Few women in history of U.S. soccer have had a more distinguished career in the sport than Florence Mazurczyk.
Certainly no woman in history of New Jersey amateur soccer has done more for the sport than Florence.
Florence has been involved in soccer most of her adult life, as has her husband Eddie.
Her association with the sport began over 50 years ago with the Schwaben FC team that played its games at Throgs Neck Stadium in New York City. Among her varied duties then she was involved in groups that participated in the preliminary events held prior to international games played at a packed Downing stadium on Randall’s Island.
When Florence met her husband Eddie 46 years ago she switched clubs and became involved with Hoboken FC (Bergen Kickers), serving in numerous positions with Ladies Auxiliary. She also became the club’s dues collector, a position she still holds today.
Florence is widely known in the tri-state are because of her 25 and a half years of service with the Cosmopolitan Soccer League and the German American League at both the junior and senior levels. She directed the day-to-day operation of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League Senior Division since1975 and was actively involved in all the functions of the league.
One of her fondest memory of her days with the Cosmopolitan League was the luncheon given in honor of Germany’s greatest player, Franz Beckenbauer, after he joined the Cosmos of the North American Soccer League. Florence was also actively involved in many league anniversary functions as well as events promoted by both state organizations.
Florence and her husband Eddies have been married 46 years and have two married daughters and four grandchildren.
In June 2000 the Cosmopolitan Soccer League held a luncheon to honor Florence with many representatives of the U.S. Amateur Soccer Association, the U.S. Soccer Federation and the New Jersey and Eastern New York State soccer associations on hand to wish her the best in her retirement.
Florence Mazurczyk’s induction tonight into the N.J. Soccer Association Hall of Fame is fitting recognition for her years of dedicated service to soccer.