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Soccer referee Joe Manfre recognized for 50 years | PHOTOS...

A large group of friends and fellow soccer officials join Harford County Soccer Officials Association member, Joe Manfre, front, as he celebrates his 50th year as a soccer referee at Cedar Lane Regional Park Monday, July 19, 2021. Manfre has mentored countless referees through the years and earned a place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Other than the hundreds of high school and recreation league games Joe Manfre has also rerereed in Pele’s games, multiple NCAA finals, Baltimore Blast games and countless games in between.
(Matt Button / The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media)

Soccer referee Joe Manfre recognized for 50 years officiating | PHOTOS

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On Monday, July 19, Joe Manfre stepped onto the soccer field at Cedar Lane Regional Park and blew his whistle, marking a milestone, 50 years of refereeing soccer. A few friends surprised Manfre and came out to help him celebrate the amazing achievement.
Joe Manfre 50 years as soccer referee
A large group of friends and fellow soccer officials join Harford County Soccer Officials Association member, Joe Manfre, front, as he celebrates his 50th year as a soccer referee at Cedar Lane Regional Park Monday, July 19, 2021. Manfre has mentored countless referees through the years and earned a place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Other than the hundreds of high school and recreation league games Joe Manfre has also rerereed in Pele’s games, multiple NCAA finals, Baltimore Blast games and countless games in between.
A large group of friends and fellow soccer officials join Harford County Soccer Officials Association member, Joe Manfre, front, as he celebrates his 50th year as a soccer referee at Cedar Lane Regional Park Monday, July 19, 2021. Manfre has mentored countless referees through the years and earned a place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Other than the hundreds of high school and recreation league games Joe Manfre has also rerereed in Pele’s games, multiple NCAA finals, Baltimore Blast games and countless games in between. (Matt Button / The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media)
Joe Manfre 50 years as soccer referee
Long time soccer referee Joe Manfre, left, stands in disbelief with Kevin Bailey, President of the Harford County Soccer Officials Association as they see the large group of fellow officials on the sideline in attendance to help Manfre celebrate his 50th year as a soccer referee at Cedar Lane Regional Park. Manfre has mentored countless referees through the years and has earned a place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Other than the hundreds of high school and recreation league games Joe Manfre has also refereed in Pele’s games, multiple NCAA finals, Baltimore Blast games and countless games in between.
Long time soccer referee Joe Manfre, left, stands in disbelief with Kevin Bailey, President of the Harford County Soccer Officials Association as they see the large group of fellow officials on the sideline in attendance to help Manfre celebrate his 50th year as a soccer referee at Cedar Lane Regional Park. Manfre has mentored countless referees through the years and has earned a place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Other than the hundreds of high school and recreation league games Joe Manfre has also refereed in Pele’s games, multiple NCAA finals, Baltimore Blast games and countless games in between. (Matt Button / The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media)
Joe Manfre 50 years as soccer referee
Gary Cartwright, right, takes advantage of the opportunity and gives long time friend and fellow soccer official Joe Manfre, a Red Card as he celebartes his 50th year as an official at the Cedar Lane Regional Park Monday, July 19, 2021. Manfre has mentored countless referees through the years and has earned a place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Gary Cartwright, right, takes advantage of the opportunity and gives long time friend and fellow soccer official Joe Manfre, a Red Card as he celebartes his 50th year as an official at the Cedar Lane Regional Park Monday, July 19, 2021. Manfre has mentored countless referees through the years and has earned a place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame. (Matt Button / The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media)
Joe Manfre 50 years as soccer referee
A large group of friends and fellow soccer officials join Harford County Soccer Officials Association member, Joe Manfre, as he celebrates his 50th year as a soccer referee at Cedar Lane Regional Park Monday.
A large group of friends and fellow soccer officials join Harford County Soccer Officials Association member, Joe Manfre, as he celebrates his 50th year as a soccer referee at Cedar Lane Regional Park Monday. (Matt Button / The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media)
Joe Manfre 50 years as soccer referee
A friend and fellow soccer official signs the soccer ball for friend, Harford County Soccer Officials Association member, Joe Manfre, as he celebrates his 50th year as a soccer offficial at Cedar Lane Regional Park Monday, July 19, 2021. Manfre has mentored countless referees through the years and has earned a place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
A friend and fellow soccer official signs the soccer ball for friend, Harford County Soccer Officials Association member, Joe Manfre, as he celebrates his 50th year as a soccer offficial at Cedar Lane Regional Park Monday, July 19, 2021. Manfre has mentored countless referees through the years and has earned a place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame. (Matt Button / The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media)
Joe Manfre 50 years as soccer referee
Harford County Soccer Officials Association member, Joe Manfre, waves to the large group of fellow officials along the sideline as they arrive to help him celebtrate his 50th year with a game at Cedar Lane Regional Park Monday, July 19, 2021. Manfre has mentored countless referees through the years and has earned a place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Other than the hundreds of high school and recreation league games Joe Manfre has also rerereed in Pele’s games, multiple NCAA finals, Baltimore Blast games and countless games in between.
Harford County Soccer Officials Association member, Joe Manfre, waves to the large group of fellow officials along the sideline as they arrive to help him celebtrate his 50th year with a game at Cedar Lane Regional Park Monday, July 19, 2021. Manfre has mentored countless referees through the years and has earned a place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Other than the hundreds of high school and recreation league games Joe Manfre has also rerereed in Pele’s games, multiple NCAA finals, Baltimore Blast games and countless games in between. (Matt Button / The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media)
Joe Manfre 50 years as soccer referee
Bud Kretzschmar adds his name to those on the large thank you card fr fellow official and Harford County Soccer Officials Association member, Joe Manfre as he celebrates his 50th year as a referee at Cedar Lane Regional Park Monday, July 19, 2021. Manfre has mentored countless referees through the years and has earned a place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Other than the hundreds of high school and recreation league games Joe Manfre has also rerereed in Pele’s games, multiple NCAA finals, Baltimore Blast games and countless games in between.
Bud Kretzschmar adds his name to those on the large thank you card fr fellow official and Harford County Soccer Officials Association member, Joe Manfre as he celebrates his 50th year as a referee at Cedar Lane Regional Park Monday, July 19, 2021. Manfre has mentored countless referees through the years and has earned a place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Other than the hundreds of high school and recreation league games Joe Manfre has also rerereed in Pele’s games, multiple NCAA finals, Baltimore Blast games and countless games in between. (Matt Button / The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media)
Joe Manfre 50 years as soccer referee
Kevin Bailey, President of the Harford County Soccer Officials Association, right, tries to hold back his smile as he sees fellow referees standing along the sidelines as he joins member, Joe Manfre, in a "pre-game" warm up at Cedar Lane Regional Park.
Kevin Bailey, President of the Harford County Soccer Officials Association, right, tries to hold back his smile as he sees fellow referees standing along the sidelines as he joins member, Joe Manfre, in a "pre-game" warm up at Cedar Lane Regional Park. (Matt Button / The Aegis/Baltimore Sun Media)
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