Silviu Petrescu

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Silviu Petrescu
Full name Silviu Petrescu
Born (1968-10-06) October 6, 1968 (age 48)
Other occupation Taxicab Driver
Years League Role
2006– MLS Referee
2008– Canadian Championship Referee
Years League Role
2002–2015 FIFA listed Referee
2003– 2003 Pan American Games Referee
2007 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup Referee
2008– CONCACAF Champions League Referee
2009–2010 North American SuperLiga Referee

Silviu Petrescu (born October 6, 1968) is a soccer referee, from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.[1] He officiates in Major League Soccer in the United States and Canada as well as international matches and is a member of the Professional Referee Organization.[2]


Petrescu was born and raised in Romania, where he first learned and took up refereeing in 1987. As a Canadian Soccer Association referee, he became FIFA listed in 2002 and has been officiating in Major League Soccer since 2006. He has also officiated in CONCACAF tournaments along with other national and international tournaments and fixtures, from friendlies to World Cup qualifying matches.

When the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup was held that summer in Canada, he was selected to be one of the tournament's officials.[1]

In November 2012, Major League Soccer named Petrescu the MLS Referee of the Year, the first Canadian to win the title. Soon after it was announced that he would serve as the head referee for the MLS Cup 2012 final.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Silviu Petrescu's father, who was also a FIFA referee, encouraged him to become a referee rather than a professional player. He had previously played in the premier Romanian division for three years while stationed in the army.[4]

Petrescu is also a taxi driver, partly because he is his "own boss" and can work with his refereeing schedule.[5]


Card statistics[edit]

Major League Soccer
Season G Booked Tot Booked PG Red card Tot Red card PG
2013 19 71 3.74 3 0.16
2014 15 39 2.6 0 0

Updated to matches played on November 3, 2014.


  1. ^ a b Petrescu bio page, July 6, 2007. Accessed November 30, 2012. "Silviu Petrescu Bio"
  2. ^ "PRO Referee Roster". Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ Petrescu's prepared for "biggest moment", November 24, 2012. Accessed November 30, 2012. "Petrescu's prepared for biggest moment"
  4. ^ Petrescu Did you know? page, July 6, 2007. Accessed November 30, 2012. "Silviu Petrescu Did you know?"
  5. ^ Video of Petrescu's working lives One of Us, August 16, 2010. Accessed November 30, 2012. "Silviu Petrescu – FIFA referee and local taxi driver."
  6. ^ "Canadian Petrescu named 2012 Referee of the Year". November 20, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2013. 

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