POLICIES AND OPERATIONAL STRATEGIES
All FSR-affiliated and currently registered
referees may apply to participate in the
Referees who are recommended and
accepted to the Academy program will be offered the opportunity to participate
in an Academy training event for their Area (A, B, C, and D). Upon successful completion of the
requirements, and upon recommendation of the Area Director Referee Academy
(ADRA), they may attend a
The Academy program in Florida shall be organized by areas that correspond to the FYSA Areas (A, B, C, D), each one under the management of an Area Director (ADRA), in cooperation with other FSR staff and FSSA/FYSA-affiliated soccer organizations. The Area Academy events will be entry-level in nature; while the State Academy events will be both at the intermediate level (after completing an Area Academy), and at the advanced level, to be held in conjunction with the Pro Clinic. Participation in the advanced (Pro Clinic-related) Academy will be mandatory for all National Referee candidates, prior to their being recommended to attend the USSF National camp. This includes passing the fitness test.
Referee candidates for the Academies in each Area will be identified by a variety of sources and mentors, who will consist of higher-level referees; club assignors; club referee liaisons; along with FSR staff (assessors; instructors; assignors, and administrators). This information (recommendations) will be provided to the Area Director Referee Academy (ADRA), who will maintain a record of Academy participants. Final decision for acceptance of recommendations shall be that of the ADRA.
The ADRA staff will coordinate with
various FSR staff and other mentors to identify promising candidates, and will
oversee and report the participation of applicants in their respective (area)
programs. Depending upon the number of
applicants, there should be one or two Academy events each year in each
Area. Those who successfully meet the
Referees who complete the State (intermediate-level) Academy will be eligible for priority invitations to FYSA-sponsored tournaments, along with future training opportunities, such as the Academy in conjunction with the Pro Clinic. Referees, who complete this advanced-level program, may be eligible to be invited to FSSA State Cup and other FSSA-affiliated, Select (adult) tournaments.
National Referee candidates will be required to participate in the Pro-Clinic Academy.
Curriculums will be developed and updated annually for each level of Academy events, and will be offered as a standard model for each Area.