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Marc Block

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A brief soccer bio:
USSF referee since 1984 (when I was but a teen), achieving National Referee from 1998-2000. Currently National Emeritus.
USSF Futsal referee, and currently Futsal Specialist for the NJ State Referee Committee.
USSF referee instructor, teaching both "outdoor" and Futsal.
Authored "Hey Ref!" column for NJ Youth Soccer newsletter for over 3 years.
Serving as Referee Liaison for South Jersey Girls Soccer League (
Video Replay Assessor for MLS experiment with video replay.
Former collegiate soccer referee.
High school referee, and currently Rules Interpreter for South Jersey Soccer Officials Association (

Professional bio:
Marc S. Block is founder and Principal of CFQ International LLC ( The company is responsible for providing Lean Six Sigma training, coaching, and consulting support for client implementation efforts. He has participated directly with manufacturing clients and transactional clients alike, as well as presenting public courses with attendees from various backgrounds. Mr. Block has aided clients, on-site, across the US and abroad (Canada, Mexico, Singapore, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Belgium, UK, Italy, Poland, Germany and Romania).
Mr. Block has more than twenty years of experience in quality program implementation, management consulting, and project management. He has experience in the implementation of Lean Six Sigma quality including project team training and management activities. Mr. Block’s knowledge of quality management includes strategic planning, electronic meeting facilitation, business process re-engineering, metrics development and roll out, business function assessment, and leadership skills development. He has also served in the U.S. Air Force as an Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) certified project officer, an internal quality consultant, and curriculum evaluator and instructor within the Air University.

Why do I want to be part of the team?
Myths pervade the beautiful sport. TV Announcers, coaches, players, parents, even referees only make it worse by spread misinformation. A site such as this helps to spread proper information. This helps build the game, make for a better work environment for referees, and improves the overall sport.
Soccer has been an integral part of my life for over 30 years. It has brought some pain and anguish, but more joy and camaraderie than I can ever describe. The sport has given me so much, that it is incumbent on me to give back, and provide those same chances for "the next generation".

My family...
My wife of 14 years is a band geek with no interest at all in soccer :-(. That's okay - we only met because I was in band too! :-)
Our 12 year old, though is an enthusiastic soccer spectator. He loves to watch his hero (Mark Geiger - my former AR!) perform his duties. He often sits in the replay booth with me at PPL Park, offering to go "knock on their door" and correct the silly things the broadcast announcers are saying.

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