Be a Futsal Referee!

The Association is always seeking hardworking, passionate referees to become futsal referees. Only USSF/FIFA certified officials may referee games in Massachusetts.

Why become a futsal referee? The fast pace of a futsal match forces referees to be fit, focused and make decisions quickly. It is excellent for referee development. Beyond that, it is fun to officiate and the MFA provides regular opportunities for evaluation. We welcome you to join the futsal referee family!

Over the past six years, 13 futsal referees have been selected to officiate at the US Soccer national futsal championships.

Why become a futsal referee? Read what the Mass Referee Committee says!

Please contact Soorena Farboodmanesh at soorena @ for further information.

2014 Referee Certification Courses

Referee Recertifications:

  • Aug. 22, 6-10 pm, Marriott Hotel, Newton
  • additional courses to be added

New Referee Courses:

  • Aug. 24, 9-5, Marriott Hotel, Newton
  • additional courses to be added

Courses are offered by the Massachusetts Referee Committee. To register, visit or click here.


FIFA Referees officiate in Massachusetts

BOTH United States FIFA futsal referees officiated at the 2013 Northeast Regional Championships! Jason Krnac worked at the 2008 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Brasil while Shane Butler has represented the United States at CONCACAF Futsal Championships in Central America. Both gentlemen have also refereed many international friendlies and as Grade 1 soccer officials have covered numerous professional and college games here in the states.

The presence of both of the country's best, most experienced futsal referees illustrates the Massachusetts Futsal Association's continued commitment to excellence and to the growth and success of the sport of futsal.

Krnac, of Cleveland, also officiated at the 2011 NRFC tournament, and Butler, of St. Louis, attended the 2010 event. They are not only excellent referees but terrific mentors for referees of all experiences and ages.

In 2008, referee instructor trainer Jeff Kohlmeyer of US Soccer led referee courses.

2009 -

2008 - Futsal Referee Certification Course led by U.S. Soccer Futsal Instructor Jeff Kohlmeyer (Springfield, Mo.)


Questions about futsal refereeing?

Director of Officials, Soorena Farboodmanesh

Youth Referee Coordinator, Dick Williams

Referee Assignor, Jason Miller

Referee Award

Referee Awards

2013 Referee of the Year - John McKenna, Newton
2012 Referee of the Year - Tony Brossi, Northborough
2011 Referee of the Year - Zach Levin, Belmont
2010 Referee of the Year - John Longo, Needham
2007 Referee of the Year - Soorena Farboodmanesh, Newton

2013 Youth Referee of the Year - no award
2012 Youth Referee of the Year - Nathan Jewett-Wolf, Jamaica Plain
2011 Youth Referee of the Year - Nick Karnovsky, Brookline
2010 Youth Referee of the Year - Sarah Zesch, West Roxbury
2007 Youth Referee of the Year - Ella Hartenian, Arlington


Referees from Massachusetts to officiate at the US Youth Futsal National Championships (formerly Champions Cup)

2013 - Tony Brossi, Northborough
2013 - Nathan Jewett-Wolf, Jamaica Plain
2013 - Zach Levin, Brookline

2012 - Nick Karnovsky, Brookline
2012 - Zach Levin, Belmont

2011 - Soorena Farboodmanesh, Newton
2011 - John Longo, Needham
2011 - John McKenna, Newton
2011 - Richard Williams, Jamaica Plain
2011 - Jeff Zesch, West Roxbury
2011 - Sarah Zesch, West Roxbury

2010 - Soorena Farboodmanesh, Newton
2010 - Chris Sweeney, Braintree

2009 - Richard Williams, Jamaica Plain
2009 - Rose Williams, Jamaica Plain

2008 - Soorena Farboodmanesh, Newton
2008 - John Longo, Needham
2008 - Rose Williams, Jamaica Plain

2007 - Jay Eidson, Lexington
2007 - Soorena Farboodmanesh, Newton
2007 - Ella Hartenian, Arlington
2007 - Noga Rogel, Brookline

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