What is the Ombudsman?
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 grades 5, 6 and 7, and thus is independent of the normal reporting structure.
Our current Ombudsman is Craig Hill. Craig has been a USSF referee in Oregon since 1980 and is currently a Grade 5 emeritus. He fell in love with soccer when he began playing in 1966 (a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away). Craig has a lot of knowledge to share and he is committed to helping you succeed.