Lakrinidis set for Japan exchange

Victorian official called takes part in FFA-JFA referee exchange program

Football Federation Australia (FFA) today announced that Victorian assistant referee George Lakrinidis will join full-time referees Jarred Gillett and Ben Williams this week on a two-week professional development trip to Japan.

Lakrinidis, Gillett and Williams will be joined in Japan by assistant referee David Walsh for the international Kirin Cup fixtures featuring Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Denmark and host nation Japan.

Opportunities for Australian referees and their Japanese counterparts to gain international experience forms part of the MOU between the Hyundai A-League and J.League, and FFA Director of Referees Ben Wilson highlighted the importance of the partnership for Australian refereeing.

“We want Australian referees to be world class and this exchange provides another development opportunity for them,” Wilson said.

“The J.League is one of the strongest competitions in Asia. Jarred and Ben will referee a different style of football and work with different referees and referee coaches. This experience will improve their refereeing.

“FFA are providing opportunities to our referees which will in turn benefit the overall quality and entertainment value of the Hyundai A-League.”

While Gillett and Williams control matches in Japan, Japanese FIFA referee Jumpeii Iida and assistant referee Shinji Ochi will travel to Australia ahead of the upcoming Dodoni Series matches between the Caltex Socceroos and Greece.

Iida and Ochi have been appointed to officiate along with English Premier League referee Robert Madley and assistant referee Simon Bennett.

FFA also announced that Japanese female FIFA referees Fusako Kajiyama and Yoshimi Yamashita will referee the upcoming Westfield Matildas v New Zealand matches being held in Ballarat and Melbourne.

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