A LITTLE ABOUT US
The Oregon Referee Committee was established by the Oregon Youth Soccer Association and the Oregon Adult Soccer Association to recruit, train and develop referees, assessors, instructors and assignors in order to serve the US Soccer affiliated leagues and competitions in our state.
In 2004, the Committee became a corporation whose formal name is “Oregon Referee Committee, Inc.”
The Committee is run by a small Board of Directors; however, the ORC’s mission is accomplished by a number of volunteers and staff. With the exception of the Ombudsman and the SYRA, all volunteers and staff members are appointed and directed by the ORC’s Board of Directors.
MEET OUR BOARD AND LEADERSHIP TEAM:
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 opprotunities, 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.
The SDA also arranges basic training for new assessors and continuing education for experienced assessors.
STATE DIRECTOR OF ASSIGNMENT
The ORC Director of Assignment (DOA) 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).
EDUARDO IRIGOYEN (habla español)
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 USSF Referee in Oregon since 1991. Grew up in Wolverhampton, England so fell in love with soccer at a very young age in England. I am currently a Regional Emeritus Referee. My goal is to help mentor younger referees and help them reach their goals with refereeing. This game has given me much joy over the years (and pain with 6 knee surgeries all Soccer related) and I continue to referee and learn from others both on and off the field. When I am not on the field I am a Sales Manager for a Filtration Distributor covering Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah and Montana. Married for 27 years and have two grown daughters age 23 and 21.”
The Professionalism Committee investigates and otherwise handles allegations of unprofessional conduct made against referees, instructors, assessors, assignors and administrators.
For more information, contact the ORC.