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Young Referee of the Year

The annual Young Referee of the Year award honors those who have a strong work ethic, knowledge of the rules of the game and are positive role models
 
 
Through the Young Referee of the Year program, US Youth Soccer helps foster the development of referees for the future of soccer in the United States. Many of the leagues around the country would not be able to cover all of their games but not for the involvement of youth referees. The national Male and Female Young Referees of the Year is announced at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala, as a part of the US Youth Soccer Workshop.
 
 
The Young Referee of the Year recipients are awarded for their dedication to the game, their outstanding personal accomplishments, serving as role models to other youth referees and players, and for their excellence as recognized by their adult referee peers and mentors.

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Bios of the regional winners are based on the submitted nomination forms.
 
2013 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year [Video]
Region III – Donovan Eubank – Huron, Tenn.
 
2013 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year [Video]
Region II – Lauren Stalcup – Overland Park, Kan.
 
2013 Young Male Referee of the Year regional award winners:
 
Region I – Miguel Lara – Pawtucket, R.I.
Refereeing since 2004, Miguel Lara already has loads of experience. He both played and refereed at the US Youth Soccer Region I Championships and stepped up in his local community at a young age to become the city’s referee assignor. He’s refereed several tournament finals, as well as games featuring players older than himself. Miguel has mentored other young referees, and he is very active at Clark University as a resident advisor and member of several clubs.
 
Region II – Bradley Barlog – Macomb, Mich.
Bradley Barlog has learned discipline, patience and gained confidence through soccer as a player and referee. He began refereeing recreation matches and recently worked in the US Youth Soccer Michigan State Cup. Bradley has continued to develop as a referee and is now a valued official at the highest youth level, as well as adult amateur games. He is willing to work with assessors and mentors to improve his officiating and passes his knowledge on to younger referees.
 
Region III – Donovan Corey Eubank – Huron, Tenn.
Being involved with soccer as a player and referee has guided Donovan Eubank’s behavior across all parts of his life. He knows the importance of both following and enforcing the rules. He started refereeing at age 12 and earned his Grade 7 badge when he turned 17. Donovan’s success playing soccer has made him a great team player, and he doesn’t hesitate to mentor other young referees to help them improve.
 
Region IV – Forrest C. Dunnahoo – Rio Rancho, N.M.
Since the age of the 13, Forrest Dunnahoo has been a USSF referee. By the time he was 16, Forrest had worked at the US Youth Soccer Washington State Cup and the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships. He’s attended a professional referee training seminar in Seattle to help further his knowledge of the game and became a Grade 6 referee in 2013. Outside of refereeing, Forrest has played soccer for many years and is also a National Honor Society student.  
 
2013 Young Female Referee of the Year regional award winners:
 
Region I – Sydney Rhian Patterson – White Plains, Md.
Now 17, Sydney Rhian Patterson has been refereeing since registering in 2008. In that time, she’s been selected to work many US Youth Soccer Maryland Youth State Cup games, including the Under-13 Girls final in 2013. She also refereed at both the 2013 US Youth Soccer ODP Regional Championships and the 2013 US Youth Soccer Region I Championships. She is now working toward becoming a USSF Grade 7 referee and a member of the Elite Mentor Group in Maryland to help younger referees.
 
Region II – Lauren Stalcup – Overland Park, Kan.
Lauren Stalcup has become a reliable referee who has worked at several State Cups and recently represented Kansas at a US Youth Soccer ODP Region II camp. She’s pursuing a Grade 7 certificate and has also began working as a referee mentor to advise and assist new referees throughout the season. In addition to refereeing, she plays soccer and basketball. Lauren also excels in the classroom while taking Honors and college-level courses.
 
Region III – Paola A. Rivera – Dacula, Ga.
Born in Puerto Rico, Paola Rivera moved to the United States in 2002 and began playing soccer shortly after. She completed a referee course in 2010 and attained a Grade 7 certification in 2013. She has worked at State Cup and ODP events and presents herself as a role model for younger referees. Paola promotes the game to others and volunteers with her local TOPSoccer program to give everyone in her community a chance to play.
 
Region IV – Tiffany C. Yamanouchi – Pearl City, Hawaii
Tiffany Yamanouchi became certified as a USSF Grade 8 referee in September 2010, with all of her knowledge being self-taught. Since then, she’s worked at many of Hawaii Youth Soccer Association’s major tournaments, as well as several adult leagues. Now a sophomore at UNLV, she continues to referee in various leagues in Nevada. Tiffany has demonstrated a great love of the game, as she has played competitively for 12 years and coached teams in addition to refereeing.
 
2012 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year [Video]
Region I – Jordan Cavaco – Brockton, Mass. 
 
2012 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year [Video]
Region II – Ashley Marroquin – Holt, Mich.
 
