Mark Geiger

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Mark Geiger
Referee Mark Geiger advantage.jpg
Geiger in 2012
Full name Mark Geiger
Born (1974-08-25) August 25, 1974 (age 40)
Beachwood, New Jersey
Other occupation Mathematics teacher
Years League Role
2002–2004 A-League Referee
2004– MLS Referee
2011– NASL Referee
Years League Role
2008– FIFA listed Referee
2008– CONCACAF Champions League Referee

Mark Geiger (born August 25, 1974)[1] is an American soccer referee for PRO,[2] from Beachwood, New Jersey.[3] He officiates in Major League Soccer in the United States and Canada. He has also officiated in various international matches, including CONCACAF and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Geiger was formerly employed as a high school mathematics teacher.


Geiger first took up refereeing in 1988. He became a United States Soccer Federation National Referee in 2003 and has been officiating in Major League Soccer since 2004. He has officiated in CONCACAF tournaments since becoming a FIFA referee in 2008, and has officiated Gold Cup and other international tournaments and fixtures. Geiger was selected for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in 2011, where he refereed the final.[4]

Geiger officiated at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia.[5] He officiated the Group E game between eventual tournament champions Brazil and Austria at Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Meléndez in Barranquilla.[6] He then took charge of the Group B game between Uruguay and Cameroon at Estadio El Campín in Bogotá.[7] He was appointed to the Round of 16 match between Spain and South Korea at Estadio Palogrande in Manizales.[8] Finally, he refereed the Final with American Assistant Referee Sean Hurd and Canadian Assistant Referee Joe Fletcher, between Brazil and Portugal at Estadio El Campín in Bogotá.[9] This is the first time an American has ever been the referee at a major men's tournament final.[10]

Geiger was selected as the Major League Soccer referee of the year for the 2011 season,[11] and then again in 2014 [12]

In 2012, Geiger was selected as one of 16 referees to officiate at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Geiger took charge of the Group D match between Spain vs. Japan[13] and the quarterfinal between Japan vs. Egypt. In 2013, Geiger was selected as CONCACAF's representative referee for the 2013 Club World Cup.[14]

Geiger was one of 25 referees appointed for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[15][16] Geiger described the assignment to the World Cup as "an immensely proud moment".[17] Geiger officiated the 2014 World Cup Group C match between Colombia and Greece at the Estadio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte;[18] the 2014 World Cup Group B match between Chile and Spain at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro;[19] and the 2014 World Cup Round of 16 match between France and Nigeria at the Estádio Nacional in Brasilia, the first American to referee in the knockout round of a FIFA World Cup.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Geiger formerly taught Mathematics at Lacey Township High School in Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey. Geiger was among 103 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2009.[21]


Card statistics[edit]

Major League Soccer
Season G Booked Tot Booked PG Red card Tot Red card PG
2013 15 44 2.93 5 0.33
2014 13 40 3.08 4 0.31

Updated to matches played on November 3, 2014.


  1. ^ FIFA profile, website.
  2. ^ "PRO Referee Roster". Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ Clunn, Nicholas. "PROJECT EARNS HIGH MARKS Lacey schools rave about renovations", Asbury Park Press, October 1, 2003. Accessed May 11, 2012. "Mark Geiger, a math teacher from Beachwood, said his new classroom in the high school's addition - referred to as the 'West Wing' here - has made teaching a bit easier."
  4. ^ CONCACAF news release about u-20 final and CCL games.
  5. ^ News release from US Soccer website.
  6. ^ Match report, FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2011: website.
  7. ^ Match report, FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2011: website.
  8. ^ Match report, FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2011: website.
  9. ^ Match report, FIFA U-20 World Cup, 2011: website.
  10. ^ Professional Soccer Referees Association.
  11. ^ Article from MLS website
  12. ^ [1] Mark Geiger named MLS Referee of the Year; Paul Scott voted Assistant Referee of the Year
  13. ^ [2].
  14. ^ "FCWC 2013 Appointments of Match Officials". 
  15. ^ "Referee trios and support duos appointed for 2014 FIFA World Cup™". 15 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Referees & Assistant referees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™". 14 January 2014. 
  17. ^ "Mark Geiger excited to fulfil World Cup dream". 20 January 2014. 
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  20. ^ "PRO 2014 World Cup assignments". 28 June 2014. 
  21. ^ News release from White House press secretary.

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