WMSOA History

WMSOA History

The History of the Western Maryland Soccer Official's Association
Western Maryland Soccer Officials Association was established in 1992 as Western Maryland Youth Soccer Officials Association. The focus was to provide certified USSF officials for the local youth matches.
The organization meeting was held at Ballenger Creek Middle School cafeteria the evening of February 6, 1992 with approximately 18 referees in attendance. Jim Deegan was elected the first president of WMYSA.
On March 30, 1992, at Frederick High School, the constitution was modified and adopted and the first officers of WMYSRA elected. The name of the organization was changed to Western Maryland Soccer Officials Association (WMSOA) on March 24, 1994.
At the winter meeting on December 19, 1996 in Thurmont, MD, the Blue Ridge Soccer Officials Association members voted to create one organization under the Western Maryland Soccer Officials Association umbrella. The Board Of Directors of the organization would include, in addition to the President, VP, Secretary and Treasurer; a representative to handle NFHS, to handle USSF, and to handle NISOA as well as a youth representative with full voting rights who would be selected by the under 18 members.
WMSOA has over 200 members and provides service to FCYSL, NCSL, WAGS, BBSL, Frederick County Public Schools and a variety of private schools. We also provide certified officials for Frederick and Hagerstown Community Colleges, Hood College, Penn State Mt. Alto and Frostburg University. WMSOA is proud of its record of service to soccer in Frederick county!