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Release Date: 18/09/2012

The Irish FA was represented at UEFA’s Centre of Referee Excellence (CORE) in early September by three match officials, referee Tim Marshall, and Assistant Referees David Anderson & Andrew Stevenson.

This programme is designed to give young promising referees concentrated training and education on the many skills required to develop their careers.

The programme consists of three phases, a 10 day Introductory course which they have completed, a six month development phase with their dedicated referee & assistant referee coaches, and finally they return to UEFA for an 8 day Consolidation course in approximately six months time when they are judged on their improvements.

During the Introductory course all three passed the fitness tests which are now a minimum requirement for top referees, they completed medical tests, received coaching by way of presentations and practical exercises, and refereed one game in Switzerland which was filmed and analyzed in detail following the game.

World Cup Final referee Howard Webb was a visitor to the course and he spent time with the young officials sharing his wealth of knowledge and providing motivation to them as they start their journey hopefully to international level.

Tim Marshall commented, “This was a tremendous experience for all of us, it was great to mix with colleagues from seven other countries and we learnt so much during our 10 days at UEFA.”

Irish FA Referee Development Officer Alan Snoddy said, “This CORE programme is a huge investment in refereeing by UEFA as it allows each national association in Europe to send three young talented match officials each year to learn and develop. It not only benefits future international referees but also must improve the standards at domestic level”

Anyone interested in refereeing is asked to e mail or to check the Irish FA website for details of future courses.

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  • UEFA’s Centre of Referee Excellence 2012

    Tim Marshall, David Anderson & Andrew Stevenson with Howard Webb.

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