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CANADIAN
SOCCER
REFEREES'
ASSOCIATION






President: Joe Licandro 1st VP: Tony Troughton 2nd VP: Elvio Chies
Secretary: Lisa Waywell Treasurer: Laurent Eloy


The U.S. Soccer Federation and Major League Soccer announced the formation of the Professional Referee Organization (PRO)

The U.S. Soccer Federation and Major League Soccer announced the formation of the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) that will be responsible for managing the referee program in professional soccer leagues in the United States and Canada. The creation of PRO is designed to increase the quality of officiating in U.S. and Canadian professional leagues, develop more professional quality officials at a younger age and develop officials who will represent the United States and Canada in FIFA competitions. Veteran English referee Peter Walton has been named General Manager of PRO.
All current U.S. Soccer professional referee staff positions will transition to PRO and report to Walton, who begins full-time on 2 April 2012 and will be based in New York City through the conclusion of the MLS season. U.S. Soccer and MLS will govern and fund the organization, with ongoing collaborative support from the Canadian Soccer Association and other professional leagues. Beginning this year, PRO will manage officials in the MLS and MLS Reserve games, the North American Soccer League, USL PRO and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
New amendments to Law 1, 4, 8

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) under the chairmanship of The Football Association Chairman David Bernstein, convened for its Annual General Meeting (AGM) today, Saturday 3 March 2012, at the Pennyhill Park Hotel in Surrey, England.
The IFAB received a general evaluation of eight available Goal Line Technology (GLT) systems by EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology). The first phase of GLT testing was conducted between November and December 2011.
Of the eight companies, two companies, Hawk-Eye and GoalRef - following the set criteria and recommendation by EMPA - were approved by the IFAB to take part in the second phase of testing. Hawk-Eye’s system uses Optical recognition with cameras, whilst GoalRef utilises a magnetic field with a special ball to identify a goal situation.

21st C.S.R.A. AGM Minutes