The Professional Referee Organization (PRO) announced Friday they have appointed Mark Geiger as their new general manager.
PRO manages the refereeing of all Major League Soccer matches and oversees officiating for other professional leagues and competitions in the US and Canada, such as the US Open Cup and the National Women's Soccer League.
The decision comes after Howard Webb left PRO's general manager position following the 2022 MLS season to become the first-ever chief refereeing officer of England’s Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).
Geiger – having refereed for 15 years in MLS and officiated at two FIFA World Cups, four FIFA Club World Cups, three Concacaf Gold Cups and the Olympic games – brings a wealth of experience to the GM role. The two-time MLS Referee of the Year officially retired from refereeing in January 2019 to become PRO's director of senior match officials.
Across his 21-year career, Geiger oversaw 186 regular-season games and took charge of MLS Cup 2014 between LA Galaxy and New England Revolution.
Since his retirement, Geiger has established a reputation as an educator on a global level, serving FIFA as a technical and VAR instructor for a multitude of international competitions, including the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup and 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Geiger is also a national coach for US Soccer.