Malta Football Association
Diary of Events - Mar 2017
Apr 12, 2017
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MARCH 2017


  • 04 March 2017  A seminar for grassroots referees and newly-promoted officialswas held at the Refereeing Centre.  In his introduction as an opening tothis seminar, Kevin Azzopardi asDirector of Refereeing, said that it was the first ever grassroots seminar which gives opportunities for young officials to develop their career early on; the Refereeing Department is focusing on the grassroots who must be aware of the importance on the willingness to learn by admitting mistakes as a means to improve performances.  The seminar started with a Laws of the Game quiz conducted by Paul Caruana, Head Recruitment Unit.  An on the field of playsession– which included technical and core muscle exercises – was conducted by the referees’ coach Ronald Zammit, assisted by Andrè Arciola as Head Grasssroots Unit, Charles Micallefas Head Assistant Referees’ Unit and  member of same Unit Mariano Debono, and Paul Caruanaas Head of Recruitment Unit. The seminar came to a close with a discussion session on review of dvd clips from Youth Football Association matches, conducted by the Head Grassroots Unit Andrè Arciola, who also made the concluding remarks.


  • 04 March 2017  Another referees’ exchange took place as part of agreements continuously being reached between the Malta FA and other Football Associations, as an opportunity for the further development of our top referees and assistant referees.  For the first time, local referees travelled to Kosovoofficiated in their top league while Kosovarmatch officials came over and officiated BOV Premierand Division 1League matches.  Elite referee Philip Farrugiatogether with FIFAassistant referee Christopher Francalanza, Elite assistant referee William Debattista and Elite referee Etienne Mangionas 4th Official, took charge of the Superliga match between KF Trepça’89 and KF Ferizajplayed at Mitrovice Stadium.  The team included Adrian Azzopardi who acted as referee observer during the match KF Liria vs. KF Besa officiated by Kosovar referees. 


  • 09 to 12 March 2017Assistant Director of Refereeing Andrè Arciola and the Head of Recruitment & Retention UnitPaul Caruana, attended this year’s four-day FIFA / UEFA Refereeing Assistance Programme (RAP) Course in Vilnius, Lithuania.  Topics coveredduring the discussions included: Latest interpretation of the Laws of the Game; Challenges during set pieces; Offside; Womens' Football; and Methodology to be used during lectures.The information, latest teaching material and practical methods presented by the RAP instructors were interesting not only for participants but also to be shared with referee instructors, referee observers and referees in their respective countries.


·          16 March 2017  Referees’ Committee Meeting chaired by Alex Manfrè, Malta FA Vice-President.


·         21 March 2017  A Referees’Course for prospective Gozitan candidates, with lectures held on Tuesdays and Fridays afternoon at the Gozo Football Association Headquarters, was concluded with the final examination.


·         27 March 2017  FIFA officials Clayton Pisani as referee, and assistant referees Alan Camilleri and Duncan Sultana took charge of the Under-21 Friendly between Denmark and England played at BioNutria Park Stadium in Randers, Denmark. This invitation was another in a string of such opportunities presented to our top officials to further enhance their refereeing standards.


·         30 March 2017  A Technical Meeting for Gozitan referees and referee observers, coordinated by Alexander Arena, Head Observers & Instructors Unit, was held at the Gozo Football Association Premises in the Gozo Stadium. Video Clips of local matches were analysed in an open discussion.


·         31 March 2017  A Talent & Mentor Seminar was held at The Refereeing Centre, Ta’ Qali.  After the opening address by Director of Refereeing Kevin Azzopardi, Sports Psychologist Samantha Tabone addressed Setting targets, motivation and leadership; followed by FIFA Assistant Referee Alan Camilleri’s topicPassion, Perseverance and Attitude; while Stephen Mallia and Marco Borg from the Talent & Mentor Unit and CORE Malta Unit reviewed Law 12 – Fouls and Misconduct.  After lunch, Elite Development Refere Darryl Agius shared last month’s My experience in the Talent & Mentor’s seminar held in Coverciano, Italy; followed by an Analysis of match situations and report writing of viewed situations – group work (with a referee and assistant referee in each group) conducted by Andrè Arciola, Assistant Director of Refereeing and CORE Malta Unit member; while Stephen Mallia, Head of the Talent & Mentor and CORE Malta Unitsmade theEvaluation and Closing Address of the Seminar.  

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