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Raymond Bernabei

Ray Bernabei
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Full nameRaymond Bernabei
Date of birth(1925-11-26)November 26, 1925
Place of birthNew Castle, Pennsylvania, United States
Date of deathSeptember 5, 2008(2008-09-05) (aged 82)
Place of deathLongwood, Florida, United States
Playing positionFullback
Youth career
1946–1949Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Senior career*
1949–1963Harmarville Hurricanes
Teams managed
1950Indiana University of Pennsylvania
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ray Bernabei (born November 26, 1925 in New Castle, Pennsylvania; died September 5, 2008 in Longwood, Florida) was a US. soccer fullback who played eleven seasons with the Harmarville Hurricans. He was also a long time collegiate and professional referee. He is a member of both the National Soccer Hall of Fame and the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA) Hall of Fame.


Bernabei played as a youth player with the Indianolo Indians. He attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania, playing and coaching soccer at the school from 1946 to 1950. He was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. In 1949, he joined the semi-professional Harmarville Hurricanes. He would play with Harmarville until his retirement in 1963. During these years, Harmarville was a national powerhouse winning the 1952 and 1956 U.S. Open Cups, and finishing runner up in 1953. Harmarville also lost in the finals of the 1950 and 1951 Amateur Cups.


Bernabei served as a collegiate and professional referee for forty-three years. During this time, he officiated two NCAA finals. He also served as the president and executive director of the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association.

He was inducted into the National Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association (NISOA) Hall of Fame in 1976,[1] the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1978, and received the Bill Jeffrey Award for outstanding service to intercollegiate soccer in 1985. He died in Florida from complications related to non-Hodgkins lymphoma.


External links

  • National Soccer Hall of Fame
  • Where Are They Now?
  • Obituary
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