J.P. Spicer-Escalante is a National Referee Coach from Utah. He began his professional referee career in the USL (1993) and A-League (1995), and was selected Sr. Assistant Referee for the A-League Final in 1997. J.P was appointed to his first of over 35 international matches in 1996 – the same year he became a National Referee. He worked as an AR in the MLS from 1996-2001. J.P. returned to soccer in 2008 as an MLS in-stadium observer and before becoming a Professional Match Evaluator (2011-2016). He was promoted to National Assessor in 2010, National Instructor in 2015, and is currently an Assistant Referee Coach and Assessor for the Professional Referee Organization (PRO). J.P. is also the State Director of Assessment (SDA) for Utah.

John Puglisi is a National Clinician for the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA) from New Rochelle, NY. He has served NISOA in various capacities such as President of the New York Metro ISOA Chapter, Region II Representative, NISOA Secretary, and Vice-President (2016). Most recently, John was elected NISOA President (2017) placing him in charge of all college soccer officials. During his career as a NISOA National Referee, John was selected to the NCAA Final Four Playoffs in 2003 (Division II) and again in 2007 (Division III). He is also a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) State Referee Assessor registered in Eastern New York.

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Hope to see you on March 4!

In addition to having 3 terrific Guest Speakers lined-up for this year's Academy, we have the following Sponsors who will be on-site with special promotional offers for Academy attendees:

PLEASE NOTE: You must register if you want to attend so that we can accurately plan for lunch.

Now that the Recertification / Re-registration Cycle is over for 2017, plan NOW to satisfy your Recertification requirements for next year by attending the Terry Vaughn Referee Academy. Your attendance automatically satisfies the annual 5 hour continuing education requirement for Re-registration with US Soccer.

The format for the Academy is for 6 topics to be presented by 3 guest speakers – 3 in the morning and 3 after lunch. (Each speaker presents 2 topics.) Those in attendance are divided into 3 groups that rotate from speaker to speaker to speaker. Lunchtime provides the opportunity for the sponsors and the Iowa Referee Committee (IRC) to address the attendees and answer questions.

The Academy is FREE. All you have to do is get there. Lunch is provided and there are prize giveaways / raffles provided by the sponsors throughout the day.

This year's topics include:

• 2015 Women's World Cup
Mental Preparation
• Match Control
• Dealing with Dissent
• Handling
• Opportunities for Region II Referees

The Terry Vaughn Referee Academy will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at West Des Moines Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines, IA 50266. Click here for instructions on how to register.

This year's Guest Speakers are Margaret Domka and J.P. Spicer-Escalante (US Soccer) and John Puglisi (NISOA):

NOTE: Dress is casual. Bring your checkbook or a credit card so you can take advantage of the sponsors' offers.
And, be sure to bring paper and pen/pencil to take notes.
1421 S. Bell Ave., Ste. 104
Ames, IA

Margaret Domka is a National Referee Coach from Milwaukee, WI. She was formerly a FIFA Referee, retiring from the FIFA Panel in 2016, with an international career spanning the last 10 years. During this time, Margaret went to numerous international and official FIFA tournaments. The highlights of those competitions were the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Germany (2010), Algarve Cup (2012), FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Japan (2012), FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada (2014), and most recently the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada (2015). Prior to her selection to the panel as a referee, she was a FIFA Assistant Referee in 2007 and 2008. Margaret is currently Education Director for the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO).

Terry Vaughn Referee Academy

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Score big and snuggle up with this epic blanket, featuring authentic MLS and FIFA gear worn by former FIFA Referee Terry Vaughn. Don't miss out on your opportunity to own this one of a kind quilt made specifically for the Terry Vaughn Referee Academy. Purchase your raffle tickets at the Academy: $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00. The raffle will be held the end of the day.

A map of the West Des Moines Valley High School Campus is shown below. Enter the Performing Arts Center (PAC) Auditorium at the white arrow. Parking will be in the lot nearest to the PAC. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. Plan to arrive early to check-in, meet friends, visit the sponsors' areas and shop. Driving directions to Valley High School can be obtained here.

Manny Ortiz from Official Sports International (OSI), exclusive referee uniform supplier to US Soccer, will be on-site with merchandise selling on-field and off-field referee apparel and accessories. OSI will offer free embroidery and free shipping for all purchases made at the Academy.

The National Association of Sports Officials (NASO), publishers of Referee Magazine, will also be on-hand. Referee Magazine is the most respected monthly magazine on officiating. Founded in 1975, it is the only magazine written by officials, for officials. NASO is offering you $20 off a NASO membership ($89 vs. $109) which includes a 1-year subscription to Referee Magazine. NASO member benefits and services include Liability Coverage, Referee Assault Insurance, and access to members-only officiating resources and publications. To take advantage of their offer, go to NASO Special Offer.

Stephanie Smiley from AdvoCare, a sponsor of Major League Soccer, will be there offering a free Rehydrate gel pouch with any purchase and a free box of Spark or Rehydrate with a $100 online order. AdvoCare will also have limited giveaways of water bottles, towels, and product throughout the day.

Iowa Games representative Katie Kramer will be available to describe the changes being planned for this Summer's Iowa Games related to soccer. You can also register to win a $100 Scheel’s Gift Card at her table during check-in. The winner will be announced at the end of the day.

Arrive early to get checked-in!


Rick Eddy, US Soccer Director of Referee Development
Harrison Shamberg, US Soccer Referee Programs Coordinator
T-Shirts too!