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Alan Milliner

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Alan Milliner
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Full name Alan Milliner[1]
Born 1983 (age 37–38)[2]
Brisbane, Australia
Years League Role
2014–2017 FIFA Referee
AFC Referee

Alan Milliner (born in 1983) is a retired Australian football (soccer) referee and former player who was a listed international football referee from 2014 to 2017.[3]

Early career[edit]

Milliner was a football player when he was 16 and played for several seasons in the local youth football league in Brisbane. At the age of 20, he decided to stop playing football and concentrate on football refereeing. He was promoted very quickly.[4]

Refereeing career[edit]

In the 16th round of the 2009-10 Australian Professional Football League, he officiated the match between the Brisbane Roar and Wellington Phoenix, as the Brisbane Roar won 4-1 at the Brisbane Stadium, whereas it was his first Australian Professional Football League game as a referee.[5]

In the 8th round of the 2013 Chinese Super League match between Shanghai Shenxin and Shandong Luneng, Milliner was invited by the Chinese Football Association to serve as the referee in that match.[6]

Milliner was appointed as an international referee in 9 January 2014.[7]

He was officially summoned on 17 November 2015 at his only 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification held in Russia and the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualification in the United Arab Emirates in a match between Timor-Leste and Saudi Arabia.[8][9]

On 19 November 2016, in a Hyundai A-League match between Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC, Milliner had controversially gave 3 yellow cards to Sydney FC player Rhyan Grant, similarly to the English referee Graham Poll, giving 3 yellow cards to Croatian player Josip Šimunić in a match against Australia during the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, compared by the Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi.[10] At the 77th minute mark, a second yellow card was shown, and the Brisbane Roar demanded Grant’s ejection, but Milliner did not remove him. Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold acknowledged the second yellow card, and agreed that Grant should have been sent off.[10] As the VAR was unserviceable at that time, referees are not allowed to review during the match in that case, until the next season.[10] The match ended in the 1-1 draw.[10] [11][12]

On 13 February 2017, Milliner sparked another controversy in the between the Brisbane Roar and the Melbourne Victory FC. Brisbane Roar player, Brandon Borrello, scored his first goal came close to Josh Rose, but was not touched. However, Milliner, standing a meter away awarded Brisbane Roar a penalty. The match eventually ended in a 2-2 draw.[13]

On 3 April 2017, Milliner was one of the 9 inaugural VARs for the A-League.[14]

Milliner officially announced his retirement as a referee on 11 May 2017.[3]


  1. "Australia - A. Milliner - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". us.soccerway.com.
  2. "Education & Technical - Referees by Association - FIFA.com". August 29, 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-08-29.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Alan Milliner confirms retirement from refereeing". Football Queensland. May 11, 2017.
  4. "PS4 NPL Referee Spotlight Alan Milliner - Football Queensland - NPL - SportsTG". SportsTG. Retrieved 2020-09-04.
  5. "Brisbane roars again". A-League. 29 November 2009. Archived from the original on March 1, 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2010. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "中超第8轮裁判:洋哨吹申花鲁能国安 陶然成吹恒大". 新浪体育. 2013-05-02. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  7. "Aussie refs receive FIFA badges". Westfield W-League. 2014-01-10. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  8. https://www.the-afc.com/documents/afc-asian-cup-history-book-2019-edition
  9. "Referee in Focus – Alan Milliner". Hyundai A-League. 2016-02-11. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 "John Aloisi says yellow card confusion has shades of Graham Poll's World Cup blunder". amp.smh.com.au. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  11. Lutton, Phil (2016-11-19). "Sydney FC's streak ends amid controversy, confusion in draw with Brisbane Roar". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  12. "Milliner error like Graham Poll: Aloisi". ESPN.com. 2016-11-19. Retrieved 2020-09-01.
  13. "A-League refs need help from video technology". Sunshine Coast Daily. Retrieved 2020-08-31.
  14. "Hyundai A-League first to use Video Assistant Referees". Hyundai A-League. 2017-04-03. Retrieved 2020-09-03.

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