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Development Academy Winter Showcase Referee Information

To: Development Academy Referees
cc: State Referee Administrators
From: Dick Triche
Manager of Assignment
Re: Winter Showcase Referee Opportunities


The U.S. Soccer Development Academy, U.S. Soccer’s new national team training program, consists of the top U-15/16 and U-17/18 teams from across the country. U.S. Soccer is using the Academy as a platform to develop and identify up-and-coming players, coaches and referees. The Development Academy is the first step in the Pro Identification track for referees. A number of referees were identified in last year’s events for further development.

The Academy season features four national events held around the country. This year’s first event will be the Academy Winter Showcase featuring all 148 Academy teams and 4 U-17 National teams. The event will be held December 5 – 8, 2008 in Lancaster, CA.

Several national assessors and referee inspectors will be in attendance, including Paul Tamberino, Alfred Kleinaitis, Herb Silva, Brian Hall, Dave McKee, Alan Brown and Dick Triche. Several MLS and Professional referees will also be working games during this event and will be available for mentoring opportunities.

Depending upon availability and scheduling, a limited number of formal assessments may be available for referees. Referees may request an assessment in the RSVP section below. In all instances, the game must also meet the “sufficient test or challenge” criteria for the match to be ratable. Decisions regarding formal assessments will not be made until everyone has arrived in Lancaster.

The U.S. Soccer Referee Department Staff will be conducting referee training sessions during the showcase event. The training sessions will review current topics for elite level referees.

A proposed schedule of events and general information is listed below. There will be a referee meeting the evening of December 4 consisting of a review match procedures, assignments and a training session by U.S. Soccer Referee Department staff.

Proposed Schedule of Events:

December 4 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Referee meeting (Embassy Suites)
December 5 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM 80 games (Lancaster National Soccer Center)
December 6 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 40 games (Lancaster National Soccer Center)
December 7 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM 40 games (Lancaster National Soccer Center)
  8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Referee meeting (Embassy Suites)
December 8 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM 80 games (Lancaster National Soccer Center)

Event Location:
Lancaster National Soccer Center (Lancaster, CA)
Additional Information:  

Referees will be paid the normal U.S. Soccer Development Academy game fee for games they officiate.

All expenses are the sole responsibility of the referee, including airfare and local transportation to/from the airport, hotel and playing venue.

Embassy Suites
28508 Westinghouse Place
Valencia, California, 91355

U.S. Soccer has a limited number of complimentary hotel rooms available. Rooms will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis for those that will work the entire event. (Note: referees will be sharing their complimentary room with up to two additional referees. three to a room)

If you wish to reserve a room, please contact Dick Triche at the contact information listed below. All information must be included in the RSVP Section below. I look forward to working with you at this premier event. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Referees interested in participating in the Winter Showcase need to sign up now. Please respond no later than November 5, 2008 to Dick Triche if you would like to participate -- the sooner the better! Please contact Dick Triche with any roommate request.

The Player Development Winter Showcase Referee Signup Sheet can be found at  

Contact Information:
Dick Triche
U.S. Soccer
1801 S. Prairie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
312-528-1271 ofc
3120-808-9572 Fax e-mail