Malta Football Association
Diary of Events - Jun 2017
Jul 8, 2017
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Referees Events

JUNE 2017



·      29 May to 10 June 2017  International officials Alan Mario Sant as referee, Luke Portelli and Christopher Francalanza as assistant referees, together with other FIFA officials fromFrance, Greece, Romania, Czech Republic, Scotland, Angola and Japan, took charge of various matches during the 45th  edition of the Tournoi Maurice RevelloFestival International Espoirs de football(also known as Toulon tournament) in Provence, France,contested by national youth teams of England, Czech Republic, France, