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Clubs announced in Referee Initiative






ATLANTA, GA - Georgia State Soccer Association (Georgia Soccer) is pleased to announce that forty (40) Georgia Soccer Member Clubs have been accepted to the Referee Recruitment and Development Initiative announced on August 6, 2022.  


At the Semi-Annual General Meeting, August 6th Georgia Soccer Executive Director Laura Halfpenny announced Georgia Soccer was the recipient of a US Soccer Innovate to Grow grant of $276,148. This grant will subsidize a three-year referee recruitment, development and retention program that member Clubs & Leagues of Georgia Soccer will benefit from. Each year we will add five hundred (500) new referees who will be granted full subsidy; their certification, uniform and approved background check will be fully covered by this grant.    


The initiative will be called Positively Soccer and tackle several key challenges our member Clubs and Leagues are facing to recruit, develop and retain referees. Along with the subsidy of five hundred (500) referees, member Clubs & Leagues enrolled in the initiative will be given support through a referee mentorship program offered by the State Referee Committee and Clubs & their Assignors will be given tools to develop a Club wide referee program to continue to develop young referees.  


“The Innovate to Grow Grant is a game changer for Georgia Soccer. The decline in referees is a nationwide problem and we at Georgia Soccer now have a solution We all know too well the challenge of recruiting & retaining referees.  Now, Clubs, Coaches, Parents, Players and Referees will all be part of creating a positive environment where we can all thrive. I applaud the 40 clubs that have enrolled and are part of this program.” Laura Halfpenny, Executive Director at Georgia Soccer. 


The following Georgia Soccer member clubs have committed to being part of Positively Soccer Referee Program 


Alliance Soccer Club 

All-In Futbol Club 

Alpharetta Soccer Club 

Athens United  

Atlanta Fire United Soccer Association 

Attack Youth Soccer Club 

Bluesprings Youth Soccer Association 

Cherokee Impact 

Collins Hill Soccer Club 

Columbus Youth Soccer Club 

Decatur YMCA 

Fayette County YSL 

Fugees Soccer Club 

Georgia Express FC 

Georgia Storm 

Georgia Storm - Madison (MAYSA) 

Inter Atlanta FC 

Lanier Soccer Association 

Legion Futbol Club/Central GA Soccer Association 

Macon Soccer Club 

MAYS Metro Atlanta YMCA Soccer 

Oconee Futbol Club 

Old Capital Soccer League 

Ordaz Soccer Academy 

Peachtree City Youth Soccer Association 

Piedmont Soccer Academy 

Pike Soccer, Inc. 

Rapids FC 

Richmond Hill Soccer Club 

Rockdale Youth Soccer Association (RYSA) 

Roswell Soccer Club 

Rush Union Soccer 

Savannah United 

Soccer in the Streets 

Southern Soccer Academy 

Steamers FC / Georgia Fútbol Club 

Three Rivers Athletic Club (TRAC) 

Tucker Youth Soccer Association (TYSA) 

UFA South Georgia 

Zico10 Soccer School