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While it may have been a long time since Canada was represented at the World Cup by our men’s soccer team Canadian referees have been able to look forward to one of our own running up and down the touchline. Joe Fletcher, originally from Niagara Falls, has been a part of the third team at the past two World Cups, traveling this past summer to Russia and four years ago to Brazil.
Fletcher made his professional debut in 2003 for a game between the Toronto Lynx and Montreal Impact and four years later he would make the FIFA list. Since then Fletcher has had many opportunities to officiate at the highest level. Not only has he worked at the past two World Cups but in the past four years alone he has worked two MLS finals (2014 and 2016), Copa America (2016), as well as many other international tournaments.
The South West Soccer Referee’s Association’s Director of Ed. Silviu Petrescu (MLS Referee/former FIFA) and the executive committee are incredibly excited to be able to welcome all referees from the South-West District to an open house September 24th where Joe Fletcher will be leading an education session, speaking about his experiences in Russia, and participating in a meet and greet.