Michael Hester

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Mike Hester
Full name Michael Hester
Born (1972-05-02) 2 May 1972 (age 42)
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Other occupation Naval officer
Years League Role
2004–2011 NZFC Referee
2004–2005 NSW Premier League Referee
2008–2011 A-League Referee
Years League Role
2007–2011 FIFA listed Referee

Michael Hester (born 2 May 1972 in Sydney, NSW, Australia), is a former New Zealand association football referee in the A-League.[1] Holder of a FIFA international license, he has participated at the highest level, officiating at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.


Hester has been a NZFC certified referee since 2004 and gained his FIFA international qualification in January 2007.[2] He refereed some games in the 2008 Olympics,[3][4] and has also refereed matches in the Oceania qualification group for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.[5]

He was also appointed as a referee for the 2009 FIFA Under 17 World Cup in Nigeria.[6]

Hester was included on the short list to officiate at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa along with fellow New Zealand referee Peter O'Leary,[7] both of whom were confirmed in the final 30 officials to take charge at the finals.[8] On 12 June 2010 he refereed the FIFA World Cup game between Greece and the Korean Republic.[9] Hester called time on his refereeing career at the end of the 2011 New Zealand winter season to focus on his career in the New Zealand Royal Navy.

Personal life[edit]

He has worked, besides his football career, as a naval officer in Auckland, and played both Rugby union[10] and football before turning to officiating.[11]


  • 2009: NZDF Sports Award: Outstanding Sports Person of the Year[12]