Following Football Australia's release of Matchweek 2's Match Official Appointments, Football Victoria would like to congratulate all of the Victorian referees who have been selected to play a role in the Isuzu UTE A-League Men over the first two rounds.
Jonathan Barreiro (pictured: Getty Images) will officiate this week's standalone Friday game between Western United and Perth Glory. A familiar face in the A-League, Barreiro officiated last week's season curtain raiser and has become one of Australia’s most distinguished referees. Along with his considerable domestic experience, Barreiro recently served as a fourth official in multiple World Cup Asia qualifying matches.
He will be joined this Friday by a strong supporting cast of fellow Victorians. The highly experienced Daniel Ilievski and Andrew Meimarakis will serve as Assistants, with Adam Bavcar, who made his A-League debut in June this year, to act as the Fourth Official.
Jack Morgan, who also stepped up to make his A-League debut earlier this year, will take charge of Saturday's late afternoon kick-off, where Wellington Phoenix take on the Central Coast Mariners. The talented young referee spent more than seven years in Victoria's NPL system and four years as an A-League Fourth Official before cementing his spot as a bonafide A-League Referee in mid 2021.
Elsewhere, Kate Jacewicz will head-up the VAR Team in Sydney FC's clash with Macarthur FC after a busy year, where the eight-time W-League Referee Of The Year (now A-League Women) played a key role in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and is now a key member of the FV Referee Department.
Looking ahead to Sunday, George Lakrindis, Wilson Brown (Assistant Referees) and Lachlan Keevers (Fourth Official) will be a part of the team that oversees Melbourne Victory's match against Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park. Keevers, who spoke to Michael Zappone in April about his refereeing journey to date, refereed last week's Melbourne derby between Melbourne Victory and Western United.
Football Victoria would also like to acknowledge Joanna Charaktis. Charaktis was selected to step up to the A-League Men for the first time in Round 1, however was ruled out due to injury. Charaktis has a decade of experience as an official accross A-League Women, VPLW, NPL and FFA Cup. FV wishes her well with her recovery and in making the leap into the A-League in the future.
The strong presence of referees at the top level of our domestic game is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the individuals and FV's refereeing program. If you're interested in becoming a referee or want to learn more, visit the referees page via the link below