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News and events from the Refereeing team at the IFA

 

The world of refereeing has changed a lot in the past five years – long gone are the days where very few games would have a referee and the well-meaning volunteer with a 40 year old whistle would “referee” the game standing in the centre circle with four layers of clothing on.

Refereeing has entered a new stage and in Northern Ireland we are developing referees on a weekly basis. Whether it’s Arnold Hunter and his team of 5 other officials refereeing European Championship Qualifiers, one of our female officials heading out to a women’s mini tournament or many of the newly qualified referees each year heading out to do their first game we are supporting and developing them each week.

Over the summer 170 grassroots referees attended a development session where they were tested on fitness and laws of the game – next year we will double that number. Do you want to be one of those officials?

Each year we recruit referees, many of which go on to quickly enter development groups and start to progress as referees. We offer fitness training, monthly educational sessions and are planning to launch an accelerated development scheme in 2015. However, we are equally looking for referees to referee on our numerous Junior leagues nationwide and continue to improve the domestic game at all levels.

Are you interested? Do you want a challenging role in football but one where we will support you to match whatever your ambitions are? If the answer is yes then why not try our introductory module – whether you want to be a referee or you’re simply interested in testing your knowledge why not see if you have what it takes. The link for the short module is below.

Irish FA Introductory Referee Course

The National Development group is for referees who have been identified as having high potential to be promoted to the next level of football.

All referees who are part of the group attend national seminars are under regular independent assessment and must pass a fitness test at the level of football they aspire to be promoted to. Referees wishing to be part of this group have to be nominated by their local association and must complete an application form.

For the 2016/2017 season, every area will launch their Referee Centre of Excellence. This group is for all referees at Junior & Intermediate level who wish to develop. They will meet monthly and be a great source of development, information and camaraderie within refereeing.

This section will give you all the resources you need from online exercises to information booklets. Keep checking back during the season for updates.

For the 2016/2017 season, every area will launch their Referee Centre of Excellence. This group is for all referees at Junior & Intermediate level who wish to develop. They will meet monthly and be a great source of development, information and camaraderie within refereeing.

This section will give you all the resources you need from online exercises to information booklets. Keep checking back during the season.

Pre-Season Workshops

National Development Group

Fermanagh & Western Centre of Excellence

Mid Ulster Centre of Excellence

North East Centre of Excellence

North West Centre of Excellence

Please find below the most recent appointments in the following competitions.

Cup Competition Appointments

This section includes all the information and forms required for disciplinary reporting.

You must report all cautions and dismissals to the relevant authorities. This should be done by using the Summary Sheet for Cautions (link here) and DR2 form for dismissals (link here). All cautions for Senior, Intermediate, NIFL Reserve & Youth League should be sent to discipline@irishfa.com.

All other report forms should be forwarded to the relevant FA in your area (County Antrim, Mid Ulster, North West & Fermanagh & Western). If you are unsure of where to send your reports to please email referees@irishfa.com.