Cy Palmer has officiated soccer for the past 30 years and continues to serve as a referee for more than 100 matches per year. He is a local club assignor for the Fife Milton Edgewood Soccer Association and served in various roles on the Pierce County Soccer Referee Association for more than 10 years.
Palmer is well known for a charismatic style and has been called the “best U11 referee ever” by his assignors. Earlier in his career, he would referee more than 300 matches per year. Players, coaches and parents love seeing Palmer walk onto the pitch, knowing they will see a fair and well-called match. He picked up the nickname “Play by Play Ref” after a local blog wrote about his positive comments throughout the game encouraging players, including comments like “nice pass” and “good thinking.”
Palmer competed in baseball, football and motorcycle racing and has coached 15 years of Junior United Soccer and three years of Little League. One of his highlights off the soccer field was finishing the Barstow to Vegas motorcycle race.