Malta Football Association
Diary of Events - Jan 2017
Feb 14, 2017
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  • 05 January 2017  Referees’ Committee Meeting chaired by Alex Manfrè, Malta FA Vice-President.


  • 06 to 08 January 2017  Referees’ Academy Annual Weekend Live-inat the Seashells Resort in Qawra. The programme for twelve participants was organized by the Refereeing Centre and coordinated by the Referees’ Academy Project Leader Paul Caruana assisted by James Farrugia from the Refereeing Centre’s Recruitment and Retention Unit.The live-in was officially opened by Kevin Azzopardi, Director of Refereeing.  Friday’s keynote speakers included Assistant Directors of Refereeing Andrè Arciola and Philip Agius who addressed ‘The ideal match official’ and ‘Effective Communication between match officials’, respectively.The full-day’s Saturday’s programme included: lectures by FIFA Referee Alan Mario Sant, the Head of the Instructors and Observers Unit Alexander Arena, and Referees’ Academy Project Leader Paul Caruana who addressed ‘Basic Requirements for Efficient Performances’, ‘Free kicks Management’ and ‘Pre- Match Preparation’,respectively; a practical session at the Sirens Stadium conducted by the referees’  fitness coach Ronald Zammit; and attendance at the Centenary Stadium for the BOV First Division match which was a very interesting part of the live-in when the students had the opportunity to listen to the pre-match talk by the referee of the match to his assistants and then follow the match from the VIP stand where the students observed and took some notes on the performance of the refereeing team.On Sunday morning, following Holy Mass at Qawra Parish Church, the programmecontinued with a video clip quiz on the Laws of the Game prepared by Kevin Azzopardi, Director of Refereeing;the post-match analysis of the First Division match watched the day before, by Elite Referee Matthew DeGabrielewhoanswered all observations and discussed the key match moments with the participants; and Mark Deguara, a National Referee and a former Referees’ Academy student, addressed ‘Living the dream’.  Dr Angelo Chetcuti, the MFA Secretary General, concluded the live-in by wishing all the students success in their future refereeing careers.


  • 10 January 2017  FIFA refereeAlan Sant’s participated on Radio 101’s Ray Abdilla’s weekly football programmeMhux Premier Biss (Not only Premier). The general discussion was mainly about the rapport between referees and the players and if there are any differences in approach between the different leagues; the management of players, and their reaction; if players are knowledgeable about the laws of the game and how do local players react to referees’decisions in Malta and Gozo;and ifthere any differences or similarities, and discipline of foreign players abroad compared to the local scenario.


  • 16 January 2017  A new referees’ course started at the Refereeing Centre, Ta’ Qali, with lectures held every Monday evening.


  • 21 January 2017Maltese officials and referee observers had the unique opportunity to be addressed by UEFA Chief Refereeing Officer and newly-appointed Chairman of FIFA Referees’ Committee, Pierluigi Collina, at the Hilton Portomaso in St. Julians.  Director of Refereeing Kevin Azzopardi welcomed and thanked Mr Collina for being kind enough to accept the Refereeing Department’sinvitation(though not being in Malta on official footballrefereeingduties); while Malta FA Secretary General Dr Angelo Chetcuti voiced the Association’s appreciation for Mr Collina’s high-profile presence and congratulated him for his new FIFA role.  Mr Collina expressed his pleasure to share his knowledge with the very good audience present;  he addressed  Modern Refereeing Preparation which its main ingredients for becoming a top referee are found in the formula talent + working hard = success.  In his presentation – supported with dvd clips from top UEFA matches and UEFA statistical data on referees’ performances – Pierluigi Collina said that refereeing is not a question of being lucky or unlucky; but rather on match preparation which today is based on four pillars: Fitness, Knowledge of the Laws of the Game, Information about the match to be refereed, and Teamwork. Mr Collina ended his highly interesting lecture by emphasising that referees have the responsibility to take decisions and need the courage to do so always. It was appreciated, that notwithstanding his tight schedule, Mr Collina invited participants who had questions to put them forward (a few took the opportunity).


  • 21 Januray 2017  A referee observers’ meetingaddressed by the members of the Observers’ & Training Uniton how to improve match reporting, was held at the Hilton Portamaso, St. Julians.




·         23 January 2017  An interview with ex-referee Esther Azzopardi by Massimiliana De Martino was broadcast on RTKRadio’s programm Xhieda Tieg─ži(My Beliefs) which dealt how in our professions there is space for universal values and principles.


·         24 January 2017  In agreement with the Gozo Football Association, a Referees’Course for six prospective Gozitan candidates, with lectures  held on Tuesdays and Fridays afternoon at the GFA Headquarters.

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