First Female Soccer Referee, Founder The Futbol Factory
Rosalie Kramm was a fanatic about soccer as a little girl, but because girls didn’t get to play organized soccer in the ‘80s in San Diego, her father suggested she become a referee since she was always on the soccer field. In 1983, at the age of 13, Kramm began refereeing for AYSO Division 6 games. She soon began to referee Cal South youth games, including tournament finals throughout California, including State Cup games. Kramm refereed high school games, CIF playoff games, women’s/men’s leagues, and college/NCAA.
At the age of 18 Kramm was invited to be a fourth official in the North American Soccer League, and in 1981 was an official in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) and continued on to the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL) in 1993. Kramm was the first female professional soccer referee in the MISL and CISL.
In August of 2013, Kramm with three partners, founded The Futbol Factory, a soccer school in Chula Vista, California. Kramm still plays soccer twice a week and also runs a court reporting firm. Her passion has never waned since being a little girl for the sport of soccer. Now she has the opportunity to support little boys and especially girls to play and feel the joy that only soccer can give.