- About PRO
Officiating runs in Alan Kelly’s DNA, with both his father and grandfather having been referees too, and he started his career back in 1994 at the age of 18.
In his home country of Ireland, Kelly has long been regarded as the top referee, having officiated over 350 Airtricity League matches. He won the inaugural Players' Football Association of Ireland’s Referee of the Year Award in 2006, and has since gone on to claim it five times in total.
Upon leaving Ireland for North America, Chairman of the FAI Elite Referees Committee, John Ward, said of Kelly: “He has been an excellent role model for young referees and has shown those coming behind him what can be achieved if they apply themselves properly. Alan will be a loss to Irish refereeing.”
A FIFA referee since 2002, Kelly has blown the whistle all over Europe, officiating in a handful of Europa and Champions League games. His most recent assignment, in October 2013, was a Champions League game between Viktoria Plzen and Bayern Munich, where he was part of the officiating crew.
Kelly has also been assigned to FIFA World Cup qualifying games for the 2006, 2010 and 2014 campaigns, as well as U21 international matches.
He will take up the position of PRO's Assistant Training Manager from January 1st.