FIFA role scored by Kiwi ref­eree

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Auck­land Foot­ball ref­eree Nick Wal­dron has scored his long-term goal of be­com­ing a FIFA-level ref­eree and now has the World Cup in his sights.

The San­dring­ham res­i­dent was one of three New Zealand ref­er­ees to make it on the in­ter­na­tional list of match of­fi­cials ap­proved by FIFA for 2013.

Wal­dron will grad­u­ate from ASB Premier­ship duty and can now be con­sid­ered for in­ter­na­tional fix­tures.

The top-level of­fi­cial was pre­vi­ously on the as­sis­tant ref­eree list in 2007 be­fore de­cid­ing to fo­cus on ref­er­ee­ing.

It has al­ways been his game plan to try and ref­eree at the high­est level pos­si­ble, he says.

‘‘It’s an hon­our and a very ex­cit­ing achieve­ment. Now that I have the badge I can’t wait to get back on the pitch with it. The next few years look ex­cit­ing and my prepa­ra­tion may have to be adapted as dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties arise go­ing for­ward.’’

Wal­dron bal­ances his ref­er­ee­ing ca­reer with full­time work com­mit­ments and will have an­other ball to jug­gle this year as a new fa­ther.

As a top-level of­fi­cial, he will need to main­tain the same level of com­mit­ment as fel­low FIFA ref­er­ees around the world where it is their full­time ca­reer.

FIFA ref­eree: San­dring­ham ref­eree Nick Wal­dron has achieved his goal of be­com­ing a FIFA-level ref­eree.

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