Refereeing in the English FA

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!


Mass Confrontation Education Session

We had the pleasure of welcoming Justin Tasev to our meeting to talk about Mass Confrontation Do’s and Don’ts. Justin is an OS Assessor and former National Referee who brought an engaging presentation that allowed us to learn about the reasons for mass confrontation and how to handle them. Thank you Justin for the informative talk and we look forward to the next time you share your wisdom and experience with the Assocation! We’ll have big news to share soon about who our next guest speakers are, we look forward to you joining us!20180716_211754.jpg

Introducing our Director of Education – Silviu Petrescu

If you have watched the MLS at all over the past 10 years you will more than likely have seen Silviu Petrescu adjudicating the laws of the game from the middle. Whether it is the 401 Derby between Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact or a World Cup qualifying match, Petrescu has been refereeing at the highest level for decades.


With over 120 matches in the middle in the MLS the former FIFA referee has been refereeing in the MLS since 2006. During his MLS career Petrescu has received many awards including the 2012 MLS Referee of the year as well as being given the Cup Final that year.



Born in Romania, Petrescu started his soccer career as a player, playing for Metrom Brasov before making the transition to refereeing in 1987. After refereeing in Divizia B Petrescu immigrated to Canada in 1995 and continued with his refereeing career. In 2002 he became a listed FIFA official, a position he would hold until 2015.

A career that includes many international fixtures and tournaments, Petrescu was also a tournament official when Canada hosted the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007. Petrescu can still be seen refereeing in the MLS, he has refereed over 122 games since 2006, been the 4th official in over 60 matches, and many more as VAR.

This past February he became a certified instructor and has been educating the next generation of referees as well as contributing to the South West Soccer Referee’s Association in the role of Director of Education. We look forward to continuing to learn from such a distinguished referee.

Pre-Season Onfield Training

Waterloo Minor Soccer is donating field time for Match Officials Development at Bechtel Park on the following times:

March 17th 11am to 1pm.

March 20th 6pm to 8pm.

March 24th 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Each session will be instructed by Canada Soccer accredited Instructors and this will provide an outstanding opportunity for Match Officials to practice their officiating skills in a supportive and friendly environment. The sessions will consist of practical training drills focusing on fitness and decision making. If you are interested in attending any of the sessions please register at:

All Match Officials are encouraged and welcome to attend – this is an excellent opportunity to improve your skills, network with fellow officials/mentors/assignors and prepare for the upcoming season.

Match Official Manager at Waterloo United

Waterloo Minor Soccer is looking for a part-time Match Official Manager.

Under the direction of the Technical Director, the Match Official Manager will be responsible for the management of all matters directly relating to referees including but not limited to: education, development, assigning and administrative duties within the Club. 

See the link below for more details.

Match Official Manager – WMSC 2018


Can a referee score a goal?

You know you’ve always wanted to, but can a referee score a goal and have it count? SB Nation has a Youtube show called Weird Rules where they investigate weird instances in the wide world of sports and in this episode they investigate this very question. Moving past the obvious question of whether you would be coordinated enough to actually kick the ball in a meaningful manner (I mean we are referees for a reason) would it count? Watch and find out about the referee who did!

South West Soccer Referees Association Celebrating 40 years of Soccer Refereeing

The South West Soccer Referees’ Association (SWSRA) is a non-profit organization that has a strong history in the southwest district of Ontario and is committed to the growth, development and overall improvement of match officials. The referee association has been around for 40 years servicing the beautiful game from grass roots to FIFA level.

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In cooperation, the GRSC and SWSRA are working together to hold a charity outdoor tournament in the last week of April. This tournament serves as a preseason outdoor event to prepare the teams for the outdoor season. The revenue generated from events such as this is beneficial for seeking further educational improvements to greater enhance the development of match officials within our southwest district.

Issac Raymond, CSA Manager of Referee Development came to SWSRA on February 27, 2017

Isaac Raymond Manager of Referee Development from CSA on Feb. 27th, 2017 at the South West Referees Association in Kitchener presented Law XII and XIV with all the latest up dates.

Thank you Isaac for the great presentation and taking the time from your busy schedule.


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