HOPATCONG, NJ, December 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Matthew Nemeth of Penn State remembers his time as a varsity soccer player on his high school team very fondly. "To be honest, when I reflect on my time in high school, the one thing that sticks out to me most was my time spent on the soccer team," Matthew Nemeth of Penn State admits with a smile. "I learned so much from my teammates and the coaching staff."
However, Matthew Nemeth of Penn State left an active life of playing soccer behind him when he went to Penn State University. "I wanted to focus as much on my studies as I could," Matthew Nemeth of Penn State continues. "It's not that I've stopped loving the sport - nothing could be further from the truth, honestly. However, it's a great time commitment that I didn't feel I would be able to make without detracting from my education. To make up for it, though, I've turned to officiating the sport, and I couldn't be happier!"
Working as a referee is a great way for Matthew Nemeth of Penn State
to continue to keep soccer in his life while having more time for his studies. Not to mention, becoming a soccer referee is no small task. For those who want to become a certified referee, there are several things that a candidate must do. The regulations may be slightly different in different states, Matthew Nemeth of Penn State cautions, so be sure to do your own research as well.
First, those who want to become referees must attend an entry-level clinic, most of which are about eight hours long and will go over the rules and regulations that a referee is expected to uphold. Then, a certification test is required; this will be based off of FIFA's (that's the Federation Internationale de Football Association) Laws of the Game. "Don't worry over much about the test," Matthew Nemeth of Penn State
assures nervous readers. "If you simply do your homework and make sure that you study the rulebook - which isn't too thick - you'll do absolutely fine on the test itself. Then you'll be certified!"
Referees who successfully pass the certification test will then become level 9 referees. This certification must be held for a year; at this point, interested referees will be eligible for a level 8 license. Getting the level 8 will require a "bridge class," which is another clinic similar to the entry-level clinic, only more in-depth when it comes to the Laws of the Game. Then another test must be taken, and the upgrade is complete.
"Becoming a referee is very rewarding for those who love the game of soccer," Matthew Nemeth of Penn State
says. "Especially for those of us who can no longer dedicate six days a week of our time to play the sport. It's easy to stay in shape to be a referee, and then you can pass your knowledge and love of the sport onto others. Not to mention, you get paid!"
Matthew Nemeth of Penn State is currently a student at Penn State University and enjoys the time he gets to spend on the field, teaching and guiding other soccer players.About
: Matthew Nemeth of Penn State
is a lifelong soccer fan that also advocates for Parkinson's Disease.