Listen to Episode 28: “The Woman Behind the Whistle”
Guest: Karen Callado – PRO, NWSL & USL Referee

The latest episode of Cal South’s soccer podcast, “The Bear and the Ball,” is available to stream or download for your listening pleasure today!

When talking about Brazil, the first thing that comes to mind is soccer, or futebol, as it is called in Portuguese. Soccer is the country’s national pastime, the sport that the majority of the country lives and breathes on a daily basis with pride and passion. And that was no different for native Karen Callado.

As Callado kept working hard and dedicating herself to her career as a referee, the doors to more opportunities continued to open, allowing her the opportunity to begin officiating with the Professional Referee Organization (PRO) in both the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and United Soccer League One (USL), as well as a U.S. vs. Brazil game at the 2019 Nike U20 International Friendlies, a match close to her heart.

In this episode of “The Bear and the Ball,” Callado talks with host Nick Webster about her journey and destinations along the way. 


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