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Over 40 years as the premier resource for soccer referees in the San Diego Area!

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  • To promote social welfare by providing the highest quality referees, training, and evaluation in order to develop good sportsmanship, knowledge of the Laws of the Game, high character and the physical well being of all persons engaged in the sport of Soccer in San Diego County.

  • To provide an organization for any persons interested in refereeing and to provide training, assignments, assessing and in-service evaluations to promote awareness of, and participation in, the highest standard of knowledge and implementation of the Laws, rules, regulations and spirit of the sport of soccer.

The reason for the founding of the San Diego County Soccer Referees’ Association was chiefly because of a decision by the San Diego County Soccer League to become part of affiliated play for the upcoming 1966-1967 season.

At that particular time within the County of San Diego, the interest in the Sport was almost non-existent. The only organization capable of offering regular formal competition was the County league, which played its games every Sunday during the fall, winter, and early spring, at Robb field. Since there was no Referees Association, there could be no proper referees. The League was forced to use people, whom they were aware of, that had a smattering of knowledge of the laws of the game. They were contacted during the mid-week, prior to the forthcoming Sunday’ games. The league if lucky would have this person appear on Sunday and the games could proceed. If no one showed, the league would have to try to induce some individual from among the few spectators to officiate. Fortunately, the league was then composed of only eight teams.

Amongst the few adults who followed the leagues fortunes on a regular basis, there were persons who were of the opinion that the Sport could only progress as far as the referees would let it. By this they meant that, only if there was a competent, fully qualified official, capable of quickly demonstrating to all concerned, players and team officials alike, that the game would be officiated in a highly professional manner, could further progress be achieved.

From within this group certain individuals felt that a meeting should be held during which a proposal could be discussed concerning the establishment of a formal county referees association. Such a meeting did take place during an evening in late August, at the Pacific Bluffs housing project in Clairemont. There six persons present; they where Robert Bisch, Billy Gomez, Hans Kramm, Pepi Souto, Albert Jounblouets and Al Povey. After lengthy discussion, the decision was taken to formally create the San Diego County Soccer Referees’ Association.

Immediately following this the decision was taken to contact the State refereeing authorities and inquire as to what procedures should be adopted by the newly formed group. In order that its referees would be accepted as USSF qualified officials. The State Authorities informed the newly formed local organization a referees recertification meeting would be held in the forthcoming September to which all persons in San Diego should attend. Intensive study of the laws of the game then took place; the San Diego group attended the meeting, took and passed the testing, and became USSF registered referees.

The local league was then informed that the Association would be able to supply referees for the forthcoming season. From the start of the new season; until its completion with the final of the Kennedy Cup game, all games were officiated with three officials; in uniform; operating as per the internationally recognized system of control.

(Courtesy of Al Povey, Founding Member of SDCSRA. Al was also instrumental in the founding of Cal South, Presido League, and numerous local youth soccer leagues.)

Position Name Contact Email
President Dennis Wickham 619.635.3135 contact@SDCSRA.com
Vice President - Presidio League Rep Hugo Rios 619-992-1005 hugosdcsra@yahoo.com
Treasurer Earl Sterrett 858.922.4547 EarlS@awproperties.net
Secretary Paula Miller 858.967.8049 millertime59@cox.net
Director of Instruction Dennis Wickham 619.635.3135 contact@SDCSRA.com
Director of Assessment Kia Dehpanah 619.339.3284 kdehpanah@aol.com
Director of Assignments Keoni Owens 619-992-7770 808assignor@gmail.com
Director of Membership Lee Popejoy 858.748.6520 popejoy@cox.net
Director of Ethics Kelly Mock 760.632.8987 kmockcalsouthsda@gmail.com
Past President Ray Theep 619.435.1148 Email
Past President Lee Popejoy 858.748.6520 popejoy@cox.net
Administrator Earl Sterrett 858.922.4547 EarlS@awproperties.net
       

CalSouth Adult Referees of the Year

The recipients, both male and female, are awarded based on:

  • Their dedication to the game of soccer, including their accomplishments as referees,   as role models to other youth referees and players, and as recognized by their adult referee peers and mentors;  and
  • Their service to the community and  the impact their involvement in activities, other than soccer, has in their schools;  their church, temple or synagogues; and/or in the greater San Diego community.


Referee of the Year (Male)
2019 - Omeed Azadpour
2018 - Martin Anthony Almeida-Chavez
2017 - Osvaldo Delgado-Landeros
2016 - Denis Vargas
etc...
Referee of the Year (Female)
2019 - Andie Reyes
2018 - Cynthia Vargas Robles
2017 - Samantha Martinez
2016 - Melissa Gonzalez
etc...

Al Povey Youth Referees of the Year

The recipients, both male and female, are awarded based on:

  • Their dedication to the game of soccer, including their accomplishments as referees,   as role models to other youth referees and players, and as recognized by their adult referee peers and mentors;  and
  • Their service to the community and  the impact their involvement in activities, other than soccer, has in their schools;  their church, temple or synagogues; and/or in the greater San Diego community.


Youth Referee of the Year (Male)
2019 - Rodrigo Bremer
2018 - Brent Hewitt
2017 - Matthew J Schumacher
2016 - Abdelhakeem Wakil
etc...
Youth Referee of the Year (Female)
2019 - Isabella Bratton
2018 - Elizabeth Geraghty
2017 - Maria Cruz
2016 - Mariah Stechschulte
etc...

Name Year Awarded Years of Service Assignor Assessor Referee Mentor
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Name Years of Service Assignor Assessor Referee Mentor
Jim Kerr ?

Name From To Assignor Assessor Referee Mentor
Al Povey ? ?
Ray Theep ? ? ? ?
Lee Popejoy ? ? ? ?
Ray Theep ? ? ? ?
Dennis Wickham ? Current ? ?







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