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.

Covid 19 Update: Decision of the FAW Board on 4th February 2021

Decisions of the Board on Return to Play – 04.02.2021

On 3rd December 2020, all football in Wales – including elite levels governed by the FAW – were suspended due to extremely high level of Covid infection in all parts of Wales.

A review in January confirmed the suspension would continue.

On 4th February, the FAW announced that ALL Mens football below Tier 4 and all Womens football below Tier 2 would be cancelled for the remainder of season 2020-21. Please click on link for full announcement

The hope is that competitions in the higher tiers will commence when lockdown restrictions are eased

Referee Registrations for Season 2020/21 – Information Following FAW Comet Webinar

On 16th June, the FAW provided online training via a webinar to explain how referees can register for the coming season.

Registration will open on 22nd June – however, referees should wait for an e-mail from the FAW before trying to register.

The e-mails – which will include a link to the Comet site – will be sent out during the week commencing Monday 22nd June 2020.

If anyone missed the webinar or needs to revisit the content, you can find a full recording of the webinar here: https://youtu.be/FTZ-Zl33fZw

The following documents may also be useful

COMET Referee Training Webinar Presentation – June 2020 FAW COMET Referees Webinar 1 – Q&A Jun 2020

REMINDER: FAW Comet Referee Webinar – Tuesday 16th June 2020 at 18.30

This webinar will help prepare referees for the 2020/21 season on the FAW COMET system and will cover the following topics:

•       Referee registration – renewals

•       Referee registration – new registrations

•       Updating your personal details and adding next of kin information

When: Tuesday Jun 16, 2020 06:30 PM

Topic: FAW COMET Referee Webinar 1

The webinar will be recorded and available to watch after the event for those who are unable to join at this time, or wish to watch the webinar again.

To join the webinar you will need to register in advance by clicking the link below:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6o6KDmz9Rf2GZ_10TcftEA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

If you are unsure how to join a Zoom meeting, you can find a video guide here: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-

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