Jeff James (July 11,1962-April 13, 2019), NISOA National Referee from Northern New York ISOA was posthumously inducted into the New York State Soccer Hall of Fame on November 16, 2019 at the New York State Boys High School State Championships. His collegiate soccer officiating career started in 1999 and included over 450 matches, of which 70 of them were NCAA postseason assignments, culminating with being appointed as the referee for 2 NJCAA Championship matches. During his career, Jeff officiated across all divisions of NCAA. Many of his assignments came from working in the ACC, American East, Big East, Ivy League, MAAC, and the Patriot League. He served as the past President of the New York State ISOA and the local Northern New York ISOA chapter.
Jeff’s local High School Soccer section is honoring Jeff’s memory this year and yearly after by selecting a boys and girls team to receive the Jeff James Sportsmanship Award.