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Past President Tom Webb Passes

WA Youth Soccer would like to send condolences to past president Tom Webb's family and loved ones.

Sadly we share news of the passing of one of the game's giants and respected gentlemen, Tom Webb. Webb died peacefully on June 15 with his wife Lorna at his side in their Bellevue home. He was 81.

Webb was a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame for his impactful contributions, locally and nationally, at multiple levels. He served as president of both Washington Youth Soccer and Washington State Soccer Association, and later was chair of the USSF National Referee Committee and a Vice President of U.S. Soccer.

A native of Gravesend, England, Tom and Lorna arrived in Seattle in 1966 after he accepted an engineering position with Boeing.

He was an accomplished goalkeeper as a youth and young adult, and started in goal for the Northwest All-Stars vs. England's Chelsea in 1967. Shortly after he joined Jack Goldingay in founding the Eastside's first youth programs at the Bellevue Boys Club. He was one of George Craggs's early recruits to officiating and went on to referee at the youth, collegiate and professional (ASL/NASL) level.

Webb was inducted into the National HoF in 1987 and Washington Youth Soccer HoF in 2003. He was presented the Seattle Sounders FC Golden Scarf earlier this 2018 season.