Football Queensland is delighted to welcome Alex King, a member of the FIFA Panel of International Referees, to the FQ Referee team as a coach and mentor for the remainder of the 2022 season.
The current A-League Men’s Referee of the Year and FQ Referee Academy Coach has already commenced work in his expanded role, delivering his first coaching session to 25 top panel referees earlier this month.
“It is fantastic for our referees here in Queensland to have the opportunity to learn from one of the country’s most experienced officials, who himself is a product of the Football Queensland referee pathway,” FQ General Manager – Referees, Clubs and Community Dan Birrell said.
“Having recently returned from the 2022 AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualifiers, Alex will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the role as he works with our more advanced match officials in a coaching and mentoring capacity throughout the remainder of the season.
“This is in addition to Alex’s role as FQ Referee Academy Coach, where he is helping to develop our next generation of young Queensland match officials.
“Our state has a strong history of producing some of the country’s top referees including Alex, so we’re excited to have him on board to help mentor those who are officiating in our advanced leagues.”
“As a former NPL Queensland referee myself, this is a great opportunity for me to help guide the officials who are members of the state’s top panel and support them as they continue to progress on the referee pathway not only here in Queensland but hopefully also at a national level,” King said.
“Alongside my involvement with the FQ Referee Academy, I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences with a broader range of Queensland referees as I take on this new role with Football Queensland.”
Earlier this week King took charge of the friendly match between English Premier League sides Manchester United and Crystal Palace in Melbourne, and will be back in action next week for Heidelberg United FC and Brisbane Roar FC’s Australia Cup clash.
Below: Alex King delivering a coaching session to 25 top panel referees earlier this month.