Congratulations to Colleen Tyrrell and Justin Brells, who are being honored as the Young Referees of the Year at the CSA Awards Banquet in January 2018.
Both Colleen (below left) and Justin (below right) have displayed great character and work ethic in their time as referees and have represented that state of Colorado at a number of tournaments and regional events.
Colleen first got certified in 2011 at the age of 10 and has gone on to officiate at some of the biggest events in Colorado and Region IV. She started out as a referee helping her father out on the fields. In the seven years since, she has traveled as a referee to two Region IV Presidents Cups and officiated at numerous Colorado State and Presidents Cups. When she isn't out on the fields as a referee, she serves as captain of her team at St. Vrain FC, plays for her high school team at Silver Creek High, and plays in the ODP program.
Justin first got certified in 2013 and has quickly put together a resume fitting for a referee twice his age, having officiated NPL matches, Far West Regionals, ECNL and Colorado State and Presidents Cup. As a player, Justin started out at only 4 years old and currently plays for the Real Colorado Olympico team and the varsity team at Thunder Ridge High School, as well as serving as manager of the girls varsity team at Thunder Ridge.
Every year the Colorado Soccer Association and Colorado Soccer Referee Program awards the Young Referee of the Year award to those that have a strong work ethic, knowledge of the rules of the game and are positive role models.
Congratulations to both Colleen and Justin!