2012 Young Male Referee of the Year regional award winners:
 
Region I – Jordan Cavaco – Brockton, Mass.
Since starting as a Grade 9 Referee in 2007, Jordan Cavaco worked hard to become a Grade 7 Referee by October of 2011. He’s worked numerous events, including the 2012 US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup and the 2012 US Youth Soccer Region I Championships. Cavaco is respectful of players and coaches and sees refereeing as a way to show and improve his knowledge of the game. He’s also been involved as a player and TOPSoccer Buddy.
 
Region II – Colby Rankin – Wichita, Kan.
Colby Rankin began refereeing at age 14 and plans to continue officiating in college. Rankin is certified for both indoor and outdoor games and can be found refereeing almost every weekend of the year. He continues to educate himself to improve his knowledge of the game and stays highly involved by taking extra games for no-show referees and mentoring younger referees. With CPR/First-Aid Training, Rankin can assist with on-field injuries and plans to study medicine in college.
 
Region III – Dallas Rosier – Chapin, S.C.
The son of a referee, Dallas Rosier has already had some unique experiences in his short career as a referee. Since receiving his referee certification in 2008, Rosier has officiated three International Friendly matches and has been named the 2011 and 2012 South Carolina Youth Soccer Association Male Youth Referee of the Year. He’s shown the willingness to work with more experienced referees to improve his craft, as well as the desire to act as a mentor for younger referees.
 
Region IV – Kyle Wiest – Pleasanton, Calif.
Kyle Wiest, 17, has been involved with soccer as a player, coach and referee. He began refereeing in 2007 and is currently working toward becoming a Grade 7 Referee. He works 50-70 games each year and has officiated US Youth Soccer ODP camps and State Cup finals. He was named the Pleasanton Soccer Referee Association Male Referee of the year three straight times. Wiest plays and referees the game with passion and integrity, providing other youth with a model of professionalism.
 
2012 Young Female Referee of the Year regional award winners:
 
Region I – Inga Maric – Gilbertsville, Pa.
Since starting at age 14 at the recreational level, Inga Maric has continued to improve and is now working on becoming a Grade 7 Referee. She’s participated in US Youth Soccer ODP games and is interested in using her experience to mentor younger referees. Maric is an honors student and very involved in the community with causes such as the Special Olympics, THON and Relay for Life. Now a high school senior, she didn’t play soccer until her junior year but has made the varsity squad both seasons.
 
Region II – Ashley Marroquin – Holt, Mich.
When injuries ended Ashley Marroquin’s playing career, she didn’t give up on the game. Instead, she became a volunteer coach and pursued refereeing. Marroquin is always working to learn more about refereeing and isn’t afraid to ask questions. She’s gained refereeing experience at US Youth Soccer ODP and Michigan State Cup events, and she was an active attendee at FIFA Referee Margaret Domka’s clinic during the summer. Outside of soccer, Marroquin works in a support group to help younger peers with challenges.  
 
Region III – Keina Crawford – Byron, Ga.
Keina Crawford has played soccer all her life and began refereeing in 2005. She’s since been named the 2012 Georgia Female Youth Referee of the Year and is working toward becoming a Grade 7 Referee. Crawford acts as a mentor for other female youth referees and has worked as a coach for a local middle school. Outside of soccer, Crawford excels in the classroom as an honors student and is involved in many clubs and organizations.
  
Region IV – Kate E. Chapman – Victorville, Calif.
At 18 years old, Kate Chapman has an extensive knowledge of the game and is comfortable officiating among the top referees in the state. She has been a registered USSF referee since 2009 and was assigned to a final at the 2011 US Youth Soccer ODP Regional Championships. She developed her skills in the Youth Referee Development Program and enjoyed the many experiences that came with the program. Chapman continues to referee in college and also works as a student athletic trainer.
 
 
 
 
2011 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year
Region I – Kyle Smith Eastern – Ephrata, Pa. 
 
2011 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year
Region I – Charlotte Falletta – Williamsville, N.Y. 
 
2011 Young Male Referee of the Year regional award winners:
 
Region I – Kyle Smith Eastern – Ephrata, Pa.
Kyle Smith comes from a family of referees, propelling him to improve his skills as a referee in his own right. A Grade 8 referee since 2008, Smith has earned the right to take the field in some of the most prestigious events in the area. Smith worked the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Region I Championships in 2011 and took the field as center in the Under-12 final at the US Youth Soccer Region I Championships.
 
Region II – Christopher Badgett – Louisville, Ky.
As a young referee, Christopher Badgett has become a leader on the field and among his peers. Badgett commands respect and has earned the respect as a referee who works hard and always puts the game first. In addition to holding a Grade 8 license, Badgett trains new young referees to instill confidence. His style of refereeing has been adopted by several of those who he has mentored.
 
