Referee Profiles

Learn more about some of Football Federation SA Match Officials below.

Paul Cetrangolo – FIFA since 2011

Born: 1978
Years as a Referee: 23
Senior Referee Since: 1997
Referee Highlight: 2012 AFC Champions League Final Assistant Referee, 2014 FIFA Club World Cup Semi Final, Assistant Referee 2015 AFC Asian Cup.
Advice to other Referees: Train hard, Don’t cut corners, Listen to the right people, Never lose sight of the end goal.

Daniel Cook

Born: 1995
Years as a Referee: 9
Senior Referee Since: 2014
Referee Highlight: 2016 Cup Final Comets v Metro Stars, Foxtel NYL Referee 2015/16.
Advice to other Referees: Work on what you can control, mentally and physically prepare for each game and try and block out the noise

Matthew Cream – FIFA since 2000


Born: 1975
Years as a Referee: 27
Senior Referee Since: 1995
Referee Highlight: FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014.
Advice to other Referees: No matter how far you go, and how much you do, there is always something to learn. Any game at any level can present that opportunity to learn, provided you are committed to being prepared, focused and do your best in every match then you will succeed.

Daniel Elder

Born: 1992
Years as a Referee: 9
Senior Referee Since: 2013
Referee Highlight: Hyundai A-League Debut – Perth Glory v Wellington Phoenix 2016, FFA exchange to PGMOL (England) 2015, PlayStation 4 NPL SA Grand Final 2015 & 2016.
Advice to other Referees: Seek advice from other referees, learn to analyse your own matches, and enjoy!

Eric Ford-Sestili


Born: 1990
Years as a Referee: 10
Senior Referee Since: 2011
Referee Highlight: Assistant referee on the National Youth League for three years.
Advice to other Referees Enjoy what you do! Don’t think you stop learning.

Aaron Galanti


Born: 1994
Years as a Referee: 10
Senior Referee Since: 2014
Referee Highlight: Assistant Referee for the 2015 FFA Cup Round of 16 between MetroStars and Oakleigh Cannons.
Advice to other Referees: Watch matches across the NPL, A-League, and those around the world to learn from fellow referees. By doing this you can identify different scenarios that may occur in a match and how to best respond to them. Discuss these scenarios with other referees and Assessors to seek their advice and opinions as well.

Daniel Goodwin


Born: 1986
Years as a Referee: 17
Senior Referee Since: 2006
Referee Highlight: NPL Grand Finals 2012 & 2013, FFSA Referee of the Year 2013, Hyundai A-League Assistant Referee (6 seasons – 50+ games).
Advice to other Referees: Be confident in your ability, work hard on the areas you can control and always be respectful to others in the game players, coaches, club officials. you never know when they might be able to help you out.

Marinus Haccou


Born: 1963
Years as a Referee: 15
Senior Referee Since: 2009
Referee Highlight: Western Border A & B Grade Finals in 2010 & 2014,
Collegiate Cup Final 2016.
Advice to other Referees: Always be honest and work hard to reach your goals. Only you can achieve what you want to achieve.

Maddison Kennedy


Born: 1994
Years as a Referee: 7
Senior Referee Since: 2015
Referee Highlight: AFC Project Future Selection 2015, W-League Debut 2016, FFSA Young Referee of the Year 2015.
Advice to other Referees: As hard as it is, don’t take anything personally. How people feel about the decisions you make on the field don’t reflect on the kind of person you are.

Andrew Kite


Born: 1993
Years as a Referee: 10
Senior Referee Since: 2014
Referee Highlight: Appointed as an Assistant Referee to the 2016 PlayStation 4 NPL SA Grand Final.
Advice to other Referees: When motivation stops, you need discipline to take over.

Gary Mooney


Born: 1963
Years as a Referee: 16
Senior Referee Since: 2009
Referee Highlight: FFSA Cup Final 2013 – Adelaide City v White City, a very competitive game which went all the way to extra-time and penalties. A fairly big (and fervent) crowd added to the occasion.
Advice to other Referees: To be dedicated and honest within yourself. As you gain experience and improve pass on this knowledge to fellow referees as the aim of the game is to improve refereeing as a whole, not just your own refereeing performance.

Rick Schneider


Born: 1988
Years as a Referee: 12
Senior Referee Since: 2011
Referee Highlight: Participating in the FFA/PGMOL Referee Exchange Program in 2016 and being the 4th Official on the Adelaide United V Melbourne Victory game at Adelaide Oval in front of 33,000 fans in 2014.
Advice to other Referees: Enjoy every game you referee and take every opportunity, you never know where it will take you.

Christian Verdicchio


Born: 1990
Years as a Referee: 11
Senior Referee Since: 2009
Referee Highlight: 2009 National Youth League Final Assistant Referee, 2011 Hyundai-A-League Debut 4th Official, 2011 FFSA Cup Final 4th Official, 2011 FFSA Premier League Final Referee, 2011 FFSA Young Referee of the Year.