If you went to Tier I Provincials last weekend, you must have seen him, either taking notes at games, working at Headquarters, or chatting with his fellow referees. Canada Soccer Manager of Refereeing Isaac Raymond came from Toronto to Edmonton to attend the Provincial Championship held by Alberta Soccer, and we were able to capture his impressions just before he took off to attend the game between FC Edmonton and Halifax Wanderers of the Canadian Premier League.
“I had a great opportunity to visit Alberta on the Tier I Provincials. I have seen a lot of great young referees, especially compared to the last time I was here. Referees have gotten younger, which is always good to see”, he started saying, adding that female participation is something that surprised him. “Seeing more female referees has me really excited for the future of refereeing in Alberta”.
When asked about the level of officiating during the tournament, Isaac Raymond confessed he was pleased with what he saw over the weekend. “It has been very good. Teams should be satisfied with the level of refereeing, and it should only get better from this point on”, he closed.