Advanced Referee Program
The IRC's Advanced Referee Program (ARP) is a select group of the most promising referees in Iowa. Each of these individuals has shown the potential to reach the status of National Referee.
The group is advised and mentored by former FIFA, Professional, and National Referees in Iowa. The group was established to encourage members to work together in training and travel to tournaments together in order to improve as referees and receive advanced training.
The individuals in the group have each made a commitment to hard work and being open to mentoring from other referees who know the issues they will face as they advance in their refereeing endeavor. They all have the right personality, fitness, knowledge of the game, and attitude to make it to the highest levels. This group also serves to identify those who other referees should be watching if they want to see what it takes to make it, or simply to improve their own officiating. The group tries to take all the tools they have and to fine tune them to help them through a great journey.
The membership of this group changes regularly due to changing personal goals, as well as members reaching their peak advancement. Referees in this group realize, that like the matches they are being assigned, their continued membership is based around on-and-off field performance, willingness and ability for continuous improvement, and commitment to a strong work ethic.
We are always in search of the next group of up-and-comers to become ARP members. Their names come from many sources: assignors, referee associations, assessors, and other referees. Each of these is asked to identify those who may have what it requires to advance in the refereeing world. Once identified, these up-and-comers are asked to go to different tournaments and camps to be seen by advisors, assessors, and mentors.
Want to recommend someone for the watch list? Contact your local association or club assignor and ask them to pass along the name to one of the ARP Advisors.