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OFC match officials for World Youth Champs named

FIFA.com: FIFA has appointed 23 referees and 25 assistant referees to officiate at the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship (for U-20 national teams) to be held from 27 November to 19 December in the United Arab Emirates.

The competition, originally scheduled to take place from 25 March to 16 April 2003 had to be postponed due to the armed conflict in the Gulf region.

Representing the OFC is Australian trio, referee Matthew Breeze and assistant referees Matthew Cream and Nathan Gibson (see their profiles below). Australia is also representing the OFC at the tournament. Dubbed the Young Socceroos, they were impressive in the Oceania qualifiers last December and have just come off a draw and win in a warm-up series against the UAE.

For a full list of match officials for this tournament click on the following link on the FIFA.com website.

http://www.fifa.com/en/comp/event/referees/all,2003,1046.html . FIFA.com features a comprehensive section on the upcoming competition and will provide full coverage during the event itself.

OFC MATCH OFFICIAL PROFILES:

Matthew Breeze

Date of birth: 10-Jun-1972

Height & weight: 185 cm, 82 kg

Place of residence: Sydney-Australia

Marital status: Married

Occupation: Police prosecutor

Mother tongue: English

Int’l Referee since: 2001

Hobbies: Music, golf and cricket

Fondest memory: When first selected for the FIFA referees’ list in 2001

Nathan Gibson

Date of birth: 17-Aug-1972

Height & weight: 195 cm, 90 kg

Place of residence: Taree- Australia

Marital status: Married

Occupation: Production manager

Mother tongue: English

Int’l Referee since: 2001

Hobbies: Cricket and golf

Fondest memory: Receiving my first FIFA badge

Matthew Cream

Date of birth: 19-Jun-1975

Height & weight: 178 cm, 60 kg

Place of residence: Adelaide – Australia

Marital status: Single

Occupation: Laboratory technician

Mother tongue: English

Other languages: Italian

Int’l Referee since: 2000

Hobbies: Sports, travel and music

Fondest memory: 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan Preliminary match between Iran and Saudi Arabia

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