Cal North Remembers Former Chairman Marge Madriago
When one thinks about soccer volunteers and making “Kids First” a personal passion, Marge Madriago ranks at the top of both youth and adult soccer in California. Marge Madriago passed away last weekend in Sacramento, California.
Madriago was past President of both California Soccer Association North and the California Youth Soccer Association, making numerous contributions to the game of soccer at the local, state, regional and national levels. She also served as Vice Chair of the US Adult Soccer Association and is in its Hall of Fame, along with the Hall of Fame of California Soccer Association North.
In the late 1960’s, Madriago began her soccer career as a Team Representative of the Federal Way team in Washington. She co-founded Southgate Youth Soccer Inc. of Sacramento, California in 1971 and served with that organization until 1973. At the league level, she was elected Vice-Chairman of the Sacramento Youth Soccer League where she established the Girls Soccer Program in 1974. She went on to serve as Chairman and CEO of California Youth Soccer Association-North for almost five years. Marge was also a board member of the US Youth Soccer Association in the late 70’s. While there, she founded the California-North Referee Administration.
Although Madriago served youth soccer for over a decade, she also participated extensively in adult soccer at the state level. In 1993, she was elected President and CEO of California Soccer Association North, where she served until 2000. She became the Region IV Director for the U.S. Adult Soccer Association (USASA) in 1996 and Vice Chair of USASA in 2002.
For more than three decades, Madriago was actively involved in U.S. Soccer Federation organizations and chaired national level committees and task forces. Her love of the game will never be forgotten.
The Madraigo family will hold a Celebration of Life at her son’s home in Clarksburg, California on November 2, 2019