Michael Zapata Selected as 2021 NPSL Referee of the Season


The National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) recently announced the four referees selected as the 2021 NPSL Referee of the Season in their respective regions — among them is California North referee Michael Zapata.

“To be selected to represent my region with this honor means a lot,” Zapata said. “The friends and peers with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working make the time worth it, and I am but one of many capable and equally-dedicated referees in my region.  The leadership in California North paves the way in providing its referees with quality education and learning experiences.  I am thankful to be a product of this region, and for the many refereeing opportunities that I am lucky enough to have been afforded.  If I can lead by example, it is with hard work and the dedication to continue to learn and improve with every opportunity.” Zapata, a high school physics teacher from Fresno, is in his 20th year as a soccer official.

“I am very pleased with the selection of referees who won the award this season,” NPSL Director of Officials Paul Scott said. “There are over a hundred referees in the four regions and these officials have risen above the others.  Each working hard to earn this achievement.  They represent the future of refereeing in U.S. Soccer.  I would like to thank the National Assignors and team owners who recognized those officials who deserved nomination.  Too often referees are an afterthought.  Also, a thank you to the selection committee who took the time sifting through all of the worthy nominations.”

Please join us in congratulating Michael for this achievement!

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