Canadian Championship to expand in 2018

The 10th edition of the Canadian Championship will kick off May 3 when Ottawa Fury FC host FC Edmonton in a head-to-head elimination series. The two-match qualifying round sets the Battle of the North in motion, which sets itself apart from all North American professional sports leagues that operate on both sides of the border as the only one to hold an all-Canada competition that leads to the international stage. The qualifying round winner will join the three MLS teams for home and away Semi-final series. The home and away Final round will follow with the final match on June 27 where the winner will be crowned 2017 Canadian Champion and raise the Voyageurs Cup.
New to the Canadian Championship in 2017, Canada Soccer has added a Canadian Content rule ensuring that at least three Canadians are included on every starting lineup throughout the competition. The 2017 Canadian Championship features five clubs across three rounds and serves as a conduit to CONCACAF Champions League, the path by which Canadian teams have a chance to play the best clubs in the world at the FIFA Club World Cup, such as reigning champions CF Real Madrid. In line with the launch of the new CONCACAF Champions League format which places the Canadian representative in Phase II beginning in March 2018, a special one-match Canadian playoff between last year's winners Toronto FC (unless Toronto FC repeats as Canadian winners) and the 2017 winners will be played on 9 August in Toronto to determine who will advance. Looking ahead to 2018, Canada Soccer has also confirmed plans to expand the Canadian Championship to include winning teams from both League1 Ontario and Première Ligue de soccer du Québec. These expansion plans will support the development of Canadian refereeing by increasing the opportunities for national match officials. 

Source: Canada Soccer

Boudreau named 2016 Female Official of the Year in Saskatchewan

Sask Sport announced its list of the 2016 Saskatchewan Sport Awards and Chantal Boudreau (photo) was named to this list as the Female Official of the Year.
Boudreau has been officiating for six years and in 2015 was appointed as a FIFA assistant referee, the highest level of certification. She is the first Saskatchewan resident to achieve this certification and has officiated at numerous international events including the CONCACAF U-20 Women Championships in Honduras and the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Chantal is regularly asked to contribute to the Saskatchewan Elite Referee Program by presenting to up-and-coming referees and assisting in the development and growth of referees wishing to pursue higher certifications in their refereeing career. Her accomplishments will be celebrated on 23 March 2017 in Saskatoon. 

Source: Sask Sport

SheBelieves Cup 2017

1-7 March 2017

USA – Germany
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Princess Brown (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
Fourth Official: Cardella Samuels (JAM)

Germany – England
Referee: Michelle Pye (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Emperatriz Ayala (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Lidia Ayala (SLV)
Fourth Official: Sheena Dickson (CAN)

USA – France
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Marie-Han Gagnon-Chretien (CAN)
Fourth Official: Gillian Martindale (BRB)

PRO's points of focus for the 2017 MLS season

MLS officials will focus on four new points of emphasis in the 2017 season, Professional Referee Organization general manager Peter Walton said in a conference call with reporters. Walton said that MLS referees have been instructed to pay closer attention to holding and pushing in the penalty area on set pieces, acts of visual dissent, deliberate delaying of restarts, and persistent infringement. He also outlined the changes to the Laws of the Game that will take effect in MLS for the first time this season. The International Football Association Board (IFAB), the body that decides on changes to the Laws of the Game, changed several of the sport’s rules last May. The major changes include no longer automatically giving red cards for denial of an obvious goal-scoring opportunity in the penalty area, kick-offs now being permitted to be played in any direction, and players who were injured by a yellow or red card foul now being able to briefly receive treatment on the field without having to come off. The amended rules were in effect at international tournaments last summer and are currently in place in European leagues that began their seasons in August, but were not put into effect in MLS in 2016, as the season had already begun by the time the changes were ratified.
Holding and pushing in the penalty area
Walton said that MLS referees will be paying closer attention to holding and pushing in the penalty area on set pieces, and that they’ve been instructed to detect and punish offenders that are “clearly impeding the opponent” without making an effort at playing the ball. “Bracketing or jockeying players is all part of the game and is an accepted part of the game, as far as I’m concerned," Walton said. "But the overt pulling and pushing that happens where the defender or the attacker just doesn’t have their eyes on the ball and is clearly impeding the opponent, those are the sorts of ones that we want detected and indeed punished."
Acts of visual dissent
MLS officials will be cracking down on what Walton called “acts of visual dissent” in 2017. According to Walton, referees “will not condone” players or coaches who react to calls with “arms thrown in the air” or by racing “after an official to berate them.” Dissent can be punished by a yellow card. 
Delayed restarts
Walton said that MLS officials will have less patience this year for players who kick a ball away or stand over a free kick to make sure that it cannot be taken quickly. He said that he will look for officials to be aware of teams or players who deliberately try to delay an opponent on a restart, and to caution blatant offenders with a yellow card. “A lot of teams in Major League Soccer now play good pass and movement games, possession games and as part of that tactic they’d like to see the ball being put back into play quickly. And that’s something again that opponents are picking up on that and denying them that opportunity,” he said. “What’s required from our referees is that they must be aware of when players are trying to deliberately delay restarting the game and punish accordingly.”
Persistent infringement
The fourth and final point of emphasis for MLS officials in 2017 is on persistent infringement. Walton wants referees to be cognizant of the “small, petty fouls that don’t rise to a yellow card nature in isolation, but break the rhythm of the game and upset opponents.” He said that all four officials will be “charged to detect areas of persistent infringement,” but wouldn’t put a number of how many fouls would merit a yellow card, instead relying on officials to manage their individual games appropriately.

