Mentor Notes

To all WPA referees, I, along with Max Hartman, Colin Nelson, and Josh Sanders recently attended a college showcase tournament in Richmond, VA. Not only was it a well-organized tournament with terrific facilities and good play, there was also mentoring with myself, Alan Kelly, 2015 MLS Referee of the Year and Rob Fereday, former FIFA

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How Could You Not See That?

I have been asked this question many times in my 40 year career in officiating. With today’s technology of smartphones and much better quality of TV, the referee is under much more scrutiny in all aspects of officiating. But, there are some hints to help the soccer referee and the assistants on how to not

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Western PA Referee Security Clearances

We have moved from the PA West system to our own. The new system is managed by Game Officials. You can reach the site at https://wparefs.gameofficials.net. Before you recertify, you need to have sent your 3 security clearances, and possibly a work permit, to Peggy Neason (SRA). Please use the following as process flow: State

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Goal/No Goal Procedure

There was a situation recently where referees forgot the proper mechanic as it is rarely seen but it is an important one to remember, and more importantly, cover in your pregame. Here is the scenario: The team leading takes a shot and hits the crossbar hard near the right post, ricochets downward striking the ground/metal

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New State Referee Fitness Test Standard

State Referees Paul Deverse (left) and Justin Frear (right) successfully passed the new, tougher fitness standard for State Referees, administered by Peggy Neason and Paul Tamberino. The new fitness test requirements were passed at a recent State Referee Committee meeting, holding PA West State Referees to a higher standard. State Referee Nathaniel Buck (middle) passed

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CJ Morgante Referees Gold Cup Final

CJ Morgante recently refereed at the Gold Cup, his third appearance at the tournament. He had the honor of being selected to referee in the Gold Cup Final, his 5th game of the 2015 tournament. Check out the photo of the Gold Cup Final referee crew below, and watch a funny clip from the game.

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