David Socha

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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[1] and one in 1986.[2] The 1982 match between Scotland and New Zealand marked the first World Cup match ever supervised by an American ref. Socha played two seasons for Portsmouth in the 1950s.[3]

Socha is known to have served as a FIFA referee during the period from 1979[4] to 1986.[2] His other international events include the 1984 Olympic tournament[5] in Los Angeles and qualifying matches for the 1982[6] and 1986[7] World Cups. In the NASL, Socha has been the head referee for Soccer Bowl '82, and for game 1 of Soccer Bowl '84.[8][9] He was also an assistant referee at Soccer Bowl '78.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Scotland - New Zealand 5:2 (3:0)". June 15, 1982. Retrieved on June 5, 2013.
  2. ^ a b FIFA. "Match Report - Korea Republic - Italy 2:3 (0:1)". June 10, 1986. Retrieved on June 5, 2013.
  3. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2507&dat=19820614&id=NrdAAAAAIBAJ&sjid=wKUMAAAAIBAJ&pg=6602,2932106&hl=en
  4. ^ Reyes Padilla, Macario. "Mexico - International Results Details 1970-1979". RSSSF, September 18, 2008. Retrieved on June 5, 2013.
  5. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Cameroon - Iraq 1:0 (1:0)". August 1, 1984. Retrieved on June 5, 2013.
  6. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Honduras - Mexico 0:0". November 22, 1981. Retrieved on June 5, 2013.
  7. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - El Salvador - Honduras 1:2 (0:1)". March 10, 1985. Retrieved on June 5, 2013.
  8. ^ "NASL Soccer Bowl 84 - Game 1 (Sting vs. Blizzard) - First Half - YouTube". Archived from the original on 2013-07-02. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  9. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te2aKJWEpLQ
  10. ^ TVS Broadcast footage