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.
In preparation of the forthcoming end of season finals, Aberdare Referees Society members sharpen up on their skills with a lining session under the watchful eye of former FIFA Assistant Referee Steve Hames and current Welsh Premier League Referee Kris Hames.
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.
Striving for the Elite.
In 2015, Charlotte Carpenter became the first Welsh woman to be appointed as a FIFA referee.
Charlotte trained at the Aberdare Referees Society and worked at Cardiff City as a sports coach.
Charlie’s plan was to try and get to FIFA’s Elite level.
Following on from basic training and support from Aberdare Referees Society, she said: “I’d most definitely encourage girls to get involved and to help develop the girls’ game. In and about football, aside from actually playing, I think this is the best experience.
“The Aberdare Referees Society has been absolutely fantastic to me – they are the reason I am where I am today. The continuous training and support they give is the best in Wales.”
In succeeding and having now reached FIFA’s Elite level, Charlotte is now able to referee in both the Champions League and the World Cup.
So, who else (male or female) wants a piece of this action?
Aberdare Referees Society is proud to announce that society training officer Steve Hames has been appointed as the new Football Association of Wales (FAW) Referees Development Officer (RDO) for Gwent following his successful interview recently at the FAW headquarters in Cardiff.
Steve bring’s a wealth of experience to the position having been a FIFA Assistant from 1998 – 2002.
A former Welsh Premier League Referee from 2002 – 2008, a FAW Referees Observer from 2008 to present and also a Referees instructor, operating throughout Wales.
In 2009 Steve became one of the six inaugural Referees Development Officers within Wales, a position he held until 2012.
From 2012 – 2015 Steve became the first ever National Assistant Referees Coach.
We wish Steve well within his role at the FAW.
What a night was had in Aberdare on 25th January 2018.
Jon Moss (Mossy to his friends) accompanied by Martin Atkinson (Atko also to his friends) was a superb speaker. Atko never spoke as he couldn’t get a word in!!
Jon capitvated the audience for 90 minutes in front of over 60 people with his experiences of the Barclays Premier League.
Jon spoke about the fitness levels required at Premier levels, the physcology of man-management, the must for completing administration, team tactics of each club that he officiates, the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in todays modern game, professionalism in appearance, having a sense of calmness and most importantly on how he takes his dog Rufus for a walk which was a great analogy for refereeing a game of football whatever the level.
A question and answer session took place as well as some fun and games with the audience including monies being donated to Mossy’s charity, for and on behalf of Jane Tomlison.
Both Jon and Martin gave their time to have personal one to one photos and signing autographs with guests young and old as well as a few presentations from other societies.
The night was concluded with a rapturous round of applause and a grateful thanks of all who attended.
Jon Moss the introduction
Mossy and Atko being presented with ties from Radnorshire society
Jon explaining the physcology of refereeing
Jon Moss, telling a story
Jon captivating the audience
Fun and games with Jon Moss