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Michael Zapata Selected as 2021 NPSL Referee of the Season

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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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