Jair Marrufo

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Jair Marrufo
Jair Marrufo.jpg
Born (1977-06-07) June 7, 1977 (age 41)
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Other occupation Product specialist
Domestic
Years League Role
2002– Major League Soccer Referee
International
Years League Role
2007– FIFA Listed Referee
2007– CONCACAF Champions League Referee

Jair Marrufo (born June 7, 1977) is an American soccer referee. He has been a referee in Major League Soccer since 2002 and a FIFA referee since 2007.

Career[edit]

Marrufo was 2008 MLS Referee of the Year.[1]

Marrufo was suspended by MLS for the remainder of the 2009 MLS season as of September 1, 2009, for poor performances over the course of the season,[2] and subsequently on February 5, 2010, Marrufo was removed from the 2010 World Cup referee list.[3][4]

It was announced in 2013 that Marrufo would be a member of the newly formed Professional Referee Organization, the body responsible for refereeing appointments among the United States and Canada's top soccer leagues.[5]

On July 8, 2014, Marrufo was assigned to the 2014 MLS All-Star Game, to be played on August 6 at Providence Park between an MLS All-Star team and Bayern Munich.[6]

He also officiated a 2017 International Champions Cup match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid on 29 July 2017, after which he was accused by Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitić of insulting him.[7]

Maruffo was selected to officiate in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and his first appointment was the Group G match between Belgium & Tunisia.

Personal life[edit]

His father, Antonio Marrufo, was a FIFA referee from Mexico and served on the Mexican Referee Commission. Jair Marrufo speaks fluent English and Spanish. He is the husband of teacher and UTEP graduate Zinnia Mares Marrufo and they have two children together. [8] He is of Mexican descent.

Honors[edit]

  • FIFA panel – 2007–present
  • Two Olympic qualifier tournaments
  • Beijing Olympics – 2008
  • MLS Referee of the Year – 2008
  • Two U-17 World Cups
  • MLS Cup Playoffs
  • Copa Central Americano – 2014
  • MLS All-Star – 2014
  • CONCACAF Gold Cup – 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
  • MLS Cup – 2006 and 2015
  • Copa America – 2016

Card statistics[edit]

Major League Soccer
Season G Yellow card Tot Yellow card PG Red card Tot Red card PG
2013 13 19 1.46 0 0
2014 17 24 1.41 2 0.12
2015 19 53 2.79 3 0.16
2016 17 45 2.65 1 0.06
2017 7 22 3.14 1 0.14

Updated to matches played on July 7, 2017.
Source: http://proreferees.com/stats/referee-stats/

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Referee-Programs/2008/11/U-S-Soccer-Referee-Jair-Marrufo-Named-2008-MLS-Referee-Of-The-Year.aspx. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Goff, Steven (2009-09-01). "3 MLS Refs Done for Season". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-09-01.
  3. ^ "List of prospective referees for 2010 FIFA World Cup" (PDF). FIFA. 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
  4. ^ Goff, Steven (2009-09-01). "3 MLS Refs Done for Season". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-09-01.
  5. ^ "PRO Referee Roster". PROreferees.com. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  6. ^ PRO announce crew for 2014 MLS All-Star game, Professional Referee Organization, July 8, 2014, retrieved July 8, 2014
  7. ^ "Barcelona news: Rakitic reveals referee insults in Real Madrid Clasico - Goal.com". Goal.com. 2017-07-30. Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  8. ^ "USSF Bio". US Soccer Federation. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-24.

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