Kim Oberle became a referee at the age of fourteen because her mother, tired of hearing teenage whining about local officiating, told her to go referee if Kim thought she could do better. And so it began. Three years later she was first certified by the United States Soccer Federation, continuing on to work in the domestic professional leagues from 1997 until 2007. She was chosen to represent the United States on the FIFA Panel of Assistant Referees in 2005, working over 25 international matches before she retired in 2007. Since there is no such thing as “retirement from soccer”, she has since become a USSF National Referee Assessor, National Instructor, Professional Referee Organization (PRO) Referee Coach for MLS, WPS and NWSL referees and CONCACAF referee inspector.
In the “real” world, Kim is manager of Outdoor Recreation and City Lakes operations for the City of Durham in North Carolina, where she spends a great deal of her time in boats or up in the air on a ropes course. She also serves as an adjunct instructor at North Carolina Central University where she has taught Outdoor Recreation for five years.