George Gansner: George probably never thought his soccer career would end up the way that it did. As a player, George attended Florida Southern College and in 1995 took an opportunity that few have and he found his way to Germany where he played in the German Landesliga. It might have been there that he saw the need for quality referees and this set the stage for George. In 1988 starting with local, regional, and national games quickly moved to College ranks in 1995. The ultimate compliment was from 1997-2015 working the lines for Major League Soccer. His knowledge of the game and decision making skills was the keynote for every level of competition. As a FIFA Assistant Referee from 2002-2014, George ran the sidelines for the U-20 FIFA World Cup in 2007, CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2007, CONCACAF U-17 and U-20 World Cup Qualifiers, FIFA World Cup and Olympic Qualifying matches. George was scheduled to participate in the 2008 Bejing Olympics, but an injury canceled the trip. Over 250 MLS matches and 30 Playoff matches and during that time frame, George participated in the 2007 Gold Cup Quarter Finals, 2007 US Open Cup Final, 2005 MLS All-Star game, 2006 CONCACAF Championship Finals. George is a member of the NISOA, Professional Soccer Referee Association and a lifetime member of US Soccer. Even though he may be retired from the Professional game, George continues to mentor young referees in the art of dealing with all of the extenuating situations that accompany the game of soccer along with the proper interpretation of the rules.