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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!

  1. BJ Brillard – (Basically the best Female referee at Region 3) The Dave WIlliams Award - a female referee between 18-30 who exhibits high competence on the field, shows a strong inclination to advance her career, and demonstrates a professional level of commitment to improving her referee skills.
  2. Sean Hunt- The Bill Scofield Award - top level referee between the ages of 20-30 who exhibits both high competence on the field and a willingness to help fellow officials off the field in furthering their development and encouraging them professionally and socially


Selected to attend Nationals as Referee from Region 3

  1. BJ Brillard
  2. Rhiannon Harrison


Selected to attend President's Cup as Referee:

  1. Donovan Eubank
  2. Walt Heatherly


Best Referees at Region 3:

  1. Donovan Eubank
  2. BJ Brillard
  3. Rhiannon Harrison
  4. Walt Heatherly


Best Assistant Referees at Region 3:

  1. Tasa Mushayamunda
  2. Judson Holden
  3. Josh Noble
  4. Caleb Noble


Notable Matches


  1. Andy Moss – 9 matches as a Supervisor or assessor / 2 Quarter Finals and 2 Finals
  2. Susan Williamson – 9 matches as an assessor / 2 Quarter Finals 1 Semi-Final and 1 Final
  3. Don Eubank – 10 matches as an assessor / 2 Quarter Finals 1 Semi-Final



  1. BJ Brillard – 6 Matches total /U18M match on Saturday / U18F Final
  2. Rhiannon Harrison – 6 Matches total / U18M match on Sunday / Referee U15M Semi-Final
  3. Donovan Eubank – 7 Matches total / Referee U17M Semi-Final
  4. Walt Heatherly – 6 Matches total / Referee U16M Semi-Final
  5. Caleb Nobles – 9 Matches total / Referee U14F Quarter-Final & Referee U13M Final (Unheard of for a grade 7 Referee) – Grade 7 referees normally get 1 game as a Referee during then entire week of Region 3, Caleb received 3 matches as referee, two of which required a winner!


  • Leland Grant, National TN. was invited by Region III to serve as referee mentor

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!


How do special-cases officials register for 2015?


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:

  • referees grade 6, 7, 15 & 16,
  • referees who attended the advanced clinic (plus those who were excused from attending it),
  • referees who are expecting in-service-training credit for attending an SOT University,
  • instructors, and/or
  • assessors.

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

Walt Heatherly has been selected as the Region III Youth Referee of the YEAR!

  • The Youngest Referee grade 7 in TN History
  • The Youngest Referee grade 6 in TN History
  • The Youngest ever from TN to attend Region III tournament - 14 Years Old
  • Selected to attend Region III tournament 4 Years in a row
  • Selected by Region III to represent Region III at the National Tournament as one of the Best Referees in Region III
  • Selected as Tennessee 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).

  • All Grade 6 Referees who wish to recertify for 2015 at current or higher grade.

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?

  • SOT will recertify all grade 5's as State Referee Grade 6 on Jan 1, 2015
  • Any Grade 5's entering the USSF program for Nationals will be also processed by USSF and upgraded back to a grade 5 in USSF system.