Source: MLS

PSRA: Gamble Landmark Case

To many soccer referees in the United States and Canada, the Professional Soccer Referees Association (PSRA) represents the group of elite match officials who work in Major League Soccer (MLS). But that is just one part of PSRA. Since 2009, the organization has been a pivotal force in raising the respect for soccer officials in North America, while mentoring the next generation of referees and improving the conditions in which they work.
History Pre-PSRA
Collective action by soccer referees in the United States dates to the days of the original NASL in the 1970s. At that time, the NASL imported referees from other countries to work games. In protest, a small group of top US referees came together and threatened not to work in the league. Unfortunately, other referees refused to stand together, the group broke apart, and no changes were made.
In 1996, when Major League Soccer was founded, match officials were assigned by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Referees were selected from the list of USSF National Referees. Some State Referees were used as Assistant Referees and Fourth Officials. None of these officials were full or part-time professionals. Due to the very low match fees, all had primary jobs outside of soccer. In 1996, referees were paid $250 per game, and Assistant Referees received $190.
The system stayed the same for nearly a decade, with the first major change coming at the end of 2005. Eight of the top club teams from Mexico agreed to take part in the Interliga tournament in January 2006. The games would take place in the US, and USSF referees would officiate the matches. However, the selected officials were offered extremely low fees to work these highly attended and very lucrative games. In response, the top US referees took a dramatic step to force a change in the game fees. Prior to the start of the tournament, the referees turned back all their assignments for the first and second round of games. On behalf of the top officials at the time, FIFA Referee and 2002 World Cup Referee Brian Hall led discussions directly with the USSF to secure higher game fees. After an agreement was reached, the group of officials worked the entire Interliga tournament.
In 2006, experienced MLS officials including Brian Hall, Richard Heron, and Craig Lowry began discussions with US Soccer and MLS about working conditions. They also sought outside legal counsel and advice from other referee organizations, including the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) in England to assess options for achieving greater representation. Since the birth of MLS, the USSF and MLS dictated game fees and per diem rates for match officials. Approaches by the MLS referee group to raise fees, rates, and other benefits were repeatedly rebuffed. USSF and MLS simply dictated terms, as they had the power to do so and the officials had no organized means by which to object. Officials had no success in establishing a legally binding contract with USSF and/or MLS to improve working conditions.
In 2007, USSF made an unprecedented move by formally hiring four FIFA referees – Ricardo Salazar, Terry Vaughn, Baldomero Toledo and Jair Marrufo – as full-time USSF employees. These referees became the first full-time professional soccer officials in the United States. They received an annual salary in exchange for working MLS and other USSF-assigned games, as well as attending formal training events. All other professional officials in the US remained independent contractors with no collective bargaining rights.
PSRA Formation
In 2009, MLS soccer officials formed the PSRA to unite all MLS Referees, Assistant Referees and Fourth Officials under one common banner. After organizing, in early 2010 the PSRA approached MLS and USSF to negotiate a new agreement for game fees, per diems and several other non-economic items. The PSRA stood together as a group and achieved moderate increases in pay and working conditions as part of a five-year agreement, or memorandum of understanding. It is interesting to note that during these discussions, it was the PSRA which suggested to MLS the concept of having a third-party organization to manage the referees – something similar to the PGMOL in the UK. This arrangement would have given MLS greater control over the league’s pool of match officials.
