General Meeting

Dear Colleague,
Please find attached Notice of the Society’s Annual General Meeting 2016-2017 which will be held on Monday 24th April 2017.

John Gow

Dear Colleagues,
May I inform you that the funeral of Mr John Gow is to take place on Monday 3rd April at Swansea Crematorium at 11am followed by refreshments at Sketty Hall, Sketty Green.

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.

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