Redmond’s Jordan Price runs up field while refereeing a soccer match. Photo courtesy of Washington Youth Soccer

Redmond’s Jordan Price runs up field while refereeing a soccer match. Photo courtesy of Washington Youth Soccer

Running the show on the soccer pitch

Redmond’s Price refereed at the US Youth Soccer National Championships.

For the last six years, Redmond’s Jordan Price has donned a referee’s uniform more than 1,000 times while helping his fellow officials run the show during youth, high school and college soccer matches around the country.

The 20-year-old Western Washington University junior has a vast knowledge of and appreciation for the sport and last month was chosen to participate in the 2019 US Youth Soccer National Championships in Overland Park, Kansas.

From his center-ref spot on the field or running/managing the sidelines, Price enjoys watching players control and deftly move the ball up and down the pitch.

His favorite part is witnessing “the way that teams play together. I’ve seen a lot of teams that have just really good chemistry together and all of their players know each other and you can tell that they get along really well,” said Price, adding that solid passing was at a premium at nationals.

Reffing can be a tough life when coaches, parents and players disagree with the officials’ calls.

Price — a 2017 Redmond High graduate who majors in financial economics at WWU — said that US Youth Soccer and Washington Youth Soccer have worked to better educate teams and coaches so there’s less verbal abuse or dissent aimed at the referees. Price added that screaming won’t help when a referee makes a questionable call.

“Now I have a lot of experience under my belt and I feel pretty comfortable in most of the youth games that I do. Unless I make a big mistake, I won’t really get yelled at. I’ve learned a lot of different ways of dealing with coaches yelling at me. I know how to handle it if it does happen,” said Price, noting that first, referees will ask coaches to keep their voices down and treat the game with respect; if that doesn’t work, they’ll tell coaches that same message; and finally, coaches will be sent off the pitch if they don’t halt their verbal barrage.

Price — who gets paid per match with varying fees — said that when players challenge a call, he’ll discuss his angle of seeing the play with them and admits if he makes a mistake.

Price issued his first two red cards in the same game at regionals in Hawaii last year. Both were on double yellow cards, and one red was the result of a player first making a dangerous slide tackle, and then running forward from the wall, jumping and getting hit by the ball on the subsequent free kick.

The Redmond ref flashed his first straight red card at the recent nationals when a player flew late into a header with an elbow raised toward his opponent. Price reffed seven matches at nationals — two each day of group play and one semifinal — for boys and girls ages U13-U19.

While at Redmond High, Price played varsity soccer his senior year and junior varsity as a junior and sophomore. Beginning at age 10 and rolling through age 18, he joined his best friends on the Redmond Rebels recreational squad.

Nowadays, Price stays in shape while participating in 6-versus-6 intramural soccer games at WWU and remains immersed in the sport, which has become his lifelong passion since he watched 2014 World Cup matches on television.

“I like that it’s the most popular sport in the world. And that so many people (with) different backgrounds play the same sport — it brings people together,” he said.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@redmond-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.redmond-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

Jordan Price speaks with a player during a soccer match. Photo courtesy of Washington Youth Soccer

Jordan Price speaks with a player during a soccer match. Photo courtesy of Washington Youth Soccer

Redmond High alumnus Jordan Price referees a youth soccer match. Photo courtesy of Washington Youth Soccer

Redmond High alumnus Jordan Price referees a youth soccer match. Photo courtesy of Washington Youth Soccer

More in Sports

Redmond High’s girls swim team took third place at the 4A state meet on Nov. 13 at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way. Photo courtesy of Adam Lu
Redmond swimmers shine at state meet

Redmond High’s girls swimmers notched five first-place titles and finished third in… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Panthers Youth Rugby
Panthers Youth Rugby rolls into action

Panthers Youth Rugby is encouraging boys and girls in middle school and… Continue reading

t
Redmond coach, grapplers join Ascend Wrestling Academy

Redmond High wrestling coach Lantz Schwabenbauer and several local grapplers are part… Continue reading

A Decatur High School student in Federal Way participates in a conditioning workout in Feb. 2021 as the state eased back in to in-person activities. Olivia Sullivan/Sound Publishing
State announces mask requirements for student sports, performing arts

Athletes are not required to wear masks when participating in sports of any contact level while outside.

Screenshot of video obtained by Redmond police shows Richard Sherman trying to break into the Redmond home of his in-laws.
Former Seattle Seahawks player Richard Sherman charged with five misdemeanors in King County

Charges were filed following an incident at home of Sherman’s in-laws in Redmond.

Screenshot
Redmond Police arrest former Seattle Seahawk Richard Sherman

Redmond Police allege former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman crashed into a… Continue reading

Snoqualmie Casino unveiled the first immersive Seahawks-branded table game experience Sept. 18, 2020, in a ribbon cutting dedication with Snoqualmie Tribe Council members and Snoqualmie Casino executives. Courtesy photo
Gambling Commission OKs pacts with tribes for sports betting

Agreements with 15 tribes await approval by the governor and the feds.

Kentwood High football. FILE PHOTO
WIAA Executive Board revises Season 1 sports in response to state guidelines

Practices scheduled to begin Feb. 1 for football, volleyball, soccer and 5 other sports

The Mercer Island boys basketball celebrates their 61-36 victory over Interlake in the 3A KingCo championship game on Feb. 11, 2020, at Sammamish High School. File photo
WIAA pushes back return to play for prep sports

Season 2 now begins Feb. 1 and seasons have been shortened to seven weeks each.

In this file photo from March 2020, the Federal Way High School boys basketball team reacts in the final minutes of the state quarterfinals game against Mt. Si High School. File photo
New guidelines released for return of prep sports in WA

The new plan places counties and sports in three-tier systems. No signs of a quicker return to play.

Redmond football squad is ready to ‘Pound the Rock’
Redmond football squad is ready to ‘Pound the Rock’

Mustangs open season against Squalicum.

Doctor IDs safety measures for youth team sports practices
Doctor IDs safety measures for youth team sports practices

Before practice begins, parents must understand COVID-19 protective protocols