Football SA has announced the creation of the Football SA Referee Academy, with 19 members chosen for 2020.
The academy will be divided into two groups, a development squad and a senior squad.
Young officials will have the opportunity to receive specific training and coaching through the academy, enabling the next generation of referees to evolve.
Development squad member Thomas Brinkworth was looking forward to starting the program.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn from not only some of the best match officials in the state but also some of the best in the nation. The knowledge and experience they will be able to pass on will prove invaluable in my refereeing future,” he said.
A-League referee Daniel Elder will take up the role of lead instructor at the academy in 2020.
AFC Assistant Referee of the Year Matthew Cream will be one of a number of guest presenters involved in academy sessions.
“The 19 members of the referee academy are an extremely promising group who should be proud of their selection,” Elder said.
“I’m looking forward to working with them and guiding them on their journey to becoming high-quality match officials. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate enough to experience the great coaching Football SA has to offer young match officials, and I hope to continue that throughout this course.”
Football SA State Referee Committee Chair Rick Schneider said: “The program to be led by Daniel & his team of presenters will be a fantastic step in providing quality development for younger referees so that they can grow into excellent match officials – for competitions in South Australia, and also on the national stage in the A-League, W-League and Y-League.”
The Football SA Referee Academy squads are listed below.
Lead Instructor: Daniel Elder
Senior Squad (10)
- Andrew Citti
- Ian Crossing
- Cole Davy
- Alex Diamond
- Angus Jackson
- Angus MacDonald
- Jackie Megson
- Denis Palushaj
- Joe-Jordan Tripodi
- Dion Turner
Development Squad (9)
- Jayden Betterman
- Thomas Brinkworth
- Finley Drewniak Sandery
- Argyle Groff
- William Heinrich
- Harold Spanner
- Thomas Temby
- Liam Toovey
- Ashley Udycz