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Question Number: 19929

Appearance 9/11/2008

RE: 7 Under 19

Zane Elfessi of Holmen, WI USA asks...

I have seen a greater number of refs wearing the new Adidas referee jerseys, like the ones worn in Euro 2008 or WC 06. Where in the USA am I able to purchase these jerseys.

Answer provided by Referee Gary Voshol

I hope you have not seen these ref jerseys in games under the authority of USSF. Only the OSI-type jersey (either old- or new-style) and the knock-off copies made by other manufacturers may be worn.

MLS has a separate sponsorship deal, and those referees have been wearing alternate jerseys under special arrangement. I don't know the details of that arrangement, but I recall my boss's maxim: 'It is easier to seek forgiveness than ask for permission.'

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