Milestone match for Strebre Delovski

Strebre Delovski will referee his 100th Hyundai A-League match this Friday, becoming only the fourth referee in the history of the Hyundai A-League to do so.

Strebre Delovski will referee his 100th Hyundai A-League match this Friday, becoming only the fourth referee in the history of the Hyundai A-League to do so. Friday-s match between Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory will see Strebre join Ben Williams and Peter Green as the only active referees to have reached this milestone.

Strebre is widely regarded as a player-s referee because of his strong communication skills and common sense refereeing. His understanding of the game from a player-s perspective ensures a great deal of respect is shared between Strebre and the players. Of course, the achievement of refereeing 100 games also demonstrates consistently strong performances over many seasons.

As we approach the halfway stage of the Hyundai A-League, it is worth reviewing the performances of all the referees so far this season. The match officials have four key performance indicators to enable the Referees- Department to measure refereeing standards from season to season.

KPI (after 13 rounds) Season 2011/12 Season 2012/13 Season 2013/14 Protecting player safety 81% 89% 87% Protecting image of the game 90% 91% 98% Dealing with dissent 90% 89% 95% Correct offside interpretation 94% 82% 86%

The 2013/14 KPI target is 92%. Although the referees are ahead of this target in some areas, there is still work to do to improve offside decision making and to better protect players from serious foul play, by correctly sanctioning tackles which endanger player safety with a red card.

As with players, referees are accountable for their performances and the better performing referees over the first half of the season will receive more and more appointments from now on.

Strebre is one of six Hyundai A-League referees and 11 assistant referees to have been selected on the 2014 FIFA international list. These selections are recognition that Australia has some world class referees and assistants.

The strong international standing of Australian referees was further highlighted recently with Ben Williams and Allyson Flynn winning the 2013 AFC Referee of the Year and AFC Assistant Referee of the Year awards respectively.

Ben Williams, along with Matthew Cream and Hakan Anaz are also shortlisted for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and I wish them well in that selection process concluding shortly.

Good luck to Streb and all the match officials appointed to matches in the Hyundai A-League this weekend.