Jordan Cavaco, a first-year student at Assumption College, has been named 2012 U.S. Youth Soccer Male Young Referee of the Year. At a Jan. 18 ceremony in Indianapolis, he was recognized for his dedication to the game, his outstanding personal accomplishments, serving as a role model to other youth referees and players, and for his excellence as noted by his adult referee peers and mentors.
A native of Brockton, Mass., Cavaco majors in business management at Assumption and is a member of the College’s men’s soccer team.
“Being a part of the Assumption men's soccer team is giving me the opportunity to play in the Northeast-10 Conference, which is one of the most competitive Division 2 conferences in the country,” he said. “What I enjoy about soccer is that it is a game of life skills. When you step on that field, you learn how to work with a team; you learn to win and lose; you learn how to deal with tough situations; and you are given the opportunity the express yourself. You have to earn what you want through hard work.”
Academically, Assumption College is opening up new opportunities for Cavaco.
“I fell in love with what Assumption College has to offer,” he said. “Every day, I am learning something new, which prepares me for the future. The support system on campus is great, and my classmates and professors are helping me reach my academic goals.”
Cavaco started playing soccer when he was 6 years old and began refereeing in 2007. Since then, he has worked many events, including the 2012 U.S. Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup and the 2012 U.S. Youth Soccer Region I Championships. In August 2012, Cavaco was named Young Referee (Male) of the Year by the Massachusetts State Referee Committee (MSRC). In October 2012, U.S. Youth Soccer’s Region I selected him as its Young Referee of the Year. Cavaco was also a 2011 Disney Soccer Showcase U18/U19 finalist with the Boston-based FC Blazers. He aspires to become a professional referee in Major League Soccer (MLS), and, ultimately, a referee in the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
Through the Young Referee of the Year program, U.S. Youth Soccer helps foster the development of referees for the future of soccer in the United States. Many of the leagues around the country would not be able to cover all of their games but not for the involvement of youth referees. The national Male and Female Young Referees of the Year award was announced at the U.S. Youth Soccer Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the 2013 U.S. Youth Soccer Workshop in Indianapolis.
“It is a tremendous honor to have been chosen for this prestigious award out of all the youth referees in the country,” said Cavaco, a graduate of Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass. “I wouldn’t be here without the support of my parents, family, friends and colleagues; I am very grateful to them.”