ARIZONA REFEREE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The AZRDP is a structured program to provide the highest level training and guidance to all Arizona US Soccer referees.
The Program is ongoing and includes targeted referee coaching, fitness training, live and online instruction, and social events.
The Program is voluntary and any Arizona referee may participate, so long as the Program Expectations are met.
INTRODUCTION TO THE AZRDP
Short Term - The yearly goal for all participants of the Program is to be considered for selection to a Region IV USYS championship. As such, all requirements for consideration should be met by each participant of the Program.
Long Term - Each referee will have individual long-term goals, which may change over time.
1. Participants in the Program are expected to follow US Soccer's National Referee Development Program Code of Ethics (Policy 531-11, Section 4):
Note: All references to the "Federation Referee Program" include both US Soccer and ASRA.
- Consider it a privilege to be part of the Federation Referee Program and use actions that will reflect credit upon that organization and its affiliates
- Maintain the dignity of the position
- Conduct themselves ethically and honorably
- Treat themselves and others respectfully and honestly
- Perform duties knowledgably and in accordance with the Laws of the Game
- Adhere to all policies and requirements of the Federation Referee Program
- Safeguard confidential registration and performance information
- Give priority to all Federation affiliated assignments and programs
- Honor all Federation affiliated assignments and obligations
- Not discriminate against or take advantage of any individual or group on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin
2. Participants in the Program are expected to follow US Soccer's Assignment Priority policy:
While each official is expected to keep the assignments he or she accepts, there are certain occasions where a referee should be released from a lower level assignment to officiate in a higher level competition.
To this end, the following games are listed by priority for assignment:
- International and senior National Team games assigned by U.S. Soccer
- Games assigned by the Professional Referee Organization (PRO)
- Youth National Team games assigned by U.S. Soccer
- Competitions (regional and national) assigned directly by U.S. Soccer's affiliated members. Includes but is not limited to:
- US Youth Soccer
- US Club Soccer
- League games assigned by U.S. Soccer
- Competitions (state level) assigned directly by U.S. Soccer's affiliated members. Includes but is not limited to:
- State Adult Associations
- State Youth Associations
Please note that this policy does not apply:
- Within 72 hours of the scheduled game time unless an emergency situation exists
- When a substantial financial commitment has been made for the assignment (e.g., non-refundable airline tickets)
Responsibility of officials:
- Keep the lines of communication open about upcoming international and national and International appointments as far in advance as possible
- Communicate the receipt of a higher priority appointment to their assignor as soon as possible
- Report an assignor that refuses to release the official from a higher priority assignment to their State Referee Administrator and the U.S. Soccer
3. Participants in the Program are expected to adhere to US Soccer's statement on unaffiliated competitions:
- Registered and certified officials have the responsibility to officiate games among youth, adult and professional teams which are affiliated with the U.S. Soccer Federation so that affiliated teams do not have a shortage of qualified officials for their competitions.
4. Participants in the Program are expected to meet all requirements to be considered for selection to Region IV championship events.