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There is still time to register your interest in completing a FREE three-hour conversion course to become a qualified FAW futsal referee. Futsal is the fastest growing indoor sport in the world and is the only form of small-sided football that is governed and endorsed by FIFA, UEFA and the FAW.

What is Futsal?

Futsal (originating from the Portuguese words futbol and Sala – hall football)  is an exciting, fast-paced small-sided football game that is widely played across the world. Developed in South America since 1930, futsal has developed many of the top world class footballers, who played futsal in their youth and credit it with supporting their footballing development. Players of the calibre of Pele, Zico, Ronaldinho, Kaka, Lionel Messi to name but a few of the South American legends all played and enjoyed Futsal.  But futsal has not just helped produce South American football stars. On the European stage Cristiano Ronaldo, Deco, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas, amongst many others, have played Futsal to develop their skills.

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Congratulations go to John Jones on his appointment as an Assistant Referee for the Nathaniel MG Cup Final to be played at Cardiff Mets on 21st January between The New Saints and Barry Town.

The Referee is Iwan Griffith with John Bryn Roberts (JB) as the other Assistant and Huw Jones as 4th Official.

Our good wishes go to all for an enjoyable and trouble free game.

FIFA 2017

Congratulations to NEWRA members Bryn Markham Jones and Cheryl Foster who retain their FIFA Referees badges for 2017 along with Lee Evans. Congratulations also go to Iwan Griffith from Conwy who replaces the unfortunate Ryan Stewart as the other FIFA Referee for 2017.

The full list of Welsh FIFA Officials for 2017 is:

Referees: Lee Evans, Bryn Markham Jones, Cheryl Foster and Iwan Griffith as a new appointment.

Futsal Referees: Valentine Ciuplea and as a new appointment Carl Hughes.

Assistant Referees: Ian Bird, Phil Thomas, Lewiss Edwards, J B Robets, Dan Beckett and Gareth Wyn Jones.

Laura Griffiths and Rebecca Thomas are new appointments.

Huge congratulations go to Carl Hughes who, as a relatively recent addition to the refereeing ranks,

has been appointed as a FIFA Futsal Referee for 2017.

We wish all a successful year.


A group of Welsh Officals are to control the Europa League Group C game in Mainz, Germany, on Thursday 8th December Between FSV Mainz and Qabala SC. They are Referee Lee Evans, Assistants Gareth Wyn Jones and Lewiss Edwards, Additional Assistant Referees Bryn Markham Jones and Nick Pratt with Dan Beckett as 4th Official.

Great to see NEWRA members getting such appointments. Congratulations to all and best wishes for a trouble free game.


At the AGM in June Keith Spencer and Brian Roberts stood down from their positions as Secretary and Treasurer respectively and were replaced by Gareth Hughes and Phil Roszkowski


On 6th September the World Cup Qualifying Group game between Spain and Lichtenstein was controlled by Welsh Officials with Bryn Markham Jones being one of the Additional Assistant Referees.

The game was played in Leon in Northern Spain and was watched by over 12,000 spectators.

Apparently 9,000 PAID to watch Spain training on the eve of the game!!!


On 29th September Welsh Officials are to officiate in the Europa League game between FC Astana and BSC Young Boys in Kazakhstan. The appointed team is -

Referee Lee Evans  Assistant Referees Phil Thomas & Lewiss Edwards  

Additional Assistant Referees = Bryn Markham Jones & Nick Pratt

4th Official - Daniel Beckett

This is Lee Evans' third trip in a period of three and a half weeks having refereed the Spain v Lichtenstein game followed by a trip to Saudi Arabia to referee one of their Premier League matches.


Saturday, 1st October was a red letter day for the Williams family, Martin, Geraint and Sian when they were appointed to officiate in the Welsh Cup 1st Round tie between Mold Alexandra and Llanberis. First of all they had to get up early as they were being interviewed on the Good Morning Wales radio programme. The link to the interview is here but to listen to the interview you need to fast forward 1.24.

A lot of publicity was attached to the game since it is the first time that a father, son and daughter have officiated together in a National Cup Competition, there are suggestions that it could be a world first!!!!!

Links to the various stories are -

Wales Online


Wales Online

Congratulations go to all three.


