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NATHANIEL MG CUP FINAL APPOINTMENT
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.
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.
EUROPA LEAGUE APPOINTMENTS
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.
CHANGING OF THE GUARD
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
WORLD CUP APPOINTMENT
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!!!
EUROPA LEAGUE APPOINTMENT
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 -
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.
BIG DAY FOR THE WILLIAMS FAMILY
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 -
Congratulations go to all three.
IRN BRU CUP APPOINTMENT
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.
WOMEN'S WELSH LEAGUE CUP FINAL
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.
NORTH EAST WALES FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
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
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.
FAW TROPHY FINAL
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.
CUP FINAL APPOINTMENT
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.
KEITH HALE CUP
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 -
HORACE WYNNE FINAL
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.
WNL PREMIER DIVISION FINAL
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.
NEWFA CHALLENGE CUP FINAL
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-
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-
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 -
Top Right: Referee of the Year -
Bottom Left: FAW Final Award -
Bottom Right: Best Newcomer -
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-
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-
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-
April’s Meeting -
April’s meeting saw a fantastic turnout for our guest speaker, PGMOL’s Michael Salisbury. Michael, a former FIFA assistant referee and current EFL football league referee discussed his career to date and his future ambitions as a match official. Michael used the evening to create good debate and highlight different D.O.G.S.O (Denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity) scenarios, including some from his own football league games. Everybody in attendance commented on the great evening they had; it was great to see new faces in attendance for the evening too!
Our thanks go to Michael for delivering a great evening of discussion, debate and humour whilst most importantly, delivering key information on an important subject. Our thanks also to Gareth Hughes, NEWRA’s secretary, who organised Michael’s appearance at our meeting.
Women’s World Cup Qualifier for Cheryl and Welsh assistants
NEWRA’s Chairperson Cheryl Foster took another significant milestone in her refereeing
career as she oversaw Group Four’s clash between Croatia and Hungary in the FIFA
Women’s World Cup Qualifier earlier this month. Laura Griffiths and Rebecca Thomas,
Cheryl’s trusty FIFA assistant referees and also both from Wales, provided another
solid performance as a trio. Hungary Women ran out 1-
(L to R): Laura Griffiths, Cheryl Foster and Rebecca Thomas.
FREE Futsal Referee Conversion Course!
There is still time to register your interest in completing a FREE three-
What is Futsal?
Futsal (originating from the Portuguese words futbol and Sala – hall football) is
an exciting, fast-
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!
The North East Wales FA (NEWFA) will be running a mid-
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-
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
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
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-
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.
A new online shop for all registered NEWFA referees is now available. Please click on the logo to visit the official NEWFA store.
NEWFA Youth Cup Final Appointments
It’s the business end of the season and it’s time for referees who have showcased their dedication, fitness and skill throughout the season to earn a cup final appointment. We are delighted to announce the following NEWFA Youth Cup Final refereeing teams for this season:
NEWFA Under 12’s Cup Final on the 24th April, 2018
Corey Wellbeloved -
Daniel Monk – Assistant Referee
Luca Scott -
Levi Roberts – Fourth Official
NEWFA Under 13’s Cup Final on the 25th April, 2018
Alice Wilding – Referee
Tomos Williams -
Joel Gray -
Tomos James – Fourth Official
NEWFA Under 14’s Cup Final on the 26th April, 2018
Charlie Roberts -
Ewan Medinger -
James Evans -
Sammi El Dabba – Fourth Official
NEWFA Under 15’s Cup Final on the 1st May, 2018
Ethan Holmes -
Kane Peters -
Alex Derosa -
TBC – Fourth Official
NEWFA Under 16’s Cup Final on the 2nd May, 2018
Luke Allsop -
Alun Jones -
Jamie Monk -
Gwilym Keddie – Fourth Official
Congratulations to all of the match officials who have been selected, we hope all of your games go well and that you all enjoy the experience.
History made in NEWFA Final
History was made on Saturday as it was an all female referee's team who officiated
Saturday’s Huws Gray Cup Final at Ruthin where Flint were victorious over Gresford
on pens after 1-
The Sgorio cameras were there as it was the first time an all female ref team taking charge in this League's final so a bit of history which will be showing on ‘Mwy o Sgorio’ on Wednesday at 6.30p.m.
Cup Final Appointments
Congratulations to the following referees on their appointments for this season's Macron Challenge Cup Final and the Veterans Challenge Cup Final!
Macron Challenge Cup, Friday 18th, May 7.45p.m. Kick Off at Airbus
Referee: Daniel Fogerty
Assistant Referee: Richard Dolphin
Assistant Referee: Alice Wilding
Fourth Official: Arthur Smallman
Veterans Challenge Cup, Sunday 20th, May 2.00p.m. Kick Off at Rhydymwyn
Referee: Brian Purcell
Assistant Referee: Craig Williams
Assistant Referee: Steve Jones
Fourth Official: Graeme Bell
All of the officials have worked incredibly hard this season and deserve their place in the final! Good luck to both teams in their finals!
Promotions Galore for Cheryl
The association would like to congratulate our Chairperson Cheryl Foster, on what has truly been a remarkable twelve months for her. Last summer, Cheryl was promoted to a category two FIFA match official but has now been promoted again, this time to a category one FIFA match official, the highest a match official can reach! Cheryl becomes the first female Welsh referee to achieve such a feat; it is a reward for her fantastic dedication and hard work.
Not only has Cheryl been promoted international but domestically too! Cheryl will now take charge of Welsh Premier League fixtures as from the 2018/19 season. That is an incredible three promotions in just twelve months!! We would like to wish Cheryl the very best for what should be an exciting season ahead.
After twenty years as the North East Wales Referees’ Association President, Cliff Evans has decided to step down from his role. Cliff has been an incredible leader of the association in that time, overseeing hundreds of referees in their careers, mentoring, guiding and supporting them from newly qualified to international standard. Cliff has led the association with incredible distinction and feels the time is right for him to step down as the association continues to move in the right direction. Everybody associated with North East Wales Referees’ Association, both past and present, I’m sure will thank Cliff for the role he has played n the past twenty years.
Cliff’s position as President was therefore available after his announcement to step down and after a secret ballot held at this year’s AGM; we would like to congratulate Neil Carpenter, who is now the new President of our association. We would like to wish Neil the very best of luck on his new role and wish Cliff, who has indicated he will still attend meetings, the very best for the future.
Diolch yn fawr, Cliff.
NEWRA AGM Awards
Congratulations to Mike Woodward, who was presented with this season’s ‘Referee of the Year Award’. Mike has had a fantastic and consistent season on the pitch combined with his support for our Referees’ Association off the pitch. Chairperson Cheryl Foster at this year’s AGM presented Mike his award.
Huge congratulations to Tom Williams who officiated this season’s FAW Youth Cup Final. Tom’s performance in the final was exemplary; he represented himself and our Referees’ Association excellently. Retiring NEWRA President, Cliff Evans, presented Tom with a special memento for his achievement.