The man in the middle for tonight’s match between Manchester United and Leeds United shared his insight at a Football West’s All Flags Coaching Night this week.
Shaun Evans, who is one of only two FFA full-time professional referees, will officiate the big pre-season game between the English rivals at Perth’s Optus Stadium (kick-off 7pm).
On Monday night he spoke with Football West referees on a number of topics, including the difference between refereeing at the elite level as a part-time referee and now as a full-time professional.
He also answered questions from referees on player management, teamwork and communication.
Football West Referee Development Officer Frank Moretti said: “We are very grateful to Shaun for coming to our Coaching Night.
“He gave great insight about what it is like being a top, full-time referee and the referees on our course took a lot away from it.”
Shaun, who was the fourth official at the Manchester United v Perth Glory game on Saturday, has been on the FIFA Panel of International Referees since 2017.
He was the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Referee of the Year and refereed the 2019 Hyundai A-League Grand Final between Glory and Sydney FC.
Football West official Josh Mannella, right, walks out for the Manchester United v Perth Glory game at Optus Stadium. Josh was an assistant referee for the match. Photo by TONY ASHBY/AFP/Getty Images
Meanwhile, Josh Mannella, who was an assistant referee in the Manchester United v Perth Glory game last Saturday, will referee this Saturday’s Belt Up Cup Final between Bayswater City and Floreat Athena at Dorrien Gardens.
Simon Hicks and Sime Lozic will be the assistant referees with Matthew Southern the fourth official.
Josh has been a member of Football West’s top panel of referees since 2011 and joined the Hyundai A-League Assistant Referee panel in the 2009/10 season.
He also won the Football West Assistant Referee of the Year award in 2014 and 2017.
The full list of appointments for this Saturday’s finals are: