A LITTLE ABOUT US
The Oregon Soccer Referee Organization trains, develops, educates, and supports all of Oregon’s referees, ref mentors, ref coaches, and assignors in order to serve the US Soccer affiliated leagues and competitions in our state
The Organization is governed by a Board of Directors; however, the OSRO’s mission is accomplished by a number of volunteers and staff. With the exception of the Ombudsman, SRA, and SYRA, all volunteers and staff members are appointed and directed by the Board of Directors.
MEET OUR BOARD AND ADVISORY COMMITTEE:
STATE REFEREE ADMINISTRATOR
The State Referee Administrator is responsibile for overseeing the administrative and technical needs of the Oregon Referee Committee, maintaining referee numbers and development opportunities, and maintaining open lines of communication between Oregon’s referees, the Oregon Referee Committee, and U.S. Soccer.
STATE YOUTH REFEREE ADMINISTRATOR
The State Youth Referee Administrator (SYRA) is responsible for and oversees the USSF youth referee program in Oregon in coordination with the SRA. The SYRA works hand in glove with the OYSA.
STATE DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION
The State Director of Instruction (SDI) is responsible for and oversees the USSF referee instruction program in Oregon.
This includes basic training of new referees, instructors and assignors and continuing education for experienced referees, instructors and assignors.
STATE DIRECTOR OF ASSESSMENT
The State Director of Assessment (SDA) is responsible for and oversees the USSF referee assessment program in Oregon.
The SDA coordinates the assessments necessary for referee upgrades, grade maintenance, and development, and organizes mentoring/feedback opportunities when feasible.
STATE DIRECTOR OF ASSIGNMENT
The ORC Director of Assignment is responsible for overseeing the state’s pool of registered assignors, ensuring that certified assignors are available for affiliated competitions, and that games are being assigned in accordance with existing US Soccer policies. The Director of Assignment works in conjunction with the State Director of Instruction to ensure that assignor training courses are available when and where needed.
The ORC Director of Assignment does NOT have authority to reassign referees who have accepted previous assignments.
All referee assignments by affiliated leagues must be made by a USSF Registered Assignor (USSF Policy 531-8, Section 5).
If you are a registered referee, assignor, assessor, or instructor, and you have a concern and don’t know where to turn for guidance or support, the Ombudsman is here to help you.
Do you feel that you are not being treated fairly by your assignor?
Are you having issues with your crew?
Not sure how to get the most out of your referee career?
The Ombudsman will provide a listening ear, and can be an advocate, providing you with a sense of direction as you attempt to resolve the issues you are facing. At your request, the Ombudsman can treat your communications as confidential and strive to maintain your anonymity with respect to any advocacy regarding any issues that you’ve raised.
Who is the Ombudsman?
The Ombudsman is elected in even-numbered years by registered referees classified with the status of Regional and National Referee, and thus is independent of the normal reporting structure.
The current ombudsman is Liam Hayes.
A note from Liam:
“I have been a referee in Oregon since 1991. I am currently a Regional Emeritus Referee and Mentor. My goal is to help referees reach their goals and assist them through the process’ along the way. I continue to learn and grow as a Referee to this day and am here to help our State in any way possible. Please reach out to me if I can assist you in any way.”
The Professionalism Committee investigates and otherwise handles allegations of unprofessional conduct made against referees, instructors, assessors, assignors and administrators.
For more information, contact us.