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Canada Soccer completes National Referee Assessor Clinic

Posted on 24 March 2017 in Referees

Canada Soccer’s National Referee Assessor Clinic was held March 17-19 in Toronto More

Three retiring international referees honoured during National Referees Camp

Posted on 14 February 2017 in Referees

Canada Soccer held its annual National Referee Camp in Toronto 10-12 Feb More

Professional Referee Organization Hires Howard Webb to Manage Video Assistant Referee Operations

Posted on 7 February 2017 in Referees

Webb to oversee development, assessment, and assignment of Video Assistant Referees for PRO MLS to implement Video Assistant Referee testing in select preseason matches beginning Friday More

MLS to Continue Video Assistant Referee Testing in Select Preseason Matches

Posted on 6 February 2017 in Referees

Major League Soccer and the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) today announced that live, in-game testing of video assistance for referees is being conducted during select MLS preseason matches. More

Canada Soccer hosts national referee instructors in Ontario

Posted on 19 December 2016 in Referees

Canada Soccer’s current and future national referee instructors were recently hosted in Toronto, ON in preparation to changes forthcoming in 2017. More

Marie-Soleil Beaudoin to referee semi-final at FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016

Posted on 17 October 2016 in Referees

Beaudoin officiating at her first FIFA final competition More

Marie-Soleil Beaudoin appointed to FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016

Posted on 27 September 2016 in Referees

Marie-Soleil Beaudoin More

Canada Soccer’s appointed Olympic officials depart for Rio

Posted on 27 July 2016 in Referees

Referee Carol Anne Chenard and assistant referees Marie-Josée Charbonneau and Suzanne Morisset More

Chénard, Charbonneau and Morisset will officiate at the Rio 2016 women’s football tournament

Posted on 2 May 2016 in Referees

Referee Carol Anne Chenard and assistant referees Marie-Josée Charbonneau and Suzanne Morisset were among the FIFA appointees More

Canada Soccer pre-season camp for national officials

Posted on 22 February 2016 in Referees

On-field and in-class sessions were organised from 19-21 February. More

Canadian officials appointed to 2016 FIFA List of Referees and Assistant Referees

Posted on 4 January 2016 in Referees

Along with the list of FIFA officials, Canada Soccer has also announced the 2016 list of national referees and assistant referees. More

Canada Soccer appoints Isaac Raymond new Manager, Referee Department

Posted on 1 September 2015 in Referees

Isaac Raymond, FIFA Futuro III referee technical and fitness instructor, and national assessor More

Canada Soccer completes 2015 Provincial Promotion Course

Posted on 18 May 2015 in Referees

Canada Soccer held its annual Provincial Promotion Referee Course 16-18 May in Montreal, QC More

Referees and assistant referees undergo intensive Canada 2015 preparations

Posted on 25 April 2015 in Referees

A quartet of Canadian officials amongst the referees and assistant referees preparing for Canada 2015. More

Canadian quartet to officiate at Canada 2015

Posted on 30 March 2015 in Referees

Canadian referees Carol Anne Chénard, Michelle Pye, Marie-Josée Charbonneau and Suzanne Morisset have all been appointed to officiate at the FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 More

National pre-season camp for referees concludes

Posted on 22 February 2015 in Referees

Canada Soccer held its National Pre-Season Camp for referees in Toronto, ON on 20-22 February. More

Canadians named to the 2015 FIFA List of Officials

Posted on 7 January 2015 in Referees

FIFA has named 13 Canadians to its 2015 List of Referees. More

2014 in Review: Referees

Posted on 27 December 2014 in Referees

It was a good year for Canada’s FIFA List referees. More

The Third Team: Joe Fletcher’s Beats

Posted on 8 December 2014 in Referees

Come game day, we forget that there are three teams, not two, on the field More

Canadian quartet to officiate Final Match at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014

Posted on 22 August 2014 in Referees

Canadian referees Carol Anne Chénard, Marie-Josée Charbonneau, Suzanne Morisset and Michelle Pye will officiate the Final Match of Canada 2014. More

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Canada Soccer’s National Referee Assessor Clinic was held March 17-19 in Toronto. John Nielsen, Manager of Assessing, CONCACAF led the sessions along with Canada Soccer Manager, Referee Department Isaac Raymond, and special guest Sandra Serafini, PRO Strategic Initiatives Manager.   

