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A three hour airport layover in Santiago, Chile, on my return from Chilean wine country to the USA, allowed me a moment to collect thoughts and view soccer from an “outside an American perspective viewpoint”.
While in Chile I was able to see the 44th edition of Copa America, the main international football tournament for national teams in South America. Twelve teams competed and the host country was Chile. I was able to watch the final match between Argentina, winner of 18 Copa titles, vs Chile, never haven won a title. The final match was played in Santiago and the game was a David/Goliath type battle with Argentina being Goliath. While Chile was not able to score against the strong Argentinian defense, so too was the Chilean defense able to shut out Leo Messi for 90 minutes plus 10 minute overtime. Ultimately the game was determined by PK’s and the underdog, Chile, prevailed winning one of the most exciting football matches, and best officiated games, I’ll ever see.
In the USA, soccer is a big part of all “our” lives, meaning soccer officials lives, but unfortunately takes a back seat with the rest of America when it comes to the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL taking a much larger share of the TV market. When World Cup comes around, Americans, as a whole, focus on soccer and how well USA competes but, just for a moment, imagine if Americans focused on soccer all the time and in the same numbers as people in South America and Europe?
What I witnessed at Copa 2015 was extraordinary passion and pride that the Chileans have for soccer and their national team. For Chile to have won Copa 2015 was one of the most passionate sporting events ever but I also reminded my Chilean acquaintances that the USA women were about to play Japan in the final game of FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015. Which, bty, gave me enormous pride being able to say that our national team beat the reigning world champions, Japan, while Carli Lloyd’s chip shot from the centre circle a remarkable effort indeed!!!
Back to SOTN news …. below is how our TN officials performed at the Southern Regional III tournament in Little Rock, AR.
Assessors: Andy Moss, Susan Williamson, Don Eubank
Referees: BJ Brillard, Rhiannon Harrison, Donovan Eubank, Walt Heatherly, Sean Hunt, Joe Kirkpatrick, Ariel Morris, Neyland Hopkins, Chris Kloc, Caleb Nobles, Josh Nobles, Joshua Platillero, Zach Yarid, Judson Holden, Tasa Mushayamunda
AWARDS – only 4 individual awards given and TN received 2!
Selected to attend Nationals as Referee from Region 3
Selected to attend President's Cup as Referee:
Best Referees at Region 3:
Best Assistant Referees at Region 3:
Lastly, a big thank you to Brady Robinson for assisting our delegation with logistical travel and a HUGE debt of appreciate to Terry Hendrixon who willingly accepted my offer to serve as HOD!
Special cases are officials who will not recertify by taking a run-of-the-mill recert clinic. Special cases typically include officials who satisfy any of the following:
Please go to the following URL for more information and/or to register for 2015 (that is, to pay your registration fee(s), to complete your 'paperwork,' and to take the appropriate refresher exam).
Note: If you are a referee who will be upgrading (instead of recertifying) for 2015, do not follow the special-cases instructions for your referee registration. Instead, follow the instructions you have or will have received from Brady regarding how to register as a referee for 2015. On the other hand, if you are planning a mid-year upgrade sometime in 2015, follow the special-cases instructions given at the above URL.
Walt Heatherly has been selected as the Region III Youth Referee of the YEAR!
Walt has become a staple in TN Soccer, he represents the State of Tennessee, his parents and himself with dignity. He is the first referee on an assignors list when they have difficult games to assign. His maturity on the pitch belie his true age - great work Walt!
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Who Must take the FIFA Sprint and Interval test (Test will be offered at the advanced clinic on July 26, 2014).
Grade 7 referees' (Or grade 8's in the upgrade program) who wish to receive priority assignments in adult matches will have a new fitness test available in multiple locations this fall.
What will happen to Grade 5 Referees on Jan 2015?