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The You Are The Ref team visited Phoenix, Arizona  last week to attend the annual Arizona State Cup. In partnership with Arizona State Youth Referee Administrator Todd Sergi, the three man team of Mark Halsey, Roger Dilkes and Keith Hackett delivered clinics and on-field training sessions to the referees taking part in the tournament.

“What a great session – it has been a real treat to spend time with You Are The Ref this week.” said Sergi, who has been a supporter of You Are The Ref over the past year.

Referees were observed during the competition which fed back into the topical seminars held every evening. Roger, Mark and Keith were on hand to provide supplementary guidance to Arizona’s SRA as well as cover field observations, training and classroom education sessions. The team reported back that they were impressed by the delegate’s stamina, pre-match preparation and Laws of The Game knowledge.

“What a fantastic and productive week the team have had over in the US – we look forward to working with Arizona state referees in the near future,” said Dilkes, You Are The Ref Technical Director.

The teams’ next trip is scheduled for July in Colombia – to express your interest, please visit and sign up to our forthcoming academy which will be available shortly.