The National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota celebrated its 30th year of sponsoring the USA Cup soccer tournament this past week where Forster Davis was honored at the closing banquet for officiating soccer games for all 30 years.
Davis officiated, on average, five games a day at the five-day tournament for the past 30 years.
This year a record 1,063 teams participated.
“Just think, 1,063 teams time 15 players per time times, oh say, 30 adults per team is just a bit under 50,000 people for five days,” Davis said.
Eighteen countries were represented. There were around 550 referees with 12 countries represented, 16 referees came from China alone.
When asked why Davis drives 58 miles to Blaine each day for the tournament, Davis said: “Simple — where else am I able to work with officials and teams from all over the world? It is an awesome experience to work with so many of those young soccer players and to note the improvement from year to year.”
Davis has officiated soccer for around 37 years at all levels, including the Minnesota Thunder and various colleges and high schools. Davis has worked the National Small College Championship game twice, Minnesota high school championships in the Metrodome for four years and youth soccer every year.
Davis said he has to work so many games per week or put time on the treadmill and he hates that fool machine.