Region III – Anthony Remensnyder – Milton, Ga.
Anthony Remensnyder balances a busy high school academic and athletic career with referee development. His dedication has paid off, as he was the only youth male referee selected out of the 12 from Georgia to participate in the US Youth Soccer Region III Championships in 2011. A Grade 8 referee, Remensnyder also mentors other youth referees. Additionally, Remensnyder is a part of Georgia's Advanced Referee Development Program.
 
Region IV – Bennett Savage -- Lake Oswego, Ore.
As a young referee in Oregon, Bennett Savage displays maturity beyond his years. He began refereeing at Grade 8 in 2007 and is now Grade 7. Savage has been selected for several prestigious events, including the Far West Regional League, US Youth Soccer Region IV ChampionshipsUS Youth Soccer Presidents Cup Region IV Championships and US Youth Soccer ODP Region IV Camp.
 
2011 Young Female Referee of the Year regional award winners:

Region I – Charlotte Falletta – Williamsville, N.Y.
Since registering as a referee in 2008, Charlotte Falletta has continuously tried to improve her abilities to manage the game she loves. As a means to improve her skills, she keeps a list of referee-related questions to which she adds after every match. Whenever given the chance, Falletta will discuss her questions with more experienced referees. Her hard work, dedication and willingness to learn has helped Falletta develop into a standout referee.
 
Region II – Raechel Conine – Leslie, Mich.
Even the most recognized FIFA referees begin were once young referees, and Raechel Conine hopes her strides in referee development will lead her on a similar path. Conine became a referee in 2007 and began the process of progressing from Grade 8 to Grade 7. She has officiated at the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development ProgramRegion II trainings and at the US Youth Soccer Michigan State Championships.
 
Region III – Catherine Nackashi – Jacksonville, Fla.
As a young referee herself, Catherin Nackashi devotes time to mentor and encourage younger, newer referees. Her work ethic and willingness to be involved have set her apart as an outstanding example for younger female referees at Jacksonville Youth Soccer Club and in her other extracurricular pursuits. Nackashi began officiating in 2007 and is a Grade 8 referee. 
 
Region IV – Genie Hyatt – Waialua, Hawaii
Genie Hyatt always made friends on the soccer field, whether living in San Francisco, Hawaii, Virginia or Germany. That love for the game led Hyatt to begin refereeing—she currently is a Grade 8 official. Hyatt continues to develop her skills—improving her vision, movements and mechanics—and passes  her knowledge on to younger referees. She represented Hawaii at the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships in 2011.

   
2010 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year
Region II – Monica Orjuela – Algonquin, Ill.
 
2010 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year
Region II – Robert Freemon – Olathe, Kan.
 
2010 Young Female Referee of the Year regional award winners:
Region I – Anna McGuire – Weare, N.H.
Anna McGuire has been a part of the USSF Referee Program since 2006, but her cool and calm demeanor would lead one to believe that she has far greater experience than that of a Grade 8. She has refereed at such events as the US Youth Soccer ODP Region I Championships and US Youth Soccer ODP camps. McGuire's willingness to provide guidance, a friendly smile and encouragement to referees just beginning their career has made her an exemplary role model.

Region II – Monica Orjuela – Algonquin, Ill.
Throughout her five years as a referee, Monica Orjuela has not only expanded her knowledge of the laws of the game, but she has also created an exceptional presence on the field showing courage and true character. Orjuela gives back to the game by training children in the Huntley Park District. Looking to improve upon her skills, the Grade 8 referee took the initiative to ask a local assignor to observe and comment on her performance.

Region III – Jessica Mickey – Victoria, Texas (South Texas)
At age 12, Jessica Mickey began her career as a referee. Her goal is to learn as much as she can about the game so she can help younger children have a quality playing experience. On any weekend during the fall and spring, the Grade 8 referee can be found working games up to the Under-16 age group. Mickey's consistency and professionalism combined with her more than 14 years as a player herself makes her a well-respected and knowledgeable referee.
  
Region IV – Suyeu Kuo – Pleasanton, Calif. (California North)
Suyeu Kuo began her career as a referee in 2005 when she and her father took classes together. She has developed into a courageous and intelligent referee who allows her own personality to shine when she is on the field. Kuo is an active member of her community, participating in various philanthropic organizations. Those who observe Kuo on the field are impressed by her compassion, self-discipline, honesty, respect and integrity.
 
2010 Young Male Referee of the Year regional award winners:
Region I – Melvin Holmes – Yeadon, Pa. (Eastern Pennsylvania)
Melvin Holmes began his soccer journey at age 6 as a player and has since developed into a distinguished and respected Grade 7 referee, first obtaining the Grade 8 in 2006. His resume as a referee speaks for itself, listing the US Youth Soccer ODP Region I Championships and camp, the US Youth Soccer Region I Championships and the US Youth Soccer Region I Presidents Cup. While achieving great success on the field, Holmes became a Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout in 2010.

