Chris Beath

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Chris Beath
Chris Beath.jpg
Full name Christopher James Beath
Born (1984-11-17) 17 November 1984 (age 34)
Other occupation Finance Director
Years League Role
2005– A-League Referee
Years League Role
2011– FIFA listed Referee

Christopher James Beath (born 17 November 1984) is an Australian soccer referee in the A-League.[1][2]

He has refereed at the National Youth Championships in 2003 and in 2004.[1]

Beath was the referee of the tournament at the 2002 Kanga Cup.[3]

Beath was added to the FIFA International Referees List in 2011,[4][5] serving as a referee for matches including the Kirin Challenge Cup contest between Japan and Iceland.[6]

In 2015, Beath was involved in an exchange program where he refereed in the J-League.[7][8]

On 4 April 2017, Chris Beath was appointed as one of the inaugural video assistant referees (VARs) in the Hyundai A-League, the first top-tier football league in the world to implement the technology.[9]

In January 2018, Beath was selected as one of the referees for the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship held in China. Beath refereed the opening fixture of this tournament.

A-League Career[edit]


AFC Asian Cup[edit]

2019 AFC Asian Cup – United Arab Emirates
Date Match Venue Round
10 January 2019 Bahrain  0–1  Thailand Dubai Group stage
17 January 2019 Lebanon  4–1  North Korea Sharjah Group stage
28 January 2019 Iran  0–3  Japan Al Ain Semi-final


  1. ^ a b "Profile - Chris Beath". Official A-League Website. Football Federation Australia. Archived from the original on 4 November 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Brink pushes referee over the edge". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. AAP. 23 November 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  3. ^ "Kanga Cup Referees - Hall of Fame". Kanga Cup. AusRef Football Referees Australia. Retrieved 28 April 2010.
  4. ^ "2011 FIFA Match Officials". Football Federation Australia. 17 December 2010. Archived from the original on 31 December 2010. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Referees by Association - Australia". Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  6. ^ Morgan, Michael. "International matches of Iceland 2012 - Details". RSSSF, 7 February 2013. Retrieved on 1 June 2013.
  7. ^ Monteverde, Marco (27 February 2015). "A-League: Chris Beath to referee 100th game in Sydney derby and says full-time refs a matter of time". The Advertiser. Adelaide. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  8. ^ "FFA-JFA Referee Exchange Program continues". 10 March 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Hyundai A-League first to use Video Assistant Referees". Hyundai A-League. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Chris Beath (Referee)". Ultimate A-League.[unreliable source?]