Former Moccasin George Gansner Reaches Milestone as MLS Official
Former Florida Southern men’s soccer player George Gansner was in the news this weekend as the 1994 graduate officiated in his 200th career regular season Major League Soccer match. The 42-year old Gansner is in his 18th MLS season, working as a fourth official for two years before making his professional debut on the line in 1999.
Gansner was a defender and 4-year letterman for the Moccasins from 1990-93, appearing in a total of 62 games with 58 starts while playing for both Sam Snow and Kris Pahl. He started all but two games over his final three seasons and was a team captain as a senior in 1993. Originally from St. Louis, Gansner’s officiating career began even before his college playing career did. During the summer of 1990, he was named the Missouri Young Referee-of-the-Year.
Gansner is the sixth-most experienced referee in the Professional Referee Organization (PRO), and reached his milestone on Sunday, August 3, at BBVA Compass Stadium where the Houston Dynamo took on DC United. He’s also officiated in 29 playoff games, the 2005 MLS All-Star Game, and numerous international matches involving both World Cup and Olympic qualifiers.
In addition to his duties with MLS, Gansner has been a member of the FIFA officiating panel for the last 13 years. Among his assignments have been the 2006 Champions Cup Final, the 2007 U-20 World Cup, FIFA World Cup qualifying games in 2007, and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2007 as well. Since becoming a panel member in 2002, Gansner has been assigned to games all over the world. He will be stepping aside as a FIFA official at the end of 2014, but plans to continue officiating in MLS.
A full story on Gansner and his accomplishments can be found at proreferees.com.