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Silviu Petrescu (born October 6, 1968) is a soccer referee, from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.[1] He officiates in Major League Soccer in the United States and Canada as well as international matches and is a member of the Professional Referee Organization.[2]

Silviu Petrescu
Silviu Petrescu Portland Timbers vs Colorado Rapids 2016-10-16 (30291559901) (cropped).jpg
Full name Silviu Petrescu
Born (1968-10-06) October 6, 1968 (age 50)
Other occupation Taxicab Driver
Years League Role
1999 CPSL Referee
2006– MLS Referee
2008– Canadian Championship Referee
2009– United Soccer League Referee
2019– Canadian Premier League Referee
Years League Role
FIFA listed Referee



Petrescu was born and raised in Brașov, Romania, where he played soccer with local side Metrom Brașov. He began working as a referee in 1987, and would officiate matches in Divizia B before emigrating to Canada in 1995.[3]Early in his career he officiated in the Canadian Professional Soccer League, where in 1999 he was named the CPSL Referee of the Year.[4][5] As a Canadian Soccer Association referee, he became FIFA listed in 2002 and has been officiating in Major League Soccer since 2006.[6] He has also officiated in CONCACAF tournaments along with other national and international tournaments and fixtures, from friendlies to World Cup qualifying matches.

When the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup was held that summer in Canada, he was selected to be one of the tournament's officials.[1]

In November 2012, Major League Soccer named Petrescu the MLS Referee of the Year, the first Canadian to win the title. Soon after it was announced that he would serve as the head referee for the MLS Cup 2012 final.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Silviu Petrescu's father, who was also a FIFA referee, encouraged him to become a referee rather than a professional player. He had previously played in the premier Romanian division for three years while stationed in the army.[8]

Petrescu is also a taxi driver, partly because he is his "own boss" and can work with his refereeing schedule.[9]


Card statisticsEdit

Major League Soccer
Season G   Tot   PG   Tot   PG
2013 19 71 3.74 3 0.16
2014 15 39 2.6 0 0

Updated to matches played on November 3, 2014.


  1. ^ a b Petrescu bio page, July 6, 2007. Retrieved November 30, 2012. "Silviu Petrescu Bio"
  2. ^ "PRO Referee Roster". Archived from the original on June 3, 2013. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  3. ^ Neculai, Alexandru (December 17, 2012). "Silviu Petrescu - un arbitru român care a ajuns numărul 1 în America de Nord" (in Romanian). Sport Câmpina.
  4. ^ "CPSL 1999 Award Winners". Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  5. ^ "EXTENDED STAY FOR CSL PLAYERS AT EMPOLI CAMP IN ITALY…… Silviu Petrescu MLS Ref of Year – Canadian Soccer League". Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  6. ^ "Silviu Petrescu – Professional Referee Organization". Retrieved June 19, 2019.
  7. ^ Petrescu's prepared for "biggest moment", November 24, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2012. "Petrescu's prepared for biggest moment"
  8. ^ Petrescu Did you know? page, July 6, 2007. Retrieved November 30, 2012. "Silviu Petrescu Did you know?"
  9. ^ Video of Petrescu's working lives One of Us, August 16, 2010. Retrieved November 30, 2012. "Silviu Petrescu – FIFA referee and local taxi driver."
  10. ^ "Canadian Petrescu named 2012 Referee of the Year". November 20, 2012. Retrieved August 4, 2013.

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