UEFA Regions Cup-Qualifying Match

Society member James Sheils appointed to officiate on UEFA Regions Cup Qualifier.

Congratulations to all the officials appointed.


Tuesday 28th February 2017

Gwent County FA v South Wales FA

Abergavenny FC

19.30 Kick Off


Referee: Ryan Kenny

Assistant Referees: James Sheils & Jack Deschoolmeester



FIFA to use video referee


An important piece of history will be made at the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016 (8?18 December in Yokohama and Osaka) with video assistance being used to support referees with “match-changing” decisions for the first time in a FIFA competition.

“This represents a big step forward in terms of testing the technology,” says Marco van Basten, FIFA’s Chief Officer Technical Development.

“We feel well prepared after setting everything up with the support of The IFAB, the host broadcaster Dentsu/NTV and Hawk-Eye – one of a number of providers that offer such technology. At the same time, it’s important to remember that we are entering somewhat unchartered territory here, given that we are going live for the first time. Ultimately, these tests should prove invaluable in terms of determining whether the processes are sound or whether any further refinements are needed.”

This trial will involve video assistant referees (VARs) being given access to all broadcast feeds inside a video operations room, enabling them to provide information to the referee on the field of play in order to correct clear mistakes in “match-changing” situations. These include serious incidents including goals, penalty decisions, direct red cards and cases of mistaken identity. The VARs will play a supporting role along with the assistant referees and the fourth official, but the referee will continue to take the first as well as the final decision on the field of play.

“The VAR system has been developed, just like goal-line technology, to provide additional support for the referee,” says FIFA’s Head of Refereeing Massimo Busacca.

“We want the essential flow of the game to be maintained and, as always, the first and the final decisions lie with the referee. This is our philosophy, and these principles as well as the practical application of the technology have been explained and demonstrated to our match officials as part of an ongoing training programme.”

As usual, the referees and VARs involved in the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016 have participated in intensive theoretical and practical training sessions organised by the FIFA Refereeing Department during the week leading up to the competition. The main points of emphasis were on football understanding, reading the game, positioning, teamwork and different football mentalities, with the overall goal of achieving consistency and uniformity. The match officials reviewed video clips of real match situations and participated in practical training sessions with players, which were filmed so that the participants could receive instant feedback from top FIFA refereeing instructors. The final step before the first game included a live training session with players, multiple TV cameras and the Hawk-Eye VAR system at Yokohama Stadium. All of this is building upon the successful trials recently held at international friendly matches in Italy.

By using VARs during the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016, FIFA will be putting The IFAB’s VAR protocol through an important test before other competition organisers begin conducting live trials from 2017 onwards. The referee will be able to review footage on a pitchside monitor for certain decisions – a key progression from the “semi-live” tests conducted at recent international friendly matches in Italy (Italy v. France in Bari in September and Italy v. Germany in Milan in November).

With the support of FIFA and The IFAB, competition organisers in 12 countries are already confirmed to participate in the two-year experiments (Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Portugal, Qatar.  [Read more…]

What do players want from Refs ?

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew criticised the appointment of Andre Marriner for their game against Liverpool last weekend, while my manager at Wycombe Wanderers, Gareth Ainsworth, has continually called for professional officials in Leagues One and Two.
Referees are essential and their performance is always under scrutiny, but what’s the difference between a good and not-so-good one from a player’s point of view?
Apart from getting decisions correct, I would say that the main thing is communication.
If a referee is willing to converse with the players, I find that they keep control of the game a lot better and there is a lot less chance of the players causing them issues.
The times when problems have arisen have invariably been when a referee wants to rule by his whistle and the whistle alone.
In those games, cheap bookings are often handed out and there is a general undercurrent of problems for the officials. Instead of working together, the officials and players seem to work against one another.
I have always tried to get on with referees, but have played both with and against players who continually berate officials from the first whistle to the last.
What does that really achieve? A good rapport with the man in black can make the 90 minutes so much more enjoyable.
On Saturday we were fortunate enough to have Lee Probert take charge of our game at Doncaster. At one point during the first half, I felt that he missed a foul on me and I made my point to him. Straight away he said: “Yeah, I think you’re probably right, Matt.”
Whether he did, or whether he didn’t think, that I was right, or whether he was just paying lip service to my complaint, it didn’t matter. He diffused the situation immediately and we both got on with the game.
Thinking back on the incident after the game I really appreciated how he handled it. His man management of that situation alone showed me what a top referee he is.
I have been given yellow cards for both dissent and kicking the ball away this season and I can honestly say that I still feel very aggrieved at the decisions.
Both referees obviously had a reason to book me, but I still think that a bit more common sense could have been shown. The state of the game and the emotion and timing of the incidents played a major role in both bookings.
The best performance from a referee I have experienced was by Mark Clattenburg.
He refereed our league game at Shrewsbury over the festive period a couple of years ago and controlled it with an assurance that you would expect from someone who has officiated at World Cups, European Championships and Champions League finals.
His communication was fantastic; he talked through the whole game, explained some decisions and told the players what he thought of them if they were giving him some grief.
There was no doubt who was in charge, but it always seemed fair.
We’ve been on the wrong end of some disappointing decisions in recent weeks, and it’s frustrating when you hear that the refereeing bodies actually agree with you rather than the referee with the benefit of hindsight and video replays.
Football is our livelihood and careers, particularly at this level, can be determined by the narrowest of margins.
Gareth Ainsworth has called for professional referees throughout the EFL, and I think it would be a fantastic step forward for football if it was to happen.

Dafabet WPL Play-Off Final

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’s Dave Morgan to referee West Wales Cup Final


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.

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