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A Celebration of Soccer Officiating

A Celebration of Soccer Officiating

United Soccer Coaches has declared 2022 as a year to recognize the contributions of soccer officials at all levels beginning with a “Celebration of Soccer Officiating” at the 2022 United Soccer Coaches Convention in Kansas City, MO to be held January 21-22, 2022 at the Kansas City Convention Center.

United Soccer Coaches (formerly the National Soccer Coaches Association of America; NSCAA) has long recognized the need to include soccer officials (Referees and Assistants) without whom the organized game cannot be played, into its extended family with the understanding of the importance of sharing common ground information as well as the need to improve communication, cooperation and camaraderie between Referees and Coaches which have long suffered from an unfortunate disconnect.

Classroom, field sessions, social activity with presentations by top instructors from NISOA, US Soccer, CONCACAF, PRO, NCAA, AYSO, ECSR, US CLUB Soccer, SAY Soccer, and others will highlight this first of its kind event.

US Soccer and NISOA “Hall of Fame” member “Dr. Joe” Machnik and former FIFA World Cup Referee and Referee Instructor Esse Baharmast will co-host and coordinate the event.

REFEREE SUMMIT PRICING

A Celebration of Soccer Officiating – Referee Summit Registration Includes: 

  • Access to all “A Celebration of Soccer Officiating” sessions
  • Access to Walt Chyzowych Fund Award Ceremony and Reception
  • Unlimited access to the Exhibit Hall
  • Registration Welcome Packet
  • T-shirt (only available to those on-site, while supplies last)

REFEREE SUMMIT SCHEDULE

Friday, January 21, 2022

Time Session Presenters Location
9:15 – 9:30 a.m. Welcoming Ceremonies, Introductions, Motivational Video Esse Baharmast, Joe Machnik, Gary Huber, Rick Eddy, & Others CC 2101, Sponsored by SCORE
9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Bringing Your “A” Game/Dynamic Personality & Passion Needed Brian Hall CC 2101, Sponsored by SCORE
10:15 – 11:00 a.m. Game Preparation at All Levels Howard Webb CC 2101, Sponsored by SCORE
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Game and Player Management Issues: College to Pro Alex Prus CC 2101, Sponsored by SCORE
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Officiating Indoors from Futsal to Arena Soccer Part 1 Shane Butler & Rich Grady CC 2101, Sponsored by SCORE
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Assistant Refereeing Panel Rick Eddy, Cory Richardson, & Corey Rockwell CC 2101, Sponsored by SCORE
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. Officiating Youth Soccer Matt Almaraz, Alex Diaz, Doug Wood, Matt Tiano, Matthew Buckman, & Francisco Villarruel CC 2101, Sponsored by SCORE
3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Officiating Coordinator and Assigning Issues Panel Gary Huber, Richard Grady, Roger Morton, & Manuel Ortiz Jr. CC 2101, Sponsored by SCORE
4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Officiating Field Session Lance VanHaitsma adidas Demo Field Hall A

 

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Time Session Presenters Locations
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Officiating Indoors from Futsal to Arena Soccer Part 2 Shane Butler & Richard Grady CC 2101, Sponsored by SCORE
9:00 – 10:15 a.m. Gender Differences in Soccer Officiating Christina Unkle CC 2101, Sponsored by SCORE
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. NCAA Issues On and Off the Field Ryan Cigich & Richard Grady CC 2101, Sponsored by SCORE
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Referee/Coaches Communication and Understanding/Dealing with the Disconnect Panel Ralph Polson, Sandy Hatfield Clubb, & Coaches/Officials from Various Levels  CC 2101, Sponsored by SCORE
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Understanding the Ever-Changing Handling Rule Corey Rockwell CC 2101, Sponsored by SCORE
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. What it Means to Be a Referee Esse Baharmast CC 2101, Sponsored by SCORE
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Officiating Field Session Rick Eddy & Abbey Okulaja adidas Demo Field Hall A
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Walt Chyzowych Fund Award Ceremony and Reception.

Esse Baharmast will receive this year’s Walt Chyzowych Fund Lifetime Achievement Award.

