Anita Josephine Hood passed away on January 4, 2022 in Alexandria Virginia, at the age of 84. She was the proud wife of Donald, mother of Robert and Kenneth, grandmother of Sydney, Zachary and Robert E., great grandmother of Madilyn and Everleigh. Also known as Queen Mum to hundreds of Soccer Referees in the DMV area and around the world.
She served a 41 year uninterrupted soccer related career as Referee Assignor, League Secretary (30 years) and ‘At-Large’ delegate (25 years) to the Adult State Soccer Association.
As Referee Assignor, she worked with most of the Virginia, DC, West Virginia and some Maryland leagues as they developed over those years. During her tenure she made 134,000 – 150,000 individual assignments to the Youth, Adult, Co-Ed, High School, and International matches.
She assisted in the development of Referee training programs before there was a formal USSF program that increased the number of DC/No VA registered referees from 49 to well over 1200.
She will be missed. Rest in peace.