Ian McLeod (referee)

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Ian McLeod (born 5 March 1954[1]) is a retired South African football referee. His other occupation is 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 Côte d'Ivoire 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, St. Etienne.[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 the Crawford school where he is now the principal


  1. ^ Birthdate confirmation: weltfussball.de (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, Algeria v. Sierra Leone: weltfussball.de (German) website.
  4. ^ 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup, two matches refereed: rsssf.com statistical website.
  5. ^ 1998 African Nations Cup, two matches refereed: weltfussball.de (German) website.
  6. ^ Spain v. Paraguay, 1998 World Cup, Group D: report from CNN website.
  7. ^ COSAFA Castle Cup, match schedule: Cosafa.com website.
  8. ^ COSAFA Castle Cup, list of match officials: Cosafa.com website.
  9. ^ "Chairman of SAFA Technical Committee" (PDF). Retrieved 7 September 2016. [dead link]: HTML version of a PDF document at TheFA.com website.