For only the second time in men’s A-League history, a female referee will control a match.
A female referee will officiate a men’s A-League match for just the second time when Casey Reibelt controls Saturday night’s game between Perth Glory and the Western Sydney Wanderers.
Queenslander Reibelt follows the path set by Kate Jacewicz, who created history in the 2019-20 season when she refereed the men’s match between Melbourne City and the Newcastle Jets.
And in a further boost for the development of female officials, Australia-based South Korean assistant referee Mi-Suk Park will run the line in a men’s A-League match for the first time when Brisbane Roar host the Central Coast Mariners on Tuesday night.
“The appointment of Casey and Mi-Suk to the A-League Men competition strengthens our commitment to ensuring that the match official pathway is open to everyone in football,” Football Australia referees boss Nathan Magill said.
“Football Australia wants to be at the forefront of removing barriers for talented match officials who aspire to officiate in elite competitions in Australian football.
“Both Casey and Mi-Suk have demonstrated significant commitment and high performance across an extended period, and these appointments are just rewards.
“The female match officials in our panel are highly experienced and incredibly successful professionals.
“We are working with FIFA and the AFC to maximise opportunities for our officials to ensure they are prepared for global football competitions.”
“We are steadfast in our vision to make Australia a leader in the development of female match officials in the Asia-Pacific region.”
Referees Reibelt and Jacewicz, assistant referees Park, Sarah Ho and Joanna Charaktis and video match official Lara Lee are candidates to officiate at next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
“The FIFA Women’s World Cup is a fantastic occasion to demonstrate to women and girls that there are many avenues open to them to participate in football,” Magill said.