With the start of the community football season, NZ Football and launched their 2023 search to find the McDonald’s Community Football Referee of the Year.
Last year, Pukekohe AFC’s Phil Andrews was recognised with the award after 30 years of refereeing games.
He was nominated 13 times for the award, and when he won, NZ Football said: He is always the first person to put his hand up when a referee is needed, and he does this for home and away matches, often travelling all over Auckland with Pukekohe AFC to make sure their matches are refereed.”
The award organisers are now looking for who will follow Phil Andrews and win this year’s Community Football Referee of the Year.
Announcing this year’s award, NZ Football said:
“Across the season, we ask our football whānau to nominate their local football or futsal referees for Referee of the Year.
“We want to hear about the referee who volunteers every weekend and is always good for a laugh after, or even during, the game.
“The referee who volunteers through rain or shine, and the parents taking up the whistle for their kid’s team week in and week out.
“Each month, we announce a McDonald’s Community Football Referee of the Month with the McDonald’s Community Football Referee of the Year to be announced at the end of the season.”