Introducing our Director of Education – Silviu Petrescu

If you have watched the MLS at all over the past 10 years you will more than likely have seen Silviu Petrescu adjudicating the laws of the game from the middle. Whether it is the 401 Derby between Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact or a World Cup qualifying match, Petrescu has been refereeing at the highest level for decades.


With over 120 matches in the middle in the MLS the former FIFA referee has been refereeing in the MLS since 2006. During his MLS career Petrescu has received many awards including the 2012 MLS Referee of the year as well as being given the Cup Final that year.



Born in Romania, Petrescu started his soccer career as a player, playing for Metrom Brasov before making the transition to refereeing in 1987. After refereeing in Divizia B Petrescu immigrated to Canada in 1995 and continued with his refereeing career. In 2002 he became a listed FIFA official, a position he would hold until 2015.

A career that includes many international fixtures and tournaments, Petrescu was also a tournament official when Canada hosted the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2007. Petrescu can still be seen refereeing in the MLS, he has refereed over 122 games since 2006, been the 4th official in over 60 matches, and many more as VAR.

This past February he became a certified instructor and has been educating the next generation of referees as well as contributing to the South West Soccer Referee’s Association in the role of Director of Education. We look forward to continuing to learn from such a distinguished referee.