Héctor Vergara (born 15 December 1966) is a Canadian football referee. Although born in San Javier, Chile, Vergara grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He attended John Taylor Collegiate. In the early 1990s Vergara earned a Bachelor of Recreation Studies (Sports Administration) and a Bachelor of Arts in Advance Psychology from the University of Manitoba.
Vergara played soccer competitively for 10 years and recreationally for 30 years. He began working as a referee in 1983 and now has 28 years of experience as a referee. As executive director of the Manitoba Soccer Association, Vergara oversees the MSA’s many member leagues, clubs and associations, not to mention the countless players, coaches, volunteers – and yes, referees – throughout Manitoba. Since he was hired, the MSA’s core staff has grown from two or three employees to seven, mirroring soccer’s rise in popularity in the province and the world. Vergara has become one of the most prolific – and well-respected – referees in Canada.
Vergara retired as a FIFA Assistant Referee effective November 12, 2011, the day after his last FIFA international appointment. He was part of the full Canadian crew alongside Mauricio Navarro (Referee), Daniel Belleau (AR2) and David Gantar (4th) that took take charge of the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match between the US Virgin Islands and Curaçao on November 11, 2011 in Frederiksted, US Virgin Islands.
Héctor spent 19 years on the FIFA list and was involved in 11 FIFA competitions. Three of those competitions were FIFA World Cups (2002, 2006 and 2010). The Canadian claimed the record for most World Cup games as a referee/assistant referee at 14 when he took the field July 10, 2010 in the third-place play-off match between Uruguay and Germany at Port Elizabeth Stadium. His amazing World Cup appointments included two 3rd placed matches (2002 & 2010) as well as the Germany - Italy Semi-Final in 2006.
In total Vergara officiated nearly 150 international matches involving Clubs and Nationals Teams playing at the highest competitions in the world. His list of accomplishments include Six CONCACAF Gold Cups (three Finals), the 2004 Olympic Games (Semi-Final), the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup (Fifth official on final), two FIFA Club World Cups (finals in 2005 & 2009) as well as two FIFA U-20 World Youth Championship (ARG-FRA QF) and two FIFA U17 World Championships (BRA-ARG semi in 1995, 3rd place match in 1993).
In 2012, Héctor was appointed by FIFA to its Referees' Committee as a Development Member. He was selected as a member of the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame in 2014.
Vergara is married and has 4 children.