Region II – Robert Freemon – Olathe, Kan.
Robert Freemon is a natural born leader who carries himself with dignity and professionalism in all aspects of life. A Grade 8 referee, Freemon has refereed at the US Youth Soccer Kansas State Championships, the US Youth Soccer Region II Championships and the prestigious US Youth Soccer National Championships. His passion for the game and will to improve upon his skills helps him rise to any challenge presented on the field, gaining respect from players, coaches and fellow referees.
 
Region III – Jacob Bradley – Warner Robins, Ga.
Before entering the United States Coast Guard, Jacob Bradley took Georgia Soccer's fast track program to become a referee. Upon receiving a permanent station, he plans to become a state referee. Bradley is an upstanding referee and citizen who serves as a coach, player and referee in the game. He is committed to achieving great things through soccer and impacting the lives of others as a referee and mentor in his local league.

Region IV – William Aten – Loveland, Colo.
William Aten excelled as a youth soccer player at the elite club level, and at age 12, he wanted a greater challenge within soccer and decided to become a referee. Now a Grade 7, Bradley has refereed at several high level tournaments including the US Youth Soccer ODP Championships, the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships and the US Youth Soccer Colorado State Championships. His success stems from his calm, level head and his drive to seek advice and critiques as to how he can improve.
 
 
 
 


2009 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year
Kyle Kazmer, California Youth Soccer Association-North

2009 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year
Stephanie Myrick, Virginia Youth Soccer Association
 
 
2009 Young Male Referee of the Year regional award winners:
Region I – Justin Mazzeo – Finleyville, Pa.-West
Justin Mazzeo has been a referee for seven years and involved in the game for the past 14. He is a Grade 8 referee who challenges himself by attending advanced clinics and training camps such as the US Youth Soccer ODP training camp. Mazzeo's assignors have confidence to place him in any youth soccer match. They greatly value his skills as a referee, his spirit of volunteerism and openness to learn from his mentors. In 2009, he represented Pennsylvania West at the Region I Championships.
Region II – Robert Hayes – Overland Park, Kan.
Robert Hayes is known on the field for his professionalism and calling the game as it is being played. With his positive and helpful attitude, all respect the authority he possesses as a Grade 7 referee. Hayes is a student in all aspects of the game. He is currently pursuing his USSF "D" License for coaching and plays for his high school soccer team. Beyond the soccer field, Hayes is active in his community of Overland Park, Kan., and has accumulated over 175 hours of community service.
Region III – Caleb Hindman – Prattville, Ala.
Caleb Hindman has grown up playing the game since he was six years old, always learning and striving to accomplish more. As a referee he stays composed, seeks mentorship from senior referees and appreciates critiques after games. A Grade 8 referee and full-time student at Troy University, he has participated in US Youth Soccer ODP training, the Alabama State Championships and the Governor's Cup. When refereeing young children, he always makes sure they understand the reason for his calls.
Region IV – Kyle Kazmer – Thousand Oaks, Calif.-South
Kyle Kazmer began refereeing at age 11, moving up to a USSF referee at 13. Kazmer is currently a Grade 6 referee who has completed requirements for Grade 5. His time as a referee has taught him how to command respect and learn from others. Through the years, Kazmer has refereed various levels of play including the 2008 Region IV Championships, semi-pro MLS games and pre-season MLS games. Kazmer also places volunteerism at the top of his priorities and has traveled internationally for mission trips.
 
2009 Young Female Referee of the Year regional award winners:
Region I – Stephanie Myrick – Woodbridge, Va.

Stephanie Myrick is known within Virginia Youth Soccer Association for her dedication, hard work and commitment to achieve the highest level of success as a referee. Her goal was to become a Grade 7 referee before she was 17, and she did that, becoming the youngest in the Virginia – Washington, D.C. area to achieve this grade. Myrick's experience ranges from competitive leagues and the Virginia State Championships to US Youth Soccer ODP tournaments and training camps. She also writes articles and speaks at referee meetings.
Region II – Carlin Bunting – Cottage Grove, Minn.
Carlin Bunting is a Grade 8 referee who began her journey as a referee in the sixth grade. At age 14, she received her Grade 8 certification and has been refereeing every season since, participating in regular season and district games, the Schwan's USA Cup and the Minnesota State Championships. Bunting's experience also stretches to coaching younger soccer players, organizing annual soccer clinics and serving as a part-time Coerver Soccer trainer in Bloomington and Hastings, Minn., and River Falls, Wisc..
Region III – Erin White – Ocean Springs, Miss.
Erin White is a Grade 8 referee whose spirit, enthusiasm and maturity translates onto the soccer field as she officiates across all levels including recreational, Division I leagues and the US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup. A graduate of Ocean Springs High School, she finished in the top 10 in her class and as a full-time college student she continues to referee and mentor younger, less experienced referees. White continues to develop as a young referee and openly accepts constructive advice.
Region IV – Christine Walden – Danville, Calif.- North
Christine Walden learned to think on her feet as a young soccer player and she has carried that over as a Grade 7 referee. She began refereeing for the California North State Championships in 2006. In 2007, she was honored by refereeing a state championship finals game and advancing to the 2007 Region IV Championships, repeating the same success in 2008. Walden has also officiated in the Far West Regional League and several US Youth Soccer ODP camps.
 
