Southern Ohio Soccer Officials Association to hold officials training

The Southern Ohio Soccer Offials Association is an Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA)-certified official’s association formed in 2008 and primarily serving Clermont, Brown, Adams, and Highland counties.

The purpose of the Association is to train and provide high school soccer officials for OHSAA contests while promoting the absolute highest standards of sportsmanship, ethics, and integrity among its member officials.

To support our continued growth, the SOSOA is actively recruiting new officials for the 2011 fall season.

Previous experience as a coach, official, or player (at any level) is required.

This is an excellent opportunity for former college and high school players to stay involved with the game, or for anyone else to “give back” to their community.

Officials have a chance to build friendships with fellow officials, enjoy the exercise and earn extra cash, all while helping to ensure that playing opportunities remain available for today’s youth.

The SOSOA will be offering a training class for new officials starting at 7 p.m. July 12 at Trinity Christian Fellowship, 3730 Cobb Rd. in Williamsburg.

The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays for five weeks for a total of at least 25 hours of classroom and on-field instruction (including live pre-season matches).

Upon successful completion of the course, candidates will be licensed OHSAA officials eligible to work any school match up to and including the varsity level.

The cost of the class is $110 which includes books, handouts, and OHSAA dues. The SOSOA instructors are well-respected veteran officials who are eager to share their knowledge and experience with new members.

If you’ve ever thought about serving your community or giving back to the game you’ve loved, this is the perfect opportunity!

For any questions or to enroll, contact Randy Hiler at (513) 379-4194 or