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 https://becomearef.wales/ where you will find information about courses, qualifications and how to sign up.
Referees’ Association of Wales – Robert Rosen
01633 858247 or 07769 908551
South Wales Referees Association – Martin New
Aberdare Marco Griffiths 07947 613988, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridgend Andrew Wallen 07921 664067, email@example.com
Cardiff Amin Said 07397 729957 firstname.lastname@example.org
Merthyr Tydfil Tony Jarman 07970 694780, email@example.com
Pontypridd Tom Bell 07572 146726, firstname.lastname@example.org
Port Talbot Paul Fisher 07986 317279, email@example.com
Rhondda Lee Evans 01443 267500, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhymney Valley Graham Evans 07456 853416, email@example.com
Vale of Glamorgan Terry Allday 07966 269457, firstname.lastname@example.org