The Arrival of the Professional Referee Organization (PRO)
In early 2012, MLS, USSF, and the Canada Soccer Association (CSA) collaborated to form the Professional Referee Organization. PRO was tasked with hiring and managing professional soccer referees in the USA and Canada. Peter Walton, a former FIFA Assistant Referee and English Premier League Referee, was hired as PRO’s first General Manager. Directly after the formation of PRO and Mr. Walton’s appointment, the PSRA approached PRO about collaboratively negotiating an agreement on behalf of all PSRA members. In Fall 2012, after inviting PSRA leadership to attend a meeting, George Vergara and our legal team met with PRO in New York. In this short meeting, PRO announced its refusal to discuss a new agreement stating PRO would negotiate with all referees individually.
From PSRA to Collective Bargaining Group
In November 2012, 20 referees were offered formal, employment via individual contracts with PRO, effective January 1, 2013. Again, PRO refused to negotiate collaboratively with the PSRA. With no other options, the PSRA sought legal representation with a firm experienced in representing sports officials including the National Basketball Referees Association (NBRA). As the PSRA took the first steps toward forming a union, PRO took steps to stop it. For instance, in February 2013, PRO held several conference calls with PSRA members advising them not to unionize.Despite the anti-union lobbying by PRO, MLS and USSF, the PSRA remained united and in April 2013 moved to be recognized as a labor union under United States federal law. In the following weeks, 20 PRO-employed referees and 60 “independent contractor” assistant referees/fourth officials signed union cards seeking union representation by the PSRA. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a ruling authorizing the PSRA to hold a unionization vote. The NLRB administered the vote on September 20, 2013. With an overwhelming vote of 55-7, members voted to certify PSRA as a labor union. Because of this vote, the PSRA continues to exist as the association representing professional soccer officials in the US and Canada.
Formation of the First Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)
PRO was now legally required to negotiate with the newly formed union. Thus began the lengthy, expensive and challenging task of reaching a Collective Bargaining Agreement. PSRA formed a dedicated Negotiating Committee; this selfless, dedicated group of volunteers logged thousands of hours working diligently with PSRA attorneys and other consultants to author from scratch and negotiate a CBA. The Negotiating Committee was also responsible for updating PSRA members regularly, and in great detail, about the pace of negotiations. Committee members were not compensated for any of their efforts. This was a true sacrifice of time and effort which can never be repaid.
The Lockout
The initial CBA negotiations did not take place in a collaborative manner. From the beginning, extensive delay tactics by PRO slowed the process. Meetings were postponed and/or canceled. Incorrect documents were submitted. PRO routinely submitted proposals that were worse than its previous offers. The PSRA went to the NLRB on four occasions to file charges against PRO for failing to negotiate in good faith. After eight months of negotiations and no agreement, the 2014 MLS regular season was days from kickoff. PRO wanted PSRA to agree not to strike, but PSRA would not commit to such an agreement without a CBA. Therefore, one day prior to the start of the season, PRO decided to “lock out” the PSRA members and prevent them from working. This also meant that the 20 Referees who had been hired by PRO in late 2013 would not be paid. Many of those referees had given up their primary jobs, and their commitment to the union resulted in significant financial hardships. In planning for “lockout,” PRO spent tens of thousands of dollars recruiting officials not in the union to officiate MLS games. In all, 35 non-professional replacement officials and some foreign officials were used by PRO during the “lockout.” These individuals worked against the PSRA and its attempt for fair and equitable working conditions for current and future referees. Poor performances by the replacement officials forced PRO to reach a Collective Bargaining Agreement with PSRA after just two weeks. The CBA was ratified by PSRA members and officially signed by PSRA President George Vergara on March 20, 2014.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement
