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Class of 2012-13 Platinum Program Finalized with Selection of Four Additional Officials


10 Officials Make Up Inaugural Entering Class of Platinum Program Overseen by U.S. Soccer Director of Referee Identification and Training Herb Silva

10 Officials Make Up Inaugural Entering Class of Platinum Program Overseen by U.S. Soccer Director of Referee Identification and Training Herb Silva

CHICAGO (Aug. 31, 2012) – U.S. Soccer has selected four additional officials to join the Platinum Program – a platform launched earlier this summer with the intent to prepare a select number of officials for advancement to professional and international competitions. Platinum Program officials will participate in an intensive training program with U.S. Soccer’s top officiating instructors for up to three years.

New Platinum Program selections include referee Cedric Adams of Tampa, Fla.; referee Elie Aguilar of Lewisville, Texas; assistant referee Eduardo Mariscal of Chula Vista, Calif.; and referee Lance Vanhaitsma of Lake Worth, Fla. Six officials were selected earlier this year among the early application process for the Platinum Program.

After a review of more than 350 applicants, 10 highly qualified officials have been selected to the 2012-13 class of Platinum Program participants.

2012-13 Platinum Program Participants:

Official

Position

USSF Grade

Hometown

State Association

Adams, Cedric

Referee 

5 – State

Tampa, Fla.

Florida

Aguilar, Elie

Referee 

5 – State

Lewisville, Texas 

Texas

Clark, Richonne

Referee 

6 – State

Milledgeville, Ga. 

Georgia

DeOliveira, Marcos

Referee 

5 – State

Hillsboro Beach, Fla. 

Florida

Ibanez, Christina

Referee 

4 – National 

Sarasota, Fla.

Florida

Koroleva, Katja

Referee 

4 – National 

Seattle, Wash.

Iowa

Mariscal, Apolinar

Assistant Referee 

4 – National 

Chula Vista, Calif. 

California South

Mariscal, Eduardo

Assistant Referee 

4 – National 

Chula Vista, Calif. 

California South

Sibiga, Robert

Referee 

4 – National 

Carmel, N.Y.

Eastern New York

Vanhaitsma, Lance

Referee 

5 – State

Lake Worth, Fla.

Florida

1 – Admitted in early admissions process (June, 2012)
2 – Admitted in regular admissions process (August, 2012)

The program will be overseen by U.S. Soccer Director of Referee Identification and Training Herb Silva, with the support of the Selection Panel, an advisory group comprised of former and current professional officials. The program is open to male and female officials interested in becoming referees or assistant referees. Participants will attend six national training events for live instruction from U.S. Soccer staff, participate in instructional webinars and receive consistent support from a local mentor. All training will be consistent with the content and methods practiced among active professional referees.

The newly formed Referee Identification and Training Department was launched in the spring of 2012 to focus on state and national level officials and identify and prepare officials with the most potential for the professional and international levels. The department is overseen by Silva, with assistance from the Selection Panel.

Applications are no longer being accepted for the class of 2012-13. Applications for the 2013-14 class will open next year with a limited number of positions for entry into the program.

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