Nick Pratt has been appointed to referee the replay of the Crusaders v Livingston Irn Bru Cup Tie in Belfast on Tuesday, 1st November. He will be assisted by officials from Northern Ireland. The replay comes about after the Scottish FA ordered the game to be replayed after Livingston admitted playing a player in the game  who was suspended.


Congratulations to two of of our younger members, Judith Warke and Sian Williams, who have been appointed as Assistant Referees for the Women's Welsh League Cup Final between Abergavenny and Cardiff Mets which will be played in Cardiff on Sunday, 26th February.

As usual our best wishes go to both for an enjoyable game.



A vacancy has arisen for the post of Referee’s Officer

within North East Wales Football Association

Applications to be sent to General Secretary:

Mr. R. Ken Hughes, Cerlidan, 42 Brynhyfryd, Johnstown, WREXHAM, LL14 1PR

Telephone: 01978 840769

Mobile: 07761 434348

E-mail: rk.hughes@btinternet.com

Please contact General Secretary for further information regarding the position

Closing date: Friday, 31st March 2017


The April meeting of the Association will take place on Monday, 3rd April at PENYFFORDD LEGION commencing at 7.30p.m. Please note change of venue.


Congratulations go to Sion Davies who has been appointed as an Assistant Referee for the FAW Trophy Final between Chirk AAA FC and Penlan FC at Aberystwyth on Saturday, 8th April. Kick off is at 2.30p.m. Our good wishes go to Sion and his colleagues for an enjoyable and trouble free game.


Congratulations to Nick Paxton, Sian Williams, Jamie Monk and Dani Campbell who were in charge at the

Racecourse over the weekend in the NEWFA Cup Final.


Last Sunday, the Keith Hale Cup was played as part of the Wrexham Sunday League. The Keith Hale Cup is named after one of the founders of the League from the 1970's who sadly died last year.

Pictured below are: Referee: Phil Roszkowski, Asst. 1: Martin Williams & Asst. 2: Sian Williams.

The other photo is of the Sunday League committee - Clive, Frank (Chicky) & Roger.


Here are the officials team from the recent NEWFA Horace Wynne Final at Mold Alex.

Pictured below are: Sian Williams Asst; Steve Jones Referee; Kane Peters 4th and Judith Warke Asst.


The Welsh National League Premier Division's League Cup Final was held at the The Rock, Cefn Druids on Friday, 12th May.

Pictured below are: Referee: Rhys Ryder, Asst. 1: Sian Williams; Asst. 2: Alun Jones and 4th Official: Mike Woodward.

Life Member Mr. Arthur Pritchard has just resigned as Assistant. Ref Appointment Secretary for the Huws Gray Cymru Alliance.

He was previously the secretary for appointing the Ref's and Assistants on both the HGA and the Welsh National League as well as assessing on the Welsh Premier League.

Everyone at NEWRA would like to thank Arthur for all his help over the years and wish him well for the future.


On Thursday, 16th May John Jones flies out to UEFA Headquarters in Nyon for a period of 10 days to take part as an Assistant Referee in the Centre of Refereeing Excellence (CORE) programme. John is travelling with Rob Jenkins (Central Wales FA) as referee and Aaron Wyn Jones (North Wales Coast FA) as the other Assistant.

The course consists of coaching and fitness training and is run under the guidance of former Premier League Referee, David Elleray. As a a team the three will take control of either a Swiss or French League game at the weekend.

Our good wishes go to all three for a successful and enjoyable course.


The NEWFA Challenge Cup Final was held at the The Airfield, Airbus UK F.C. on Monday, 15th May with FC Queens Park taking on Gresford Athletic with Gresford winning 3-2.

Referee: Cheryl Foster, Asst. 1: Scott Campbell, Asst. 2: Sian Williams and 4th Official: David Wright. The first photo is the four of them with out-going Referee's Officer and former RA chairman Dave Fawkes


Last night's NEWRA AGM was a great way to finish off a very positive season for our referee's association. It was a very productive meeting and was brilliantly attended by members old and new, which was fantastic to see!

Below are the awards presented to some of our members for their performances this season.

