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Michna receives Eddie Pearson referees award
March 26th, 2014 3:52PM

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[AWARDS] Floridian Jozsef Michna has been awarded the Eddie Pearson Award for his years of service with the U.S. Soccer referee program.

Michna, the 28th recipient of this honor, is a longtime FIFA assistant referee and state referee administrator in Florida with 36 years of service in refereeing. For the past 20 years, Michna has been a U.S. Soccer national assessor and since 2006 has served as a U.S. Soccer national referee instructor, conducting numerous clinics at Region III youth tournaments. He is also an instructor for annual recertification for national referees.

In 2012, Michna was appointed by U.S. Soccer to administrate all running tests across the country at Referee Training Seminars for all FIFA and national referees. Michna currently is a referee coach in the Professional Referee Organization.

“It was a great opportunity to be recognized by my peers, and obviously for the long service that I have provided for U.S. Soccer,” Michna said in a statement. “It’s an honor to be even mentioned, especially with such a limited amount of people who received this award throughout the years. It’s a privilege that Angelo Bratsis nominated me and it was just a wonderful surprise.”

The award is presented to individuals from the referee community who have made distinguished contributions to the referee program and have been involved for at least 20 years. The award was created to honor the late Eddie Pearson, who was director of officials for the NASL and the man credited with the founding of the national referee program in the United States.

Eddie Pearson Award Recipients:
1979: Pat Smith
1980: Don Byron
1981: Ray Morgan
1982: Roger Schott
1983: Paul Avis
1987: John Best
1988: Harry Baldwin
1989: Robert Sumpter
1990: Don Philipson
1991: Keith Walker
1992: Robert Evans
1993: Angelo Bratsis
1994: Heinz Wolmerath
1995: Thomas Webb
1996: Jack McCabe
1997: Richard Giebner
1998: Michael Wuertz
1999: Fernando Alvarez
2000: Peter Johnson
2001: Ed Bellion
2002: Robert Wertz
2003: Alfred Kleinaitis
2004: Jim Allen
2006: Herb Silva
2008: Dave McKee
2010: Rodney Kenny
2011: Toros Kibritjian
2013: Jozsef Michna


2 comments
  1. feliks fuksman
    commented on: March 27, 2014 at 4:41 a.m.
    CONGRATULATIONS JOE! Great memories...it would be great to hear from you.
  1. feliks fuksman
    commented on: March 27, 2014 at 4:44 a.m.
    Angelo, I have not seen Gino's name there??

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