Ian McLeod (referee)

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Ian McLeod (5 March 1954 – 26 October 2017[1]) was a South African football referee. His other occupation was as a headmaster in school teaching.[2]


He became a FIFA referee in 1993.[2] In 1996, he was selected for the African Nations Cup in South Africa, controlling only one game, the 2-0 win by Algeria over Sierra Leone on 18 January 1996.[3]

He handled two matches in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup - Saudi Arabia versus Mexico on 14 December 1997, and Brazil against Mexico on 16 December 1997.[4]

McLeod took charge of two matches in the 1998 African Nations Cup in Burkina Faso - the game between Ghana and Tunisia on 9 February 1998, and the encounter involving Ivory Coast and Egypt on 21 February 1998.[5]

He was appointed to officiate in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, and took control of just one match, the 0-0 draw in Group D on 19 June 1998 between Spain and Paraguay, played at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne.[6]

After his retirement from active refereeing, he assisted the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) as a Match commissioner, overseeing the COSAFA Castle Cup Group C semi-final between Botswana and Namibia in July 2007.[7][8] He is also chairman of the South African Football Association Technical Committee.[9]

A few years after his retirement he joined Crawford Preparatory Pretoria where he was the principal and died on Thursday 26 October 2017.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Birthdate confirmation Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine: weltfussball.de (in German) website.
  2. ^ a b Other occupation and FIFA referee commencement confirmations: Andrew's Soccer Page, Andrew Skelton's personal website.
  3. ^ 1996 African Nations Cup Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Algeria v. Sierra Leone: weltfussball.de (in German) website.
  4. ^ 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup, two matches refereed: rsssf.com statistical website.
  5. ^ 1998 African Nations Cup Archived 29 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, two matches refereed: weltfussball.de (in German) website.
  6. ^ Spain v. Paraguay Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, 1998 World Cup, Group D: report from CNN website.
  7. ^ COSAFA Castle Cup Archived 14 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine, match schedule: Cosafa.com website.
  8. ^ COSAFA Castle Cup Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine, list of match officials: Cosafa.com website.
  9. ^ "Chairman of SAFA Technical Committee" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 November 2007. Retrieved 7 September 2016.: HTML version of a PDF document at TheFA.com website.