The CBA between PSRA and PRO was a landmark agreement solidifying the role of Professional Soccer Referees in the US and Canada. The agreement guarantees standards officials worked to achieve for nearly four decades into a legally-binding contract. The agreement denotes four different types of officials: Full-Time Referees, Part-Time Referees, Assistant Referees and Fourth Officials. There is also a defined structure for salaries and per-diem rates, plus several other benefits including health insurance, worker’s compensation and minimum standards for travel arrangements. This CBA was a watershed moment in how Professional Soccer Officials are treated and respected. Importantly, it set standards of what it means to be a professional soccer official. No longer are referees considered a minimally necessary requirement, but rather a critical component of successful soccer in Canada and the US.
Grievances of CBA Violations
As part of any Collective Bargaining Agreement, a process exists by which either party may file a grievance in case the other does not live up to the terms of the contract. Since the ratification of the CBA, the PSRA has been forced to file 43 grievances against PRO. As of December 2016, PRO has filed no grievances. Two major grievances warrant special mention: In November 2014, PRO terminated the employment of Referee Geoff Gamble (photo). The PSRA filed a grievance against PRO challenging whether the release of Referee Gamble complied with the terms of the CBA. After an arduous process lasting nearly a year, during which Mr. Gamble was not allowed to officiate PRO-assigned matches, an arbitrator ruled in favor of the PSRA and determined Geoff had been released in violation of the CBA. The arbitrator instructed PRO to reinstate Geoff as a referee for the 2016 season. According to PSRA’s legal representatives, this was the first time a professional sports official in the U.S. had been reinstated to employment through the grievance/arbitration process. It was a landmark case. In 2016, the PSRA filed a grievance claiming a referee subject to the collective bargaining agreement received additional compensation from PRO outside the terms of the CBA. After a months-long hearing process, an arbitrator determined PRO had wrongly and knowingly overcompensated the referee and instructed PRO and PSRA to come to an agreement; otherwise he would decide the remedy. The PSRA and PRO agreed to a large penalty payment whereby Bargaining Unit officials received this payout.
The Second CBA
The initial CBA expires on January 15, 2019. The PSRA will again represent its members in negotiating the next CBA with PRO. The PSRA believes working collaboratively with PRO will yield a better agreement for all parties involved and improved performance by officials on the field – the ultimate objective. The PSRA understands strong steps may be needed to protect current members and those who follow. The PSRA is also cognizant that standards set at the top filter down to lower levels – even the youth.
The Future
As the PSRA looks to the future, it is clear the organization has accomplished an immense amount in a brief period of time. That said, there is more work to do. Today, the PSRA is an established labor union recognized by the National Labor Relations Board. Our focus is continuous improvement of the terms and conditions of employment for Professional Soccer Referees in the United States and Canada. It is important to note that this includes not only MLS, but all other professional divisions as well as international matches. As we expand, the PSRA is also proud of the mentoring programs and service to the game in which many of our members are involved. PSRA is conscious of its leadership position and will work to promote the growth of Soccer Refereeing across the United States and Canada at all levels.
Benefits of PSRA Membership
Today, PSRA offers membership options for referees at all levels. Although the Association is focused primarily on the professional level, its work does filter down and will have a major impact on referees coming up through the ranks. PSRA’s goal is to ensure professional soccer officiating can be a viable career choice for those who pursue this passion.

