Have you considered taking up refereeing?

Please do not think that starting young is the only route possible. Many ex players become referees when finishing their playing careers and get a great deal of enjoyment from the change of involvement.

Whilst some referees have the ambition to reach the International Panel (FIFA); for others, continued involvement putting something back into the game and being recognised by appointment to cup finals at local league level. The main advantages offered include:

Lots of fresh air and exercise.

  • Continued active involvement in the game you love.
  • Enjoyment – Yes you do have to put up with some moaning but the majority of people. connected with the game recognise that it would be much the poorer without referees.

Support doesn’t end once you’ve passed your exam either. The South Wales Referees’ Association and the South Wales FA offer additional training and support to referees to further their development and possible progression through the football system. It could be you in the next edition of this video?

If you would like to know more about becoming a referee, go to where you will find information about courses, qualifications and how to sign up.

Referee Addresses

Referees’ Association of Wales – Robert Rosen
                                                     01633 858247 or 07769 908551

South Wales Referees Association   – Martin New
                                                            07921 785656

Referees’ Societies:

Aberdare         Marco Griffiths  07947 613988,
Bridgend         Andrew Wallen 07921 664067,
Cardiff              Amin Said 07397 729957
Merthyr Tydfil  Tony Jarman 07970 694780,
Pontypridd       Tom Bell 07572 146726,
Port Talbot       Paul Fisher 07986 317279,
Rhondda        Ieuan Lewis. Tel: 07903 750926.
Rhymney Valley Graham Evans 07456 853416,
Vale of Glamorgan Terry Allday 07966 269457,