Hicabi “Turk” Emekli (1925 – 2015)

Hicabi “Turk” Emekli, a Turkish immigrant and Catholic University graduate who played, coached and officiated soccer in the Washington area for more than a half-century, died Friday. He was 90.

The cause was complications from Alzheimer’s disease, said his son, John Emekli, who cared for his father in Silver Spring, Md.

“My dad was a passionate pioneer who left a beautiful legacy with soccer and his family,” John said.

Born in Ankara, Emekli moved to the United States in 1951, attended Columbia University and, at age 28,Turk BW enrolled at Catholic. Older than his teammates, he was the player-coach for three seasons. The Cardinals averaged seven goals per game during an unbeaten season in 1957 and won two conference championships. He coached Catholic for 21 seasons.

In 1968, he also coached the Washington Whips in the North American Soccer League, a first-year operation that would go on to introduce a generation of young Americans to the world’s most popular sport. In a 40-year career as a referee, Emekli officiated an estimated 7,500 games at various levels.

Nationally, he competed with traveling all-star teams and lectured at conventions.

In 2009, two years after receiving the Alzheimer’s diagnosis, he refereed his final match, at age 83.

In recent years, John would take his father, bound to a wheelchair, to Catholic and Washington Spirit matches at Maryland SoccerPlex. Last spring, they traveled to New Jersey to watch the Spirit, who compete in the National Women’s Soccer League.

“Turk found great joy and inspiration” watching local teams, John Emekli said, “and simply going out and kicking a soccer ball.”

Emekli was inducted into the Catholic University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Virginia-D.C. Soccer Hall of Fame in 2014.

Besides his son, Emekli is survived by two daughters, Mahi and Nora, who live in Connecticut. Emekli’s ex-wife, Dolores, also lives in Connecticut. He had three grandchildren.

Details of a memorial service are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the Catholic University soccer programs or National Women’s Soccer League.

  • Source: Washington Post Soccer Insider, December 11, 2015

Clinics and Fitness Tests

USSF FITNESS TEST

This Fitness Test is for referees who are attempting to Upgrade (Grade 8 to 7; 7 to 6) and State Referees (Grade 5 and 6).

The next fitness test will be administered in the spring.

Beginning July 1, 2015, the Grade 6 State Referee Fitness Test standard will change to the following times:

Sprint Test

6 consecutive 40 meter sprints at a maximum of 6.6 seconds per sprint
Interval Test

Maximum of 35 seconds for the 150 meter run
Maximum of 40 seconds for the 50 meter walk

For more information please contact: Bob Reath

State, Advanced, and Intermediate Referee Clinics

CANCELLED

The Intermediate, Advanced, and State clinics scheduled for this weekend have been cancelled. They will be rescheduled at a later date.

State Referee Clinics

Recheduled

This clinic is for Grade 5 and Grade 6 referees.

Sunday July 31, 2016 9:00AM to 4:00PM

JOHNS HOPKINS APL
11100 JOHNS HOPKINS ROAD
LAUREL MD

Contact: Bob Reath

Advanced Referee Clinics

Rescheduled

This clinic is for referees who desire to upgrade to Grade 6 (State Referee).

Saturday July 30, 2016 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Sunday July 31, 2016 9:00AM to 4:00PM

JOHNS HOPKINS APL
11100 JOHNS HOPKINS ROAD
LAUREL MD

Contact: Bob Reath

Intermediate Referee Clinics

Rescheduled

This clinic is for referees who desire to upgrade to Grade 7 referee.

Saturday July 30, 2016 9:00AM to 4:00PM

JOHNS HOPKINS APL
11100 JOHNS HOPKINS ROAD
LAUREL MD

Contact: Bob Reath

Entry Level and Recertification Clinics

For new referee entry level classes select this link:

http://marylandreferees.com/msr2/?page_id=21

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http://marylandreferees.com/msr2/?page_id=23

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