FirstRefs Program

Our Referee Certification Program teaches life skills as well as financial literacy to the youth. Since our first launch of the program in 2016, we have certified 40 referees who have refereed over 3,000 assignments with a combined earning of over $60,000.

Certifying youths as referees has many benefits. They must demonstrate leadership, responsibility, and accountability. This is preparing them for the work world, as they must attend games on time for officiating, be properly dressed, and manage their earned income.

o    Send 20 players per year to obtain Georgia Soccer referee certification and place them in surrounding leagues
o    Help players to obtain ID Cards, open bank accounts, and budget finances

Career Exposure

By exposing our youth to college environment and students, we are positioning them to think of their future in terms of things outside their community. FWS encourages our students to pursue education past high school provides extra security for their future, positioning them to be able to maintain gainful employment and become a positive part of their communities. This could potentially end a generational cycle of poverty for many participating families, as well as impact high school drop-out rates for our communities. 

o    Attend Emory University  Soccer Games in the Fall
o    Emory University will host a Soccer Camp in the Spring
o    Expose players to unique career opportunities

o    Incenting youths to succeed in school


Community service and giving back, encourages our members and participants to live selfless lives. If we accomplish these, we will be building individuals who work well with others and treat others the way they want to be treated. 

o    10-15 minutes discussions at practices on (Love, Patience, Kindness, Service, Humility, Dependability, Self-Control)
o    Once a year community service project