Matthew Conger

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Matthew Conger
Matthew Conger 2018.jpg
Born (1978-10-11) 11 October 1978 (age 40)
Plano, Texas, U.S.
Other occupation Teacher
Years League Role
2007–present NZFC Referee
2014–present A-League Referee
Years League Role
2013–present FIFA listed Referee

Matthew Conger (born 11 October 1978[1]) is a New Zealand[2] football referee from Palmerston North. Born in Texas, Conger operates in the Australian A-League and the New Zealand Football Championship. He is also a school teacher in Palmerston North.[3]

Refereeing career[edit]

Conger began refereeing in the United States as a teenager, continuing after moving to New Zealand in his early 20s.[3]

Matthew Conger has refereed at the 2015 Under 20 World Cup in New Zealand, 2017 Under 20 World Cup in South Korea and the Rio Olympics. He was on the list of 36 referees (since reduced to 35) for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[4] He has also officiated in numerous A-League and New Zealand Football Championship games. He has also been the man in the middle for OFC Champions League games.[5]

In 2016 Conger left fulltime teaching in order to concentrate more on his refereeing, but in 2017 was engaged part time at Palmerston North's Carncot School.[4]

In 2017 he was named the New Zealand referee of the year.[4]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

2018 FIFA World Cup – Russia
Date Match Venue Round
22 June 2018  Nigeria Iceland Volgograd Group stage


  1. ^ "Matthew Conger » Matches as referee". Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  2. ^ Sheridan, Jim (22 June 2018). "Who is New Zealand referee Matthew Conger and how many World Cups has he officiated at?". The Sun. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b Heagney, George (22 December 2012). "Conger climbs referees' ladder". Manawatu Standard. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Heagney, George (29 November 2017). "Kiwi football referee Matt Conger off to 2018 Fifa World Cup finals in Russia". Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Matthew Conger » Matches as referee". Retrieved 10 August 2015.