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Mind, body, and spirit


A referee’s intense holistic training takes him to the World Cup


was one of them, going as a reserve assistant referee. It was the culmination of years of training and study, including three years of FIFA training that specifically develops prospective World Cup candidates. Boria’s path to the World Cup started at the age of


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13. He took classes with his father, an avid soccer fan, to become a referee. “Soccer’s been in the family for a long time,” Boria


says. “We followed the Italian league. A game at 3 in the afternoon in Italy was at 8 in the morning here.


or soccer referees, participating in the World Cup is the pinnacle of achieve- ment. Only three referees were chosen to represent the United States during this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. Eric Boria (MA ’02, PhD ’06)


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