For Soccer Ref Talk’s Episode 001, the inaugural episode, I had the distinct pleasure of having a great conversation with Tim Ehrsam. Tim was generous in sharing his time, extensive experience, and his perspectives as a long-time assessor and referee.
By way of background, Tim is a highly regarded Assessor and Referee for the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA) and the Commonwealth Soccer Officials Association (CSOA). Beginning his referee career in 1987, he was selected as 2012 NISOA Region V Referee of the Year and served as an NISOA National Referee from 1992 through 2012. Tim officiated over 70 Men and Women Post-Season Matches (NCAA D1 & D3, including Elite Eight Matches; and Conference Championships, including ACC, CAA, Big East, ODAC, CAC, Patriot). He is also a National Referee Emeritus with both NISOA and USSF.
Apart from his distinctive credentials and experience, it was great to talk with someone who’s love for the game was initiated at a time when there was virtually no soccer infrastructure in the U.S., and who is still driven by a passion to make the game better for players, fans, and referees.
Thank you for listening to this first episode of Soccer Ref Talk. I warmly welcome your feedback and comments. I’m also always open to new ideas and topics for future episodes, so please hit the Contact Us link to submit your ideas.
p.s. Due apologies for the less than perfect sound quality when I’m speaking on mike… I’m working on improving it for next time!