Source: PSRA

Bourdeau – retired referee at age 36

During the week, Mathieu Bourdeau teaches biology at the Cégep de Saint-Hyacinthe. On the weekend, in recent years, he had one of the most beautiful places to admire Neymar, Didier Drogba or Sebastian Giovinco. Not without a touch of regret, the Quebec referee, who has been on the international list for two years, hung up his whistle for good at the age of 36.
"In 2015, I spent more than 100 days outside Quebec. With family and work, it was a lot. It was a hard choice to stop refereeing. There is a part of me that would have liked to continue because things were going well, especially at the international level with CONCACAF and FIFA. I had a lot of great opportunities, I would have liked to continue anyway, but it was necessary to think about the future", he explains in an interview with La Presse. According to statistics from the Professional Referee Organization (PRO), Bourdeau has refereed four MLS games, including three last season. He also served as the fourth official on 58 occasions. During the last two years, the one who made his professional debut in 2007, during a game in USL, used his passport more and more to travel to matches and meetings abroad. "The MLS or NASL matches were not the hardest to manage. International matches and tournaments made things a little more complicated", he agreed. "It was very interesting, but often it meant an absence of two or three weeks. Traveling for a Champions League match in Costa Rica [Deportivo Saprissa-CD Dragon] took more time than just a weekend". In a typical week, Bourdeau left on Friday evening only to return on Sunday. In addition to this, there is also fitness training and research on teams tactics. Father of a little girl for two and a half years, he basically made the choice to be more present with his family. The financial aspect is also relevant. "It is very precarious as a job", he says. MLS headliners have contracts with PRO, which gives them a base salary as well as an amount each game, so they can live relatively well with this job. Present on the reserve list, Bourdeau had to juggle between his job as professor and, moreover, as a referee. "They were very kind to me at the Cégep in 2015 when I went to three CONCACAF tournaments and the Pan-American Games. They were okay, they allowed me exceptional holidays, so I could get there. Some of my students were aware that I would be out. Some of them followed a little more than the others and they told me, for example, that they had seen me on television".
Refereeing was not a career plan for Bourdeau. At a younger age, he practiced hockey and soccer. Then, when his club looked for young referees, in exchange for a small remuneration, he quickly raised his arm. Regardless of the level, this function brings its share of satisfactions, but also criticism. "Referees do not necessarily want to be criticized, but when things are going well, it's a good feeling. We see it as a competitive performance. When you have refereed a game well, you have not changed its outcome and you have let the beauty of the game speak, we are not talking about ourselves". Bourdeau closed the page of the refereeing not without having accumulated great memories. For example, in August 2015, he refereed the French Champions Trophy between Paris Saint Germain and Olympique Lyonnais at the Saputo stadium. "In terms of game size and game level, it is one of the nicest I have ever done. But I also think of a Brazil-Costa Rica friendly match in the US in 2015. There was Neymar, Hulk and everyone. It was going fast, even if it was a friendly game". However, he will not completely turn his back to refereeing. After a "good pause", he imagines himself getting involved with the Quebec Soccer Federation (FSQ) as the coach of referees or evaluators. The whistle was put aside, but the passion is still there.

Source: La Presse

Chenard and Beaudoin attending FIFA Seminar for Women's World Cup 2019

41 referees from 35 countries are currently attending a FIFA seminar in Portugal, in preparation for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, including fitness tests. Among the participating CONCACAF referees are Carol Anne Chenard and Marie-Soleil Beaudoin, who replaced Michelle Pye on the prospective list.


CONCACAF
1. Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
2. Marianela Araya (CRC)
3. Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)
4. Melissa Borjas (HON)
5. Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
6. Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)
7. Lucila Venegas (MEX)


Source: FWWC

Updated requirements for the selection of National List Officials

Canada Soccer recently updated its Policy for the Nomination and Selection of National List Officials, replacing the old (2013) policy. The most important changes are presented below:

Assessment requirements
Old policy: "Assessments must have been carried out by a CSA accredited Provincial Assessor or an Assessor on the National List."
New policy: "Assessments must have been carried out by a CSA accredited Provincial Assessor or an Assessor on the National List. Of the total assessments, at least one submitted referee assessment must be carried out by an assessor on the National List."

Fitness test requirements – Referee nomination 
Old policy: "Successfully complete the FIFA fitness test to the International Standard for Assistant Referees in the August of the year of nomination." 
New policy: "Successfully complete the FIFA fitness test to the International Standard for Referees (for men or women, as appropriate) in August of the year of nomination."

Evaluations 
Old policy: "Attend the Club National Championships in the October of the year of nomination as determined by the CSA Referee Committee."
New policy: "Attend a Club National Championship in October of the year of nomination, as determined by the Committee. If selected, attend a College or University (Collegiate) national championship in November of the same year, as determined by the Committee."

Procedure 
Old policy: "The fitness test may only be supervised by a member of the CSA Referees Committee, CSA Staff member or an individual appointed/approved by the CSA."
New policy: "The fitness test may only be supervised by a National List Fitness Instructor, a member of Canada Soccer’s Referee Committee, Canada Soccer Staff member or an individual appointed/approved by Canada Soccer."

