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Mar, 2022

NJ Youth Soccer Teams Up with WAGS for All-Female Referee Course

Austin Lloyd, NJ Youth Soccer

New Jersey Youth Soccer is proud to announce the completion of its first All-Female Grassroots Referee Course. The course was held in conjunction with the New Jersey State Referee Committee and Women and Girls in Soccer (WAGS), which
is committed to increasing the quantity and quality of female soccer referees in the United States while helping all women realize their full potential in the sport.

“I was thrilled to be a part of this event and to be able to help prepare the next upcoming young female referees,” said Becky Amaya, New Jersey State Youth Assignor Coordinator. “Everyone who attended was eager to learn and excited to be there. All the young ladies left excited to start the season and felt prepared to go on the pitch. Overall, this was a great event!”

In order to become a WAGS Certified Referee, participants had to complete three requirements that consisted of online coursework, a classroom session and a field session. The New Jersey State Referee Committee, which is responsible for the certification and training of Grassroot Referees within New Jersey, provided two instructors for the classroom session and four experienced female referees for the field session.

The online coursework was completed prior to the classroom session and introduced participants to the concepts they would focus on more intently in the later sessions. They then took part in a classroom session that focused on the laws of the game as well as the practical application of those laws. To develop their ability to implement what they learned in the classroom, the attendees then took part in a field session. That portion of the course set the laws in motion by creating different scenarios that required decision-making such as offside, ball in/out of play and calling fouls. This enabled the participants to realistically visualize in-game situations and make the appropriate calls in a mock game before they referee in their first matches.

WAGS fully reimbursed the 18 females who successfully completed the course and provided each participant with a parting gift. Upon certification, a Grassroots Referee can accept assignments to officiate youth soccer matches from a certified assignor. This includes local travel soccer competitions and tournaments, or local recreation leagues and affiliated in-house programs.

"This all-female referee course has been in the works since last summer, and much planning went into making it come to fruition,” said Magda Zwierzchowski, New Jersey State Youth Referee Administrator. “All of the attendees are players, so they have a certain understanding of the game. The purpose of the classroom and field sessions was to get them to see the game from a referee perspective. As an instructor, it was a rewarding experience to not only help prepare these 18 female participants enter the soccer officiating ranks, but to do so with great confidence. NJSRC is honored to have collaborated with WAGS and New Jersey Youth Soccer in making this course a success.”

Formerly a regional soccer league for girls in the Metro DC area, Women and Girls in Soccer (WAGS) has since restructured as a charitable organization that focuses on the empowerment of girls and women through soccer. The mission of WAGS is to sponsor, develop or provide educational and character-building programs for the benefit of girls and women through teaching and promoting an interest in the game of soccer.

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