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From Your State Referee Committee

Referee Appreciation Raffle

Thank you to everyone who started their 2022 recertification and was entered into the referee appreciation raffle that last week of 2021. Below is a list of the winners in the raffle.


Day 1 Winners -

District 1 - Maddox Le

District II - Georg Behrens

District III - Kallen Reader

District IV - Christopher West

Day 2 Winners -

New Referee - Austin Ulrich

Referee Mentor/Coach - Logan Parks

Referee w/successful fitness test in 2021 - Matthew Suhr

Day 3 Winners -

Assignor - Cory Gaylor

Grace Byrns

Drew Brown

James Meade

Day 4 Winners -

Regional Referee - Tod Daun

Mirnes Alic

Selvedin Mustafic

Day 5 Winners -

Travis Hart

Joshua Carrol

Ashley Wallace

Franklin Marsh


State Referee Administrator

Josh Thompson

The Referee Committee would like to announce Josh Thompson as the new State Referee Administrator in Idaho.

Josh is a former national referee and has operated in multiple states in the country. He brings an in-depth knowledge of the soccer world and what US Soccer is looking for in referees who wish to move up to a more advanced game.

Please join us in welcoming Josh to the committee.


Referee Committee Chair

Jim De Boer

The Referee Committee would like to announce Jim De Boer as the new chairperson for the committee.

Jim has been a member of the soccer community in Idaho for many years as well as a member of the Youth Soccer Association Board. Jim's knowledge and experience will be a valuable tool to him in the new position.

Please join us in welcoming Jim to the committee.

Regional Referee Clinics and Mentor/Coach Training

In October and November, the state committee hosted regional referee training in Boise and Coeur d'Alene. These trainings were led by national coaches and offered insight into the development paths and expectations for regional officials.

2021 Male Youth Referee of the Year

CADEN ZIERENBERG - Meridian, ID

Do you play soccer?

Yes, I am a freshman and playing at The Master’s University, CA.

How did you get involved as a soccer referee?

My dad was a referee and encouraged me at a young age to try it and see if I liked it to increase my exposure to the game.

What draws you to being a referee now?

I love the exposure to a different perspective to the game. Playing and refereeing at the same time is fun and I like how I see the game differently from my experience.

What are your aspirations?

Pursuing a degree in Business/Marketing

Congratulations! CADEN

2021 Female Youth Referee of the Year

PAIGE SARGEANT - REXBURG, ID

Do you play soccer?

Yes, I was a goalkeeper for 8 years playing for Madison United Soccer in Rexburg, ID.

How did you get involved as a soccer referee?

I was looking for a job in soccer, always kind of wanted to give it a try. Got certified at age 13.

What draws you to being a referee now?

It is fun and it allows me to understand the game. It offers me an opportunity to do something that is always challenging and is something I can constantly work to improve at.

What are your aspirations?

Attend Utah State University studying Environmental Science/Biology

Congratulations! PAIGE

ISL Return to Play.pdf

Idaho Youth Soccer Return to Play Policy

Information and links to resources regarding the Idaho Youth Soccer policies pertaining to Covid 19 and returning to play in 2021.

Celebrating Roger Castro

The Idaho soccer community lost a wonderful soul to the Covid19 virus. Roger Castro has been a leader in the Pocatello soccer community and in Idaho for many years. His smile and positive influence on the game of soccer will be sorely missed and not easily replaced. We will all have a place in our hearts for Roger.


Roger would be heartbroken if the game of soccer did not carry on in his legacy. Roger is now with his dear wife and looking down on all of our matches from above. Say a prayer for the Castro family and remember him as we head out on the field this spring.


Click Here for Roger's Obituary


Great News for the Mak Family!

A long-standing member of the Idaho soccer community, Clarence Mak, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in November '19. He has been undergoing chemotherapy since. Last week his marrow biopsy showed, NO CANCER! He has a long road ahead of him in rehabilitation, but some great news for his family.

Referee Training - Game and Technical Area Management

A referee training session was hosted this evening regarding player and game managment. The training also included information regarding referee abuse. There are 2 very important slides reagrding rules and information from Idaho Youth Soccer. Please see the slides from the training. The recording of the training is available on the IdahoSRC Youtube Channel. youtu.be/TzXL8VRL-J8

The Link Below is for the pdf doc of the presentation slides.

drive.google.com/file/d/1yqK11DVNiVxHP-JklM4Uu-Y334SngXHc/view?usp=sharing

The Celebrated life of Cliff Paine

Words from the Paine family on the passing of Cliff.

“It is with heavy hearts that we must bring this news. Cliff Paine took the last steps in his life journey and went to be with the Lord, Saturday March 28th. We are all blessed to have shared the time together with him. For those who shared moments with him whether in daily life, on the pitch, at the Canyon Rim Classic, or in training sessions we wish to say thank you. Thank you for blessing his life with those moments, which he found such joy in. He was a genuinely kind and loving Man, Son, Brother, Husband, Father, and Grandpa. But most importantly he was a child in Christ. While we mourn, I would encourage you to also celebrate. His life was cut short with us but I know he is singing and dancing with his dad and brother, among many other loved ones, in heaven.

At this time in the world there is much confusion and discomfort with concerns for Covid-19. Our family is discussing options to celebrate his life and would like to invite all who are able to do so as well. We are planning for a memorial service and celebration of life in the coming weeks/months once the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. We will follow up with more information regarding the memorial service once available. All we ask for now is your thoughts and prayers for our family and all those Cliff had an impact on in his prosperous life.”

Application Process Open Referees to Apply for the Far West Youth Regional Tournament

Referees are encouraged apply to attend the Far West Youth Regional Tournament in Boise, Idaho on June 14-21, 2020. If you are a referee with at least a few years of experience, a high work rate, and a willingness to increase your skill set, consider applying. The State Youth Referee Administrator will receive your application, discuss it with the State Referee Committee, and make selections in late March, 2020. Learn more on this page.

National Referee Coach Barry Towbin

Leading Mentor/Assessor and Referee Training in Boise on Feb 1.


30+ Participants in the Advanced Training


Referee Represents Idaho at the Boys, US Soccer Developmental Academy, Winter Showcase in Florida.

Nicole Steiner was selected to represent Idaho at the US Soccer Developmental Academy Winter Boys Showcase in Florida. She received instruction and training as well as on field evaluations and feedback from national referee coaches.

Idaho Launches New Website

The Idaho State Referee Committee has launched a new website designed to be the central place for all information related to US Soccer in Idaho. Instead of using idahosoccerrefs.org, instead use our new site at idahoreferee.org for everything related to training, certification, assessment, and more.

Idaho Referees Selected for the International Arena Soccer Match, USA vs. Mexico

On August 10th, 3 Idaho officials, Stearne Briem, Nicole Steiner and Jason Hutchinson, were selected to officiate the International Arena Soccer Friendly hosted in Boise between USA and Mexico. The event was attended by nearly 5,000 spectators at CenturyLink Arena. The atmosphere of the match was incredible as Mexico defeated the US Team 7-2.

Idaho Referee Selected for USYSA National Finals

2019 has been a great year so far for Idaho soccer referees. In June, Nicole Steiner was selected to represent Idaho and the USYS West Region as a referee at National President’s Cup in Tennessee. This selection was earned by her outstanding performance at the USYS Far West Regionals Youth tournament hosted in Boise, ID. Over 40 referees from Idaho and over 200 referees from the West Region took part in the tournament.