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The Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) has named Rodney (Joe) Guest, effective March 30, 2006, as Canada’s new Director of Referees. Guest’s contract will see him lead the country’s referee programs until the end of 2011.

Guest, 51, was previously employed in England with The Football Association (FA) as the Referee Officer, where his duties ranged from the appointment of match officials to all FA Competitions, the Football Conference and all associated FA matches, and delivery of in-service training across the spectrum of match officials and assessors – from grass-roots to the professional level of the game. He was also the FA Referee Manager to the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, which managed the appointments process and the delivery of training and education to match officials operating on the Professional Leagues.

“The Association is incredibly excited about the appointment of Mr. Joe Guest and I believe we will see the benefits of his vast experience almost immediately,” declared CSA President Andy Sharpe. “Joe’s professionalism and vast knowledge of the game is exactly what our referee’s department requires right now and I am excited about what the future holds for officiating at all levels across the country.”

Since joining the FA in 1999, Guest has designed and implemented the Match Officials Administration System (MOAS) working with other stakeholders to ensure its compatibility with all appointing agencies. He was responsible for the revision of the FA Regulations for the Registration and Control of Referees, accepted by the FA Council in 2000 and ensures that it is regularly updated to reflect the decisions of the FA Referees Committee.

An expert in the protocols required to stage a match, Guest regularly provides advice to the event teams and broadcasters in the preparation of high profile matches such as England’s International matches and the domestic Cup competitions.

He has also been responsible for coordinating the Refereeing aspects of the UEFA Champions League Final hosted in Manchester and the Finals of the UEFA U-16 tournament in Durham. Most recently he successfully planned, on behalf of UEFA, the in country strategy for the provision of match officials for the Women’s European Championship finals held in the North West of England.

His on field experience as a referee relates to two spells in England on the Professional Reserve Leagues, interspersed with officiating at a similar level for two years in Holland. He has also refereed at the local level in Russia and Romania during his time working in those countries.

Guest has been an A licensed referee instructor since 1987 and is a member of the FA Panel of Speakers. He also acts as a Referee Assessor for the Professional Game where he observes the match officials operating in the Premier and Football League; providing an analysis on the technical aspects of their performance which is used in education and development, enhancing overall match control. Together with the Divisional Managers, he designs and delivers training packages for the officials operating at the professional level and adapts that training for the semi-professional level of the game.

Before joining the FA, Guest held positions within the Royal Air Force (1971-96) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1996-98).

"I am delighted to have been appointed as Director of Referees by the Board of the Canada Soccer Association,” stated Guest. “This is an exciting time to be involved soccer in Canada and the opportunities for match officials development, as the sport's profile is raised, is a prospect which I am looking forward to immensely."

Career Details

1971 – 1996

Personnel Administrator, Royal Air Force. Retired at the rank of Warrant Officer. (Seconded to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1989 to 1996)

1996 – 1998

Diplomatic Service Officer, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

1999 - To present

Referees Officer, The Football Association

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