Micallef To Bring An End To His Refereeing Career

This Sunday not only marks the end of the NSW Premier League 2004/05 season, but it will also signal the end of Simon Micallef’s illustrious 20-year refereeing career.

Soccer NSW Release

This Sunday not only marks the end of the NSW Premier League 2004/05 season, but it will also signal the end of former FIFA match official Simon Micallef-s illustrious 20-year refereeing career.

Simon (pictured right) this week announced that, following his duties as the referee for the NSW Premier League Grand Final between the Bankstown City Lions and the Bonnyrigg White Eagles, he will be hanging up the whistle to pursue other interests within the football fraternity.

“I made the decision two months ago, for a number of reasons, and when I was asked to referee the NSW Premier League Grand Final, I decided it was the ideal opportunity to finish my career on that note,” stated Micallef.

Simon began refereeing in 1984 as a 14-year old in the Granville District Soccer Football Association.  He progressed to the senior ranks with his first state league fixture in 1993, and following went on to the National Soccer League panel where he refereed 202 matches including 2 Grand Finals (1996/97 & 1998/99) and was named NSL Referee of the Year on 3 occasions (1996-97, 1998-99 & 2000-01).

In 1997 Simon was awarded his FIFA Badge and refereed 41 internationals, the highlight of which was the World Cup Qualifier between Iran and Saudia Arabia in Tehrain on 24th August 2001. For the record on that day, Iran defeated Saudi Arabia 2-0, and Simon handed out five cautions (2 Iranian & 3 Saudi Arabian players), sent one Saudi Arabian player from the field in front of a crowd of 120,000.

Simon has always been very well respected by his peers, players, coaches and officials and his talent and experience will be sorely missed by all within the sport. Soccer NSW, and all member clubs thank Simon for being such a fine servant to the game and wish him all the best for the future.

Match Details: NSW PREMIER LEAGUE GRAND FINAL 2004/05 Date: Sunday, 26th June, 2005 Venue: Parramatta Stadium

First Grade: Bankstown City Lions v Bonnyriggg White Eagles Kick-Off: 3:00pm

Grade 20: Bonnyrigg White Eagles v Marconi Stallions Kick-Off: 12:30pm

Gates Open: 12:00pm

Ticket Prices: Adults: $12   Concessions: $6      Children Under 16: Free

Tickets available from Ticketek, www.ticketek.com.au

For more details check the NSW Premier League Website www.nswpremierleague.com