OBJECTIVE: In order to honor and perpetuate the names of Florida Soccer Referees who have distinguished themselves while at a Regional competition level and were selected to officiate at a National competition level, the Ted & Christina Unkel Award of Excellence is hereby established.
Ted and Christina Unkel are Florida soccer referees representing Florida and the US Soccer Federation as FIFA Referees and professional soccer referees. Grounded in excellence on the field, they also share their refereeing passion in mentoring, instructing and advising the next generation of referees. Ted Unkel was a FIFA Referee from 2016-2021 and a current MLS Professional Referee. Christina Unkel was a FIFA Referee from 2012-2019 and current MLS VAR. They both have served as mentors at USYS Southern Regionals from 2012 to the present and at USYS National events.
DATE ESTABLISHED: AUGUST 1, 2021 by FSR, with Ted & Christina Unkel
CRITERIA: Those officials selected to officiate in National tournaments to include:
USYS (US Youth Soccer) National Championship Series Finals
USYS (US Youth Soccer) National President’s Cup Finals
MEETINGS: The Committee Chair will obtain the names of any and all who have become eligible on or before August 1st of each year.
PRESENTATION: The award shall be presented at an appropriate ceremony as selected by the Committee. Recipients will be invited at the expense of the FLSRC.
YEAR AND AWARD RECIPIENTS
2021: David Blikstad, Edson Carvajal, Ivan Cid, Kyle Cividanes, Jonathan Cruz, Albert Escovar, Joseph Geck, Corbin Goodyear, Reid Hammil, Preston Joyner, Meagan Mc Dougall, Carlos Morales-Lastra, John Ocampo, Arnel Selman