Strebre Delovski hangs up the whistle

Inaugural Hyundai A-League referee Strebre Delovski will hang up the boots at the end of the season. 

Beginning his A-League career in 2005, Delovski has earned a reputation as one of the league's best and fairest referees.

“After 26 years and 140 Hyundai A-League matches I feel the time is right to hang up the whistle and make way for other referees to fulfil their dreams,” said Delovski.

“I have loved every minute of this amazing journey and I will miss the comradery amongst the match officials as well as the buzz and atmosphere of walking out at the start of a match in a packed stadium.

“There have been many personal highlights but the three which stand out would have to be receiving my FIFA badge in 2009, refereeing the Hyundai A-League 2010 Grand Final and being voted as the referee of decade by the PFA in 2015.”

Refereeing at FIFA World Cup qualifying and AFC Champions League level has given Delovski a certain pedigree and now the man in the middle wants to give back.

“Refereeing is something which I am very passionate about so staying involved to pass on my experience and knowledge is important. Recently I was appointed as Referees Coach in the Illawarra region by Football South Coast so my involvement post retirement has already started.”

FFA Director of Referees Ben Wilson paid tribute to the outstanding contribution Delovski had made to football over his career.

“Strebre has had a long and distinguished refereeing career in both the Hyundai A-League and on the international FIFA panel. His good humour and friendly demeanour meant he was very well respected by his peers and the players.

“I wish Streb well in retirement and I look forward to his continued involvement as a referee coach.”

Whilst Delovski is set to referee a semi-final this weekend, there is chance for one last swansong - to be named as the referee of the 2016/17 Hyundai A-League Grand Final