Sunday, August 24, 2008

Referee Academy for 2008 Women's Nike Friendlies

A combination referees from Southern California and the rest of the country came together from Aug. 20 to 24 for the 2008 Women's Nike Friendlies.

A total of 28 high caliber U-15, U-16 and U-17 teams, including three U.S. Youth National Teams, gave the U.S. Soccer Referee Department a chance to provide real-time feed back to a group of talented referees of different experience levels.

Sandra Serafini, a FIFA referee from North Carolina, was on hand as the head instructor, working along with U.S. Soccer Director of Referee Education Alfred Kleinaitis.

Listen here to an interview with Serafini that is an overview of the event and touches on the philosophies the instructors use as well as the goals of the event.