Karen Abt has ascended an incredible deal since she final officiated a highschool soccer recreation in 2009, as she has spent the previous seven years as an expert official on the FIFA panel, the world’s highest degree of officiating.
A Colorado native, Abt will quickly return highschool motion when she takes the sphere to referee the Class 5A women soccer state championship recreation between Rock Canyon and Broomfield on Saturday at Weidner Discipline in Colorado Springs.
“I’m actually excited to referee one of many Colorado highschool state championships as a result of it permits me a chance to provide again to soccer,” Abt stated. “The sport and the folks I’ve met through the years have afforded me so many alternatives to journey the world, expertise issues I had by no means imagined and make life-long pals. So, you will need to me to provide again to the sport in order that others can get pleasure from as properly, and aspire to attain what I’ve.
“I need to encourage and encourage our youthful referees, and for them to know that the alternatives are limitless in the event that they put the effort and time into officiating. And simply perhaps, even get a few of the gamers to contemplate officiating sooner or later. There may be additionally a purity about highschool soccer. They’re taking part in for the love of the sport. I’m wanting ahead to that.”
Abt grew up in Fort Collins and went to Rocky Mountain Excessive Faculty. She has been on the FIFA panel since 2016. She works on the Colorado Faculty of Mines within the Superior Metal Processing and Merchandise Analysis Heart and in her minimal free time, trains and referees.
On Saturday, Abt stated she is wanting ahead to a chance to assist serve the Colorado highschool soccer group that helped her get to the place she is as we speak.
“I’m most wanting ahead to working at residence with my Colorado referee household,” Abt stated. “I journey so typically that having a weekend at house is a present. I’m excited to work with those that have inspired, supported, and helped me alongside the way in which. There’s a consolation in coming residence to the mountains and my soccer household.”
In 2019, 17-year-old Patricia McCracken officiated the 5A boys state championship recreation.