US Youth Soccer Association Region IV ODP Championships

The 2017 US Youth Soccer Association Region IV ODP Championships are an opportunity for referees to receive higher level training. The ODP Championships are also a great introduction to Regional level events for referees interested in progressing to higher level events and grades.


If you are interested in attending the event, please fill out the form below before Friday, December 2, 2016. If you have questions about the event, contact Alex Jones at


2017 US Youth Region IV ODP Championships Event Application

  • The 2017 US Youth Region IV ODP Championships will be held in Phoenix, AZ January 4th - 8th.

    Referees will be expected to attend the referee meeting on Wednesday, January 4th at 7:30 PM. The final match starts at 11:45 AM on January 8th.

    Idaho Youth Soccer Association will be reimbursing some of the travel costs for getting to and from the event. Transportation at the event will be covered. Meals will be provided or reimbursed. Referees who attend the full event will receive a $150 stipend after the event.
  • Region IV requires that all referees at regional events be at least 16 years old.
  • It is expected that all referees selected for US Youth Soccer Regional Events will have supported Idaho Youth Soccer sanctioned leagues or tournaments. Please list any tournaments or leagues you have refereed in the last 3 years.
  • List any US Youth Region IV events you have previously refereed.
  • I understand there will be training requirements prior to attending regional events. I will participate in all required training.
  • I understand that some costs may be incurred in travel to and from the event, and at the event. While most of those costs will be reimbursed, I may have to bear some expenses.
  • I am committed to participating in the entire event even if that requires me to take off work or school.


Upcoming Referee Opportunities

There are three opportunities for referees to learn and grow coming up in June.

The Idaho Youth Soccer Referee Development Program will be hosting a referee academy June 3rd to the 5th. Six to eight referees will be selected from around the state to participate in a 3 day event focusing on practical refereeing. The referees selected will officiate Olympic Development Program games between Idaho and Oregon. There will be a classroom session, all games will be filmed, and each crew will have a mentor to help the referees learn from each game. Apply below. For more information, contact Alex Jones,


Additionally, there are 2 US Youth Regional events still open for application. For more information, visit: US Youth Region IV Events




ISRC Board Changes


Due to personal concerns, both Robbie Burnett, State Referee Administrator (SRA) and Dave Palmer, State Director of Instruction (SDI) are vacating their positions on the Idaho Soccer Referee Committee (ISRC). Alex Jones, State Youth Referee Administrator (SYRA), will fill the position as SRA/SYRA. Peter Stilling will fill the position as the SDI. Any further matters concerning USSF recertification/referees should be directed to Alex. Any further matters concerning USSF instruction should be directed to Peter.

On behalf of Idaho referees many thanks are in order to Robbie and Dave for their valued contribution to the ISRC. We wish them both continued success in the future. And in the same vein, our gratitude goes out to Alex and Peter for stepping in to assist the ISRC with these essential USSF functions.

Pete Valle
ISRC Chairman

GoalKeeper Safety

Periodically we all need a reminder about the importance of GoalKeeper safety. Peter Stilling, Idaho’s State Director of Instruction, has penned an excellent article on this subject. You can download the article from .

Questions on this topic can be directed to Peter at .

State Cup Technical Area

Please download the PowerPoint presentation on the State Cup Technical Area.


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