David Socha
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David Socha

David Socha
Full name David Stanley Socha [1]
Born (1938-09-27) September 27, 1938 (age 82)
Springfield, Massachusetts
International
Years League Role
1979-1986 FIFA-listed Referee

David Socha (born September 27, 1938) is a former soccer referee from the United States. He is best known for supervising two matches in the FIFA World Cup, one in 1982[2] and one in 1986.[3] The 1982 match between Scotland and New Zealand marked the first World Cup match ever supervised by an American referee. Socha played two seasons for Portsmouth in the 1950s.[4]

Socha is known to have served as a FIFA referee during the period from 1979[5] to 1986.[3] His other international events include the 1984 Olympic tournament[6] in Los Angeles and qualifying matches for the 1982[7] and 1986[8] World Cups. In the NASL, Socha has been the head referee for Soccer Bowl '82, and for game 1 of Soccer Bowl '84.[9][10] He was also an assistant referee at Soccer Bowl '78.[11]

References

  1. ^ https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?dbid=3928&h=3575230&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=1265
  2. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Scotland - New Zealand 5:2 (3:0)" Archived 2009-06-29 at the Wayback Machine. June 15, 1982. Retrieved on June 5, 2013.
  3. ^ a b FIFA. "Match Report - Korea Republic - Italy 2:3 (0:1)" Archived 2013-07-06 at the Wayback Machine. June 10, 1986. Retrieved on June 5, 2013.
  4. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2507&dat=19820614&id=NrdAAAAAIBAJ&sjid=wKUMAAAAIBAJ&pg=6602,2932106&hl=en
  5. ^ Reyes Padilla, Macario. "Mexico - International Results Details 1970-1979". RSSSF, September 18, 2008. Retrieved on June 5, 2013.
  6. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Cameroon - Iraq 1:0 (1:0)". August 1, 1984. Retrieved on June 5, 2013.
  7. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Honduras - Mexico 0:0". November 22, 1981. Retrieved on June 5, 2013.
  8. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - El Salvador - Honduras 1:2 (0:1)". March 10, 1985. Retrieved on June 5, 2013.
  9. ^ "NASL Soccer Bowl 84 - Game 1 (Sting vs. Blizzard) - First Half - YouTube". Archived from the original on 6 January 2014. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ http://www.popflock.com/video?id=te2aKJWEpLQ
  11. ^ TVS Broadcast footage

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