Arizona Referee Development Academy

The Referee Development Academy is a two-day event held in conjunction with the ODP tryouts in December at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande. While training is geared toward our newer referees, those at all levels can benefit from the experience this training provides. In addition to classroom sessions featuring some of the top Referee Instructors in the region, referees get the opportunity to work low-pressure games and receive immediate feedback from a Referee Coach. Referees may attend either or both days of the event.

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December 15-16, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Grande Sports World - Casa Grande, AZ
Referees may attend either day by itself, or both days

REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Log in to your OMS account

  2. From the drop-down menu in the top left, select “Register for a Clinic or Fitness Test”

  3. Select the following: 2019, Answer the legal question, Referee, Supplemental Training. Click Submit Request

  4. Click “Reserve Clinic” next to the date you will attend. Click “Continue to Next Step”

  5. Click “Click here to complete requests and Pay Fees” (Note: The fee is $0, as the event is free to attend)

  6. Click “Return to Member Home Page” and complete this process again if attending both days.


 LState Instructor Tony Bersano (seated) and USL Referee Robi Hullner lead a video clip review session.

LState Instructor Tony Bersano (seated) and USL Referee Robi Hullner lead a video clip review session.

Classroom Instruction

The classroom session will feature a top Instructor from within the State or Region. This session will be primarily focused on video clip review, with emphasis placed on the decision making process that a referee must use to determine the best course of action.

 MLS Referee Alan Chapman (left) and State Assessor/Instructor Bob Barton observe referees working matches at the Development Academy.

MLS Referee Alan Chapman (left) and State Assessor/Instructor Bob Barton observe referees working matches at the Development Academy.

Referee Coaching

Each referee crew will have a dedicated Referee Coach observing them. At every opportunity, the Referee Coach will provide immediate feedback to the crew and answer any questions they may have. This is a fantastic opportunity to sharpen referee skills in a very low-pressure setting.