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Second Aussie Team at AFC Futsal Club Champs

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NSW Futsal Referee Association

Logo - NSW Referees AssociationA second Australian team has been invited to attend the AFC Futsal Club Championship to be held in Esfahan, IR Iran. FIFA futsal referees Scott Kidson and Chris Colley are among the twelve officials appointed to the inaugural tournament which starts on July 4.

They will oversee the champion clubs from the top ten AFC nations, including FFA National Championship winners New South Wales Thunder, as Asia’s top playing talent strive to have their club recognised as the confederation’s best when the tournament reaches its climax on July 12.

This appointment is the latest in a long line as Australian whistle blowers go from strength to strength in Asia. Colley was handed the prestigious appointment on the 2008 AFC Futsal Championship Final as 3rd referee. At the same tournament, Kidson was referee on the semi-final between traditional powerhouses IR Iran and Japan.

After joining the FIFA list in 2007, Kidson and Colley were selected to be part of the first AFC Elite Futsal Referee’s panel formulated in 2008. Both retained their place when the panel was reduced from twenty to sixteen this year. Only IR Iran, Japan and Australia are represented by two officials on the panel.

AFC Futsal Club Championship marks the first engagement in another potentially busy year for the duo. The 3rd Asian Indoor Games and two of the four 2010 AFC Futsal Championship qualifying tournaments have been pencilled in for the last quarter of the year. All of the tournaments are likely to involve most of the elite panel’s members.

Scott Kidson bio:
2008
FIFA Futsal World Cup – Ten matches inc. 3rd place play-off referee (Italy v Russia)
OFC Futsal Championships – Eight matches
AFC Futsal Championships – Eight matches inc. Semi-final referee (IR Iran v Japan)
2007
2nd Asian Indoor Games – Eleven matches inc. Women’s Gold Medal 2nd referee (Japan v Thailand)
AFC Futsal Championships – Seven matches inc. Quarter-final Timekeeper (Japan v Thailand)
ASEAN Futsal Championships – Five matches
AFC Futsal Championships Qualifiers – Six matches

Chris Colley bio:
2008
OFC Futsal Championships – Seven matches
AFC Futsal Championships – Eight matches inc. Final 3rd referee (IR Iran v Thailand)
AFC Futsal Championships Qualifiers – Six matches
2007
AFC Futsal Championships – Eight matches inc. Semi-final Timekeeper (Japan v Kyrgyzstan)

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