19 Facts About Mark Geiger

1. Mark Geiger is one of 9 people employed full-time as a referee for the Major League Soccer in the United States.

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2. Mark Geiger is one of the few professional full-time referees from the United States, but his reputation for controversial calls could come back to haunt him in Brazil.

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3. Mark Geiger told MLS Soccer in 2018 that his refereeing career began when he was 13 years old.

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4. In 2015, Mark Geiger was in charge of the 2015 Gold Cup semi final match between Panama and Mexico.

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5. Mark Geiger is a graduate of the College of New Jersey with a degree in Mathematics and a minor in Spanish.

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6. Mark Geiger is representing the United States of America at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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7. Mark Geiger took charge of the Group D match between Spain vs Japan and the quarterfinal between Japan vs Egypt.

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8. Mark Geiger was selected as the Major League Soccer referee of the year for the 2011 season, and then again in 2014.

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9. Mark Geiger was appointed to the Round of 16 match between Spain and South Korea at Estadio Palogrande in Manizales.

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10. Mark Geiger officiated the Group E game between eventual tournament champions Brazil and Austria at Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez in Barranquilla.

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11. Mark Geiger is a member of the Professional Referee Organization.

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12. Mark Geiger shared the news in a series of Instagram posts Friday, the first of which featured a photo of the couple.

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13. While at Lacey Township High School, Mark Geiger was among 103 recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching in 2010.

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14. Mark Geiger was born on August 25, 1974 and grew up in Beachwood, New Jersey.

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15. Mark Geiger was selected as one of the final 12 referees on the shortlist to officiate the final or third place play-off match, and was ultimately selected to be VAR on the 3rd place match between Belgium and England.

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16. Mark Geiger served as referee on three matches at the tournament and was VAR on five matches.

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17. In the Group Stage, Mark Geiger officiated the Group B match between Australia and Germany in Sochi as well as the Group A match between New Zealand and Portugal in Saint Petersburg.

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18. Mark Geiger described the assignment to the World Cup as "an immensely proud moment".

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19. In 2012, Mark Geiger was selected as one of 16 referees to officiate at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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