Young up and coming referee Dylan Moxon has his sights set on following the likes of fellow kiwi referee Nick Waldron in becoming a FIFA referee.
It was only almost two years ago that the 18-year old got serious about refereeing, after wanting to take his club based referee badge to the next level.
“I had been a club based referee for a couple of years,” says Moxon.
“I wanted to take it further and try see how far I can go with it because I knew there is a lot of opportunities with refereeing.”
One of those opportunities was refereeing at the largest International Youth Football Tournament in the Southern Hemisphere, the Kanga Cup. Moxon was joined by fellow Auckland Football referees Thomas and Brandon Day in Canberra, Australia for the July tournament.
“It was an awesome experience. I ended up refereeing the 15th grade final so that was pretty cool.”
The experience also proved valuable off the field, with Moxon gaining inspiration from three A-League officials.
“Jarred Gillett, Chris Beath and Ben Williams were there, they are full time refs in the A-League. They were very inspiring with their journeys and the amount of work and preparation they put into their games.”
“I definitely look up to them,” he adds.
One person who has played a key role in Moxon’s refereeing journey this far is his mentor, Ben Hill.
The role of the mentor is to share experiences and knowledge and to help their mentee develop as a match official.
“I selected Dylan as my mentee because during his Level One referee course he showed a real decent understanding of what it takes to be a referee,” says Hill.
“I thought that with my experience and some of the things I’ve been exposed to on my refereeing journey I’d be able to share some of that with Dylan and help him develop.”
“Dylan’s done really well this year. He started off refereeing lower level local games and his assessments have shown really good levels of improvement. As a result, he’s gone onto referee a lot of NRFL reserves matches and be selected as a National Youth League match official.”
Moxon has just completed his 2nd year as a referee and to assist with his development Auckland Football nominated and New Zealand Football selected him as a match official for the National Youth League to continue his development
“I want to work my way up the ladder. So, be a National Youth League referee and then a National League referee one day. Ultimately the main goal is to be a FIFA referee.”
He is certainly well on his way to achieving his goals with the promising youngster being named the Most Improved Senior Local Referee for 2016.
“Dylan got the Page Cup which is for the Most Improved Local Senior Referee. Its primarily based around assessment reports and feedback from people such as myself and Paul Smith, the Referee Development Officer at Auckland Football.”
Moxon’s next big opportunity is in December at the National Age Group Tournament in Wellington.