Congratulations to our very own Silviu Petrescu on officiating his 150th MLS match between Real Salt Lake and the Philadelphia Union! It wasn’t an easy game as Silviu had three VAR decisions, a possible dismissal, an offside, and the ball in and out of play leading to a goal. He also had five cautions throughout the eventful night. Silviu had this to say about reaching the milestone. “To reach 150 games in the middle in the MLS was my dream come true. When I did the 1st game in Toronto in 2007, I didn’t expect this long run in my soccer career, but with hard work and commitment and support from your family everything is possible.” We wish him all the best as he continues to referee both in the MLS and CPL.
Southwest Soccer in conjunction with Stratford Youth Soccer is holding a practical training session for all Match Officials. It will include a variety drills and exercises specifically for referees.
Date: May 8
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Location: FESTIVAL HYDRO COMMUNITY PARK 1030 Erie St., Stratford, ON, N4Z 0A1 http://www. stratfordsoccerassociation.ca/ facilities/
Registration: https://forms.gle/ 79UfRPdPhUcbrTFA6
This is an excellent opportunity for MOs to refresh and learn skills. There will be Ontario Soccer Instructors and members of the Southwest Elite Match Official Program instructing at this event.
On March 25th we are delighted to welcome Kuizan Weekes to lead our education session. Kuizan is a fitness instructor and Provincial Referee. He will be doing both an in class and on-field technical instruction on preparing for your season and how to maintain your fitness and health during the season. Kuizan brings many years of experience and we are thrilled that he will be bringing his expertise and his joy of fitness to our education session.
*** Please note this session will run from 7-9 instead of our usual 7:30-9. ***
We have a special guest coming for our education session on March 25th and it will be something we have never done before so stay tuned! (And no it’s not Joe Fletcher….yet)
What is happening? Southwest is hosting a LTOD Ontario Soccer Camp. This camp includes practical and in-class sessions. This will involve drills and in-class sessions supervised by Ontario Soccer Instructors.
When is this happening? March 16, 2019 from noon until 4pm, at Marden, Royal Distributing Centre
What are the goals of this event?
1. Introduce consistent and standardized education and training to all match officials
2. To identify officials for Clubs that could:
• Advance to the next level
• Handle a higher level of game
• Take on the role of a Mentor at your Club
• All ages/stages
3. Networking with other officials and district/club leaders
Why you should go? It’s a great way to start thinking about the outdoor season!
How to register for no cost: https://goo.gl/forms/14s6N53GFAtFwkBY2
On October 28th Toronto FC in conjunction with Ontario Soccer held their 3rd annual Match Official Appreciation day to celebrate the work of referees across the province. This year, before TFC’s thrilling 4-1 victory over Atlanta United, TFC hosted referees in the BMO Club for drinks and some awards. Among the award winners for Spirit of the Game (awarded to a referee from each district in Ontario) was Nava Rajabi of SWRSA and our referee association! We heard from the new president of Ontario Soccer, Peter Augruso, on his goals for referees moving forward, and the CEO of OS, John Misley. Like previous years, the MLS match officials for that game showed up to say a few words and we heard from Jair Marrufo about the process of being awarded matches at the FIFA World Cup.
Match Official Appreciation Day is also a fundraiser started by the Toronto Referees Association. Their stated goal is to put a defibrillator at every field or soccer complex in Ontario. This came about after a player collapsed and died at a field despite the heroic efforts of the match official that day. I hope that more of us can attend this cool event moving forward in support of this great cause!
You might also recognize that match’s VAR, Jeff Gamble, National Referee from St. Catherines!
While it may have been a long time since Canada was represented at the World Cup by our men’s soccer team Canadian referees have been able to look forward to one of our own running up and down the touchline. Joe Fletcher, originally from Niagara Falls, has been a part of the third team at the past two World Cups, traveling this past summer to Russia and four years ago to Brazil.
Fletcher made his professional debut in 2003 for a game between the Toronto Lynx and Montreal Impact and four years later he would make the FIFA list. Since then Fletcher has had many opportunities to officiate at the highest level. Not only has he worked at the past two World Cups but in the past four years alone he has worked two MLS finals (2014 and 2016), Copa America (2016), as well as many other international tournaments.
The South West Soccer Referee’s Association’s Director of Ed. Silviu Petrescu (MLS Referee/former FIFA) and the executive committee are incredibly excited to be able to welcome all referees from the South-West District to an open house September 24th where Joe Fletcher will be leading an education session, speaking about his experiences in Russia, and participating in a meet and greet.
Ever wonder how all the referees communicate on the field? Or what goes on when making a decision? This excellent clip from the 2018 FA Cup final between Manchester United and Chelsea gives a fantastic look into what goes into a big time VAR decision.
With the season winding down one of the last things most people are probably thinking of is fitness training. That being said with the lack of games now is a great time to take advantage of the open evenings and open fields to maintain the fitness you have achieved and get ready to go into the winter months. If you follow the link in this post you will find 100 exercises for soccer referees. These range from preparation for fitness tests (never to early to start) and exercises that mimic positioning on the field. So grab a buddy and get out there!
We all see the top level referees when we watch on tv but what is it like to referee from the grassroots and up in England? BT Sport put out a fantastic mini-doc on refereeing in England and it does an excellent job showcasing the different levels referees find themselves at throughout their careers. From grassroots Sunday league to dealing with players making millions of dollars this video has valuable lessons for all referees. And just because it has Howard Webb it doesn’t mean it isn’t worth watching!