We would all agree that soccer is growing very fast both in numbers and in the quality of play. As more clubs develop more elite teams, the need for Referees experienced in managing higher-level matches is also growing exponentially. The challenge for the Heartland Soccer Association ecosystem is how to accelerate the development of Referees to manage these higher-level matches.
The Referee Development Academy is a Heartland Tournament offering for select, high-potential Referees. The mission is to provide advanced “situational” training and skills development in the high stake Tournament environment and to prepare these high potential Referees for advanced assignments at Heartland Soccer events.
The Referee Development Academy is staffed with Senior-level Referee Mentors who watch selected matches and then spend time with the Referee team in follow-up meetings. These classroom sessions focus on “connecting the dots” and other advanced topics. This offering is an “invitation” only at this time and is being used to accelerate Referee performance and develop future Mentors.