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USASA Loses Fritz Marth


CHICAGO (Wednesday, November 13, 2002) - The United States Adult Soccer Association (USASA) has lost one of their longtime friends in Fritz Marth, who passed  away on Monday evening (Nov. 11) after a long illness resulting from a fall in July of this year.  Fritz worked with thousands of people across the United States in his role as the USASA Administrator from 1981-2002, and has long been associated with amateur soccer in America. Marth was 67 years old.

Marth originally assumed his role as the Division Administrator in 1981, shortly after the creation of the U.S. Senior Soccer Division (USSSD).  Prior to that, he was the Region I Director overseeing the creation of the USSSD.  He was a walking historian of U.S. Soccer facts and information, having worked through the heady years of the NASL, as well as the lean years of the 1980s, when no professional soccer dotted the U.S. landscape and when U.S. Soccer was in the midst of a 40-year World Cup drought.

Marth helped keep the amateur soccer players in the United States on calm seas during his 20-year tenure as USASA Administrator and was instrumental in the overwhelming growth of the sport at all levels in the United States. His presence among his friends in the sport across the country will be missed dearly.

Funeral arrangements have been finalized and a viewing will be held this Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. ET at Frank Halpin's Brookdale Funeral Home in Bloomfield, N.J. (located at 1284 Broad Street). For directions, contact the home at 973-338-5900.

The service will be held on Friday morning at 10 a.m. ET at St. John's Lutheran Church in Bloomfield, N.J. (located at 216 Liberty Street; phone contact 973-429-8654).  Burial will follow the service.

A complete tribute to Fritz Marth will be available soon at the USASA website at usasa.com and at ussoccer.com.

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