Domenico De Luca
Walnut Creek Soccer Referee Director
USSF Assignor

Sal Crispi,
Assistant Referee Director

Rich Ravin
Communications Director

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Updated 5/26/21

Field Training -June 5th

Hello Walnut Creek Referees,
Set your Calendar!
As part of our on-going referee educational program We are having our first mandatory field session for 2021! All new and seasoned Grass Roots referees. This will prepare our club for the upcoming season.,
Instructor and Sr Staff Member: STEPHEN MCGONAGLE National Badge will be conducting the field session along with our Regional badges and Sr. Staff members support.

When: Saturday, June 5th
Where: Heather Farms Field 2
Time: 10:00-12:00
What should I bring: Flags, Whistle, Flipping coin and your wallet yellow and red cards

    Please arrive at the field at 9:30 for check in:

Sal Crispi Retirement

After 30 years as a Referee Director, Referee Assignor, Referee, Board member, Mentor, Leader and Friend to thousands, Sal Crispi has announced his retirement to occur at the end of this season.

Walnut Creek Surf Soccer Club has had the privilege of Sal’s commitment to our club since he arrived in 1990 and served on our club board as tournament director. In 1992, he was appointed our Referee Director and has held this role for the past 29 years.

During Sal’s career spanning over three decades at our club and others, he has led referee programs, including the referee
assignment of thousands of games. He has been instrumental in referee education and has guided over a thousand new referee’s to earn their license in the referee training programs he developed and managed.

Sal has also seen many of his referee’s rise through the club level, to high school, college, and professional levels. Sal has been an unbelievable resource and leader in our referee community mentoring other club Assignors in Northern California. We are all forever grateful.

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, we will await on celebrating Sal’s successful and impactful career, when the time is safe for an in-person event. Please be on the lookout for how you can join our club in applauding Sal later this summer or fall.

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Return To Play Info

Does NorCal currently have a plan to run leagues this season?

Answer: Yes, we plan to run competitions for any interested NorCal Member Clubs as soon as the state & local public health authorities clear youth sports competitions to return, and clubs are able to host games. We have planned for start dates in Sept, October, November, December & January, so we will be ready to go when allowed.  Please see this link for the proposed structure:

NorCal FAQ

AB 2257

AB 2257

As many of you are aware, we had an assembly bill introduced last year in November (AB 5) that had Sports Officials considered as Employees.  There was a huge effort to lobby against this bill by several Youth Sports Organizations in which CNRA was involved.  I am very happy to announce that AB 2257 was passed on September 4th and signed by our Governor.  I would like to thank our SRA Said Ravanfar for his leadership and efforts to get this bill passed.  Here is a link for this assembly bill:

USSF renewal for 20-21 Badge


Here is the link to renew your license for 2021

It is different this year it is not through Game Officials


In order to re-certifying as a Grassroots Referee, through the Learning Center, you must meet the follow eligibility standards:

  • 13 years or older
  • Have held a Grassroots license for a minimum of one (1) year within the last 3 registration years

Course Requirements

Re-certifying Grassroots Referees must complete the following requirements if registering through the Learning Center:

  • Introduction to Safe and Healthy Playing Environments
  • SafeSport (if 18 years or older)
  • Online Grassroots Referee Course Module
  • Re-certifying Grassroots Referee Quiz
  • U.S. Soccer Federation Gold Standard NCSI Background Check (if 18 years or older)

Offical Email Clean Up


If you have not referred for Walnut Creek since 2018 your email will be removed- Please contact Sal email above to make sure you stay on communication emails

Referee program

Stephen McGonagle, the WC Ref Programs 1st National Ass't Referee!

Interview on CNRA Website

Feature: Cal North’s Newest Nationals

New Referee Info

If you are a new referee to Walnut Creek or have just received your badge see the Register for Games page for information




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