2023 Dinner and Awards banquet details posted below!
QUICK NEWS and NOTES:
11-29-23: Dinner and Awards Banquet
The 2023 post-season dinner and awards banquet will be held from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday, January 27th, 2024 at the Santa Maria Di Prata Society (Ralph's Catering), 39 Walnut Grove Ave, Cranston, RI.
Join us for a delicious dinner, cash bar, and HOF and Sportsmanship award presentations. As in the past, the dinner is FREE for RiGSO members and $30 to bring a guest.
Please RSVP by emailing Al Ricci or Freddy Silva.
11-16-23: Sportsmanship Awards
Your votes have been tallied and the results are in for the 2023 Sportsmanship Awards:
Division 1 Maddie Potts Sportsmanship Award: East Greenwich HS (4th year in a row!!!)
Division 2 Gianna Cirella Sportsmanship Award: Portsmouth High School
Division 3+4 Jack Breetveld Sportsmanship Award: Central Falls High School
Coaches and team captains will be presented with honors at our annual awards dinner which will be held in February 2024. More details to follow.
11-16-23: Playoffs / Legacy Games
The 2023 season has come to an end. Thank you all for a great season.
This year RIGSO had four special legacy games in the semis and finals.
A legacy game is when a father and son referee crew officiates the same game.
Father and son combos this year were Rich and Alex Nicolo, Omar and David Roa, Adel and Kevin Cabral, and Kevin and Caleb Seekell.
It's nice to see the next generation of referees stepping up with guidance and support from their dads.
Pictures from the Legacy Games have been added under the GALLERY tab of this website.
11-16-23: Youth teams Walk-on
It was great to see girl's youth soccer teams walking on the pitch with the players from their town's high schools for the state finals.
RIGSO received a good amount of positive press from RIIL, parents, fans and the NFHS network.
Pictured is the walk-on with Noah's officiating crew, Tollgate and Westerly HS players, and the youth teams from WFF and Westerly. Click thumbnail for larger picture.
10-26-23: Pink Carnation Game
It's great to see the RI Girls Soccer Officials continue their annual tradition of presenting pink carnations to each player in observance of Cancer Awareness Month.
Here are players and coaches from the Bay View & Portsmouth girls soccer teams with officials Erin Polselli & Al Ricci just before kick off on October 26th.
Click on the thumbnail for a beautiful large picture of this pre-game ceremony.
7-17-23: Frank Masiello 1941-2023
Frank Masiello 81, of Coventry, passed away Mon. July 17th with his loving family by his side after a brief illness. He was the husband of Elaine A. (Petras) Masiello for 53 years. Born in Providence, he was a son of the late Joseph and Bessie (Hoopis) Masiello.
Frank graduated from Cranston High School, class of 1959. Frank enlisted in the US Air Force serving in Vietnam as a dog handler in the Security Forces detachment, before an honorable discharge. While in Southeast Asia, Frank honed his skills in Martial Arts. He was a 4th Degree Black Belt in Judo and a Master in Chinese Boxing. Sensei Frank practiced and taught these skills for over 60 years, was highly respected, and a mentor to many. Frank was employed as a purchasing agent at Foxwoods Resort Casino before retiring in 2009, previously employed in purchasing at Colonial Machine & Tool Inc. in Coventry for 30 years. Frank was active in youth and Interscholastic Soccer holding positions as coach, referee, and past president and Hall of Fame Inductee of RIGSO.
Frank was the father of Gregory Masiello and the late Joseph Masiello. He was the brother of Harry Masiello and wife Linda of Coventry and Robert Masiello and wife Michele of Cranston. He is survived by his grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. *As published by Ianotti Funeral Home on July 18, 2023