Referee Program News

Rob Fereday, Former FIFA AR and Current USSF National Referee Coach, to be Featured Instructor at the 2019 WVSA Referee Program Workshop

posted Jan 21, 2019, 6:54 PM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Jan 21, 2019, 6:55 PM ]

The annual WVSA Referee Program Workshop will be held from 10:00am - 4:00pm on Saturday, March 2, at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place in Morgantown, WV.

This instructional event is appropriate for referees of all grade levels and years of experience.  The featured clinic instructor provided by the U.S. Soccer Federation this year will be Rob Fereday, former FIFA Assistant Referee and current USSF National Referee Coach.

Due to a generous sponsorship from Marshall Orthopaedics (, referees currently registered in West Virginia may attend the clinic at no cost.  Others are welcome to attend for a fee of $20.

Register to attend by completing the Registration Form >>

WVSA Selects 2018 Young Referees of the Year

posted Oct 2, 2018, 5:28 AM by Michael McCarthy

The WV Soccer Association has selected the 2018 Young Referees of the Year:

  • Female:  Bree Moll (Webster Springs)
  • Male:  Austin Perdue (Charleston)
Moll is a Grade 8 Referee in her third year as an official.  She has worked state level events, including the WVSA Open Cup, and has served on WV referee delegations to US Youth Soccer Eastern Region competitions, including the 2018 Presidents Cup in Barboursville, West Virginia, and the 2018 National Championship Series tournament in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  She earned finals assignments at both events.  She actively seeks to improve her skills as a match official by attending clinics provided by USSF National Referee Coaches, such as the WV State Referee Program Workshop.  She also serves as an inspirational mentor to new, young referees.

Perdue is a Grade 8 Referee in his fourth year as an official.  He has worked state level events, including the WVSA Kohl's Cup, the WVSA Open Cup, and the WVSA State Championships (State Cup).  He has served on WV referee delegations to US Youth Soccer Eastern Region competitions for several years, including the Presidents Cup, the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Tournament, and the National Championship Series tournament and has earned finals assignments at several of these events.  He will graduate from Sissonville High School where he has been in the National Honor Society, the International Club, the Foreign Language Club, and has served as the president of MU Alpha Theta.  He will graduate from Sissonville 
this spring and has recently been accepted at West Virginia University in Morgantown, where he plans to continue working as a match official.

Both Moll and Perdue will be considered as candidates for the 2018 US Youth Soccer Eastern Region Young Referees of the Year.

Morgantown Referee Selected for 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships

posted Jul 28, 2018, 2:39 PM by Michael McCarthy

Justin Sharpe of Morgantown was selected to represent the Eastern Region and the West Virginia Soccer Association as a referee at the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championship Tournament in Frisco, Texas, July 24 - 29.

Sharpe was selected as one of only twenty-four referees from among over 150 match officials who worked the 2018 US Youth Soccer Eastern Region NCS tournament in Spotsylvania, Virginia, on June 28 - July 3, where he earned an assignment as 4th Official on the U19B final.

Sharpe is the first West Virginia referee in twenty-five years to be selected to work the prestigious National Championship event.

WVSA State Referee Program Mourns the Loss of Referee and Instructor Tad Albano

posted Jun 29, 2018, 5:11 PM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Jun 29, 2018, 6:35 PM ]

Tad Albano of Albany, Ohio, a USSF Grade 6 State Referee and Grade 7 Referee Instructor -- as well as a referee in the high school and the NISOA college ranks and a beloved coach and owner of the Athens Soccer Academy -- passed away on June 26, 2018, from injuries suffered in a hit-and-run accident the previous weekend.

Tad was a familiar name and face in the soccer communities of both West Virginia and southeastern Ohio, and was known for his consistent smile and upbeat disposition.  He was a mentor to many young players and referees, and will be missed.

A GoFundMe site has been established to help the family with expenses associated with this tragedy:

Two WV Referees Invited to US Youth Soccer National Event

posted Jun 29, 2018, 4:51 PM by Michael McCarthy

Kofi Boateng of Morgantown and Jack Clouse of Huntington have been invited to represent both West Virginia and the US Youth Soccer Eastern Region at the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup National Finals to be held at the Grand Park Sports Complex in Westfield, Indiana, on July 11 - 15.  Boateng and Clouse were two of only 12 referees invited from the 118 referees who worked the Eastern Region Presidents Cup tournament in Barboursville, WV, June 15 - 18.

WV Referee Selected for US Youth Soccer Eastern Region ODP FInals

posted Jun 10, 2018, 5:16 PM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Jun 10, 2018, 6:22 PM ]

Jack Clouse -- a Grade 7 Referee from Huntington and the 2017 WV Soccer Association Young Male Referee of the Year -- has been invited to work matches at the US Youth Soccer Eastern Region Olympic Development Program (ODP) Tournament finals in Kirkwood, Delaware, on June 23 - 24, 2018.  Clouse was selected by the Eastern Region Referee Committee based on his performance officiating matches during the preliminary round of the ODP Tournament, which was held June 8 - 10 in Kirkwood and in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.  Of the 153 referees working the preliminary matches, only 24 were invited to work the finals.

