Referee Identification and Training
These initiatives will focus on identifying and training high potential officials with the ability to referee at the professional and international levels. These efforts will see U.S. Soccer assign a network of highly qualified assessors and instructors to various elite-level regional and national events. Quantitative and qualitative data from these events will be used to classify the program's up-and-coming and high performing officials.
The selection and certification process for National Officials will be overseen by Herb Silva, Director of Referee Identification and Training. In addition to meeting a set of minimum requirements for upgrade and recertification, officials will now be reviewed and approved by a selection committee that will assist with the highly selective process of determining the finite pool of National Referees and National Assistant Referees.
The U.S. Soccer Platinum Program is an intensive training program for a select number of male and female referees and assistant referees. Participants in the program will attend approximately six national training events per year, acquire experience in amateur and professional level matches and participate in regular webinar training. Participation in the program will be under the guidance of a local mentor and U.S. Soccer Referee Identification and Training Department staff.
The 2013 Platinum Program Application window is open. Applications can be accessed through the Platinum Program Overview document.