Vancouver Whitecaps FC are mourning the passing of longtime referee and member of the local soccer community Gord Rogers.

Rogers, 73, was involved in soccer in several capacities. He was well known as a referee in British Columbia for 43 years. He was a also a FIFA assistant referee, officiating at the 1993 Concacaf Gold Cup final at the famed Azteca stadium in Mexico in front of 130,800 fans. Rogers was recognized with a Canada Soccer Honarary National Referee Award in 2007 and BC Soccer's Award of Merit in 2019.

A National B Level coach, Rogers coached youth, men’s and women’s teams, and served on the Canada Soccer Technical Committee in 2000. Rogers was a BC Soccer Instructor for both coaching and referee programs for numerous years.

More can be found on Rogers at the BC Soccer Hall of Fame & Heritage Archive.

Whitecaps FC offer our condolences to the Rogers family and friends as we remember his incredible contributions to our soccer community.