Referee Peter O'Leary bio

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Born
1972-03-03
Intl. since
2003-01-01
Hometown
Hamilton
Country
New Zealand
Speaks
English
Occupation
science teacher
Hobbies
fishing, travelling, reading, watching live games
 
Matches Bio Did you know? Palmares

Not good enough a player

2012-04-16

In 1994, like a lot of his colleagues, this secondary school science teacher from Wellington, New-Zealand, picked up a whistle to take charge of matches when he realized he wasn't good enough a player.

Interesting places
When you are a FIFA referee living in New-Zealand, you get to see interesting places. Some of the places Peter O'Leary has been to are: the Cook Islands, New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands and American Samoa, to take charge of matches for U-20 and U-17 tournaments and play-offs for the Nations Cup.

U-20
Peter O Leary was selected to officiate at the World Cup U-20 2007 in Canada and the one in 2011 in Colombia.

WC 2010?
Peter O'Leary went to the World Cup, both (all) New Zealand international referees did. But Hester got a match and O'Leary didn't.

WC 2014?
Is it because there has to be at least one referee from the OFC nominated or is he really that good: Peter O'Leary is selected for the 2012 Olympic Tournament and his name is on the list of 52 for the 2014 World Cup.

From our reporter: Archie Rogers