When English born Les Coffman was heard commenting on the referee during a match of his Royal Air Force team against the team of the Army, one of his superiors made him take a referee course to see if he was any better. A trip around the world brought him to New Zealand in 1957, where he stayed.
In !0 years on the FIFA panel he took charge of 14 "A" internationals, one of them was a World Cup qualifier in Korea for 50.000 people.
After his retirement as a referee he was a Referees Inspector/Assessor and a FIFA Instructor. Coffman sat in the NZ Football Appointments Panel and the Oceania Confederation Referees Committee.
Coffman still (2011) has his referee assessor accreditation.
In the article from which we have all this we found the following list:
1979-1981: President New Zealand Soccer Referees Association
1981: Life Member New Zealand Soccer Referees Association
1981-1989: New Zealand Football Association Referees Committee
1988-1989: Chairman New Zealand Football Referees Committee
Did the name of the sport change from soccer to football or do they have more than one referee committee?
- A friendly in 1977 between New Zealand and New Caledonia had to be abandoned after 40 minutes by Coffman after New Caledonian players assaulted him. By then New Zealand had already scored 4 times.
Statistics for LES COFFMAN
Based on 4 international matches
MATCHES FOR LES COFFMAN
|WC 1974 qualifiers - Asia/Oceania|
|Japan||South Vietnam||1973-05-20||4 - 0||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|preliminaries||Thailand||South Vietnam||1973-05-16||0 - 1||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|New Zealand||New Caledonia||1977-03-08||4 - 0||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|New Zealand||New Caledonia||1972-09-30||2 - 1||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|