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.
Officially slated for the “Better Late Than Never” category, this year’s Midwest Soccer Tournament of Champions results are finally posted. (Sincerest apologies from the editor…)
Congratulations to the squads who battled their way to the finals at this year’s TOC:
(Full score tables are here)
As the dust settles on this year’s Midwest Soccer Tournament of Champions we look back on what made the 2014 installment of this amazing event so memorable. Dayton and the Southern Ohio Adult Soccer Association provided a fantastic venue and classic hospitality, the qualifying teams were on par with the nation’s elite, and of course the match officials chosen were among our nation’s finest.
If you or your association’s teams have yet to experience this amazing event, check out the main TOC page now and start planning for next year. Don’t miss another Tournament of Champions. Register your team and find out why it’s one of the best tournaments in the country.
The Southern Ohio Adult Soccer Association will be hosting a free 6v6 tournament on July 26th & 27th! [read more…]