Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced that FIFA accredited Referee Rebecca Durcau will lead the team of match officials appointed to control this Sunday’s highly anticipated Westfield W-League 2018 Grand Final at Allianz Stadium in Sydney.
Durcau will become just the third referee in the Westfield W-League’s ten-season history to officiate a Westfield W-League Grand Final, and follows in the footsteps of Kate Jacewicz (eight Grand Finals) and Casey Reibelt (one Grand Final).
FFA Director of Referees Ben Wilson said he’s sure that the team appointed to officiate the tenth Westfield W-League Grand Final will excel.
“I would like to congratulate Rebecca on her appointment to her first Westfield W-League Grand Final,” said Wilson.
“There has been excellent competition amongst the Referees in the Westfield W-League this season and the match officials chosen for the Grand Final have worked extremely hard to earn their place.
“I have great confidence the match officials will perform strongly in Sunday’s match,” he said.
Durcau, who began officiating in the Westfield W-League in its inaugural season as an Assistant Referee, said she’s pleased to have been appointed to Referee this year’s Grand Final.
“I am pretty happy,” said Durcau. “And I am pretty excited to be working with the team that has been appointed as well.”
“I have always tried to be the best Referee that I can be. Once I received FIFA status my mindset has always been that everything else is a bonus, and having the chance to Referee a [Westfield] W-League Grand Final is definitely a bonus.”
Durcau believes many elements of the competition have improved greatly since the Westfield W-League first kicked off in 2008.
“The professionalism has definitely gotten better since 2008,” she added. “Every year things are improving, which is a good sign. Hopefully FFA can continue to promote the competition and the standards continue to rise.”
Joining Durcau at the Westfield W-League 2018 Grand Final are Assistant Referees Laura Moya and Joanna Charaktis, Fourth Official Isabella Blaess and Additional Assistant Referees Rachel Mitchenson and Kelly Jones.
Westfield W-League 2018 Grand Final
Sunday, 18 February 2018
Sydney FC v Melbourne City FC
Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-Off: 5:00pm (Local) (5:00pm (AEDT))
Referee: Rebecca Durcau
Assistant Referee 1: Laura Moya
Assistant Referee 2: Joanna Charaktis
Fourth Official: Isabella Blaess
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Rachel Mitchenson
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kelly Jones
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 501 from 4:30pm (AEDT) and SBS VICELAND
Radio Broadcast: myfootballnation.com (1116 SEN) and SWR 999. ABC News on Radio, Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Listen App – A-League Live.
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