#MenOfCrawford: Ian McLeod

#MenOfCrawford: Ian McLeod

Featured - November 21, 2016


Ian McLeod

Principal of Crawford Preparatory Pretoria

Education and Football Expert


Right in the centre, where education and football meet, there you will find Ian McLeod, Principal of Crawford Preparatory Pretoria.

After matriculating from Durban Boys High School, he decided to formalise his passion for education and completed a Higher Diploma: Primary Education at the Edgewood Teacher Training College and a BA Degree from the University of South Africa with majors in Economics and Psychology.


He has had extensive experience in Primary education, having started his teaching career at Fynnland Senior Primary School in 1979. Four years later he moved to Glenashley Senior Primary School and thereafter Harburg Primary School, where he held the position of principal.


In 1993, Ian became not only the Principal of Virginia Preparatory School, but also a FIFA referee. In 1996, he was selected for the African Nations Cup in South Africa, controlling the match between Algeria and Sierra Leone.  He refereed two matches in the 1997 FIFA Confederations Cup. The game between Saudi Arabia and Mexico as well as Brazil against Mexico.


Ian took charge of two matches in the1998 African Nations Cup in Burkina Faso – the game between Ghana and Tunisia, and the quarter final encounter involving Côte d’lvoire and Egypt.


He was the first South African referee to be appointed to officiate at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France and refereed the match between Spain and Paraguay, played at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, St. Etienne, where the teams drew 0-0 in Group D.


In 2000 Ian was appointed as Crawford Preparatory Durban principal and later in 2002 he was transferred to Crawford Preparatory Pretoria as their principal. Ian was instrumental in the successful growth and development of this school, as he established a supportive community where parents, pupils and teachers work together.


During this time, Ian kept abreast not only with the latest education trends, but also with the football trends. Ian enjoys his time in the classroom, while also making his way to the field where he coached and referee football at school and at national level respectively.


After his retirement from the active refereeing from the PSL in 2001, Ian was appointed as a CAF Referee Instructor and FIFA Assessor and represented CAF ad FIFA on the international front in this capacity


Ian students have a tremendous respect for him. They value his opinion and are very proud not only to find him in the classroom from time to time, but also on the football field. He has a passion and thorough understanding for both football and education. “I am continually working to forge the foundations of young, creative minds that embodies the values of determination, creativity and excellence whilst maintaining the balance between my professional and personal life.”