Youth referees aim for higher level matches after camp

[August 5, 2019 - Yona, Guam] Close to 20 youth referees caught a glimpse of what to expect as an international official during Guam Football Association’s 2019 Referees Camp held over the weekend at LeoPalace Resort Guam.

The Referees Camp, with its third year in the books, captured the attention of referees from the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth League and inspired them to keep moving up the elite referee pathway.

“A friend told me about being a referee and he said he was making a lot of money – of course I wanted to make some money too,” said Aya Cathey, a second-year participant. “I didn’t see it as interesting at first, but thought, maybe I should just go to a referees course and see how it goes. I started officiating and found that I actually enjoyed it.


Referee instructors attend EAFF course, set up local course

[January 18, 2019 - Harmon, Guam] With the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth League set to kick off next month, the Guam Football Association Referee Department will be organizing the first introductory soccer referee course of the year beginning Jan. 30.

Slots are still available for the four-session course, and participants who complete all requirements may receive appointments as early as opening day of the youth league on Feb. 9.

“Particularly for this introductory course, we will teach participants the Laws of the Game, as well as what they will need to know to be officiating matches of the younger age groups,” said Shawn Spindel, GFA Referee Administrator and Local Referee Instructor. “Our main goal is to provide the network and support for young referees who we hope will stay in the program and move up the ranks. By providing the proper environment early on with a structured course, we hope to create positive experiences for all participants so they enjoy being out on the pitch officiating matches and take being a referee at a young age more seriously.”


Referees Committee looks to expand youth referee camp

[August 16, 2018 - Yona, Guam] With the success of the first two Guam Football Association Referee Camps at LeoPalace Resort Guam, the GFA Referees Committee plans to organize and improve the event annually for youth league referees.

A couple dozen referees participated in this year’s camp, held earlier this month ahead of the Fall season of the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth League, which is set to officially kick off Sept. 8.

“The purpose of the GFA Referee Camp is to build more camaraderie among our youth referees and also to thank them for all they have done and hopefully continue to do,” said Shawn Spindel, GFA Referees Administrator and organizer of this year’s camp. “We also wanted to give them a better understanding of what it takes to officiate at a higher level, as well as give them a taste of the fitness test required to do so.


Topasna, Elwell selected as referees for EAFF U15 tourney

[July 16, 2018 - Harmon, Guam] Football referees Michael Topasna and Josiah Elwell hope to learn as much as possible and gain a high level of international officiating experience to bring back to Guam at the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) U15 Boys Tournament in Beijing, China beginning July 23.

“I’m really excited for this opportunity, especially because I was selected by Guam Football Association for it, and also because I’ve never traveled for sports before, so it will all be a new experience for me,” Elwell said. “I’ve been training at GFA almost everyday, reading up on the Laws of the Game every moment I can, and running on my own to improve my fitness to get ready for this tournament.

“Through the tournament, I hope to improve as a referee by learning from other referees there and course instructors during class sessions and games,” added the 18-year-old from Mongmong.


Youth referees partake in first-ever GFA referees camp

[August 12, 2017 - Yona, Guam] Close to thirty youth referees participated in Guam Football Association’s first-ever daylong youth referee camp organized by the GFA Referees Committee Saturday at the Leo Palace Resort Guam.

The camp was the brainchild of GFA Director of Referees, George Stewart, and included various fun activities on the field mixed in with elements of an international referee fitness test, as well as an indoor portion on the day’s agenda to briefly discuss the Laws of the Game and listen to guest speakers, thanks to special support by Japan Football Association.

“I wanted to try something new and exciting for the youth referees and I appreciate very much the support from GFA Executives and the GFA Referees Committee to make this camp happen,” Stewart said. “Judging from the overall success of this first-ever camp, we’d definitely like to make this an annual event. In fact, we might even try an adult referee camp.


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