Support the Academy by attending the Academy!

The annual Terry Vaughn Referee Academy will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at West Des Moines Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50266. Click here for instructions on how to register.

1421 S. Bell Ave., Ste. 104
Ames, IA

Terry Vaughn Referee Academy

Kim Oberle was first certified by US Soccer in 1985 in North Carolina. Her referee career spanned 22 years, culminating in her appointment to the FIFA International Panel of Referees in 2005. During her career, she worked in domestic men's and women's professional leagues from 1997 until 2007 and was appointed to 24 international matches including the U20 Women's World Cup Qualifiers before she retired. In "retirement", she continues to serve the game as a USSF National Referee Coach and PRO referee coach on matches in the NWSL, NASL, and USL. Kim has also been a referee assessor for CONCACAF, serving at Women's World Cup Qualifying tournaments in Guatemala and Grenada.

Tom Bobadilla, former AYSO National Referee Program Administrator and publisher of "Whistle Stop", AYSO's official refereeing newsletter, is "a friend of the referees". Tom has served and continues to serve the game we love in so many ways. He is a former FIFA Assistant Referee and former Major League Soccer Assistant Referee. His most recent responsibility was managing the AYSO National Referee Program for the last 8 years. Tom is currently a member of the US Soccer Referee Committee and is a USSF National Referee Coach.

Mike Oliver has been a NISOA National Referee, National Assessor and has refereed most major conferences including Big 10, ACC, Big East, Big 12, Horizon, and Missouri Valley. He has also refereed several Conference Championship Tournaments in the Big 10, Big East, Horizon League and the NCAA D-3 Women’s Final, D-1 Men’s Round of 16, and D-1 Men’s Quarterfinal as an AR. Mike is currently a NISOA National Clinician and author of numerous Referee Magazine articles. Mike received the NISOA Region VIII Referee of the Year Award in 2006.

Joe Bean is an Illinois High School Association (IHSA) certified clinician and former USSF State Referee Instructor and Assessor. He began his high school soccer officiating career more than 15 years ago, and has officiated in five Illinois State Championship Finals Tournaments and has served as Coordinator of Officials at the Illinois State FinalsTournament four times. He was named IHSA Girls Soccer Referee of the Year in 2008 and IHSA Boys Soccer Referee of the Year in 2015. Joe is also a contributor to Referee Magazine.

Gareth Smith, a Scotland native, played for Scottish Premier League Motherwell FC as a youth Academy and reserve team player. He currently serves as Director of Coaching Education for Iowa Soccer and men's coach at Drake University. He has a PhD in Education and Leadership from Drake University, a Master’s in Physical Education from Emporia State, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Abertay in Dundee, Scotland in coaching, development, and administration. Gareth has coaching experience at Club, College, State/Regional ODP, and Youth National Team levels. He holds a USSF ‘A’ license, UEFA license, USSF National Goalkeeping license, and US and Scottish FA National Youth licenses.
PLEASE NOTE: You must register if you want to attend so that we can accurately plan for lunch.

Justin Mack has been a USSF Grade 4 National Assistant Referee since 2015. He has refereed at 7 US Youth Soccer Region 2 Tournaments and was selected to represent Iowa and Region 2 in 2009 and 2010 at the US Youth Nationals as an AR. Justin was selected to the 2010 US Soccer Development Academy National Finals, USASA Amateur Regionals, Tournament of Champions, and National Cup Finals in 2016 and 2017, and the 2017 USASA Fricker and Mengel Cup National Finals as an AR. He currently referees DA, PDL, NPSL, UPSL, USASA, NASL, USL Pro, and US Open Cup matches.

Royce Van Roekel is a USSF Grade 5 State Referee. He has refereed at the US Youth Soccer Regional Presidents Cup, Midwest Region 2 Championship Series, National Presidents Cup, Youth National Champion-ships, Development Academy Winter Showcase and Summer Playoffs, USASA Regional Championships, and the Region 2 Tournament of Champions. Royce has refereed adult amateur soccer in the PDL, NPSL, and the Fricker and Mengel Cup Championships. He has also refereed at the professional level including the United Premier League of America, USL, and NASL.

Rob Sorey is also a USSF Grade 5 State Referee. He has refereed at the US Youth Soccer Regional Presidents Cup, Midwest Region 2 Championship Series, National Presidents Cup, Development Academy Winter Showcase and Summer Playoffs, USASA Regional Championships, and the Region 2 Tournament of Champions. Rob has refereed adult amateur soccer in the PDL, NPSL, UPSL, and the Fricker and Mengel Cup Championships. He has also refereed at the professional level including the United Premier League of America, USL, and NASL.

