The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced the appointment of former FIFA World Cup referee, FIFA Referee Instructor and AFC Elite Referee Assessor Shamsul Maidin as the new AFC Director of Referees. The Singaporean started in his role on 4 January 2016.
Shamsul’s wealth of experience, not only in Asia but also globally, places him as a leading expert to maintain and enhance the high standards of refereeing in Asia. Having risen through the ranks of the continent, Shamsul’s glittering career - both as a professional referee and an instructor - makes him a great addition and a valuable asset to the AFC and the Member Associations. Shamsul Maidin said: “I am humbled by this exciting opportunity and I am relishing the chance to deliver on the strong foundation and standards established by my predecessor. I am very passionate about the education and development of referees in Asia and together with the AFC Member Associations and stakeholders I am confident we can continue to raise the standard of Asian referees”.
Maidin (photo), 49, who retired as a referee in 2007, enjoyed an illustrious career which saw him officiate the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2006 FIFA World Cup. Other highlights include the 1996, 2000 and 2004 AFC Asian Cups, as well as the 2001 and 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship. He was the only non-African referee to officiate at the 2006 African Cup of Nations. The two-time AFC Best Referee of the Year takes over from Yoshimi Ogawa who steps down after almost ten years, moving back to Japan. The AFC would like to thank Ogawa-san for his leadership and unwavering commitment towards strengthening the level of our officials in Asian football these past ten years.