Former FIFA referee Roger Schott, who officiated World Cup qualifiers and in the North American Soccer League, indoor soccer and several local and national amateur competitions, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 2.

He was 94.

Schott, who was given the Eddie Pearson Award as the top game official in U.S. Soccer in 1982, was the referee or assistant referee in 20 international matches. That included World Cup and Olympic qualifying matches. He also was in the middle for American Soccer League and U.S. Amateur Cup games.

Roger Schott made an immense impact on referees. (Photo courtesy of the Eastern Pennsylvania Referee Program)

He worked several NASL championship games from 1968-76 before retiring following the 1978 season at the age of 50. Schott had officiated 160 matches in the league.

On Feb. 11, 1974, Schott also served as the PBA for the first modern indoor soccer game in the United States when the NASL champion Philadelphia Atoms lost to the Red Army team of Moscow, 6-3, at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.

Born in France in 1928, Schott played semi-pro and pro soccer professionally for Etoile Reichshoffen, Racing Club and AS Ingwiller. He began a referee before emigrating to the United States in 1951.

Following his retirement, Schott stayed active in administration and referee instruction. Before that, he was appointed to the FIFA Panel in 1972 and developed the Referee Assessment Program in 1978 and assisted U.S. Soccer in several capacities.

Schott was inducted into the U.S. Adult Soccer Hall of Fame in 2006.

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