PS4 NPL Grand Final Referee Profile – Stephen Laurie

August 31st, 2017

How long have you been refereeing?

I started when I was 19 and in my 2nd year of university, so that means this is my 7th year refereeing. I was still playing when I started, however, after a few years, I decided to focus solely on refereeing to give myself the best opportunity to develop.

What are the highlights of your career to date?

There have been a few, but some that stand out in my memory include:
– Running the line in the 2015/16 National Youth League Grand Final between Sydney FC and Adelaide United.
– Referee for the 2016 NEWFM 1st Grade Grand Final between Wallsend FC and Belswans.
– representing NNSW in Canberra at the 2016 NTC and being awarded Referee of the Tournament.
– Referee for the 2016/17 National Youth League Grand Final between Melbourne City and Sydney FC.

Do you have any advice for young referees?

My advice would be to listen to those around you that want to help you, always keep wanting to improve and get better at various aspects of your refereeing, and finally, to focus on doing the little things right because it’s all the little things that add up.

What does this Saturday’s PS4 NPL Grand Final appointment mean to you?

Being appointed to a Grand Final is a common goal for many referees and I am definitely no different. However, knowing that 2017 was to be my first season as a regular NPL 1st grade referee, my expectations at the start of the year were just to be involved in the finals series and see what happens. Receiving the news earlier in the week was very exciting and this appointment certainly means a lot!

What are your ultimate ambitions as a match official?

At this stage, I am aiming to get on the Hyundai A-League 4th Officials panel and then hopefully progress to the A-League Referees panel. Ultimately, it would be amazing to earn a FIFA badge, but there is a lot of work for me to do before that is even remotely close to becoming a reality.

Who are the biggest influences on your career?

I’ve been fortunate enough to have many people help me out along the way so far, including some of my previous and current coaches like Jim Reeves, Brad Carlin, Ray Ashbourne, Rod Allen and Jordan Langholz, as well as my family, friends and a number of my fellow referees.

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