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Behind the Scenes With Development Academy Officials

Earlier this month, a group of 50 officials – 20 referees and 30 assistant referees – involved with the U.S. Soccer Development Academy attended the 2012 Professional Referee Preseason Camp held in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

A couple referees caught up with to discuss the experience and how they got started in this thick-skinned soccer profession.

Here are some facts about the rookie group that was in attendance:

  • All 50 invitees have worked a Development Academy game in the past four seasons

  • They have filled a combined 1,906 positions in 8,848 games that have taken place in the past four years, starting with Jan. 2, 2008, and running until the referee preseason camp

  • The referees represent 20 state associations

  • Nine referees have been invited to the Development Academy Finals Week in the past two years

  • Twelve participants have been named Development Academy Referee of the Week