Joe Fletcher (referee)

Joe Fletcher (born September 10, 1976) is a Canadian soccer referee from Niagara Falls, Ontario.[1] He officiates in Major League Soccer in the United States and Canada as well as international matches as an assistant referee and is a member of the Professional Referee Organization.[1]

Joe Fletcher
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Fletcher in 2018
Born (1976-09-10) September 10, 1976 (age 43)
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Other occupation Chartered accountant
Years League Role
1999–2007 CPSL/CSL Referee
2014– MLS Referee
Years League Role
2007– FIFA listed Referee


Fletcher initially began officiating in 1999 in the Canadian Professional Soccer League, after receiving the opportunity from Tony Camacho then the CPSL Director of Officials.[2][3]

When the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup was held that summer in Canada, he was selected to be one of the tournament's assistant referees.[4] In 2007, he was voted the CSL Referee of the Year.[5] In 2012, the Canadian Soccer Association selected Fletcher as the recipient for the Ray Morgan Memorial Award, and the Canada Soccer International Achievement Award in 2015.[6][7] In 2018, he was voted MLS assistant referee of the year.[8]

On January 2020, he was named the manager of senior assistant referees for the Professional Referee Organization (PRO).[9]

World CupEdit

He was selected as an assistant referee for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[10][11]

In 2018, Fletcher was selected to be an assistant referee at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, his second World Cup appointment.[12][13] He was an assistant video assistant referee for the Argentina vs Iceland and Uruguay vs Portugal games. He was also an assistant referee for the Portugal vs Morocco, South Korea vs Germany and the knockout stage match Colombia vs England.[14]


  1. ^ a b Fletcher bio page, December 31, 2016. Retrieved April 17, 2018. "Joe Fletcher Bio"
  2. ^ "Ex-CSL Ref Joe Fletcher off to Brazil Saturday – Canadian Soccer League". Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Adamson, Stan. "WORLD CUP MATCH OFFICIAL JOE FLETCHER SERVED THE CSL WELL – Canadian Soccer League". Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "Canada Soccer". Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "CSL Award Ceremony 2007". CSL press release. November 5, 2007. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "Canada Soccer". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  7. ^ "Canada Soccer". Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  8. ^ "Canadian Joe Fletcher voted Major League Soccer assistant referee of the year | The Star". Toronto Star. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "Canadian Joe Fletcher to help train, supervise MLS assistant referees -". The Canadian Press. January 13, 2020. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  10. ^ "Canadian assistant referee Joe Fletcher to make World Cup debut". Global News. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  11. ^ Davidson, Neil (June 11, 2014). "Canadian assistant referee Joe Fletcher ready for scrutiny of World Cup". CTVNews. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "List of match officials for the 2018 FIFA World Cup". Eurosport. March 29, 2018. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  13. ^ Harrigan, Scott (May 30, 2018). "Joe Fletcher prepares for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia". ISN. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  14. ^ "Canadian Joe Fletcher to referee Portugal vs. Morocco game - CBC Sports". Retrieved June 18, 2018.

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