Presidents Cup is in Morgan Hills, CA from June 11th to June 15th and Far West Regionals is in Albuquerque, NM from June 16th to June 22nd. Some of the top referees and youth teams from the western region will be at these tournaments. Join some of your fellow Idaho officials for a road trip to remember this summer. The ISRC, IYSA and region 4 are all joining together to help make attending these tournaments affordable. The deadline for President Cup applications is May 1st and the deadline for FWR is May 8th.
2014 President Cup Referee Application
2014 FWR Referee Application

Anyone in the soccer community can nominate a youth referee ( under 18 yrs old) for the youth referee of the year. So if you have been “wowed” by the commitment of a youth referee to the game of soccer, then take the time to place their name in nomination here
Nomination Form for Youth Referee of the Year
Also be sure to check out the nice benefits from becoming the youth referee of the year at the same link.

Inaugural Idaho Referee Academy

Improve your referee skills at the first annual Idaho referee academy during the Canyon Rim Classic tournament in Twin Falls from May 2nd-4th. Leaders, Jason Hutchinson and Alex Jones, will share their insight gained from attending many in-state and out-of-state tournaments and camps. Look for the application form and academy information here. Idaho Referee Academy

Entry Level Clinics become more focused

Your Instructors are focused on providing better entry-level training for new and upgrading referees. This required training is focused to prepare new refs for the actual games that they will do. On January 18, instructors from all over Idaho met to discuss and learn about new entry level clinics for grades 8 and 9. In working to instruct to the type of game new refs will work, the time requirements for each entry level clinic are shortened. Instead of 16 hours for a grade 8 clinic, new referees will participate in an intense 10 hour clinic that could be done in a single day. As seasoned referees decide to work a different level game, they will be able to take another entry level clinic of a different focus, to get training to work a different type of game (i.e. small sided youth, competitive youth, amateur adult).

The workshop was headed by Dave Palmer, the State Director of Instruction. This enhancement to the entry level program is a big deal and is part of what the ISRC is doing to move the Idaho Referee Program forward. Much appreciation to Dave for adapting the program to give new refs what they need to be most successful.

When you see Pete, congratulate him in being receiving the R4 Referee Lifetime Achievement Award. Kourtney Flaherty of Southern Idaho Soccer League explains:

This last weekend, SISL and ISSA board members headed to San Diego for the annual Region IV meetings. While there, Boise-based Pete Valle, received the Referee Life Time Achievement Award for Region IV for 2013.This honor was given after great consideration from a pool of several excellent candidates who were also nominated.

Pete has served as a Referee, Assessor and as an Idaho State Referee Assignor. He has shown a true commitment, dedication, and service to the game that we all love so much.

Congratulations Pete from the SISL League, you are a most deserving recipient of this award.

Recertification 2014 is underway

If you are an Idaho referee you will soon hear about Recertification for 2014. The instructions have been posted to the Recertification Page. All recertification for referees will be done on If you have questions, please contact me at

Lexi Farmer was selected to represent Region IV at the National President’s Cup Tournament. National President’s Cup was held in Florida July 10 through July 14.

Lexi was selected after her performances in the Region IV President’s Cup that was held in Boise, Idaho.

Join me in congratulating Lexi on her selection the next time you see her.

Region IV Tournaments

For the past week, Idaho has hosted the Region IV President’s Cup Tournament. Approximately 30 referees out of our family of 750 have participated. They do not get paid for the games and I wanted to thank everyone who has participated because of this fact. While there is no pay, there has been outstanding feedback and instruction.

I’d like to give a big shout out to Region IV Youth Soccer and Will Niccolls, Washington’s SYRA, who organized the referees and Leo Umana, of Cal-South, who assigned the tournament.  There is zero chance this tournament would have been such a success without these gentlemen running the show. More locally, Riley Jones has done an outstanding job organizing Idaho’s participation.

Games continue with the finals tomorrow (June 16) at the Simplot Sports Complex. Idaho has been well represented with centers, ARs, and fourths through the semi-finals.

I’d also like to congratulate the following for selection at the Region IV Regional tournament in Hawaii. Dave Palmer – Head of Delegation, Alex Jones, Riley Jones, Branden Varney, Lexi Farmer, and Kristi Mak. I know you will all make us proud.

Participation in these tournaments is something everyone can strive for. Neither of these tournaments give an actual pay check for games, but participants have a great learning experience, and could be selected for the National Youth tournament in July. If you’d like to be considered for participation in Region IV events, please contact the State Youth Referee Administrator at

Best wishes at Idaho Youth State Cup

To all referees working the Idaho Youth State Cup this weekend: Best wishes. Trust your training and experience. Remember safety, fairness, and fun. If you base your decisions on that, you all will do as great as I know you will. Hope to see you all soon.

Wait and See, Wait and See

Being patient when you can often pays off big time. Click on the following link, Wait and See, to view a classic example of not waiting in a recent MLS match. Really ask yourself if you would have kept the flag down. Or, if you were the referee, would you have done the same? Let’s learn from others so we don’t replicate their mistakes.

Best wishes to all working games this week. Remember to keep it Safe, Fair, and Fun for players and for you as well.