Former FIFA referee Douglas will get the decision to the Corridor

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Former FIFA referee Douglas gets the call to the Hall


A longtime Sherwood Park resident, Derek Douglas has been named a part of the 2020 class heading into the Alberta Sports activities Corridor of Fame, stepping into below the builder class. Images Provided

A person who has devoted his life to creating the correct calls on and off the soccer subject, Derek Douglas lately obtained a welcome name of his personal.

A longtime Sherwood Park resident, Douglas has been named a part of the 2020 class heading into the Alberta Sports activities Corridor of Fame, stepping into below the builder class.

Douglas was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and got here to Canada together with his household in 1957.

In 1973, Douglas relocated from Vancouver to Edmonton for work, settling in Sherwood Park together with his younger household.

Because the Park was present process a serious league development spurt with soccer doing a lot the identical, Douglas and his spouse discovered roles as coaches with their youngsters’s groups. Stepping as much as the plate for the game he had liked all his life, Douglas started officiating soccer that very same yr and would serve two phrases as president of the Sherwood Park District Soccer Affiliation between 1975 and 1979.


Sherwood Park resident, Derek Douglas has been named a part of the 2020 class heading into the Alberta Sports activities Corridor of Fame, stepping into below the builder class. Photograph Provided

It was officiating the place he really discovered his calling.

After attaining the place of Nationwide Soccer Referee, by 1982, Douglas was officiating skilled soccer video games within the North American Soccer League. In 1986, Canada Soccer promoted Derek to the highest place a soccer official can grow to be — a FIFA Worldwide Referee, the primary one ever from Alberta.

In an officiating profession that lasted from 1981 to 2000 on the nationwide and worldwide stage, Derek officiated video games throughout North and Central America, hitting his skilled peak in 1996 when he labored the Atlanta Summer time Olympics.

Now 77 and nonetheless very lively in soccer in Sherwood Park, Douglas was thrilled when he came upon he could be headed to Pink Deer this summer season to enter the Alberta Sports activities Corridor of Fame’s listing of honoured members.

“It caught me without warning,” he mentioned. “I do know I had been nominated twice. To be within the classification of individuals, the inductees which are stepping into on the similar time, it’s fairly an honour. I’m beginning my 47th yr of refereeing in Sherwood Park and all over the world, so I’m nonetheless at it. Soccer has been my life since I used to be 4, so I’ve fairly just a few years in. To be acknowledged now, it’s candy. I’m attempting to stay calm, cool and picked up about it. I’ve obtained quite a lot of good suggestions from fellow referees, household and coaches who’ve recognized me for a variety of years. It’s a large honour simply to be nominated, by no means thoughts getting it.”

After being pressured to hold up his FIFA whistle on the age of 50 because of the guidelines of the day, Douglas shifted his focus to the event of feminine soccer officers domestically, nationally, and internationally. To today, he continues to develop the game domestically as a part-time referee coordinator in Sherwood Park.

“Who would have thought {that a} man working video games in Sherwood Park within the 1970s would ever make it to the FIFA stage and get the awards I’ve all through my life,” he mentioned. “I acquired the Alberta Lifetime Achievement Award final yr as properly. I recognize all of this.

“Sherwood Park soccer was my place to begin. Once I began in 1973, I feel we had about 280 youngsters registered. 4 years later after I retired from the president’s place, we had over 1,200. That was the years when issues have been simply booming in Sherwood Park. Then the refereeing half took over. Even now I’m nonetheless lively in instructing and evaluating and assessing and mentoring the 12 and 13-year-old youngsters. I’m on the sphere with them each Monday and Wednesday evening. We’ve got a referee improvement program that’s second to none on this province. Once they requested me to return again and work on the developmental aspect of refereeing, we had three youngsters below the age of 18, and proper now I should have over 70 who’re lively. Among the youngsters who began with me six years in the past are doing provincial video games now and video games and the faculty and college stage. This system is working.”

Douglas will likely be joined by one other longtime Sherwood Park resident in heading to the Corridor this summer season, as curling promoter Terry Morris can be stepping into below the builder class.

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