YNT Dec 5, 2009
While the Development Academy Showcases are excellent places for fostering growth among youth players around the country, let's not forget they are just as important for the development of referees.
Referees' performances are tracked over the Development Academy season and the Showcases provide special opportunities for referees to get hands on training with seasoned professionals. After each match, the referee team is debriefed and evaluated by national referee assessors. Just as with the players, the Showcases serve as conduits for indentifying and evaluating up and coming talent, with a long term emphasis placed on developing vital refereeing skills and progressing into the pro ranks. Each Showcase can be a "gateway to the pros" as U.S. Soccer Director of Referee Development Paul Tamberino indicated.
In fact, two current WPS referees got their start in the Development Academy just three years ago demonstrating the Academy's committment into the development of all facets of soccer in the U.S.