History of the Iowa Referee Committee

1969-1970 – Iowa State Amateur Soccer Association (ISASA) and Iowa State Youth Soccer Association (ISYSA) are formed and recognized by the USSF in New York.  Referees were SRA governed by a State Referee Administrator (SRA). SRAs included:

John Reiffler (1970-1978)
Jim Taylor (1978-1985)
Chuck Nelson (1985-1993)
Greg Annexstad (1993-1995)
John Dodge (1995-1997)
Jim Albertson (1998-2008)
Phil Sinnwell (2008-present)

1984 – Des Moines area soccer clubs were invited to discuss referee development in central Iowa that led to the formation of the Mid-Iowa Soccer Officials Association (MISOA).

1985 – ISYSA working independently of ISASA brought in Region 2 personnel to help organize a referee development program. They recommended a "committee" approach rather than having a SRA czar.

1986 – MISOA was incorporated to develop central Iowa referees.

1988 – ISYSA and ISASA agree to manage the Iowa referee development program by Committee. The Iowa State Soccer Referee Association, aka Iowa Referee Committee (IRC), was incorporated to operate independently from both. The problems to be addressed at the time were:
  • Fractured: Youth, Adult, High School, and College
  • Development had no geographical reach
  • Only 4 trained Referee Instructors and a handful of Assessors
  • Very little outside mentoring was available
The IRC develops its first set of values & goals and adopts the motto: “One game, one referee.”

1992 – IRC adopts the following Purpose: "Specifically, the Corporation is organized:
  1. To improve and promote the proficiency of soccer officials.
  2. To promote and maintain the highest degree of soccer officiating by following a standard set of mechanics, consistent interpretations and administration of the rules of soccer as defined by United State Soccer Federation and Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
  3. To make available trained, certified and capable soccer officials.
  4. To cooperate with organizations and institutions related to the game of soccer and furthering its interests."
1994 – USSF mandates that the referee development program in each state must be guided by committee.

1995 – Committee agrees to seat representatives of organized local official associations for training local officials and encouraging their development as well as adding more voices to the decision-making processes. Requirements:
  • Bylaws,
  • Regularly elected officials,
  • Train and send representatives to the committee meetings.
Committee agrees to form an executive committee to meet the ongoing needs of the USSF and deal with the day-to-day operations of the development program while retaining policy and direction oversight.

2000 – IRC sets up 3-year strategic planning meetings to re-focus on where the programs strengths and weaknesses were.

2004 – Terry Vaughn is named to the FIFA Panel from the United States

2005 – ISYSA and ISASA are combined into one state organization, the Iowa Soccer Association (ISA).