Albert Calise

I have been a referee in Eastern New York and member of the Staten Island Soccer Referee Association since 1993, when I was a High School Freshman and wanted to referee to help me become a better player.  I have been a National since 2010, as a Referee initially and then, when US Soccer established the AR track, as a National Assistant Referee since 2012.  Refereeing out of Eastern New York for more than 20 years has allowed me to experience the game at many levels.  I can remember my first match - an under 8 Boys Division 9 Staten Island Soccer League game at Miller Field - and remember how "fast" that game felt to me at the time.  I always remember that feeling from my first game when I am taking on a challenge of a match at a new higher level than I am accustomed to.  I have always felt that setting goals for yourself, reaching them, and then setting new goals have helped me develop as an official. 

My most treasured moments include being presented my first National Referee badge at the local RTS clinic in front of my fellow ENY referees, working with two of my mentees from Staten Island on one of their first US Soccer Development Academy matches (both of which did very on some challenging games), being an Assistant Referee at Citi Field in front of almost 40,000 fans for the Ecuador vs. Greece friendly in 2011, working as an Assistant Referee for a friendly between the US and China Women's National teams in the build up to the 2012 Olympic Games, and working as an Assistant Referee in two US Division 1 professional domestic leagues (NWSL and WPS).  Currently, I am an Assistant Referee in the NWSL, MLS Reserve League, and in the USL, as well as officiating in the US Soccer Development Academy and in the local leagues of Eastern New York.  I have also had the pleasure of being an official in multiple international friendly matches, US Open Cup matches, US Soccer Development Academy Playoffs and Showcases, 2011 Nike International Friendlies, the 2006 US Youth Soccer National Championships, the 2010 US Adult Soccer Association National Cups Finals, multiple Region 1 Youth and Amateur events, and various state, league, and cup finals.

There have been many great moments that have only been possible due keeping the priority of family, work, and then soccer and due to the help of countless mentors, instructors, administrators, assessors, assignors, and fellow referees at every level that I have refereed at.

UPDATE:Albert Calise was awarded "Referee of the Year 2014" from Eastern New York State Soccer Association.