Moving from AR to Referee 
Old policy: "Provincial Associations may nominate National List Assistant Referees for consideration to the National List of Referees at this time, providing that they meet the minimum officiating and assessment requirements as a referee. For such nominations the Provincial Association is required to provide reasons why the individual should be considered for a move from the assistant referee list to the Referee List."
New policy: "Provincial Associations may nominate National List Assistant Referees for consideration to the National List of Referees at this time, provided they meet the minimum officiating and assessment requirements as a referee. For such nominations, the Provincial Association is required to provide reasons, by April 1st of the year of nomination, why the individual should be considered for a move from the Assistant Referee List to the Referee List."

Process 
Old policy: "The CSA Referees Committee will, upon receipt of the nominations in July, consider the recommendations of the Provincial Associations. Match officials will, subject to selection by the CSA Referees Committee and successful completion of the FIFA fitness test, to the International Standard for Assistant Referees as determined by FIFA from time to time, in August of the year of nomination, be required to attend a National Club Championship Tournament, in that year, as appointed by the CSA. At this tournament match officials will be required to referee, act as assistant referee and fourth official. Here they will be assessed by National List assessors, and members of the Referee Committee will observe their performance. They will also receive education sessions during the tournament and may be required to attend an interview to ascertain their suitability to be promoted to the National List."
New policy: "Canada Soccer’s Referee Committee will, upon receipt of the nominations, consider the recommendations of the Provincial Associations. Match officials who have successfully completed all the requirements for nomination, subject to selection by the Committee, will be required to attend a National Club Championship in that year, as appointed by Canada Soccer. At this tournament match officials will be required to referee and/or act as assistant referee and/or act as a fourth official where they will be assessed by National List assessors, and members of the Referee Committee will observe their performance. Those that meet the required standards will be appointed to a Collegiate National Championship where they will again be assessed by National List assessors and members of the Referee Committee will observe their performance. They will also receive education sessions during the tournaments and may be required to attend an interview to ascertain their suitability to be promoted to the National List."

Source: Canada Soccer

Boudreau resigns from SSA to pursue refereeing opportunities

Chantal Boudreau, in-coming Referee Development Coordinator and former Business Administrator, announced that she would be resigning from the SSA in order to continue to pursue officiating at the highest level. Chantal was appointed as a FIFA Assistant Referee in 2015 and is Saskatchewan's highest ranking official. She has been diligently building her resume and skill set through high-level matches; in early November Boudreau tended her first FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea where she was on the line for three games, including a quarter final. As her opportunities increase, Chantal has decided that she will focus her energy in pursuit of this goal. We thank Boudreau for all she has contributed to the association and wish her the very best in the future as she represents Saskatchewan and Canada on the world soccer stage. Chantal's last day in the office will be 28 February 2017. (Source: SSA)
Article 6 of the Regulations governing the registration of international referees, assistant referees, futsal referees and beach soccer referees on FIFA's lists states that “a referee proposed for the lists may not exercise any official function as a member of an executive committee, general secretary, or member of the referees committee of any football club, member association, confederation or FIFA”. (Source: FIFA)

Three retiring FIFA referees honoured by Canada Soccer

Canada Soccer held its annual National Referee Camp in Toronto from 10 to 12 February 2017. The three-day camp prepared the match officials from the national pool for the upcoming season with a series of presentations focused on modern refereeing trends and included the latest in FIFA fitness testing.
In addition, expectations were set for the group related to the National Program and the technical training required on the updated Laws of the Game. Special guest Alex Prus presented on refereeing in MLS and on the PRO Development Academy. "This camp acts as a spring board to the new season and ensures that our match officials have the necessary information to successfully officiate professional games in Canada," said Canada Soccer's Manager of Referees Isaac Raymond.
During an evening awards ceremony, recently retired Canadian FIFA referee Mathieu Bourdeau along with assistants Marie-Josée Charbonneau and Suzanne Morisset were honoured by Canada Soccer. Recently retired national referee Justin Tasev was also honoured.
National badges were awarded to Jasmain Parr and Candace Brown (both BC), Graham Forsyth (MB) and Stephanie Fortin (QC).

Source: Canada Soccer