Airdrie soccer ref to take part in Canada Soccer course in Ottawa
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 10:33 am
Airdrie soccer referee Mike Stacey has earned a big opportunity that he hopes will springboard him to his main goal of being a professional ref and one day officiating games at the World Cup.
The 21 year old, who has been officiating games since 2006, will represent Alberta at the Canada Soccer Provincial Referee Course in Ottawa, which will take place on May 17 and 18 in the nation’s capital.
“I found out that I would be going to that course on March 24 right after I refereed the senior women’s major league indoor provincial finals the day earlier in Calgary, but it wasn’t confirmed until April 27,” Stacey said.
“Even though I had been accepted to go, I still had to pass an online test about the laws of the game and do a fitness test.”
“I only had one chance to pass both of those things, so I was a little bit nervous,” he added.
“But I passed them both and now I’m really excited to have the opportunity to go to Ottawa.”
Stacey, who will be representing Alberta along with fellow referee Gabe Loas from Calgary, will be busy during the course of the two days in Ottawa, as he will be taking part in a variety of activities.
“Our main goal at that event is to become better in our roles as provincial referees when we come back here for the outdoor season,” Stacey said.
“We will be involved with some referee specific drills, fitness tests, and we might get a chance to watch a professional game to see how the higher level refs handle situations.”
“For me, it’s also an opportunity to let people know who I am and meet more people in person,” he added. “It’s all about laying the groundwork for this season, where all the hard work is going to happen.”
Although he doesn’t know his official schedule for the outdoor season yet, Stacey is hoping to take part in the youth and senior level provincials in August and September, in addition to the 2014 Alberta Summer Games in Airdrie on July 24 to 27.
“That’s something I’m really interested in taking part in once again, as I was lucky enough to help out with the local officials in Lethbridge at the last Summer Games in 2012,” Stacey said.
“Usually, they try to have younger referees take part so that they can gain experience,” he added.
“But if they need someone to be a match official or to help out those younger officials that will be there, I have those dates circled on my calendar.”