The third National Referees’ Conference has been held at Dragon Park and was another success as preparations get underway for 2016/17 season.
Over 75 officials were at Dragon Park for the National Referees’ Conference, which was also attended the Match Delegates and Referee Observers.
After John Phillips, Chairman of the FAW Referees Committee, formally opened the Conference, Referees Manager Ray Ellingham began the presentations by running through the Law changes for the coming season.
Former PGMOL Referee & FIFA Instructor Steve Bennett was this year’s principal guest speaker, who focussed on concentration around managing situations. This style of refereeing was evident at EURO 2016, and as this was also a focus at last year’s Conference the Dafabet Welsh Premier League saw a significant decrease in the numbers of cards issued.
Steve Bennett, a former English Premier League Referee, now FIFA Instructor, attended to Conference to pass on expert advice.
Cardiff Met University’s Dr Brendan Cropley gave an excellent talk on ‘Mental Toughness’, which saw a very interactive session and the FAW National Assistant Referees Coach Eddie King presented his plans for coming seasons with many planned new initiatives.
During the physical sessions of the Conference, match officials were weighed, had their body compositions measured before a fitness test that was organised by former FIFA Referee Mark Whitby, who is responsible for their physical training.
Show Racism the Red Card Education Officer Jason Webber also attended the Conference to remind all in attendance the importance of identifying racism and the correct reporting procedures.
Before FAW President David Griffiths brought the Conference to a close, Steve Bennett spoke about the need for match officials to identify team tactics and communications to ensure decision making is of the highest standard.
With the playing standard of the Dafabet Welsh Premier League improving year on year, the match officials are fully aware that their standards must also keep pace and the National Referees’ Conference plays an important part in this aim.
Gap Connah’s Quay host Airbus UK Broughton in the €200,000 match for the last place in the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Rounds.
This coming Saturday holds quite possibly the biggest match Flintshire has ever seen with the Deeside Stadium hosting the Dafabet Welsh Premier League Play-Off Final for a place in the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Rounds.
Saturday 14th May
gap Connah’s Quay v Airbus UK Broughton (17:15 – Live on S4C)
gap Connah’s Quay made Club history on Sunday afternoon by reaching their first ever Dafabet Welsh Premier League Play-Off Final with a 2-0 win over Carmarthen Town, thanks to goals from Nick Rushton and Wes Baynes.
Following the encounter Nomads boss Andy Morrison spoke to Sgorio, “Great achievement, great result but a shocking performance which I put down to the weather. The boys were dead at half time, I had to try and pick them up for the last 45 minutes, just to get us through. I thought Carmarthen were playing with freedom as the pressure was on us to win, anything else was failure to us.”
When Morrison was asked about the week to come ahead of the Final he stated, “Rest, rest, rest, it’s that time of year when you’ve got such a small squad, Airbus have got a massive squad. We need to patch our lads up and get a game plan, or make it as possible for them as we can.”
“It would be great and I’ll be very very proud to take Connah’s Quay to Europe, in my first managerial role – to come from bottom of the league to a Play-Off Final is a staggering achievement.” Morrison added.
Airbus bounced back from their JD Welsh Cup Final defeat against The New Saints on Monday to keep their dream of securing their place in the UEFA Europa League for a fourth successive season very much alive.
The Wingmakers saw off Newtown in the Semi-Final 2-1 at Latham Park thanks to a penalty brace from man of the match Matty McGinn. After the match McGinn spoke to #WPLRADIO, “It was a good 2-1 win, an excellent performance from the lads. We had a few chances but it came down to two penalties. Despite Newtown giving us a big physical challenge, I thought we were the better side.”
Airbus UK Broughton manager, Andy Preece shared his thoughts after the match, “Credit to Newtown second half, I though that we dominated the first half and were really comfortable and they came out and just gave it their all and that’s what you’ve got to do in these games, you don’t want to come off the pitch wondering what you could have done”.
Earlier in the season it was a 1-1 draw with Ashley Ruane cancelling out Tony Gray’s opener. The reverse Phase One match ended 3-2 to Airbus UK Broughton with Ian Kearney, James Murphy and Tony Gray grabbing the goals. gap Connah’s Quay got their win over the Wingmakers winning 0-1 thanks to Nathan Woolfe’s goal. At the beginning of April the Nomads secured another win over Airbus 2-1 with a first half brace from Nick Rushton.
Referee: Dean John
Assistant Referees: Gareth Wyn Jones & Dan Beckett
4th Official: Mark Petch
Swansea referee Dave Morgan will referee this years West Wales Cup Final at the Liberty Stadium on May 3rd – 7.30pm kick off.
Dave will be assisted by Derek Williams and Paul Hitchcott, with John Woodhouse as 4th official.
The Swansea referee’s society, would like to wish the team all the best for the game.
New Football Referees Training Course.
Date: Wednesday 11th May
Start Time: 19.00hrs to 21.00hrs.
Venue: Seaside AFC
Address Caroline St Llanelli. SA15 2PB
Course Instructors: Phil Davies
Course Examiner: David Rees
Please arrive by 19.00hrs to register, cost £15.
Please bring with you pen and notebook/ paper.
You will be given the Laws of the Game book on the night.
The Course duration is: 2 hour sessions, evenings 19.00hrs to 21.00hrs
(See dates below).
Wednesday 11th May
Monday 16th / Tuesday 17th / Wednesday 18th May
Monday 23rd / Tuesday 24th / Wednesday 25th May
Monday 30th May:
(A written exam will be on the final night: Monday 30th May)
If you would like to attend please contact:
Mr. David Rees
Hon Referees Officer. WWFA
Telephone: 01792 207224. Mobile: 07974 963361.
The Italian insists that the image of the game is vital and maintains that the European governing body will not stand for players surrounding referees during games
Uefa refereeing chief Pierluigi Collina insists that the governing body will not allow the “mobbing” of officials.
The issue of players surrounding referees has long been an issue at the top leve of the game, but Collina insists Uefa will no longer tolerate such behaviour and says that managers have been reminded about the rules.
“It’s not something new. At a European level Uefa doesn’t allow players pressing a referee while he takes a decision,” he said.
“We won’t allow any mobbing of referees.
“Players and managers that compete in European cups know very well that Uefa doesn’t accept such behaviours and so we just reminded managers about this aspect.”
The former referee also maintains that the image of the game is crucial, while he has also warned coaches against hounding fourth officials.
“Our aim is to protect players; paying particular attention to punishing those faults that are dangerous and cause physical damage,” Collina said.
“We also want to protect the image of the game and of the competition… and for sure watching a group of players on TV pressing the referee for a decision, it’s not a nice image.