Reorganization of Referee Development Services


Dear California North Soccer Colleague,

In order to improve transparency, accountability, improving communication, and operational efficiency, the California North Referee Administration (CNRA) recently reorganized its Referee Development Services.

With the recent retirements of the State Director of Instruction and State Director of Assessment, CNRA has combined all services to be provided for Clubs, Leagues and players with a single position responsible for all services affecting Referees, Instructors and Assessors: the Director of Referee Development. The position reports directly to the State Referee Administrator.

In June 2015, the State Referee Administrator announced that Farhad Mansourian was appointed as the State Director of Referee Development. Farhad played soccer all his life, became Youth Soccer President, went through all stages of refereeing and became a National Referee. Upon his retirement as a National Referee, Farhad became a National Assessor as well as a National Instructor, and has been trained by FIFA at the highest international levels.

Farhad and his team have reorganized the delivery of referee development services:

The following highlights the reorganization and new positions:

Northern California is divided into four regional areas. Each region is represented by one coordinator who is responsible in facilitating requests and concerns from Clubs, Leagues, Referees, Instructors, and Assessors. They serve as your best place to start, if you have any questions that are not covered here.

  • North: Mike Kampmeinert (
    • Counties: Butte, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Lassen, Modoc, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, Yuba
  • East: Doug Chard (
    • Counties: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Inyo, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne
  • South: Peter Fletcher, Acting (
    • Counties: Monterey, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz
  • West: Steve Larsen (
    • Counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Marin, Mendocino, Sonoma


  • ASSISTANT REFEREE (AR) PROGRAM: We are home to retired FIFA Assistant Referee Veronica Perez ( who has represented the United States in two Olympics, one FIFA World Cup, and two U-20 FIFA World Cups. Veronica is responsible for conducting specific AR trainings. Other FIFA AR and National Referees will be assisting Veronica.
  • TIER III REFEREE PROGRAM: This position is currently vacant. The leader will mentor referees of all grades in tournaments and in their club settings.
  • TIER II REFEREE PROGRAM: Mike Kampmeinert (, Professional Assistant Referee and MLS Official, is responsible for providing 6 trainings for each of the four regions, as well as two statewide seminars.
  • TIER I REFEREE, INSTRUCTOR & ASSESSOR TRAINING PROGRAM: Farhad Mansourian ( and other top FIFA & National Referees will provide opportunities for those who want to be challenged at the highest level of refereeing, assessing or instructing. The Tier I Program will meet 8 times per calendar year.


  • ENTRY LEVEL COORDINATOR: We now have a single point of contact for all clubs and leagues wishing to arrange entry level clinics to create new referees. Chris Elliott (, a National Referee, is the coordinator for this program.
  • WEB BASED PROGRAMS COORDINATOR: In an effort to provide the best online training, Albert Montalvo (, a retired National Referee, will be the Web Based Programs Coordinator. He will work with a team of contributors to develop online training modules for referees, instructors, and assessors.
  • ASSIGNOR COORDINATOR: With assignors representing leagues and clubs throughout the state, they now have a resource for information, training, registration, and access to registered referees in their areas. Kenyatta Scott ( is now the Assignor Coordinator and will lead training events to aide all local assignors.
  • SPANISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM COORDINATOR: We have a very ambitious program in mind. We want to reach out to the Spanish speaking communities and train them to become referees, instructors and assessors. We want to provide access to CNRA’s web site in Spanish. We have lined up a number of Spanish speaking top referees who will attend leagues and club meetings and teach in Spanish.

In order to insure continued education so we can all serve the game the best way possible, a number of programs have been put in place:

  • ASSESSOR MENTOR: Bob Fleck ( is responsible for arranging for ongoing educational opportunities for our Assessors. Beginning 2017, new requirements are in place for renewal. Every Assessor (other than National & FIFA Assessors) MUST comply with these requirements or they are not able to register in 2017. The requirements have been published here:
  • INSTRUCTOR MENTOR: This leader is responsible for arranging for ongoing educational opportunities for our instructors.  Beginning 2017, new attached requirements are in place for renewal. Every Instructor (other than National & FIFA Instructors) MUST comply with these requirements or they are not able to register in 2017. The requirements have been published here:
  • REFEREE MENTOR: This leader will be mentoring referees of all grades in tournaments and in their club settings.



  • COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR: The CNRA website will be the primary method of communication for registration, clinics, special events, and important information for referees, instructors, and assessors registered with the US Soccer Federation. Broadcasting key information on the website, through email, and by social media will be the responsibility of Jason Sholl (, the newly appointed Communications Coordinator.
  • TECHNOLOGY COORDINATOR: The organization has a growing need for technical event support, audio/visual coordination, and having a technologically-savvy member on the team. Having supported the CNRA staff and advisors for three years, Jason Sholl ( will continue in this role for the organization. He will administer the website server, create and post videos for distribution, and support the technology needs of the administration.