 
 
2008 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year
Robert Hinrichs, Minnesota Youth Soccer Association

2008 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year
Jorden Clements, Georgia Youth Soccer Association
Male Young Referee of the Year Regional Award Winners:
Region I – Ryan White – Manassas, Va.
Ryan White first started refereeing in 2003 and since then, he has refereed numerous tournaments including the US Youth Soccer Virginia State Championships, US Youth Soccer Region I Premier League and US Youth Soccer Region I Championships. White's experience has also expanded to adult leagues. He is currently a Grade 6 referee and continues to further his knowledge by seeking advice and guidance from senior referees. The knowledge he receives is used not only enhance his skills, but also help younger referees that he helps to mentor as they progress on the field.

Region II – Bob Hinrichs – Rogers, Minn.
Bob Hinrichs is a Grade 8 referee and has more than five years of experience. He has attended the referee academy and advanced referee academy in order to broaden his knowledge and skills as a referee. In the summer of 2008, he participated as a select referee at the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program clinic in Rockford, Ill. Hinrichs has set high goals for himself as he plans to attain his Grade 5 certification and continue refereeing at higher levels as an adult.

Region III – James Johnston – Greenbrier, Ark.
At the age of 12, James Johnston moved to Arkansas and found that he could learn more about soccer by becoming a referee. He is a Grade 7 referee and is currently working matches to fulfill his Grade 6 state referee certification when he reaches the appropriate age. As a member of the Greenbrier Soccer Club, Johnston is the club's referee assignor and he also schedules classes and recruits new referees. His initiatives have not gone unnoticed as he has refereed at many prestigious events including the 2008 US Youth Soccer Region III Championships and US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program tournaments.

Region IV – Zachary Pendt – Bremerton, Wash.
Zachary Pendt started refereeing in 2000 with small-sided games and has since upgraded to a Grade 7 referee. Pendt is taking part in upgrading clinics to advance himself as a referee and as a mentor to younger referees. He has refereed at the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships and US Youth Soccer Washington State Championships. His leadership is also exemplified as he acts as the captain of his Under-18 Bainbridge Island soccer team.
 
Female Young Referee of the Year Regional Award Winners:
Region I – Samantha Polito – Canonsburg, Pa.
Soccer has been a part of Samantha Polito's life since her time spent playing in the Under-6 age group, but her perspective on soccer shifted in 2002 when she stopped played and attended her first referee camp. With the guidance of her parents, who have refereed for many years, and her growing passion to learn the game on another level she began refereeing in the Under-6 age group. Since then, Polito has attended referee camp every summer and refereed at the Pennsylvania West Open Tournament (2003-2007). In 2007, Polito started working at the Special Olympics tournaments.

Region II – Rebecca Hall – Hartland, Wis.
Rebecca Hall started playing soccer when she was five, and at the age of 12, her love of the game led her to attend her first referee clinic. Within her first year of refereeing, she upgraded to a Grade 8. Hall has refereed at tournaments across Wisconsin including the US Youth Soccer Wisconsin State Championships and the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League. She is commended by her assessors for her immediate response to their suggestions and the humble attitude she carries on the field.

Region III – Jorden Anne Clements – Waren Robins, Ga.
Playing recreational soccer was a big part of Jorden Clements' life until an accident prevented her from continuing to compete. Continuing to pursue her love for the game, Clements turned to refereeing. In April 2006, she began as a Grade 9, but soon upgraded to a Grade 8. Her experience as a referee includes local amateur leagues, middle school matches, local youth leagues, the US Youth Soccer Georgia State Championships and other Georgia Soccer state tournaments. She has excelled in all challenges presented to her through soccer and she also participates in various programs in her community that allow her to give back to others.

Region IV – Maia Anderson – Anchorage, Alaska
Maia Anderson has been a referee since 2004 and at the 2007 US Youth Soccer Alaska State Cup, she received her Grade 7 assessment. Anderson was a referee at the 2006 and 2007 US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships and at the US Youth Soccer Alaska State Championships (2004-2007). To expand her involvement in the game, Anderson was the secretary of the Anchorage Soccer Referee Association Board in 2006. While in pursuit of becoming and excelling as a referee, Anderson also succeeded in the classroom as she graduated second in her class and chose to continue her education at Harvard University.

