The State Referee Administrator (SRA), State Youth Referee Administrator (SYRA), and Iowa Referee Committee (IRC) Chair discuss the referee of the year nomination process, referee abuse, report writing, and other administrative topics below.
Young Referees of the Year – The Nomination Process
Every August, the State Youth Referee Administrator (SYRA) will call for nominations for Iowa’s Young Male and Female Referees of the Year (ROY) to be submitted by September 1. If you would like to nominate a youth referee, download and complete the Young Referee of the Year Nomination Form and e-Mail it directly to the SYRA, Kevin Stapleford.
Young ROY requirements are typically listed on the nomination form. Think about those promising youth referees who you observed last Fall and will see this Spring, fill out a form, and submit your completed form(s) to the SYRA before September 1. This Fall, the Iowa Referee Committee (IRC) will review the nominations and select a young male and female referee of the year. Winners names are sent to Midwest Region 2 Headquarters for consideration at that level. The four Regional winners are then recognized at the National Convention at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala. You can learn more about the process at Young Referee of the Year Award.
Strong Safety – Be Prepared
With all the emotions surrounding youth sports today, it’s impossible to prevent every bad action from happening. But, efforts should be made by all stakeholders in the game to keep referee crews as safe and secure as possible. Soccer officials have a tough job on the field. They deserve to arrive at the game, work it, and then leave the venue feeling confident that their well-being is important to game administrators, players, coaches, and spectators.
In order to achieve a safe officiating environment, referee crews need to work together. A strong safety plan is important.
Click on the image at left to download a free copy of the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) / Referee Magazine publication entitled Strong Safety.
IMPORTANT: "Who ya' gonna call?"
If you or a member of your crew ever experience verbal or physical abuse from anyone during a game, terminate the match and contact the State Youth Referee Administrator (SYRA), Kevin Stapleford, the same day.
We can't stop it if we don't know about it.
Supplemental Report Writing
If you are required to write a Supplemental Report because of one the reasons cited below, e.g., spectator issues, be sure that your description of the incident is accurate, contains just the facts, is succinct, and uses terminology from the Laws of the Game.
Watch the following 4 US Soccer videos on Supplemental Report Writing for a review of the key elements of a well-written report.