Alex King to officiate Grand Final after being named Ref of the Year for the second time

After a standout season, Alex King has taken out the 2023-24 Isuzu UTE A-League Men Referee of the Year award. 

This is the second time that Alex has won the Referee of the Year award, after he first won the award back 2021-22. The award adds to what has been a wonderful career for Alex who has featured in the A-Leagues since 2014.

Alex’s time in the game has seen him officiate at both a domestic and international level. Once a member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Referee Academy from 2018 to 2022, Alex’s expertise has seen him officiate abroad at the 2022 AFC Cup Final in Kuala Lumpur as Assistant VAR and the 2022 and 2024 AFC U-23 Asian Cups as an on field referee.


Alex has also been acknowledged for his 2023-24 season by being selected to referee the 2024 Isuzu UTE A-League Men Grand Final on Saturday 25 May, alongside Kearney Robinson and Brad Wright

The Isuzu UTE A-League Men Referee of the Year is awarded to the referee who is judged as the best referee for the Isuzu UTE A-League Men regular season, by Football Australia Head of Referees, Nathan Magill, and A-Leagues Commissioner, Nick Garcia.

A-Leagues Commissioner, Nick Garcia said: “Alex has set the standard for referees in the Isuzu UTE A-League Men and is no doubt aspiring a number of junior referees around Australia and New Zealand to follow in his footsteps.

“We congratulate Alex on a standout season of refereeing and his second Referee of the Year award. We look forward to having him officiate the Isuzu UTE A-League Men Grand Final this weekend.”

Football Australia Head of Referees, Nathan Magill said: “The selection of Saturday’s Isuzu UTE A-League Men’s Grand Final officiating team is acknowledgment of their consistent performances throughout this season, particularly for Alex, who has had an exceptional twelve months. 

“King has been an integral part of the A-League match officiating panel for a decade and has continuously shown his ability to perform in the important matches in Isuzu UTE A-League Men A-League. It is only appropriate that Alex has been named the Isuzu UTE A-League Men Referee of the Year for a second time, highlighting his skill and professionalism. 

“Football Australia along with the Referees Committee would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to the entire A-Leagues match officials panel for their commitment and professionalism throughout the 2023-24 season and wish those appointed for Saturday’s Grand Final all the best of luck with the occasion,” Magill concluded. 

Alex will be presented with his award at the conclusion of the 2024 Isuzu UTE A-League Men Grand Final between Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory on Saturday 25 May at Industree Group Stadium, kick off 7:45pm AEST

Tickets for the 2024 Isuzu UTE A-League Men Grand Final are available via with Kids tickets from $15, Adults from $25, and Families from $50.

The 2024 Isuzu UTE A-League Men Grand Final will be telecast in Australia live on Network 10 and streamed exclusively on 10 Play and Paramount+, while New Zealand viewers will be able to watch the Grand Final live on Sky Sport.