me to accomplish the standards of refereeing that got me to be selected to participate in this promotional course,” stated Juan Marquez, “For me it was an amazing experience that strengthens and encourages me to keep striving and improve on my refereeing in BC,” he added.

Evan Fryer, a referee from Victoria commented on how the BC Soccer Referee Development Program has helped him achieve what he has to date. “The referee program has facilitated my growth from the grassroots level and supported me in every way possible. I thought that living on Vancouver Island would be a disadvantage when it came to officiating higher level games but it has not; BC Soccer has consistently supported me, nurtured my development and helped me to officiate in games across the province”.

One of the six priority directions of the BC Soccer strategic plan is referee development and one of the key objectives within this area is to increase the number of higher referees in BC. Referees from BC Soccer participating in these national training courses will help to deliver against that objective.

“The referee development program in BC is unparalleled in Canada with regular fitness and education sessions enabling us to become confident in our knowledge of the game and ability to referee,” said Omar Masood. “After speaking with fellow classmates from other provinces, it became apparent that no such program exists in their cities.  They were very envious of our candidates training, which definitely gave BC representatives an even greater appreciation for the assistance we receive here”

For more details on the BC Soccer Referee development program please see our Referee FAQs page.

For specific details on the BC Soccer Candidates program please see our Referee Continuing Education page.

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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