Top Left: Assistant Referee of the Year - Sian Williams (presented by NEWRA Chair Person Cheryl Foster)

Top Right: Referee of the Year - Martyn Colloby (presented by Chris Noble)

Bottom Left: FAW Final Award - Shaun Davies (presented by life member Mike Williams)

Bottom Right: Best Newcomer - Carl Hughes (presented by Vice Chair Person John Jones)

UEFA CORE Diploma for John

Congratulations to NEWRA’s John Jones, who recently graduated with a UEFA CORE (Centre of Refereeing Excellence) Diploma. John graduated with fellow Welsh match officials Rob Jenkins and Aaron Wyn Jones.

The Welsh trio attained the highest category of award made at the end of 15 days of intensive in service training and education at UEFA’s Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

The initial introduction course was held last year, when they were put through practical situations and lengthy classroom scenarios.

This included DVD analysis, advice on health, mobility & flexibility and they had to show their abilities on the field. The trio also had the opportunity to referee a game overseas under the watchful eye of the referee and assistant referee coaches, where their every move was filmed and analysed.

Following the game, the officials were then given self-analysis documents followed by a planned programme of objectives before returning home to continue their development in the JD Welsh Premier League and the Huws Gray Alliance League.

The CORE Programme is headed up by former FIFA Referee David Elleray from England, who is the UEFA Referees’ Committee member responsible for this project, which UEFA fund in excess of €1.5 million each year. 

On the last day, the awards of the categories achieved by the young referees from all around Europe were announced. "We were three very relieved, but proud Welsh Referees," said Jenkins. "When we stepped forward on the auditorium stage at UEFA HQ to be presented by David Elleray, it concluded our period of extremely hard, but rewarding work."

Referees’ Manager Ray Ellingham was delighted with the news and commented: "Again, young Welsh referees have shown that they can compete with their counterparts from across Europe, not only physically in the endurance, speed and agility tests which are strictly monitored, but also in the way they carry out their on field duties performing in a manner which satisfied the UEFA hierarchy.

"Obviously Welsh football will benefit from their experience as the training and education programmes we run here, are based on the UEFA Principles as dictated by the UEFA Convention for Refereeing. Our membership within the Convention has enabled us to introduce several new initiatives to ensure that talented young referees are identified and coached in the 'UEFA Way'. My congratulations to them all on their achievement which has set a standard for the referees coming up behind then to achieve.”

John has recently discussed his experience at UEFA CORE with popular referee blogger Jan ter Harmsel, who is more commonly known by his blogger name: The Dutch Referee. You can find John’s interview with Jan here.

Welsh Futsal Referees

Wales currently have two FIFA Futsal referees in Valentin Cuiplea (Cardiff) and NEWRA’s very own, Carl Hughes. Both of these referees have progressed quickly up to the FIFA List and will once again represent Wales in 2018.

Carl, who only started refereeing futsal three years ago having completed the conversion says “Futsal is exciting to referee and easy for football referees to move in to as many of the Laws are transferable from football. The game is much faster than football and is a great way to build fitness. Futsal has presented me with opportunities I might never have accessed in football. In the past three years, I have officiated the FAW Futsal Cup Final, the FAW Elite Futsal League Final, international fixtures home and away, Home Nations Futsal Tournament and this year having earned a list on the prestigious FIFA Referees List for the first time, I was able to referee in the UEFA Futsal Cup (equivalent to the Champions League), which was a huge honour. I would definitely encourage referees to take up the offer of the conversion course; it’s only a one three-hour session to attend, it opens up different doors and opportunities; with more competitions continuously being added to the calendar due to its growing global and national popularity, it would be an opportunity missed by our referees, especially as referees in other countries have to pay to sit the same course.”

If you would be interested in the upcoming Futsal Referee Conversion course in Wrexham, please contact Futsal Referee Coordinator Ryan Thomas with the details on the poster as soon as possible.

Photo 1: Carl Hughes in action in a recent international fixture in Visby, Sweden.

Photo 2: Carl Hughes in charge of Sjarmtrollen v TMT in the UEFA Futsal Cup

First World Cup Qualifier!

It has been quite some year for our Chairperson Cheryl Foster! Cheryl was promoted to a Category Two FIFA referee earlier in the year as a result of her consistently high performances and last weekend took charge of her first Women’s World Cup Qualifier. Cheryl took charge of a crucial game between Switzerland v Belarus, in Group B.

