Cal South SRA & Former FIFA Referee Juan Guzman Leads Torrance CORE Course on Nov. 16

Cal South State Referee Administrator and former FIFA and MLS referee, Juan Guzman will serve as the lead instructor at the next Center of Referee Education (CORE) course on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at North High School in Torrance, CA from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

This will be a classroom session only and there will be no field instruction at this course.

Growing up in La Puente, California, Juan Guzman Jr. started playing soccer at the age of 4. He began his refereeing career at the age of 11 in the Hispanic leagues in El Monte, California due to a referee shortage during a men’s adult league final. At the age of 16, Juan was identified by Cal South Hall of Famer and referee icon Heros Baghoumian, who invited Juan to attend a youth referee Mentor Program camp. Shortly after that, he found himself selected to work multiple youth and adult regional and national championships all before he turned 18.

He received his U.S. Soccer National Referee badge at the age of 21, and began working international club friendly matches and in the WPSL. He made his MLS debut in 2011 at age 23 in a match between Columbus Crew vs Kansas City, and was nominated to the FIFA Panel at age 26. He worked over 200 professional matches as either a referee, 4th official, or video assistant referee (VAR). In 2018, he retired from refereeing matches at the age of 31. In December 2019, he was announced in the role of State Referee Administrator by Cal South. Juan continues to be the youngest FIFA Referee nominated to the US Soccer FIFA Panel, which he accomplished at age of 26 years and 12 days.


  • MLS Cup Playoffs
  • FIFA panel: 2013-2014
  • Brazil v Portugal at Gillette Stadium
  • Mexico v Chile at Levi Stadium 
  • Concacaf Champions League
  • U.S. Open Cup Final in 2013
  • MLS All-Star [4th Official] in 2016
  • Clubs Refereed: Real Madrid, Manchester United, Club America, Aston Villa, Chivas de Guadalajara
  • Date & Time: Thursday, November 16, 2023, 7:00–9:00 pm
  • Location: North High School, 3620 W. 182nd St., Torrance, CA 90504-3935
  • Instructor: Juan Guzman, Cal South State Referee Administrator and a former FIFA & MLS Referee

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Center of Referee Education (CORE) [formerly known as RPD] is a program established by the Cal South State Referee Committee (SRC) which is open to all USSF-certified referees. At these sessions, top level instructors hold physical fitness, field drills, and classroom sessions.

All Cal South referees are invited to attend any of our CORE In-Person training sessions if they are seeking to fast-track their development and advancement.


To see the full slate of upcoming Cal South Referee Education courses, please visit: https://calsouth.com/upcoming-referee-education-courses/.

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