Football NSW Match Officials Kurt Ams, Lance Greenshields, Sarah Ho, Andrew Best, Jonathon Moore, Ryan Shepheard, Darius Turner and new inclusion Kearney Robinson were all selected as part of the 28 Australian Match Officials appointed to FIFA’s Panel of International Referees for 2022.
This year’s list, which enables Australia’s finest Referees, Assistant Referees, Futsal Referees, and Video Match Officials, to officiate FIFA sanctioned tournaments and fixtures, features four new Australian Match Officials.
Referees Daniel Elder and Adam Kersey – who both regularly whistle in the Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s competition – have been elevated to FIFA’s Panel of International Referees for this first time this year.
Joining Elder and Kersey as debutants on FIFA’s esteemed list are Assistant Referees Lauren Hargrave and Kearney Robinson.
Football Australia Chairman and Chair of Football Australia’s Referees Committee, Chris Nikou, congratulated the match officials for earning a place on the distinguished panel, and offered additional acknowledgement to Elder, Kersey, Hargrave, and Robinson for being recognised as among the best in the globe for the first time.
“Australian match officials have always been highly regarded within the global football landscape and it is pleasing to see that FIFA has continued to recognise this through the appointment of 28 Australians to the Panel of International Referees for 2022,” Nikou said.
“Congratulations to the new additions to the panel in Daniel (Elder), Adam (Kersey), Lauren (Hargrave), and Kearney (Robinson).
Football Australia Chief Executive Officer, James Johnson, explained that the ongoing development of Australian match officials is central to the growth of the game in Australia.
“Refereeing remains a key focus for Football Australia, and it is pleasing to see Australian Match Officials once again recognised by FIFA,” Johnson said.
“We congratulate all the 2022 Panel or their opportunity to represent Australian football on the global stage.”
“With the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ now just 11 months away and a home Women’s World Cup™ in 2023, it is an exciting time for Australian refereeing and football more broadly,” he said.
Confirmation of 28 Australians on FIFA’s Panel of International Referees in 2022 adds to other significant developments involving elite Australian Match Officials recently, including the appointment of four Australian Match Officials for the forthcoming AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™, and the international retirements of two long-serving Australian Match Officials from the FIFA Panel.
Referees Casey Reibelt, Lara Lee, Kate Jacewicz, and Assistant Referee Joanna Charaktis will represent Australia in India over the coming weeks, while Matthew Cream and Renae Coghill called time on their international Refereeing careers at the end of 2021.
Australian Match Officials on the FIFA Panel of International Referees 2022
|Name||Role||FIFA International Since|
|Ashley BEECHAM||Assistant Referee||2013|
|Joanna CHARAKTIS||Assistant Referee||2019|
|Ryan GALLAGHER||Assistant Referee||2016|
|Owen GOLDRICK||Assistant Referee||2018|
|Lance GREENSHIELDS||Assistant Referee||2019|
|Lauren HARGRAVE||Assistant Referee||2022|
|Sarah HO||Assistant Referee||2004|
|George LAKRINDIS||Assistant Referee||2016|
|Andrew LINDSAY||Assistant Referee||2019|
|Nathan MACDONALD||Assistant Referee||2012|
|Laura MOYA||Assistant Referee||2017|
|Kearney ROBINSON||Assistant Referee||2022|
|Anton SHCHETININ||Assistant Referee||2016|
|Andrew BEST||Futsal Referee||2017|
|Jonathon MOORE||Futsal Referee||2018|
|Ryan SHEPHEARD||Futsal Referee||2009|
|Darius TURNER||Futsal Referee||2013|