Anna-Marie Keighley

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Anna-Marie Keighley
Born (1982-06-30) 30 June 1982 (age 37)
Waitara, New Zealand
Other occupation Schoolteacher
Years League Role
2008– NZ Football Referee
Years League Role
2010– FIFA listed Referee

Anna-Marie Keighley (born 30 June 1982) is an association football referee from Taranaki, New Zealand. She has officiated matches at the international level since 2010, including the FIFA Women's World Cup and the Summer Olympics.[1] Outside of refereeing, she is a schoolteacher at Rototuna Senior High School.[2][3]


She was the first referee to officiate in five matches at a single edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, doing so in 2015.[4] During the semifinal between Japan and England, Keighley awarded a controversial penalty for Japan for a foul that occurred outside the penalty area.[5]

Keighley has since earned qualifications to officiate in men's tournaments at the youth and amateur levels. She was part of the roster for the Dallas Cup in the United States and officiates matches in the domestic New Zealand Football Championship.[6][7] In 2017, she was one of several female referees to be named to the roster at the FIFA men's U-17 World Cup in a supporting role.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Keighley married a fellow referee, Campbell-Kirk Kawana-Waugh, in July 2017.[9] The couple officiated back-to-back matches in the Women's Knockout Cup and Chatham Cup, respectively, in September 2017.[3] She was originally based in Taranaki but moved to Auckland to pursue better refereeing opportunities.[10]


  1. ^ Reive, Cristopher (7 June 2016). "Anna-Marie Keighley gets the nod to referee at the Olympic Games". Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Referee experts sing the praises of ex Taranaki football referee". 17 June 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  3. ^ a b "First couple of Kiwi refereeing make history". New Zealand Football. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Keighley hungry for more history". New Zealand Football. 7 June 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Kiwi ref in spotlight over World Cup blunder". New Zealand Herald. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  6. ^ Arnold, Jon (24 March 2016). "Connection between referees who've worked Dallas Cup and big-time matches is no coincidence". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  7. ^ Voerman, Andrew (20 February 2017). "Stirling Sports Premiership captains reprimanded for criticism of referees". Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Keighley continues to break barriers". Oceania Football Confederation. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  9. ^ Walsh, Christine (2 June 2017). "Taranaki couple win dream wedding giveaway". Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  10. ^ "Refs fly flag for Kiwis". Oceania Football Confederation. 26 August 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2019.

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