Four Australians will take part in the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup officiating team. All are also A-Leagues referees.
The all-female five person officiating team was announced for the 2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup final. Four of the five women named are Australian and also work for Football Australia, named as A-Leagues officials.
2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup officials
- China PR will face Korea Republic in the AFC Women's Asian Cup final.
- Four Australian women, including the the head referee, were named as match officials.
- The four referees are also all A-Leagues referees named ahead of this year's 2021-22 season.
More A-League news can be found on FTBL.
For the third time in the history of the AFC Women's Asian Cup, an all-female line-up has been named to officiate. This year's 2022 final will have four Australians and one Palestinian in charge of Asia's top tournament deciding match.
The five women were among the 39 match officials originally named to this AFC Women's Asian Cup, the largest officiating group appointed in the history of this tournament.
Casey Reibelt has been named as the final's match official, with fellow Australian Joanna Charaktis and Palestinian Heba Saadieh named as her assistant referees. The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be controlled by Australian Kate Jacewicz with Aussie Lara Lee as her Assistant VAR.
The foursome have worked together before in this tournament. Lara Lee had been named as referee, Joanna Charaktis as her assistant, Kate Jacewicz as VAR and Casey Reibelt as assistant VAR for the Cup's semi-final match between China and Japan.
Overnight Australian Match Officials continued to perform strongly at @afcasiancup through their appointment to the Semi Final match betweenÂ China and Japan.— Nathan Magill (@nathan_magill) February 4, 2022
Ref: Lara Lee
AR1: Jo CharaktisÂ
VAR: Kate JacewiczÂ
AVAR: Casey Reibelt@FootballAUS @CheesyRef pic.twitter.com/TZJop2Fz71
All four women were also named as A-Leagues' referees ahead of the 2021-22 season, assigned by Football Australia to various officiating positions in both the A-League Men's and A-League Women's.
The match between China PR and Korea Republic will be broadcast in Australia on 10Play, airing at 22:00 AEDT.
Further AFC news can be found on their website.