Hard work and commitment brings its reward

Hard work and commitment brings its reward

Following on from Aberdare Referees Society Annual General Meeting in early July, Aberdare Referees have presented deserved society members with their just rewards for their hard work and commitment after a long season.

Both Chairman Kris Hames and Secretary Marco Griffiths support Society President Roger Fisher in presenting the Referee of the Year Award for 2017/2018 to Liam Cooper.

Liam has shown great maturity for a young, up and coming referee in his decision making, controlling of games, authority over players and team management and most importantly, doing what matters off the field of play in getting his administration right (and in on time). He has been involved in a number of cup finals at the end of the season as the reward for his endeavours.

For Luke Mansell, comes a double award.

Luke is popularly crowned both Assistant Referee of the Year and also has received the Presidents Award for season 2017/2018.

Luke, like Liam has shown tremendous commitment to a wide variety of leagues throughout South Wales and following on from his hard work he has successfully been promoted into the Welsh Football League as both Referee and Assistant Referee for season 2018/2019.

We are EVERYWHERE……New season……New challenges……Bring it on.

The new 2018/2019 is about to start and following on from the Russia World Cup tournament we are all now eagerly awaiting to hear the first whistle of the South Wales Football Association season.

The new season brings new clubs, new personnel, new kits and new boots!

Along with all this newness we need new officials to ensure all games are covered with a fully qualified referee. So, for those who want to be part of a different team, be trained (and have ongoing training) by former top officials, make your own decisions (No VAR at our level), keep active, want to give something back, then this is where you start your new adventure.

If you want a good excuse not to go shopping on a Saturday or Sunday, then this is where you want to be.

Come join a band of merry men and women who enjoy being part of a different team.

Referees 2018-2019

FIFA officials provide Assistant Referees lining training to keep Aberdare referees on their toes

FIFA officials provide Assistant Referees lining training to keep Aberdare referees on their toes

Aberdare Referees continue with their ongoing seasons training, so on 29th April 2018 and in anticipation of the end of season cup finals we are being pro-active and undertaking lining training for assistant referees.

As we all know there is a third team on the field of play, consisting of a referee and two assistant referees. To ensure that we all work in harmony as a team, it is essential that our training contains all aspects of refereeing whether being in the middle or on the line.

To ensure that our standards are maintained to a high level, our training officer Steve Hames (a former FIFA Assistant referee) along with Phil Thomas who is also a FIFA Assistant referee are undertaking the training session.

Phil has been a FIFA Assistant referee since 2007 and has enjoyed notable appointments in the UEFA Euro Qualifiers, Champions League, Europa League, as well as FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Phil Thomas – FIFA Assistant Referee

The role of the assistant referee is now quite specialised and it requires in-depth training and knowledge to be part of the team. Some of the items that will be undertaking during the training session for assistants will contain: –

Flagging techniques and how to signal correctly.

To recognise the different situations inside the penalty area.

Developing running technique and skills with the flag.

To recognise correctly if the attacker is in offside position when the ball is played.

To recognise if there is a foul committed by the defender or attacker, inside or outside the penalty area.

To develop teamwork thus avoiding contradictory signals.

In working as a team, to control the correct procedure at penalty kicks.

Assisting in player management during free kicks in their quarter.

Management of substitutions.

The training will be undertaken not in a classroom scenario but on a pitch creating live action situations to give the correct atmosphere and feel of real time motion.

Once again, Aberdare referees are leading from the front and pushing the boundaries of training and excellence.