Two of our elite referees will be officiating in the biggest game of the Australian football calendar this Sunday in the Hyundai A-League Grand Final.
South Australian match official, Paul Cetrangolo has been appointed to the A-League Grand Final 2018/19 as Assistant Referee 2.
SA's Craig Zetter has also appointed, as Assistant VAR. Craig is a currently a member of the Elite Coaching Panel and is an ex-State Referees Committee Chairman. He is an AFC Referee Assessor and Instructor as well as a Video Assistant Referee in the Hyundai A-League.
Paul will travel to Perth on Saturday to officiate in Sunday's final between Perth Glory and Sydney FC at the newly opened Optus Stadium.
Sunday's 'big dance' will be Paul's 2nd Grand Final in succession, after officiating in last years clash between Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory. Paul also was officiating in Adelaide United's championship-winning performance at Adelaide Oval in the Grand Final in 2016.
Paul is happy that his hard work earned him a spot in the biggest game of the season and hopes this will send a message to the South Australian football family to follow in his footsteps.
I am thrilled and honoured to be appointed for the final in Perth. It goes to show that all the hard work I have put in at training throughout the season has paid off.
It’s an absolute privilege o represent South Australia. We’ve got a great bunch of match officials in our state and I hope that this appointment can encourage more referees and budding football fans to get into match officiating and be more than just a player.
Paul's other honors include officiating in the AFC 2012 Champions League Final, 2014 Club World Cup, 2015 Asian Cup and 2016 FFA Cup Final.
Football Federation SA congratulates both Paul and Craig and wishes them all the best for the Grand Final.
Referee: Shaun Evans
AR1: Andrew Lindsay
AR2: Paul Cetrangolo
4th Official: Christopher Beath
5th Official: Josh Mannella
VAR: Kris Griffiths-Jones
Assistant VAR: Craig Zetter