Castro Valley Soccer Club is proud to announce that Suhani Abdullah has been honored as the USYSA Area 4 Female Youth Referee of the Year. Area 4 is comprised of the 13 western states and Suhani is #1 in our part of the world!
Suhani began playing soccer at age 8 and began refereeing in 2011 at age 14. Starting on the touchlines as an Assistant Referee, she was promoted to Center Referee her first year. Early on, she demonstrated by her calls, confidence and grace on the pitch, a talent for refereeing we have all admired. As she was assigned matches of increasing competitiveness with older youth, she began to draw the attention of referee assignors around the area. In 2015, she received the Female Youth Referee of the Year for CYSA Region 4 of Northern California, and earlier this year, was honored as Female Youth Referee of California. Throughout this time, Suhani has been a wonderful mentor and friend to many younger and newer youth referees--part of the referee ethos, "to help others as I have been helped."
As her abilities have developed and become known, she has been invited to referee in soccer tournaments throughout the west, including in Alaska, Idaho, Colorado, Arizona and southern California. And she has attracted the attention of those who train referees for the higher level assignments. Not to mention that she has already earned a grade 7 referee license.
Suhani is currently a sophomore at UC Berkeley reading Economics and Math. She looks forward to becoming a grade 6 referee in 2017, and in the meantime, increase her skills on the pitch.
And, what's it like to referee? Quoting Suhani, "...refereeing has been the absolute best job I could ask for. I get to work in a high-pressure environment that changes every single game, which is really exciting and fun for me. I've also met some of the coolest people and made some fantastic friends along the way, from Castro Valley all to way to..." [Editor left the last place word out, because Suhani hasn't stopped meeting cool new people in cool new places.]
Suhani---Congratulations from all your friends, your fellow referees and everyone at CVSC. Well done!