Young referees gain officiating experience in youth soccer
Not only do players look to gain match experience during the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth Soccer League, young referees also gain from officiating youth matches at the Guam Football Association National Training Center.
During the league’s spring season, Catherine Halili started officiating U10 matches, and beginning this fall, she accepted a promotion to officiate U12 matches.
“Officiating in the U12 division is really challenging compared to my experience with the U10 matches,” said Halili, 18, from Dededo. “At the U12 division, players are more mature and the field is bigger, but the biggest difficulty I think is learning the offside rule and enforcing it properly during a match.
“I just started as a referee earlier this year because my friends asked me if I wanted to try. Once I started going to courses and getting assignments, I really enjoyed it. As a referee, you learn a lot about the game’s rules and it also helps me improve as a player and coach, too,” Halili added.