Canada Soccer is proud to announce Muhammad Al-Digeil, NB, and Harris Rasheed, ON, as the winners of the National Officials Day essay contest. They will each receive an Umbro Refereeing Prize Pack, valued at $400.

The contest, titled Why Do You Enjoy Being an Official, was launched on 16 April to celebrate National Officials Day, an initiative started by Sports Officials Canada to increase the awareness of officiating in sport and promote respect of officials.

In order to enter the contest participants were asked to outline why they referee and the joy it gives them. Over 60 submissions were received.

“These essays provide a glimpse into the minds of our officials and the challenges they face,” said Canada Soccer’s Head of Refereeing Tiger Liu. “Their enthusiasm shows the passion that our officials have for the game as well as their desire to improve, both on and off the pitch.”