Why Should You Become a USSF Referee?
I will cut to the chase on this one….WE NEED REFFEREES FOR YOUTH SOCCER! I think what some spectators of soccer do not realize is that the officials they see on the weekends are either high school students or professionals who have full time jobs and families but want to give back to the sport. So what does that mean? As the assignor, I work around a lot of different schedules as most of the current referees cannot devote every hour or every weekend to officiating soccer which can sometimes create a shortage. So why should you become a USSF Referee?
· Help with the shortage of referees. Even if you work 1-2 games around your player’s schedule, it helps out.
· Give back to the sport that may have given you or your child so much.
· It gives you a better understanding of the game.
· Burn some calories while at the soccer fields! Great way to stay in shape and get some exercise and be paid for it.
· Sharpen your mental skills. As a referee, you are constantly watching, thinking and making quick decisions every minute of the game.
· If your child is 13 years or older, it can be a family affair and a great bonding experience.
· Teaches your teenager responsibility, critical thinking, decision making skills and communication.
· SET YOUR OWN HOURS! NO SET HOURS! YOU ACCEPT OR DECLINE THE GAMES YOU WANT (OR DON’T WANT)!
· EARN SOME EXTRA CASH! MUCH BETTER THAN MINIMUM WAGE!
Why did I become an official almost ten years ago?
I started coaching soccer in 2005 when my youngest started playing soccer. Like many, I put down that I would help but with the shortage of individuals who volunteered to do anything, of course I was called and asked if I would coach. It was the same scenario when I was asked to become an official. Like most people, I had never officiated any sport. I played sports and even coached but to be an official was a little frightening BUT there was a need and I wanted my sons to have officials at their games so I joined a small group of parents who also became officials. What I didn’t realize was how much I would enjoy officiating the sport. It challenged me in ways that my previous athletic endeavors had not. What was better was that my oldest son was of age so we did the class together and a year later, my youngest son joined the small band of officials. From here, I could write forever about the experiences, adventures and unique bonding we had officiating together. Instead, I won’t bore you with my memories but I will tell you that both of my sons benefitted tremendously from officiating. It not only allowed them to buy their own vehicles and show them responsibility but it also taught them skills that they use in college now. It pushed and continues to push all three of us out of our comfort zone to new experiences. So I challenge you to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to try something new which will also help the soccer community.
Arkansas United Soccer Club formerly known as Little Rock Futbol Club has been a 501c3 nonprofit youth organization serving our community since 1980. Our principal mission is the promotion of youth soccer. We strive to instill a love for the game in each of our players and to provide an atmosphere where each player may participate and progress according to his or her interest and ability. We take great pride in developing our players as athletes, students and responsible young men and women. Our players form life-long friendships with their club mates, acquire leadership, teamwork and sportsmanship skills that ultimately prepare them for life beyond soccer.