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2007 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year
Jon Freemon, Kansas State Youth Soccer Association

2007 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year
Cassandra Ferrari, Virginia Youth Soccer Association
 
Brief bios of the regional winners are below based on the submitted application forms.
 
Male Young Referee of the Year Regional Winners:
Region I – Geoff L. Halberstadt - Telford, Penn.
Geoff L. Halberstadt, from Telford, PA, has been a referee since 2002. Halberstadt's energy on the field shows his love for officiating and his abilities as a referee. He has worked at the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program (US Youth Soccer ODP) tournaments for the past four years and has attended two regional tournaments. Halberstadt has served as a referee for most of the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association competitive leagues as well as the US Youth Soccer Eastern Pennsylvania State Championships' semifinals and finals. Halberstadt also plays for the Souderton Area Soccer Association and for his high school.
 
Region II – Jon Freemon, Louisburg - Kan.
Jon Freemon, from Louisburg, Kansas, not only seeks to improve himself but he also helps others. He provides positive advice to younger officials that they are able to use immediately. Jon is always the first to help when assignors get in a bind. When Jon is the center referee, he works hard and appears unruffled and competent. Jon has handled stressful situations with a sense of dignity and professionalism that is far beyond the expectations. He has an excellent knowledge of the Laws of the Game and their application during match situations.
 
Region III - Grant Allard, Maryville - Tenn.
Grant Allard, from Maryville, TN, started refereeing as a way to stay involved in soccer after his season was over, but it grew to an extension of his love for the game. While his family traveled around the world, soccer was Allard's constant and he learned from every opportunity to play. Taking his Grade 8 certification class, Allard felt like an explorer learning about and analyzing the game he loves. Since then, Allard has worked the US Youth Soccer ODP Region III Championship, the US Youth Soccer Region III Premier League, The US Youth Soccer Tennessee State Championship and many other prestigious tournaments.
 
Region IV - Trevor Cox - Orangevale, Calif.
Trevor Cox, from Orangevale, CA, earned his certification in 2005. He served in the finals at the US Youth Soccer California North State Championships in 2005 and 2006. Cox approaches everything in his life with a certain level of seriousness, but enjoys making those around him laugh. Refereeing has built Cox's self-confidence, maturity and communication skills. He continues to grow both as a referee and as a young man. He continuously takes on more responsibility as an official and challenges himself to improve.
 
Female Young Referee of the Year Regional Winners:
Region I – Cassandra Ferrari - Fairfax, Va.
Cassandra Ferrari, from Fairfax, Va., currently holds a Grade 7 certification. She has participated in the US Youth Soccer Region I Championships, US Youth Soccer ODP, US Youth Soccer Virginia State Cup and other large tournaments. In the summer of 2006, she was selected as the Top Female Camper at the Metro D.C. – Virginia Youth Referee Development Academy. Refereeing started as a way to earn money for Ferrari, but turned into a passion. Increasingly challenging games have given her the opportunity to work with the best referees and to travel. The opportunity continues to give her a chance to grow and mature.
 
Region II – Marisa Woloszyn - Northville, Mich.
Marisa Woloszyn, from Northville, Mich., has a referee Grade 8. As a high school junior, she has been playing soccer for over ten years and refereeing for over four years. In that time, she has quickly grown from a beginner to a mentor, by gaining the respect of players, parents and tournament officials. Marissa started refereeing at the age of 12 and has matured greatly as a referee and a person. Marisa is very professional on the field, and does not hesitate to make a tough call. Also, she mentors other young local referees.
 
Region III - Lauren Foy - Niceville, Fla.
Lauren Foy, from Niceville, Fla., can be seen on the fields on Friday nights and Saturday mornings officiating youth games. She works Niceville Soccer's Under-6 through Under-14 games and Destin Youth Soccer's Under-6 through Under-10 games. In addition, she officiates for the Niceville VIP Soccer for the disabled. Foy also worked the US Youth Soccer Florida State Championships including their final games and several other Florida tournaments. She has been chosen as center referee in several championship games. She enjoys the interaction with younger children, the leadership role, and the pressure of the game and the camaraderie of fellow officials.
 
Region IV - Lauren Hanson - Chandler, Ariz.
Lauren Hanson, from Chandler, Ariz., earned her certification in 2000. Since then she has earned the opportunity to work the US Youth Soccer Arizona State Cup, US Youth Soccer ODP camps, the US Youth Soccer Region IV Championships and other competitive and adult tournaments. She also played varsity high school and club soccer. She continues to go above and beyond expectations in everything she does. Refereeing has taught her how to exert authority with grace while working with youth players and adult coaches. Her goal is to work both college and professional games in the future.

