Six BC Soccer Referees Attended the Canada Soccer National Club Championships

Six BC Soccer Referees, three referee assessors and one supervisor of Officials head to National Club Championships

Vancouver BC, October 5, 2016Soccer players were not the only ones working hard to get to the Canada Soccer National Club Championships as six BC Soccer referees who worked tirelessly throughout the past year will participate in the championships. Carly Shaw-MacLaren, Brandt Sianchuck, Candace Brown, Jas Parr, Alain Ruch and Chris Wattam will be refereeing in one of the four National Club Championships.  The Six referees will also be joined by Referee Assessors; Jose Branco, Tiberio de Frias, and John Nielsen as well as Supervisor of Officials Bob Sawtell. 

“These referees have worked very hard throughout the past few seasons to be able to represent BC Soccer at the 2016 Canada Soccer Club Nationals and we couldn’t be more proud of them,” said John Reed, BC Soccer Board of Director and Chair of the BC Soccer Referee Committee. “I wish all of them the best of luck in their matches.”

Brandt Sianchuk will be refereeing the U14 Nationals in Moncton while Carly Shaw-MacLaren and Jose Branco will be headed to the U16 National Championships in Lethbridge. Candace Brown, Jas Parr, Bob Sawtell and Tiberio de Frias will all be heading to the U18 Club Nationals in Vaughan as Alain Ruch, Chris Wattam and John Nielsen head to the Senior Club Nationals in St John’s.  

“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.” 

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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. It is the largest provincial sport organization (PSO) in BC and the third largest soccer specific PSO in Canada with over 150,000 participants. Our mission is to develop the game by inspiring British Columbians to lifelong active, inclusive and team play. As a professional not-for-profit society, BC Soccer is committed to providing the widest opportunities for our 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.  We believe in the universal passion of our global game and the power it has to unite and motivate communities.

BC Soccer is comprised of more than 120,000 registered players, over 2,500 registered referees, and thousands of volunteer coaches, administrators and soccer leaders. Working with its member Youth Districts and 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 will promote the soccer values of authenticity, unity and integrity