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About Us:

The Soccer Referees Association of New Jersey, SRANJ, is the state’s oldest referee association, founded in 1962.  Currently the Association has over 100 active members who serve the entire soccer community in and around New Jersey, working games in the youth, adult amateur, and professional ranks and also at the scholatic and collegiate levels.  Membership is open to referees of all grades.  All members are certified and licensed with the United States Soccer Federation, USSF, and our diverse membership consists of many National and State referees, assessors and instructors.

The SRANJ is proud to have 4 current MLS officials begin their careers in the association. They include:

FIFA Referee - Mark Geiger
Former FIFA Referee - Alex Prus
Former FIFA Assistant Referee - Greg Barkey
MLS Official - Alex Chilowicz

Goal:

The SRANJ is dedicated to the continual development of all soccer referees in New Jersey.  At each meeting, instruction is provided by FIFA and National referees on a variety of current topics which can be applied in all of our games.  The meetings also serve as a forum for members to regularly meet and 
discuss soccer, refereeing, and other related matters.

Click here to download and print a membership form.

2016 SRANJ Officers
Dan Hudson - President
Bill Tumbleson - Vice-President 
Ralph Corniffe - Secretary
Gary Wagner - Treasurer

For additional information call or email:
Dan Hudson, SRANJ President
Phone: 732-693-8323

Email: sranj1962@gmail.com

The Gunars H. Tobiens Award


Each spring the Soccer Referees Association of New Jersey searches for a New Jersey referee who is worthy to receive the Association's highest honor.  This special recognition is the Gunars H. Tobiens Award.  The recipient must be a person who has made an outstanding contribution to soccer refereeing in New Jersey.

Gunars H. Tobiens was born in Riga, Latvia, in the summer of 1930.  He lived in Riga until the age of 14, when he and his family left Latvia to settle in Austria and West Germany where Gunars completed his secondary school education.  As a young soccer player in Latvia, Gunars developed his skills and continued his training with the game in both Austria and Germany.  By the time he arrived in the United States in 1950, he was an accomplished player who was welcomed by the Philadelphia German Hungarian Club.  When Gunars moved to Cleveland and found no team to play with, he formalized the Cleveland Latvian Club.  It was in Cleveland where Gunars met and married his wife Zigrida and in 1959, their son Edmunds was born.  Gunars had become a trained chemist studying at Temple University and Rutgers University.


Gunars and his family moved to New Jersey, where Gunars became a research chemist and technical representative with Richold Chemical and Air Product Corporation.  In 1964, Gunars became a referee and a member of the Soccer Referees Association of New Jersey.  He immediately became a valuable asset to fellow referees and stood ready to serve in any capacity throughout his career.  He was a referee school administrator and a large part of the original upward thrust of the Association.  Always available when needed, Gunars covered the state both as a referee and as a leader of the Association.


It was not, however, as a referee or Association officer that Gunars Tobiens made his greatest contribution.  His gift to his fellow referees was made as a person.  While no man is perfect, Gunars' nobility of character and humanity have made him nearly so, in retrospect.  Gunars was the man who made us proud to be referees, who made us, in fact, proud of the human race.  His qualities of quiet courage, dependability, kindness, and concern for others sent and continues to send his brothers a constant example of what men can become.  With this award, the Association hope to share with referees who did not know Gunars Tobiens, the great model he left us.  For in the words of Jose Ortega y Gasset,


"Our danger as we exalt man is that whatever is within him is good; opinions, preferences, tasks, prejudices.  But it's the man of excellence who lives in essential servitude, who believes life has no savor unless he serves something transcendental.  He lives life as a discipline, the noble life.  He works by obligations not rules.  Noblesse oblige."

Gunars H. Tobiens Award Recipients
1983 - Savino Caldararo
1984 - Michael Fitzgerald
1985 - Jack Connors
1986 - Harry Baldwin
1987 - Paul Mott
1988 - Anthony Doria
1989 - Charlie Stillitano
1990 - Eno Loffredo
1991 - Guido Guazzoni
1993 - Eddie Morales
1994 - Tony Cullen
1995 - Tony Todoro
1996 - Frank Desimini
1997 - John Zangrilli
1998 - Farcher's Grove
2002 - Bill Rosu
2003 - Vinnie Mauro
2005 - Adam Mangino
2007 - Barry Towbin