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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 award are received 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.

2017 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year
National Winner – Eric Troy Siegrist – Wixom, Mich.

Since beginning refereeing as a 12-year-old, Siegrist has gained significant experience and officiated many competitions, including the US Youth Soccer Michigan State Cup and the US Youth Soccer Midwest Regional League. Siegrist, a Grade 8 referee, is very respectful and does not hesitate to ask questions, as he looks to learn and improve as an official. As a passionate proponent of soccer, he has played on several teams, helped coach a recreational squad and serves as a mentor for younger referees. 

2017 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year
National Winner – Nichole Choplin ​ – Manassas, Va.

In her young career, Choplin has already worked as the center referee for final matches at several notable events, such as the US Youth Soccer Virginia State Cup, US Youth Soccer Region I Championships and US Youth Soccer Region I Presidents Cup. She is a leader in and out of the referee community, as she has captained her high school volleyball team, coached a middle school basketball team and participated in various fundraising and volunteer roles within her community. 

2017 Young Male Referee of the Year regional award winners:

East – Joseph Franks – Philadelphia
Midwest – Eric Troy Siegrist – Wixom, Mich.​
South – Aidan Hill – Fayetteville, Ga.
West – Tyler Cudmore – Surprise, Ariz.

2017 Young Female Referee of the Year regional award winners:

East – Nichole Choplin ​ – Manassas, Va. 
Midwest – Sarah Most – Eagan, Minn.
South – Rebecca Moore – North Richland Hills, Texas
West – Anika Gerken – Anchorage, Ala.

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2016 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year
National Winner – Philip Meersman – Delavan, Wis. 

“Curiosity” and “humility” are a couple words that were used to describe Philip Meersman by one of his mentors. Meersman has expanded his refereeing knowledge by working in the Wisconsin State Championships, US Youth Soccer Region II ODP Camp and the Midwest Regional League. Meersman, succeeds off the pitch, as well. He was invited to participate in Stanford University’s High School Summer program, where he earned eight college credits prior to his senior year of high school. 

2016 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year
National Winner – Katherine Highsmith – Springfield, Va. 

Always committed to improving her performance, Katherine Highsmith has developed as a referee in many different ways. Communicating effectively is key to being a good referee, something Highsmith has learned throughout the years. During her breaks at tournaments, she often tries to speak with mentors that are there and find ways to improve upon her already preexisting skills. Highsmith has refereed six NVSL matches and eight US Youth Soccer Eastern Regional League matches.

2016 Young Male Referee of the Year regional award winners:

Region I – Max Hartman – South Park, Pa. 
Region II – Philip Meersman – Delavan, Wis. 
Region III – Jaelin. E. Rainey – Newnan, Ga. 
Region IV – Samuel Rozinski – Chandler, Ariz.  

2016 Young Female Referee of the Year regional award winners:

Region I – Katherine Highsmith – Springfield, Va. 
Region II – Jackie Spiegel – Ada, Mich. 
Region III – Laurel Theriot – San Antonio, Texas
Region IV – Suhani Abdullah – Berkeley, Calif. 

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2015 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year [Video]
National Winner – Benjamin Davis – Tuscon, Ariz.

Benjamin Davis has been refereeing since 2008. He is currently a Grade 7 referee and has worked nearly 300 games, including US Youth Soccer Arizona State Cup and US Youth Soccer Region IV Championship matches. Davis knows it is important to continue learning as a referee and accepts advice from higher officials he meets at events. He makes sure to pass along that knowledge while providing guidance and support as a mentor for younger referees. 

2015 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year [Video]
National Winner – Hailey Murin – Mansfield, Texas

Hailey Murin is a referee who is open to feedback and making adjustments to become a better official each time she steps on the field. She is positive and upbeat, and her high school soccer coach described her as a strong leader who sets a good example for underclassmen. Aside from being a Grade 7 referee, Murin has helped prepare holiday food boxes at a local mission and has been an active volunteer at her church.

2015 Young Male Referee of the Year regional award winners:

Region I – Nicholas Karnovsky – Brookline, Mass. 
Region II – Brett Metzger – Collinsville, Ill. 
Region III – Greylin Antonio Trotter – Summerfield, N.C. 
Region IV – Benjamin Davis – Tucson, Ariz. 

2015 Young Female Referee of the Year regional award winners:

Region I – Lydia Bethel Dunlevy – Carrolton, Va. 
Region II – Emily Williams – DeWitt, Mich. 
Region III – Hailey Murin – Mansfield, Texas 
Region IV – Vanessa Dee – San Diego, Calif. 

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2014 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year [Video]
National Winner – Kevin Lock – Malvern, Pa.

A freshman at Temple University, Kevin Lock has already gained great amounts of experience as a referee. He became a Grade 7 referee in 2014 and has been a member of Delco Soccer Referees Association since 2012. Kevin has worked at the last two US Youth Soccer Eastern Pennsylvania State Cups and US Youth Soccer Region I Championships, as well as multiple US Youth Soccer ODP events. He hopes to work in the soccer industry after college and continue refereeing.

2014 Female Young Referee of the Year [Video]
National Winner – Ryan Jane Riley – Issaquah, Wash.

When she first started refereeing in her early teens, Ryan Riley showed a maturity and passion for officiating well beyond her years. Now 17, Ryan enjoys refereeing because it gives her a chance to work on communication, people management and leadership skills — characteristics she regularly displays on and off the soccer field. She is also on the Washington Youth Soccer advisory board, which is comprised of 12 responsible students from across the state who are active in the game.

2014 Young Male Referee of the Year regional award winners:

Region I – Kevin Lock – Malvern, Pa.
Region II – Joshua Mathis – Geneseo, Ill.
Region III – Walt Heatherly – Hendersonville, Tenn.
Region IV – Victor Torres – Aurora, Colo.

