It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of two legends from our referee family. Frank Scarsella of Needham passed away on Tuesday April 30 after a long illness at the age of 70. Frank Hasek passed away on Saturday May 3 at the age of 91. Both have left an indelible mark on the soccer landscape.

Scarsella was a long time member of the soccer community as a player, coach, and since 1974 as a referee. He served as the state's Director of Referee Instruction and had a major impact in both how the game is officiated and how referees were treated. In 1996 Scarsella was named the Flannary Award winner for long standing service to Youth soccer.

Hasek played professionally in Eastern Europe and began his referee career while still living in Hungary. He went on to become a FIFA referee and National Assessor, helping countless others who attempted to follow in his footsteps. He served for years as the Referee Liaison for the New England Revolution and was a fixture at international games hosted in Foxboro.

Both Scarsella and Hasek were Life Member of US Soccer and recipients of the Spirit of the Game Award. Both were inducted into the New England Soccer Hall of Fame and the Massachusetts State Soccer Hall of Fame, the latter ironically in the same year.

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