Midwest Soccer and the entire USASA family were privileged to honor Julie Ilacqua this past weekend at the USASA Midyear Meeting. Her accomplishments and dedication to the game are astounding, and we get the sense that there is much more to come.
Julie is the former Managing Director of Referee Programs for the United States Soccer Federation. In this position she was responsible for the overall management of the Referee Department for US Soccer until her retirement in 2008.
Julie worked for World Cup 94 at the Detroit venue from 1992-1994 and was a member of the Bid Committee, helping to bring World Cup to the Pontiac Silverdome.
Among the boards she has served on are the Michigan Bid Committee Foundation, NASO Board of Directors (including a year as Chair) and the United States Soccer Federation Board of Directors.
As a referee Julie was the first female to officiate an intercollegiate national championship, but she is genuinely most proud of the heights to which the female referees of US Soccer have worked internationally.
Julie also served on the National Referee Committee, including time as chair of that committee, before she took the position with the United States Soccer Federation.
We are so proud of Julie and we continue to be extremely grateful and deeply inspired by her accomplishments and contributions to the beautiful game.
US Adult Soccer Association
The soccer family of the State of Michigan, as well as Region II, US Adult Soccer, US Youth Soccer and US Soccer are grieving the loss of a dedicated, committed member of our family, John Bieniewicz. The circumstances of his death have been reported nationally and have many asking what can they do to help his wife and young children. Greg Acho, a family friend, has established an account with GoFundMe. Contributions to this account are publicly posted and recognized. However, if you, your team or league chose to make a private donation to the family, I will provide that information when MSA has received it.
Below is the direct link to the site for online contributions.
Thank you for considering a donation to this young family who are facing incredible expenses.