Congratulations 2014 AVYSL Referee recipients
of District Referee Award!

Pictured (L to R)
Ed Fregoso, Summer Ipsaro, Justin Fathali, Devin Webb and Patty O'Malley

Each year, CYSAN (California Youth Soccer Association North) and CNRA (California North Referee Administration) has each district select their top Youth Female and Male referee to compete in the state referee of the year award.  


The requirements to be considered for the award are that they are active in the referee community, demonstrate that they are comfortable centering high level matches, and show leadership on and off the field.


DIstrict 2 encompasses San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties and has about 1100 youth officials.   



Our 2014 AVYSL Referee-of-the-Year Award recipients include:



Devin Webb (Adult Male Referee of the Year)

Devin, has been officiating primarily for Almaden since 2010. In 2014, Devin stepped up and cover a number of last-minute game changes ensuring that Almaden maintain its standards of three officials at all games. His participation in our mentoring program has inspired a number of youth officials over the years and he strives to better our league with his professionalism at each game.

Patty O’Malley (Adult Female Referee of the Year)

Most people in Almaden know Patty for you support in the remodeling of the Steinbeck fields (now called O'Malley Sports Fields), but are surprised to find out that she's also an official. Patty's been officiating for Almaden since 2007 and has always made herself available to help out with the recreational and younger games.   She's been a role model for many of more female youth referees making her a valuable asset to our Almaden league and community.

Justin Fathali (Youth Male Referee of the Year)

Justin has been officiating for Almaden since 2012 and has really stepped up as one of our senior youth officials. When not playing for Mercury '97 Black, one of Almaden FC's premier teams, you can see him running between fields trying to help with coverage. Justin has started this year help mentor some of our newer officials and we how he continues next year during his college breaks.  

Gustavo Gomez-Gutierrez (Youth Male Referee of the Year)

Gustavo has been officiating for Almaden since 2012.  This year, Gustavo stepped up to took on center some of our older age groups.  This is very valuable to our league as we have very few youth officials who will challenge themselves to that level of play leaving it to our older officials to handle. Gustavo is going to school locally so we look forward to his participation in 2015.

Andrew Boyce (Novice Male Referee of the Year)

Andrew is not really a novice official as he used to officiate for Almaden over 10 years ago. However, after high school, he went into the military has now relocated himself back into our community.  Andrew received his license in August and completed 31 games during Fall, not including tournaments.  We look forward to seeing what Andrew can do for us in 2015!

Summer Ipsaro (Novice Female Referee of the Year)

Summer is another official who received her license in fall of 2014 and immediately started challenging herself.  Being one of the younger officials in our referring pool did not slow Summer down, as she took on a competetive game for her second match.  Her professionalism has been recognized by many of our mentors and we all look forward to her advancements in the years to come.

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