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.