Malta Football Association
Diary of Events - May 2017
Jun 6, 2017
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·         02 May 2017  Referees’ Committee Meeting chaired by Alex Manfrè, Malta FA Vice-President.


·         13 May 2017  A Seminar for promotion nominees was held at The Victoria Hotel, Sliema.  After an Introduction re. Promotions Procedure and Examinations by Director of Refereeing Kevin Azzopardi, two Presentation & Assessment sessions on Laws 1 to 4 and on Laws 7 to 10 were presented by Andre Arciola (Assistant Director of Refereeing) and Alexander Arena (Head, Observers and Instructors Unit) respectively; followed by a presentation on Law 11 by Charles Micallef (Head, Assistant Referees’ Unit).  After lunch, Laws 13 &14 were addressed by Marco Borg(member, COREMalta and Talent & Mentor Unit), while Laws 15-17 by Adrian Azzopardi (Head, Unit for National Referees and National Assistant Referees).  Competition Rulesand General Knowledge were dealt with by Referees Media Officer Gaetano De Gabriele.  The last session on Law 12 & Assessment was conducted by Director of Refereeing Kevin Azzopardi who also made the concluding remarks of this day’s seminar.


·            14 May 2017  During the Malta FA Awards 2017, Director of Refereeing Kevin Azzopardi presented the Referees’ Award to former FIFA referee Esther Azzopardi in recognition of her             career which came to an end early this year.


·           16 May to 24 May 2017  Malta FA elite category officials, namely referee Matthew De Gabriele, and assistant referees Theodore Zammit and Dusan Petrovic, participated in UEFA’s CORE’s educational programme at Nyon Headquarters – now in its seventh year, aimed at young officials with potential international prospects in the coming years. European officials from several countries (Andorra, Croatia, Kosovo, Malta, Moldova, Sweden, and Wales) and a trio from the Confederation of African Football attended, during which our officials were closely monitored by referees’ coach Radan Miryanov (Bulgaria), assistant referee coach Leif Lindberg (Sweden) and physical fitness coaches Werner Helsen (Belgium) and Lluis Cortés Cava (Andorra).  Participants were given physical training, technical training, discussions on social topics and underwent physical tests – everything under the general guidance of David Elleray (CORE Senior CourseLeader), Kyros Vassaras(CORE Instructor)and with the contribution of ten specialists: six referee coaches, twoassistant referee coaches andtwo fitnesscoaches.  Apart from theoretical and practical sessions, as part of the course each referee team took charge of a match from the French or Swiss leagues which afterwards were analysed first individually with their respective coaches with the use of dvd clips, and then in general audience; in the case of the Maltese trio, it was a match from the French Football 4th League between Chasselay MDAand GrenobleFoot 38 (0-3) played at Stade Ludovic Giuly 1, in Chasselay.  In the coming months, the officials will be keeping regular contact with their coaches so that their progress will be closely monitored; next October they will be invited again to UEFA Headquarters for the CORE Consolidation Course.

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