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Iowa Referee Academy Speakers & Sponsors
Rick Eddy is Director of Referee Development for US Soccer and is a National Instructor and National Assessor. In his current role, Rick oversees all technical aspects of the US Soccer Referee Program. He was a USSF National Referee from 1992 to 2006 and a Major League Soccer Assistant Referee from 1997 to 2006. Rick has worked the 2006 Lamar Hunt Open Cup Final, the 2002 MLS Cup and PDL Finals, 2001 A-League Final, and the 1999 USL D3 Pro Final. Most recently, Rick is seen in the US Soccer video entitled Referee Grades Overview.
The 14th Annual Iowa Referee Academy will be held Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Des Moines University, Student Education Center (SEC) Auditorium, 3200 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312. You can register now by following the instructions at Academy Registration. You have to register for the Academy if you want to attend the Academy.
PLEASE READ IOWA CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS BEFORE REQUESTING AN UPGRADE ASSESSMENT
When requesting an assessment, be sure to allow 14 days from scheduled match. For upgrades, please note the following:
Grade 7 referees now are recorded in 2 tiers, the tiers are 7A - Competitive Level and 7B - Recreational Level.
To be considered in Grade 7A - Competitive Level, the referee must complete ALL requirements of the updated Grading System. Any requests for upgrading to Grade 7A without completion of the entire requirements will automatically become Grade 7B - Recreational referees.
(A) Be sure to have satisfied Time in Grade and have an acceptable number of rateable matches completed at the required level.
(B) Be sure to have had at least 1 Maintenance or Developmental Assessment performed by an approved assessor during the previous 6 months.
(C) Be sure to have completed the required Written Test and Fitness Test during the approved time frame.
(D) Allow good prior notice to your Assignors so that they can assign you to acceptable matches for the grade you are working towards.
State Director of Assessment (SDA)
Click on 'Playlist' in the lower left portion of the video below to scroll through dozens of instructional video clips: