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Alaska Grassroots Referee Initiative "Calling Referees Across Alaska"
Alaska Youth Soccer Association (AYSA) will be kicking off the Alaska Grassroots Referee Initiative for the 2020 summer season. With the good news that youth soccer players can start the process of Return to Play across Alaska the impact of COVID-19 on soccer programs has been felt in our part of the world on many levels. Overall, it looks like the Alaska Youth Soccer and Affiliate Clubs are starting to make great strides to return to a new normal. In this extremely challenging environment, it is critical that our return to pre-pandemic life happens safely throughout our programs including preparing our certified referees for future matches on the pitch. Alaska has a serious shortage of certified referees at this time and until we are able to build our referee pool the shortage; will be felt across the state.
The Alaska Grassroots Referee Initiative is an excellent promotion for affiliate clubs and leagues as they recruit and mentor new youth officials. The Initiative will sponsor youth 19 years of age and younger who would like to become an entry level soccer referee. Alaska Youth Soccer is calling for the soccer community for continued support and donations. We are in need of youth players who would like to be certified and coaches, parents and community members to support the ambitions of these players with assisting with their cost of certification and purchase of their USSF Starter referee kit,
 

Alaska Grassroots Referee Initiative

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