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2006 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referees of the Year
Sam Herbert, Arizona Youth Soccer Association

2006 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referees of the Year
Jessica Burke, Kansas State Youth Soccer Association    

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2005 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referees of the Year
Joshua Nicholson, Illinois Youth Soccer Association

2005 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referees of the Year
Alexandra Hallas-Button, Virginia Youth Soccer Association

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2004 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referees of the Year
Anthony John Ferragamo, Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association

2004 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referees of the Year
Nina Johnson, Alaska State Youth Soccer Association
2004 Young Male Referee of the Year Regional Award Winners
Region I - Anthony John Ferragamo – Mass.
Region II – Jeffrey Somers – Minn.
Region III – William Hale – Athens, Ga.
Region IV – Harrison Lakehomer – Ore.

2004 Young Female Referee of the Year Regional Award Winners
Region I – Angela Louro – Eastern Penn.
Region II – Robin Canavan – Ill.
Region III – Caitlin Brongel – Sarasota, Fla.
Region IV – Nina Johnson, Alaska

2004 Young Referee of the Year State Award Winners
Region I

Connecticut Junior Soccer Association
Alexander N. Casella
 
Delaware Youth Soccer Association
Elliott Fitzgerald
 
Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
Dennis McGovern
Kathleen McMaster
 
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association
Wallmuth
Angelo Louro
 
Soccer Maine
Benjamin Hole
Christina Cronin
 
Maryland State Youth Soccer Association
Robert "Brett" Lally
Amanda Harris
 
Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association
John Ferragamo
Amanda Harris
 
New Hampshire Soccer Association
Bosselman
Amy King
 
New Jersey State Youth Soccer Association
Jason Cochran
Danielle Magourik
  
Pennsylvania West State Soccer Association
Justin Angotti
Priya Mitra
 
Soccer Rhode Island
Carreira
 
Vermont Soccer Association
Matt Wolff
Hethba Fatnassi
 
Virginia Youth Soccer Association
Jeffrey Casullo
Ryanne Fond
 
West Virginia Youth Soccer Association
Ian Novak
Vanessa McCrady
 
2004 Young Referee of the Year State Award Winners
Region II

Illinois Youth Soccer Association
Robin Canavan
Mark Mavrothalasitis
 
Indiana Youth Soccer Association
Alicia Earnest
Thomas Gentry II
  
Kansas State Youth Soccer Association
M. Espinoza
Matthew C. Nelson
 
Kentucky Youth Soccer Association
Michael Crush
Kim Lacy
 
Michigan State Youth Soccer Association
Sylvia Ridgeway
 
Minnesota Youth Soccer Association
Lindsey C. Sailer
Jeffrey Somers
 
Missouri Youth Soccer Association
Jillian Burrows
Erich Hankamer
 
Nebraska State Soccer Association
Jeffrey A. Newcomb
 
North Dakota Youth Soccer Association
Amanda Geiss
Zach Deeter
 
Ohio Youth Soccer Association – North
Lauren Zielinski
Kyle D. Igneczi
 
South Dakota State Youth Soccer Association
Karissa Tieszen
Tony Lunzman
 
2004 Young Referee of the Year State Award Winners
Region IV

Alaska State Youth Soccer Association
Nick Stramp
Nina Johnson
 
Arizona Youth Soccer Association
Josh Spivack
Anna Negrette
 
California Youth Soccer Association – North
Jimmy Hufford
Juliana Moats
 
California Youth Soccer Association – South
Apolinar E. Eduardo Mariscal
Andrea Garcia
 
Colorado State Youth Soccer Association
Shawn Ostby
Sarah Miller
 
Hawaii Youth Soccer Association
Rylan Chong
Brittni Yamada
 
Idaho Youth Soccer Association
Erik Martes
Teresa Kobza

Oregon Youth Soccer Association
Harrison Lakehomer
Rachelle Nicolai
 
Utah Youth Soccer Association
Justin Dietrich
Tiva Harash
 
Washington State Youth Soccer Association
Niall Trimble
Katie Salvey
 
Wyoming State Soccer Association
Phil Haywood

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2003 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year

Christopher J. Powers - Ridgefield, Conn. - Region I

2003 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year
Gina Leigh Cozad - Kan. - Region II
 
2003 Male Young Referee of the Year Regional Award Winners
Region I - Christopher J. Powers – Conn.
Region II – Matthew J. Miller – Kan.
Region III – Fischer – Ga.
Region IV – Philip Mellinger – Ariz.

2003 Female Young Referee of the Year Regional Award Winners
Region I - Amanda L. Ross – N.Y
Region II – Leigh Cozad – Kan.
Region III – Molly O'Brien Moran – Fla.
Region IV – Katie Fadden – Wash.

