Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
MLS and U.S. Soccer go PRO
March 6th, 2012 10:54PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls, referees

MOST COMMENTED

[REFEREES] The Professional Referee Organization (PRO) has been launched to manage the referee programs for pro soccer leagues in the United States and Canada. MLS and U.S. Soccer will fund the program and operate it out of MLS offices in New York. Peter Walton, a English Premier League referee since the 2003-04 season, has been named general manager of PRO.

All current U.S. Soccer professional referee staff positions will move into PRO and report to Walton, who begins his full-time work for PRO on April 2.

Beginning this year, PRO will manage officials in the MLS and MLS Reserve games, the North American Soccer League, USL PRO and the U.S. Open Cup.



5 comments
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: March 7, 2012 at 9:16 a.m.
    Shockingly, an import; as if the U.S. referees market has no talent. We'll see how Walton impacts the stale MLS group of refs in thie first quarter of the season..
  1. John Pomeroy
    commented on: March 7, 2012 at 9:32 a.m.
    This is sorely needed. The level of professionalism of MLS refs must be higher. It impacts the quality of the games for fans and deters foreign players from coming over. Expansion has only made a bad problem worse.
  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: March 7, 2012 at 9:44 a.m.
    I haven't noticed British refs setting any world standards lately. Collina would have been a great choice, but I'm guessing he cost too much sadly.
  1. Carl Walther
    commented on: March 7, 2012 at 11:39 a.m.
    A British ref. running the U.S. ref. training program? His first rule---"the player has to be bleeding before you issue a yellow card to the other player."
  1. Gak Foodsource
    commented on: March 7, 2012 at 8:55 p.m.
    I understand the protectionist reaction from American fans when it comes to British migration, but I don't think it is merited with respect to improving our refereeing. What out referees lack is appropriate discretion. It is easy to teach our referees the rules of the game and which fouls we want them to enforce. It is much harder to use one's discretion evenly, consistently, and fairly. The EPL is one of the most difficult leagues to referee because teams want to be able to play and sort things out themselves. British referees have a strong record of using discretion appropriately and can offer much to prospective American referees in that respect - especially since our referees fundamentally lack that understanding due to a lack of experience refereeing top level matches. Statements made here that the EPL is excessively physical and that English referees don't can fouls are frankly misplaced.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Report: Frisco favorite for Hall of Fame site    
The late Lamar Hunt settled on Frisco, Texas, as the home for his MLS team, FC ...
MLS's new gold standard    
Heading into the final two months of the MLS regular season, D.C. United leads the Eastern ...
Giovinco out of Italy's Euro 2016 qualifiers    
Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco's return to the Italian national team after an absence of almost ...
What They're Saying: Mesut Ozil    
"Basti showed the entire world what kind of a leader he is at the World Cup. ...
Spector recalled for first time in 18 months    
Short on outside backs, U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called veteran defender Jonathan ...
What They're Saying: Brad Guzan    
"You always have someone either pushing you, or you're pushing someone else. That's the nature of ...
New York City FC gets Nemec off its books    
Slovakian Adam Nemec, the symbol of New York City FC's troubled season, is gone. The club ...
Making a List: European Summer Transfers, U.S. Abroad    
The European transfer market closed with little summer activity among Americans. Only a handful of Americans ...
Video Pick: Five fabulous misses from the Bundesliga    
Schadenfreude from the folks Bundesliga, who compiled the "best" squandered chances to score easy goals from ...
DeAndre Yedlin loaned to Sunderland     
American defender DeAndre Yedlin, who last January left the Seattle Sounders for Tottenham Hotspur, has moved ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives