Football Federation Australia have named former A-League and AFC referee of the year Mark Shield as the new director of referees.
The appointment is part of the national bodyâ€™s new referee development structure, it said.
Shield said he was honoured and excited by the appointment.
â€śHaving been out of the game for three years, it was the right time for me to get back into the game,â€ť he said.
â€ťThere is definitely an opportunity to build on our previous successes for what will be one of the most anticipated A-League seasons since the inaugural one.
â€śIâ€™m really excited about the challenge of working with the all referees, clubs, coaches and players to improve the profile of referees in Australia.â€ť
A-League head Lyall Gorman said he believes that Shieldâ€™s appointment will be of great benefit to the refereeing ranks and football in Australia.
â€śWe are very proud to announce that a referee of the calibre of Mark Shield will head our new referee development structure,â€ť Gorman said.
â€śHis knowledge and experience in relation to refereeing is unequalled in the Australian football community and is a fantastic role model for all aspiring referees.
â€śWe look forward to working closely with Mark and assisting him to develop refereeing within Australia.â€ť