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Old Mon Apr 19, 2021, 07:46pm
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Dating for Officials

On a the BigSoccer referee forum, there was a post which linked to an article about Howard Webb marrying Bibiana Steinhaus. Both are former international soccer referees, and Howard is quoted as saying that he had a "self-centred life" and felt a "sense of anti-climax" when returning home. This means that it didn't work out because of his refereeing career. I've also spoken to (and heard about) people who got divorced because of officiating, and at the same time I have read about other couples where both spouses officiate: Jonathan and Lauren Holtkamp-Sterling (both NBA), Michael Stephens (NCAA Men's D1) and Fatou Cissoko (WNBA/G-League), Ashley Moyer-Gleich (NBA) and her husband Johnee Gleich (NCAA Men's D1), Marius Matica and Gyorgi Duma, the Romanian soccer officials famous for their marriage proposal on YouTube that went viral, and Jonas Personeni and Nina Hobi (both beach volleyball officials). I've also worked yesterday with a couple who both officiate soccer, and I was curious on how referees meet their significant others.

Are there groups (whether physical or virtual) where referees and interested others get together, or do referees follow the normal dating process and hope that they luck out with someone who understands (or even shares) their passion for refereeing? I know this may sound very personal, but I'd be interested in hearing stories on how any users met their significant others, especially if they are also officials themselves. Of course, feel free to use pseudonyms or other measures to preserve privacy.
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