WVSA Young Referee Academy Event at Little General Tournament in Beckley, May 11 - 13

posted Apr 17, 2018, 9:14 PM by Michael McCarthy

The West Virginia Soccer Association State Referee Program is pleased to announce that the West Virginia Young Referee Academy will coincide with the Little General Darrell Moore Memorial Soccer Tournament in Beckley on May 11 - 13, 2018.

Robyn Johns
This is a great opportunity for young referees to gain experience in a safe environment under the mentorship of seasoned officials.  As a member of the Young Referee Academy, you are invited to attend a weekend of fun and camaraderie working alongside experienced officials who can help improve your skills as a referee.  The mark of a great referee is one who always seeks to learn something new about themselves as an official no matter how experienced or good they are.  Learning is a lifetime process.  Always keep learning!

The guest instructor once again will be Robyn Johns, who hails form Australia and currently lives in The Bronx, New York.  Her experience and enthusiasm of what it's like to be a confident official will keep you entertained and engaged.

Accommodations and food will be provided for you throughout the tournament.  This is a great opportunity to learn and make some money while making friends that can last a lifetime . Please join us!  We have a special WV Youth Referee Academy shirt for all youth referees who sign up to attend the academy.  Wear it proudly and know that you took an extra step to learn how to become a better referee!

It's gonna be fun!  Hope to see you there!

Kelly Shamblin, State Youth Referee Administrator
West Virginia Soccer Association

Nasser Sarfaraz, USSF National Referee Coach, to serve as lead instructor for 2018 WVSA Referee Program Workshop

posted Jan 21, 2018, 3:56 PM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Jan 21, 2018, 4:18 PM ]

Nasser Sarfaraz
The 2018 WVSA Referee Program Workshop is a learning opportunity for referees of all levels of experience who are interested in improving their skills.  Topics will include some of those presented at this year's USSF National Referee Camp.

The workshop will be held from 10:00am - 4:00pm on Saturday, March 3, at the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place (visit hotel website).  The 2018 WVSA Hall of Fame banquet will be held that evening in the same venue.

Nasser Sarfaraz, USSF National Referee Coach, former MLS Referee Coach, and former SDI and SDA for California South, will serve as the lead instructor for the workshop.

Laney Cole (Charleston) and Jack Clouse (Huntington) Selected as the 2017 WV Young Referees of the Year

posted Sep 20, 2017, 8:01 AM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 8:33 AM ]

The WV State Referee Committee has selected the recipients of the 2017 Young Female and Male Referees of the Year from among a field of very strong nominees.  This year’s recipients are Laney Cole of Charleston and Jack Clouse of Huntington.


Laney Cole became a referee in 2015 and has since worked numerous matches in both her local leagues in the Charleston area and in state-level events, including the WVSA State League, Kohl’s Cup, Open Cup and State Cup Preliminary matches.


Laney is a member of the WV Young Referees Academy.  Her nomination was supported by letters of endorsement from around the state, including from coaches for Tri-County Soccer Club in the eastern panhandle and FC Ripley in Jackson County, with one coach describing her as “a pleasure to work with and [giving] great effort in every match.”




Jack Clouse of Huntington has been a referee since 2013.  He has worked frequently in the local Huntington YMCA league where he now also regularly assists in teaching clinics for new referees and in mentoring young referees as they do their first matches.


Jack is as member of the WV Young Referees Academy and has worked matches at numerous state level competitions, including the WVSA Kohl’s Cup, Open Cup and State Cup, where he led the referee crews for the 2016 U12G and 2017 U14B championship matches and served as an Assistant Referee on U15B, U16B and U18B finals.  He has also served on the WV referee delegation to several US Youth Soccer Region 1 events, including the Presidents Cup and the National Championship Series.


Jack’s goal is to climb the referee ladder and someday earn the white FIFA badge.  In pursuit of that ambition he continually seeks opportunities to learn and improve, such as participating actively in online referee discussion forums and attending state and regional level referee clinics where he has been taught and mentored by U.S. Soccer National Referee Coaches and former FIFA International Referees.  He also gives back to the soccer community by serving as a “buddy” in the local US Youth Soccer “TOPSoccer” program.

Condolences to the Rogers Family

posted Sep 20, 2017, 3:38 AM by Michael McCarthy   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 6:24 AM ]

The WV State Referee Program joins everyone in the West Virginia soccer family in offering condolences to Len Rogers and his family on the passing of his wife, Connie, on Sunday, September 17, 2017.  Len is the president of the WV Soccer Association, an Emeritus State Referee, Assignor, Instructor and Assessor, and a WVSA Soccer Hall of Fame Inductee.  Connie was a strong supporter of his involvement with our state's soccer and referee programs and will be missed.

Visitation has been scheduled Friday, September 22, from 5pm - 8pm at 5th Ave Baptist Church in Huntington.  The funeral service will be Saturday, September 23, also at the 5th Ave Baptist Church.

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