National assessors along with select provincial counterparts received instruction on the expectations of assessing professional soccer matches. Education related to the recent changes to the Laws of the Game and modern assessment practices was presented and the assessors were evaluated.   

“We have worked to ensure that all members of the national program have a similar understanding of the goals of our program,” Raymond said. “Each is an important contributor to the success of the program overall.”  

The session bridged recent clinics hosted by Canada Soccer for the National instructors and National list match officials to ensure that a consistent message is delivered for all those who are involved at the top level for match officials in Canada.

Canada Soccer held its annual National Referee Camp in Toronto 10-12 Feb. The three-day camp prepares selected instructors from the national pool for the upcoming season with a series of presentations focused on modern refereeing trends and includes the latest in FIFA Fitness testing.

In addition, expectations were set for the group related to the National Program and the technical training required on the updated Laws of the Game. Special guest, Alex Prus presented on refereeing in MLS and on the PRO Development Academy.


"This camp acts as a spring board to the new season and ensures that our match officials have the necessary information to successfully officiate professional games in Canada," said Canada Soccer's Manager, Referee Department Isaac Raymond.

During an evening awards ceremony, recently retired Canadian International Referees Mathieu Broudeau, Marie-Josée Charbonneau, and Suzanne Morisset were honoured. Recently retired National List retiree Justin Tasev was also honoured.

National Badges were awarded to BC’s Jasmain Parr and Candace Brown, MB’s Graham Forsyth and Quebec’s Stéphanie Fortin.

The Professional Referee Organization (PRO) today announced that retired FIFA referee Howard Webb, one of the most accomplished officials of his generation, will join the organization as the Manager of Video Assistant Referee Operations. Beginning in March, Webb will oversee the development and education, assessment, and assignment of Video Assistant Referees (VARs) for PRO. During approximately 30 preseason matches, MLS will continue live, in-game VAR testing with the goal of implementing live, in-game testing during MLS regular season matches in the second half of the 2017 season.
 
Webb retired from an illustrious 25-year career after officiating more than 500 English Premier League and Football League games, overseeing UEFA Champions League games and serving as a FIFA international referee for UEFA European Football Championship matches and during two FIFA World Cups. Webb remains the only referee to officiate both a UEFA Champions League final and FIFA World Cup Final in the same year (2010).
 
Following his retirement, Webb served as the Technical Director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) which develops referee standards and fields match officials for all English Premier League, Football League (EFL), and Football Association (FA) competitions. Currently, he is the Director of Referees for the Saudi Arabian Football Federation as well as a member of the BT Sport broadcast team for UEFA Champions League broadcasts, utilizing video replay systems to analyze tactical situations and referee decisions in real-time on the air.
 
“I’m delighted to join the Professional Referee Organization for this new challenge and contribute to the implementation of what I view as a crucial development for the sport,” said Webb.  “I have tremendous respect for the organization that Peter Walton has created and am excited to be on board for the continued development of this initiative.”
 
“Howard Webb will be a great asset to PRO in spearheading the VAR project,” said PRO General Manager Peter Walton. “His high-level officiating experience and work as a broadcaster will bring tremendous value as he guides our referees through various VAR testing and assessment exercises ahead of forthcoming VAR implementation.”
 
A combined 15 of the 22 MLS clubs will gain exposure to live in-game video review during preseason competition, including matches in the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic, 2017 Desert Friendlies, FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup, Portland Timbers Preseason Tournament, and Carolina Challenge Cup. In addition to the in-game tests during preseason, offline testing, with no impact on the game, will take place at MLS stadiums during MLS regular season matches from March through August.
 
MLS will look to incorporate video review into MLS matches following the 2017 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target in August.
 
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