Count Basie Ball Room Marriott Hotel

Mariott Hotel Count Basie Ballroom

 

REFEREE SUMMIT PRESENTERS

Dr. Joe Machnik

Dr. Joe Machnik

US Soccer and NISOA Halls of Fame, FOX Sports Soccer Rules Analyst

Esse Baharmast

Esse Baharmast

FIFA World Cup Referee, Colorado Soccer Association Director of Referees

Howard Webb

Howard Webb

FIFA World Cup Referee, Professional Referee Organization (PRO) General Manager

Brian Hall

Brian Hall

FIFA World Cup Referee, CONCACAF Director of Officials, NISOA Hall of Fame

Matt Tiano

Matt Tiano

Twin Cities Soccer Leagues CEO, Youth Assignor, Division 1 Referee, ECSR Board Member, Supervisor of Officials for 4 Conferences

Ryan Cigich

Ryan Cigich

US Youth Soccer National Referee Administrator, NCAA National Coordinator of Soccer Officiating

Cory Rockwell

Cory Rockwell

FIFA Assistant Referee, NISOA Senior Director of Education

Alex Prus

Alex Prus

FIFA Referee, PRO2 Match Officials Director, NISOA Hall of Fame

Greg Barkey

Greg Barkey

Former FIFA Assistant Referee, PRO Manager of Video Review

Rick Eddy

Rick Eddy

US SOCCER Director of Referee Development

Francisco Villarruel

Francisco Villarruel

US Youth Soccer Midwest Region Referee Administration, Former Michigan State Youth Referee Administrator, Former Midwest Region Referee Advisory Committee Member

Matt Almarez

Matt Almarez

AYSO Director of Referee Instruction

Roger Morton

Roger Morton

United States Youth Soccer Referee Administrator, NCAA Regional Advisor

Christina Unkel

Christina Unkel

SPARQ Advocacy CEO, CBS Sports Laws of the Game Analyst, 2021 FLSRC Hall of Fame
Lance VanHaitsma

Lance VanHaitsma

CONCACAF Manager of Refereeing, NISOA Executive Board Member

Matthew Buckman

Matthew Buckman

California North Referee Administration Director of Referee Development, U.S. Soccer National Referee Coach, Professional Referee Organization Assessor 

Gary Huber

Gary Huber

NISOA Past President & Hall of Fame, NISOA Foundation Fund Committee Chariman

Alex Diaz

Alex Diaz

AYSO Assistant Regional Manager

Manuel Ortiz Jr.

Manuel Ortiz Jr.

ECSR Co-Founder, Coordinator of Officials for 4 Div. I Conferences

Richard Grady

Richard Grady

Former FIFA and MLS Referee, NCAA Soccer Rules Editor

Ralph Polson

Ralph Polson

United Soccer Coaches Past President, Former Wofford College Head Coach, NISOA Referee

Doug Wood

Doug Wood

National Executive Director, Say Soccer

Abbey Okulaja

Abbey Okulaja

10-year MLS Referee, Former MLS Referee of the Year, Illinois State Director of Referee Development, U.S. Soccer National Referee Coach

Shane Butler

Shane Butler

FIFA Futsal Referee Instructor, Panel of Experts member for FIFA, US Soccer National Referee Coach and Professional Indoor Soccer Official
Sandy Hatfield Clubb

Sandy Hatfield Clubb

The PICTOR Group President, Former Director of Athletics at Drake University

Cory Richardson

Cory Richardson

PRO Assistant Referee, 2021 MLS Assistant Referee of the Year, USA FIFA Panel of International Assistant Referees

HOUSING INFORMATION

United Soccer Coaches has secured the best rates within the closest proximity to the Kansas City Convention Center. You will need to be a registered workshop attendee to receive access to the United Soccer Coaches housing block. You will receive a link and specific access code for the housing block in your confirmation email.

If you have any questions regarding housing availability or need assistance please email unitedsoccercoaches@conferencedirect.com or call 855-623-2117 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 7:00 PM EST Monday-Friday.

Please be aware that ConferenceDirect is the ONLY housing provider associated with the 2022 United Soccer Coaches Convention or US Youth Soccer Workshop. While other resellers may contact you offering housing for your trip, they are not endorsed or affiliated with this Convention. You will not be contacted by ConferenceDirect unless there is a question about your existing reservation or in a response to an inquiry made by you. Beware that entering into financial agreements with non-endorsed companies can have costly consequences. In addition, we are not responsible for any hotel reservation that is booked through an outside source. If you choose to book your hotel through an outside source this is completely at your own risk.

CONTACT

30 W. Pershing Rd., Suite 350
Kansas City, MO 64108-2463
816.471.1941

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