Canada Soccer NEXTGEN referee heads to Concacaf Program of Referee Excellence
Posted on 4 February 2020 in Referees
Canada Soccer has once again placed a promising young referee in the Concacaf Program of Referee Excellence (PORE). Canada Soccer NextGen referee Ben Hoskins (NS) has been selected to participate in the fifth edition of the program along with 13 other applicants from the Concacaf region. Participants are selected after review by the Concacaf Referee Technical Advisory Team and the Concacaf Referee Committee.
Hoskins kicks off the first three-week introductory session at FMF (Mexican Football Federation) Headquarters in Toluca, MX 4-24 February. He will return to the Certification course in July/August at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida to complete his training. Previous PORE participants have included BC’s Carly Shaw-Maclaren, Ontario's Filip Dujic and Brad Doubrough, Quebec’s Sebastian Noshinravani, and BC’s Cole Shoemaker.
The Concacaf Program of Referee Excellence (PORE) offers top prospects from the Concacaf region intensive training led by some of FIFA’s leading refereeing instructors. Since 2017, the program has provided aspiring, young match officials with training, fitness, education, and match officiating opportunities as part of their development.
Canada Soccer is responsible for the development and training of match officials for amateur and professional competitions in Canada. In partnership with our Provincial and Territorial Associations and sanctioned professional leagues, Canada Soccer provides development and training opportunities to advance to the national list of referees and nominations to the FIFA list.