Kim Oberle
Tom Bobadilla
Mike Oliver
Joe Bean
Gareth Smith
Justin Mack
Royce Van Roekel
Rob Sorey
NOTE: Dress is casual. Bring your checkbook or a credit card so you can take advantage of the sponsors' offers.
And, be sure to bring paper and pen/pencil to take notes.

In addition to having 6 terrific guest speaker groups lined-up for this year's Academy and Advanced Clinic, we have the following sponsors that will be on-site with special promotional offers for attendees:

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Hope to see you on March 3 at WDM Valley High School!

Terry Vaughn Referee Academy T-Shirts for Sale!
ACT NOW: You have until February 8 to place your order for a TVRA T-Shirt. Cost is $17.50. This year's shirt is Official Sports International (OSI) catalog item 2227CL USSF Color Block Wicking T-Shirt with the Iowa Referee Committee American Gothic logo. Payment is due at Academy check-in on March 3. The order will be placed on Friday, February 9 at 9:00 a.m.


• What it takes to be a good referee
• Survival 101
• Communication / Pre-Game
• Getting you what you want and need / Mentoring
• Coach expectations of referees
• You've got to know the LOTG and here's why

Order yours today!

Call, text, or e-Mail me with any questions:
R. C. (Chip) Walaska

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– T-Shirts –

Manny Ortiz from Official Sports International (OSI), exclusive referee uniform supplier to US Soccer, will be on-site with merchandise selling on-field and off-field referee apparel and accessories. OSI will offer free embroidery and free shipping for all purchases made at the Academy.

The National Association of Sports Officials (NASO), publishers of Referee Magazine, will also be on-hand. NASO is offering you $20 off a NASO membership ($89 vs. $109) which includes a 1-year monthly subscription to Referee Magazine and access to the Referee Digital Edition. NASO member benefits and services include Liability Insurance that covers you at any level you work, discounts on hotels, training materials, rental cars, and more. To take advantage of their offer, go to NASO Special Offer. Use promo code SOCCER to get your discount.

Iowa Games representative Megan Hansen will be available to share information and answer referee related questions regarding this Summer's Iowa Games. You can also register to win a $100 Scheel’s Gift Card at her table during check-in. The winner will be announced at the end of the day.

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Now that the Recertification / Re-registration Cycle is over for 2018, plan NOW to satisfy your annual Recertification requirements for next year by attending the TVRA: Academy and Advanced Clinic. Attendance will automatically satisfy your 5 hour continuing education requirement for re-registration with US Soccer.

Although the day is commonly referred to as the Terry Vaughn Referee Academy (or TVRA), there are actually 2 events going on simultaneously on March 3rd, i.e, an Academy plus an Advanced Clinic.

If you are a new or relatively new referee, a Grade 9, 8, or new Grade 7 referee, or AYSO Basic referee working youth matches only, then you should attend the Academy sessions held in the Auditorium.

If you are a USSF State Referee Grade 6 or higher, IHSAA / IGHSAU soccer official, NISOA referee, or a USSF Grade 7 Referee wanting to upgrade this year, then you need to be in the Advanced Clinic sessions held in the Forum. Referee Instructors, Assessors, and Assigners should also be in the Advanced Clinic.

Whether you are in the Academy or Advanced Clinic, you will have the opportunity to listen to each of our 6 speaker groups – 3 in the morning and 3 after lunch.  Each session will last 45 minutes with 10 minutes between each presentation.

The lunch hour will provide an opportunity for the sponsors and the Iowa Referee Committee (IRC) to address the attendees and answer questions.

The TVRA is FREE! All you have to do is get there. Lunch is provided at NO CO$T to you and there are prize giveaways / raffles provided by the sponsors at the end of the day.

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– Advanced Referee Program –

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– US Soccer / AYSO –

– US Soccer –

This year's Guest Speakers are Kim Oberle (US Soccer), Tom Bobadilla (US Soccer / AYSO), Mike Oliver (NISOA), Joe Bean (NFHS), Gareth Smith (Iowa Soccer), and Justin Mack, Royce Van Roekel, & Rob Sorey (IRC ARP):

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– NFHS –

Advanced Clinic

• You are the VAR
• Comparative Study of Rules and Laws
• Decision-making Tree
• Getting to the highest levels
• Coach expectations of the referee crew
• The 4th Official / Managing the Technical Area
Arrive early to get checked-in!
A map of the West Des Moines Valley High School Campus is shown below. Enter the Performing Arts Center (PAC) Auditorium at the white arrow. Parking will be in the lot nearest to the PAC. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Plan to arrive early to check-in, meet friends, visit the sponsors' areas and shop. Driving directions to WDM Valley High School can be obtained here.