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September 3, 2008 > Newark Referee Classic provides tune-up for upcoming soccer season

Newark Referee Classic provides tune-up for upcoming soccer season

By Biff Jones
Photos By Don Jedlovec

Newark Soccer Club (NSC) held its annual Newark Referee Classic (NRC) at Sportsfield Park on the grounds of Newark's Silliman Center, Saturday and Sunday, August 16-17. They have been holding this pre-season youth soccer tournament for over two decades.

Soccer enthusiasts, ages fourteen to unlimited, are eligible to become a United States
Soccer Federation (USSF) and FIFA grade eight referee after concluding eighteen hours of classes plus a three hour field session. Students can take the class at thirteen or younger but are not supposed to referee a game until they have turned at least fourteen. The eighteen hours can be taken in any combination that is agreeable to the students and instructors such as two nine-hour sessions, three six-hour, nine two-hour or any other combination totaling eighteen hours. NSC held the classes for the new referees participating in this tournament. Other soccer clubs also hold the same classes but do not necessarily have a pre-season tournament. A grade eight referee can move up to grade seven after one year, taking an eight hour class and passing a field assessment.

Grade four referees are USSF national class two referees and grade three are national class one refs. These referees are then positioned to become FIFA (Federation of International Football Associations) grade two or grade one referee. Grade two is
the assistant referees (formerly called linesman) and grade one is the center referees.
FIFA referees train to become AR or CR officials, they do not do both.

Roddy Lopez is the President of NSC, Jose Arroyo was the Tournament Director of the Referee Classic and Bill Baker is the Referee Manager for NSC.

This year's center referees for the Classic were Arroyo, Baker, John Baumann, Manny Chavez, Daniel Galloway, John Gruver, Brian Hartwell, Myron Knight, Elliot Lopez, Lucio Lopez, James Mcpherson and Ravi Narayanaswamy. The assistant referees and referees in training were Candice Cordeiro, Lauren Duque, Jennifer Fanella, Mehartaj Gill, Jesus Gomez, Elizabeth Hartwell, Taylor Hollis, Adriana Irby, Kiana Irby, Brianna Mendez, Taylor Presley, Jessica Ramirez and Scott Sawamura.

Teams from around the Bay Area participated in the Classic. Under-12 Boy's teams: Newark Arsenal, Roseville Valor, Delta Fusion of Pittsburg, Almaden Stealth of San Jose, Walnut Creek Blazers and San Ramon Renegades. Under-14 Girl's teams: Newark Knockout, Livermore Elite Arsenal '94, Central Marin Dragons of San Raphael and Rincon Valley Revolution of Santa Rosa.

Congratulations to Roddy Lopez, Jose Arroyo, Bill Baker and their fellow NSC personnel for another well run tournament and the launching of a new set of young soccer referees.

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