CHICAGO (Wednesday, June 5, 2002) - The United States Soccer Federation’s Board of Directors recently approved an amendment to Policy 531-1 Referee Administration. The amended policy follows. The new wording is underlined.
Policy 531-1 Referee Administration (former Rule 3032)
Approved by USYS Board of Directors May 11, 2002
Section 2. A State Youth Referee Administrator (SYRA) shall be appointed by the Youth State Association for a specified (2) two year term with the advice of the State Referee Administrator. The SYRA may be re-appointed. An interim SYRA may be appointed to fill a vacancy during the specified 2-year term. At the discretion of the Youth State Association, the SYRA, or designee if there is no SYRA available, will be responsible for implementing and administering the national programs for the Recreational Youth Referee, Linesman, and Referee for Small Sided Games level referees (grades 9,10, & 11). The SYRA or designee will also serve as registrar for the aforementioned grades.
This policy change will assign the responsibility for the recruitment, education and training of Grade 9, 10 and 11 referees specifically to the SYRA. These grades were created to provide officiating for games up to the U-14 recreational level. Placing the implementation of this segment of the National Program for Referee Development specifically in the hands of the SYRA, who is appointed by the youth State Association, will enhance the chances for successfully having all youth games covered by registered officials.
In order to implement this program, SYRAs or a SYRA designee from each state will be invited to attend a Recreational Youth Referee Instructor (RYRI) training course conducted by U.S. Soccer’s Referee Training and Development staff at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, September 7, 2002. (Additional information about this clinic will be sent out soon.) These people would be trained to train Recreational Youth Referee Instructors in each state. The curriculum and time devoted to the training of instructors for this level would be considerably less than what is currently required of individuals wishing to become instructors. This would allow for literally every league, even every club to have a referee instructor to train grades 9,10, and 11 referees. A path for up-grade from a RYRI to a provisional associate instructor will eventually be developed.
Please feel free to contact our office, should you have any questions. Thank you.