U. S. Soccer: full-time professional referees
In a move designed to continue the growth and progress of officiating in the United States, U. S. Soccer has established a programme to employ full-time referees for the first time in the organization’s 95-year history. Jair Marrufo, Ricardo Salazar, Baldomero Toledo and Terry Vaughn will become full-time referees, enabling them to focus all of their professional abilities on practical on-field applications, as well as off-the-field training.
“This new programme will give our best referees the opportunity to focus all of their energies on enhancing the performance of our elite officials on the field,” said U. S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati.
The United States is now just one of only handful of countries with full-time professional referees (a list that includes England, France, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain).