Mauricio Navarro

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Mauricio Navarro
Born (1966-04-07) 7 April 1966 (age 51)
Years League Role
? - 2008 Major League Soccer Referee
Years League Role
2000 – 2011 FIFA listed Referee

Mauricio Navarro (born April 7, 1966) is a Canadian soccer referee. Navarro was born in Chile but later moved to Vancouver, Canada and became a Canadian citizen. He attained his FIFA badge in 2000 and went on to become one of Canada's most successful referees before retiring and the end of 2011, having reached the mandatory retirement age.


After just one year on the FIFA list, Navarro was appointed to the 2001 Copa America, hosted in Colombia. He officiated just one match, the Group C opener between Bolivia and Uruguay, which Bolivia won 1-0.[1] Navarro later described this match as one of the most difficult of his career.[2]

Navarro's next major appointment was to the 2003 Gold Cup, where he officiated three matches, one in the group stage, a Quarter-final, and then the Final.

2003 Gold Cup Final[edit]

At his retirement, Navarro describes the 2003 Gold Cup final between Mexico, and reigning World Champions Brazil, as the pinnacle of his career.[3] He had officiated both teams already in the tournament; Brazil in the Group Stage and Mexico in the Quarter-finals.

27 July 2003
 Mexico 1–0 (a.s.d.e.t)  Brazil
Osorno Goal 97' Report
Estadio Azteca, Mexico City
Attendance: 80,000

In 2007, Navarro was appointed to the Gold Cup, where he refereed the Group Stage match between Panama and Honduras and the Quarter-Final match between Honduras and Guadeloupe. The same year he was selected to work the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, which was hosted in Canada. Unfortunately, due to injury he did not referee any matches, instead only acting as a 4th Official

2008 CONCACAF Champions Cup Final[edit]

Navarro was selected, along with Canadian Assistant Referees Hector Vergara and Joe Fletcher to officiate the decisive second leg of the 2008 CONCACAF Champions Cup. For Navarro, this came after three successive semi-final appointments in the past three years of the tournament. This was the final match ever of the tournament, as beginning the following season it was replaced with the current CONCACAF Champions League.[4]

Final International Match[edit]

Navarro's final international appointment came on November 15, 2011 when he officiated the reigning World Champions Spain and Costa Rica.[5] The initial plan was for Hector Vergara to work the match too, so the friends Navarro and Vergara could officiate their final match together, but Vergara had work commitments and was unable to accept the game.[3]

15 November 2011
16:00 EST
Costa Rica 2 - 2 Spain
Brenes Goal 31'
Campbell Goal 42'
Report Silva Goal 83'
Villa Goal 90'
Puyol YC 90'

International Competitions Officiated[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Grew up in Chile. Moved to Canada. Has two daughters.


  1. ^ "2001 Copa America Bolivia vs. Uruguay". Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Navarro: Retirement with the world champions". Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "BC Referee Navarro officiating World Champions in his final game". BC Soccer. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "CONCACAF Champions Cup finale in Pachuca". Canadian Soccer Association. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Costa Rica vs Spain Report". Retrieved 20 January 2012.