Hi Everyone,

South West Soccer Referee Association (SWSRA) will have its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday, November 6, 2016, and it will located at Chicago Pub. Door will open at 9:30 a.m., to serve breakfast. And the meeting will start at 10:00 a.m.

Please bring $25 for your next year registration.


SWSRA Executives

Adidas 2014 Uniforms

With Scott having left our district, people have been having trouble sourcing Adidas 2014 World Cup referee uniforms for their equipment needs.

Our DRC, Laszlo Sarkany, has communicated a kit deal to us for this uniform edition. Please note that the Adidas 2014 uniforms are going out of production at the end of this year to make way for the Adidas ’16 line made for the UEFA Euros. It is highly recommended to purchase the Adidas 2014 uniforms if you don’t already have them as they will most likely be the dominant uniform in local competition and may become very difficult to find in the near future.

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Silviu’s Sound Experience

A piece from our former member, Harris Rasheed, on his experience in Seattle:

An attendance of 40,410 was enough to see CenturyLink Field near capacity and a great atmosphere in central Seattle on Friday July 3rd. I arrived late enough to miss the Sounders fans march but there was still plenty of activity outside the stadium and the neighbouring Safeco Field (baseball).


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Contacting New Assignors

Moving up the ladder in refereeing requires a self-driven individual to succeed. This means that game appointments won’t necessarily come to you unless you take your own initiative to see what you are eligible for and have earned (sometimes irrespective of your referee class).

There are a few reasons to want to contact a new assignor. This may include:

  • wanting more challenging games or
  • a lack of overall game appointments.


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Pre-Upgrading Preparation Year

The year before upgrading is a crucial year. Meeting referees at your targeted level/classification is very helpful. After all, if you’re trying to be in their spot, you can learn what made them successful.

Here are a few things to complete that are not necessarily required but will prepare you well.

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Law 11 – Offside

SWSRA’s next education session will be on Law 11 (Offside). It will be taking place Friday 27th March 2015 at 7pm Budd Park Lounge, Kitchener Soccer Club. Our speaker will be Derrick Farwell.

2013 was a seismic year for Law 11 as IFAB re-worded the definitions of the three offside offences for clarity. Although it was aimed to reduce confusion, it may have caused more confusion among our referees for the finer parts of Law.

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OSA Presentation to Clubs

A great summary update on how things have been over the past few years and what is expected over the next few by the OSA Refereeing Department.

FEDS Referees

On February 18, OSA Referee Manager – Nicky Pearson, OPDL Assignor – Tony Camacho & Referee Development Committee Member – Lowell Williamson presented a session on what is going on with Refereeing in Ontario. Topics included challenges, successes, OPDL and the path moving forward. Take a moment and review 2015 Presentations to Clubs – you will gain an understanding of the overall picture of officiating within the province.

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