Cheryl described the experience as “One of my proudest moments in football was leading the teams out for my first senior international match in Switzerland.” With a large crowd of over 2,000 supporters, Cheryl admitted “The nerves were definitely there but I enjoyed it from the first whistle to the last.” Cheryl was assisted by Laura Griffiths and Rebecca Thomas also both from Wales.

Switzerland went on to comprehensively beat Belarus 3-0, to put the Swiss top of Group B. Switzerland also share a group with Scotland, Poland and Albania. Cheryl will hope to continue her good run of form in to 2018, having this week been confirmed as remaining on the FIFA Referees’ List for 2018.

Cheryl’s clips go down a festive treat!

In our last meeting of 2017, we were very fortunate for our very own FIFA referee Cheryl Foster, to conclude her two part clips analysis session. The meeting was well attended and we are very thankful that you all turned up in such supportive numbers, we’re sure the free food had nothing to do with it!

Cheryl’s session created much debate and highlighted the different refereeing philosophies within our diverse association, whilst using the Laws of the Game to back up opinions, which was fantastic to see! Just like part one, Cheryl not only provided some fantastic clips that created much discussion, but also provided reasoning for the correct outcome and more impressively, linked the clips to her own learning as a successful, high flying match official.

The session was highly engaging; predominantly focused on the role of the referee, the referee’s positioning, anticipation and decision making within a team.

We would like to thank Cheryl for her time and for the fantastic session; all of the members in attendance certainly enjoyed it and definitely benefitted from her knowledge.

We would like to wish all of our members and fellow officials a very merry Christmas and a very prosperous 2018!

Mid-Season Development and Training Session

The North East Wales FA (NEWFA) will be running a mid-season training session for all referees in the region. These sessions are always hugely beneficial and interactive, allowing referees to learn from and engage with other referees in the same region. The pre-season session was a huge success with a fantastic turnout; we are hopeful of seeing even more at this upcoming session.

This year, the day will be separated once again in to two groups, with highly respected Welsh Premier League match officials Tom Williams and John Jones, leading one session and NEWFA Referees’ Officer Steve Jones, leading a session for newly qualified referees.

Image: Our referees benefitting from the Pre-Season Seminar in July 2017.

The date of the session is Sunday 28th January 2018 at Glyndwr University, Wrexham start at 10am prompt and ending at 12pm. The session is compulsory and all referees graded 3b and below are expected to attend.

Should you have any questions, please contact Steve Jones at ronewfa@gmail.com

Annual Fitness Test

As we approach the festive season and the end of a successful 2017 for our Referees’ Association, we would like to remind you that with the beginning of the new year, comes the annual fitness tests. Steve Jones, the Referees’ Officer, has booked the running track at Queensway Stadium once again for these tests. The dates available for the tests are:

Sunday, 4th February 14.00 (2pm)

Wednesday, 7th February 19:00 (7pm) 

Sunday, 11th February 14:00 (2pm)

Wednesday, 21st February 19:00 (7pm)

All referees who are level 3a or above, who wish to be promoted will need to successfully complete the fitness tests in order to be considered for promotion. With the second half of the season littered with cup final opportunities from youth to senior, all referees 3b and below will have a fantastic opportunity to showcase their fitness levels to the Steve Jones, who is in charge of appointing the finals.

If you have any questions on the tests or anything relating to the tests, please contact Steve Jones at ronewfa@gmail.com

So who is ready?

Sudden Passing of Mike Beech

We are very deeply saddened to hear of the sudden passing of NEWFA Council Member Mike Beech. Mike had a long-standing association with football in the region and was been a fantastic servant to the football in North East Wales. Mike will be missed not only in his role in charge of the North East Wales League but will be deeply missed by all that knew him; our deepest condolences go to Mike's wife Carol and family.

Mike’s send off will be on the 23rd January 2018 at Bistre Church in Buckley at 12.45pm, it will then be followed by a private committal at Pentrebychan Crematorium in Wrexham for family only.

Following the church service there will be refreshments at the Blue Anchor pub which is a little way up the hill by the church where everyone will be welcome to attend.

The family request that it is family flowers only, but donations can be made in Mike's memory to Broad Green Hospital who gave his family an extra fifteen years with him.

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