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‘We’re 40 refs short’

Created on 14/02/2018 @ 10:22
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Local football will need to recruit at least 40 referees in quick time to prevent some challenging weekends ahead.

Referees have been turning their backs on the local game, citing the abuse receive from players, officials and spectators.

But the Central Wales Football Association (CWFA) is battling back, and has revolutionised the way that referees can be recruited.

A new FAW initiative went live this month and will allow referees to become qualified through an online course, suiting the CWFA who no longer have to gather at least six people together before running a course.

“In the CWFA area, we are about 40 referees short and to have enough officials at level 3 (currently Spar Mid Wales League One) we need volunteers to start now as it can take around five years to reach that level,” said Ali Nicoll, a local referees’ representative.

“This new way of learning will make it easier for volunteers to understand the laws at home before sitting an online exam, ahead of a practical session which is run by The FAW using the elite group of referees from the Welsh Premier League, UEFA and FIFA competitions.

“CWFA would also like to attract more female referees as this area is seriously underrepresented. The opportunity to reach a high level of refereeing or as a dedicated Assistant Referee is there for CWFA officials, particularly for females.”

An introduction evening for interested people will be held on March 8 at 7pm at Newtown Football Club where they will meet their instructors who will be available to help throughout the course.

For more information, or to register, visit

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