Covid Update – Adult Football (Training & Friendly Matches) to Resume from 26th April 2021

The FAW have today updated the Covid “Return to Play” protocol following discussions with Welsh Government.

The most exciting announcement is that outdoor training and friendly matches can resume for over-18’s from Monday 26th April 2021

The full, updated protocol is shown below

Return-to-Play-Protocols-26.04.21

IFAB Laws of the Game – Changes for Season 2021-22 which come into effect on 1st July 2021

135 annual report 17-03-21

Please find attached IFAB Circular 22 summarising all decisions taken at the 135th Annual General Meeting of The IFAB which took place on 5 March 2021.

In addition, all amendments to the Laws of the Game for season 21/22 approved at the meeting are detailed and explained in the second part of the document and are also available at: http://www.theifab.com/document/for-football-bodies.

Covid 19 Update – Under 18’s Return to Play wef Saturday 27th March 2021

On Friday 26th March, the Welsh Government and the FAW confirmed that Under-18’s could return to playing and training with effect from Saturday 27th March 2021.

Interestingly, the FAW have clarified that the term “Under-18” does include players who have reached the age of 18 during the season 2020-21.

I know quie a few society members who are keenly awaiting a phone call to officiate any friendlies that clubs wish to organise!

Death of Idwal Williams

It is with great regret that the Society has heard that Idwal Williams has passed away.

Idwal was for a period referee appointments officer for the Welsh League and many officials have acknowledged his support in helping their careers

He also had ties to BP Llandarcy and was often seen on a weekend at Briton Ferry Llansawel FC or at Cwrt Herbert catching up with friends.

Idwal was also an avid follower of Wales International team and was always showing his support as part of an FAW committee.

Swansea Referees Society offers its condolences to Idwal’s family

Covid 19 Update – Elite Status Restored to Tier 1

On 23rd February, the Welsh Government confirmed that “Elite” staus had been restored to Tier 1 of the football pyramid.

As a result, the following league competitions will recommence:

JD Welsh Premier League – first fixture scheduled for 2nd March 2021

Womens Welsh Premier League – first fixture scheduled for 7th March 2021

In the Welsh Government Press Briefing on Friday 12th March First Minister, Mark Drakeford, confirmed that infection rates were falling in Wales and a gradula reduction od restrictions was being implemented.

Although there was no concrete indication of when teams in other tiers of the pyramid will be able to return to play, he indicated that,

“organised children’s activities can restart after 27th March…..if case rates remain low”

This implies that children (i.e. under the age of 18 years) may soon be able to return to training and – possibly – playing friendly matches.

RAW Query Refund of Referee Registration Fees for Cancelled Season 2020-21

RAW Letter RE Referees fees 2021_22

Decisions of the Board on Return to Play – 04.02.2021

On 4th February 2021, the FAW announced that ALL Men’s football below TIER 4 and ALL Women’s football below TIER 2 would be cancelled for the remainder of 2020-21.  The attached document “Decisions of the Board on Return to Play 4-2-21” confirms the announcement and also provides an indication how player, team and referee registration fees for the cancelled season will be dealt with.

The document suggests that referees who have not been able to officiate in competitions will receive a “discount” rather than a full credit for the cost of their fee against 2021-22 registration costs.  The implication is that this is due to the cost to the FAW of meeting claims under the FAW “free” insurance policy.

The Secretary of the RAW has written to the FAW querying why the “discount” has been applied and whether any match officials have made a claim under the FAW’s policy.

No reply has yet been received.

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