2014 Young Female Referee of the Year regional award winners:

Region I – Mackenzie App – Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Region II – Emily Stalcup – Overland Park, Kan.
Region III – McKenzie Harden – Pfafftown, N.C.
Region IV – Ryan Jane Riley – Issaquah, Wash.

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2013 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year [Video]
National Winner – Donovan 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.

2013 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year [Video]
National Winner – 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.

2013 Young Male Referee of the Year regional award winners:

Region I – Miguel Lara – Pawtucket, R.I.
Region II – Bradley Barlog – Macomb, Mich.
Region III – Donovan Corey Eubank – Huron, Tenn.
Region IV – Forrest C. Dunnahoo – Rio Rancho, N.M.

2013 Young Female Referee of the Year regional award winners:

Region I – Sydney Rhian Patterson – White Plains, Md.
Region II – Lauren Stalcup – Overland Park, Kan.
Region III – Paola A. Rivera – Dacula, Ga.
Region IV – Tiffany C. Yamanouchi – Pearl City, Hawaii

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2012 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year [Video]
National Winner – 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.

2012 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year [Video]
National Winner – 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.  

2012 Young Male Referee of the Year regional award winners:

Region I – Jordan Cavaco – Brockton, Mass.
Region II – Colby Rankin – Wichita, Kan.
Region III – Dallas Rosier – Chapin, S.C.
Region IV – Kyle Wiest – Pleasanton, Calif.

2012 Young Female Referee of the Year regional award winners:

Region I – Inga Maric – Gilbertsville, Pa.
Region II – Ashley Marroquin – Holt, Mich.
Region III – Keina Crawford – Byron, Ga.
Region IV – Kate E. Chapman – Victorville, Calif.

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2011 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year
National Winner – 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.

2011 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year
National Winner – 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.

2011 Young Male Referee of the Year regional award winners:

Region I – Kyle Smith Eastern – Ephrata, Pa.
Region II – Christopher Badgett – Louisville, Ky.
Region III – Anthony Remensnyder – Milton, Ga.
Region IV – Bennett Savage -- Lake Oswego, Ore.

2011 Young Female Referee of the Year regional award winners:

Region I – Charlotte Falletta – Williamsville, N.Y.
Region II – Raechel Conine – Leslie, Mich.
Region III – Catherine Nackashi – Jacksonville, Fla.
Region IV – Genie Hyatt – Waialua, Hawaii

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2010 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year
National Winner – 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.

2010 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year
National Winner – 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.

2010 Young Female Referee of the Year regional award winners:

Region I – Anna McGuire – Weare, N.H.
Region II – Monica Orjuela – Algonquin, Ill.
Region III – Jessica Mickey – Victoria, Texas
Region IV – Suyeu Kuo – Pleasanton, Calif.

2010 Young Male Referee of the Year regional award winners:

Region I – Melvin Holmes – Yeadon, Pa.
Region II – Robert Freemon – Olathe, Kan.
Region III – Jacob Bradley – Warner Robins, Ga. 
Region IV – William Aten – Loveland, Colo.

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

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 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year
National Winner - Stephanie Myrick, Virginia Youth Soccer Association

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.

2009 Young Male Referee of the Year regional award winners:

Region I – Justin Mazzeo – Finleyville, Pa.-West
Region II – Robert Hayes – Overland Park, Kan.
Region III – Caleb Hindman – Prattville, Ala.
Region IV – Kyle Kazmer – Thousand Oaks, Calif.-South

2009 Young Female Referee of the Year regional award winners:
Region I – Stephanie Myrick – Woodbridge, Va.
Region II – Carlin Bunting – Cottage Grove, Minn.
Region III – Erin White – Ocean Springs, Miss.
Region IV – Christine Walden – Danville, Calif.- North

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2008 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year
National Winner - Robert Hinrichs, Minnesota Youth Soccer Association

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.

2008 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year
National Winner - Jorden Clements, Georgia Youth Soccer Association

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.

2008 Male Young Referee of the Year Regional Award Winners:

Region I – Ryan White – Manassas, Va.
Region II – Bob Hinrichs – Rogers, Minn.
Region III – James Johnston – Greenbrier, Ark.
Region IV – Zachary Pendt – Bremerton, Wash.

2008 Female Young Referee of the Year Regional Award Winners:

Region I – Samantha Polito – Canonsburg, Pa.
Region II – Rebecca Hall – Hartland, Wis.
Region III – Jorden Anne Clements – Waren Robins, Ga.
Region IV – Maia Anderson – Anchorage, Alaska

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

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.

2007 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year
National Winner - Cassandra Ferrari, Virginia Youth Soccer Association

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.

2007 Male Young Referee of the Year Regional Winners:

Region I – Geoff L. Halberstadt - Telford, Penn.
Region II – Jon Freemon, Louisburg - Kan.
Region III - Grant Allard, Maryville - Tenn.
Region IV - Trevor Cox - Orangevale, Calif.

2007 Female Young Referee of the Year Regional Winners:

Region I – Cassandra Ferrari - Fairfax, Va.
Region II – Marisa Woloszyn - Northville, Mich.
Region III - Lauren Foy - Niceville, Fla.
Region IV - Lauren Hanson - Chandler, Ariz.

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

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

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

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

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

2004 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referees of the Year
National Winner - 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


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2003 US Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year

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

2003 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year
National Winner - 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
National Winner - Jeremy Fagundes California Youth Soccer Association-North

2002 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referees of the Year
National Winner - 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.


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

2001 US Youth Soccer Female Young Referee of the Year
National Winner - 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


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