AFC Referee Academy graduates receive first competition call-up
Tashkent: Alex King of Australia is the among the first AFC Referee Academy graduates to be appointed in an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) top-level competition, underlining the AFC’s Vision and Mission through the Academy to ensure Asia’s match officials continue to grace the biggest stages in world football.
The 30-year-old King recently graduated from the AFC Referee Academy and took charge of his first match of the AFC U23 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2022 Group A clash between debutants Turkmenistan and the Islamic Republic of Iran at the Bunyodkor Stadium on Saturday.
King, who completed the 4-year programme before graduating in 2022, was delighted with his debut appointment.
“The AFC Referee Academy is a great platform for potential referees to improve and become better match officials. I’m proud to be part of the AFC Referee Academy and to earn my first call up as a referee.”
Match officials set for educational journey in the AFC Referee Academy
Kuala Lumpur: The AFC Referee Academy on Monday welcomed its largest-ever intake of 50 match officials from 28 Member Associations (MAs) who will undergo a three-year educational programme that is specifically and carefully designed to produce more world-class referees in Asia.
Batch 4 of the AFC Referee Academy will comprise of 41 men and nine women referees who will be tutored by former match officials as well as key speakers and mentored by AFC Referee educators on a wide range of topics related to refereeing including technical and physical sessions.
Pioneering women’s officials hope historic achievement will be the first of many for female AFC referees
Pathum Thani: Having made history as the first female referee to take charge of an AFC Champions League™ match, Japan’s Yoshimi Yamashita sees a future where such achievements are a regular occurrence throughout Asian and world football.
Thursday’s Group G match between Melbourne City FC and Jeonnam Dragons took on extra significance with Yamashita, along with Assistant Referees Makoto Bozono and Naomi Teshirogi, becoming the first all-female trio of match officials to oversee the highest level of Asian men’s club football, having made similar history in an AFC Cup™ fixture in 2019.