Jair Marrufo

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Jair Marrufo
Born (1977-06-07) June 7, 1977 (age 39)
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Other occupation Product specialist
Years League Role
2002- Major League Soccer Referee
Years League Role
2007- FIFA Listed Referee
2007- CONCACAF Champions League Referee

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


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]

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.[4]

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.[5]


He was on the list of 38 referees to potentially referee the 2010 FIFA World Cup,[6] but was later removed from that list following a pattern of poor performances during the 2009 MLS season.[7]

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.[8]


Card statistics[edit]

Major League Soccer
Season G YC Tot YC PG Red card Tot Red card PG
2013 13 19 1.46 0 0
2014 17 26 1.53 2 0.12

Updated to matches played on November 3, 2014.
Source: http://www.proreferees.com/stats-referee-stats.php


  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. ^ http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament...os_2010fwc2.pdf
  4. ^ "PRO Referee Roster". PROreferees.com. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ PRO announce crew for 2014 MLS All-Star game, Professional Referee Organization, July 8, 2014, retrieved July 8, 2014 
  6. ^ "List of prospective referees for 2010 FIFA World Cup" (PDF). FIFA. 2008-10-22. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  7. ^ Goff, Steven (2009-09-01). "3 MLS Refs Done for Season". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  8. ^ "USSF Bio". US Soccer Federation. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 

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