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2002 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referees of the Year
Jeremy Fagundes California Youth Soccer Association-North

2002 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referees of the Year
Emily Brown, Minnesota Youth Soccer Association

2002 Male Young Referee of the Year Regional Award Winners
Region II – Ryan Boyko – Ill.
Region III – Brad Bieber – S.C.
Region IV – Jeremy Fagundus – Calif.-North

2002 Female Young Referee of the Year Regional Award Winners
Region II – Emily Brown – Minn.
Region III – Ester Vasquez – Fla.  
Region IV – Krystin Lambalot – Wash.
2002 Young Referee of the Year State Award Winners
Region I

Connecticut Junior Soccer Association
Daniel Marques
Paisley Mullin
 
Delaware Youth Soccer Association
Daniel Fitzgerald
Andrea Stewart
 
Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association
William Pfeister
Crystal Pinzo
 
Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association
Paul Hayes
Jessica Guh
 
Soccer Maine
Nick Farynaz
Katie Lindemann
 
Maryland State Youth Soccer Association
Aaron Riner
Krystle Berhns
 
Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association
Matthew Ames
 
New Hampshire Soccer Association
Scott Thornton
 
New Jersey State Youth Soccer Association
Salvatore Avino
Danielle Magourik
 
New York West Youth Soccer Association
Christopher Luhrs
 
Pennsylvania West State Soccer Association
M. Alexandrunas
Priya Mitra
 
Soccer Rhode Island
Michael B. Forte
Jessica Logan
 
Virginia Youth Soccer Association
Ben Hichak
Robin Kessinger
 
West Virginia Youth Soccer Association
Jason McCrady
Justina Nickole Smith
 
2002 Young Referee of the Year State Award Winners
Region II

Illinois Youth Soccer Association
Ryan Boyko
Janelle L. Kolisch
 
Iowa Soccer Association
Ramsey Tesdell
Emily Scholten
 
Kansas State Youth Soccer Association
Marc Quirarte
Lane Wellnitz
 
Kentucky Youth Soccer Association
Travis Absher
Kim Lacy
 
Minnesota Youth Soccer Association
Emily J. Brown
 
North Dakota Youth Soccer Association
Daniel Foster
Stephanie Bartsch
 
Ohio South Youth Soccer Association
Nicholas Fiorelli
Ashleigh Matheny
 
Ohio Youth Soccer Association – North
Brian Miller
Michelle L. Rossio
 
South Dakota State Youth Soccer Association
Cody Becker
Katie Buehler
 
2002 Young Referee of the Year State Award Winners
Region III
Arkansas State Soccer Association
Michael Ferry
Christina Cope
 
Florida Youth Soccer Association
Nicholas King
Ester Vasquez
 
Georgia Youth Soccer Association
David Ubriaco
Beth Burnett
 
Louisiana Soccer Association
Andrew Palermo
 
Mississippi Youth Soccer Association
Jonathan Barlow
 
North Carolina Youth Soccer Association
Robert Campbell
 
Oklahoma Soccer Association
Sean Hughes
 
South Carolina Youth Soccer Association
Brad Bieber
Rachel Bisnett

South Texas Youth Soccer Association
Matt Mechler
Natalie Roszel
2002 Young Referees of the Year State Award Winners
Region IV

Arizona Youth Soccer Association
Rick Maher
Deanna Tejada
California Youth Soccer Association – North
Jeremy Fagundes

California Youth Soccer Association – South
Frans Buins
Alice Schorf

Colorado State Youth Soccer Association
Devin Rairdon
Claire Hopkins

Hawaii Youth Soccer Association
Garrett Y. Hatakenaka

Idaho Youth Soccer Association
Josh Byers
Montana Youth Soccer Association
Ryan Cathey

United States Youth Soccer Nevada
Christian Headrick
Kathleen Gallagher

New Mexico Youth Soccer Association
Andy Schryver

Oregon Youth Soccer Association
Stefan Crabtree
Tonya Rosa Corning

Utah Youth Soccer Association
Carsten Weldon

Washington State Youth Soccer Association
Josh Wilkens
Krystin Lambalot

Wyoming State Soccer Association
Jake Ginsbach

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2001 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year
Bradlee S. Whitson – Bridgeton, N.J. – Region I

2001 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year
Annalisa M. Pawlosky – Springfield, Va. – Region I
2001 Male Young Referee of the Year Regional Award Winners
Region I – Bradlee S. Whitson – N.J.
Region II – Steven G. Fox – Neb.
Region III – David Robinson – Tenn.
Region IV – Dan Chapman – Colo.
 
2001 Female Young Referee of the Year Regional Award Winners
Region I – Annalisa M. Pawlosky – Va.
Region II – Amber Hull – Kan.
Region III – Rene Marshall – N.C.
Region IV – Sara Troy – Alaska

2001 Young Referee of the Year State Award Winners
Region I

Alaska State Youth Soccer Association
Jeremy Roe
Aly Jeannet

Soccer Rhode Island
Jessica Logan

West Virginia Youth Soccer Association
Jason McCrady

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