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Legendary Queensland referee Tammy Ogston is among three inductees to the Football Federation Australia (FFA) Hall of Fame announced on Friday.
Ogston, who was the first Australian to control a FIFA World Cup Final in 2007, joins Matilda Sacha Wainwright and Socceroo Peter Raskopoulos as the latest inductees to the elite group.
FFA CEO David Gallop said each Hall of Fame inductee had earned a place in the Hall of Fame for different but equally valuable reasons and highlighted Ogston’s contribution to the game.
“Tammy was a true pioneer for refereeing in Australia and more importantly female referees around the country,” Mr Gallop said.
Ogston originally hails from Brisbane and became an international referee in 1997 and refereed in the most prestigious tournament’s in world football including the 2000 Olympic Games and multiple FIFA Women’s World Cups.
She qualified as a full referee in Football Brisbane community competitions before advancing to Football Queensland competitions. She became a FIFA listed referee in 1997.
Football Queensland State Referee Development Officer David Wiebe said Ogston’s progression and legacy continues to be a proud moment in Queensland’s football.
“It’s fantastic to see Tammy recognised for such a high honour by Football Federation Australia,” Wiebe said.
“Tammy was an outstanding referee and her example is something that all up-and-coming referees should be made aware,” he concluded.
In addition to the three Hall of Fame inductees, FFA also recognised the contributions of the 1981 Young Socceroos team, who represented Australia at the first ever FIFA tournament hosted in Australia, the 1981 FIFA Youth World Championship.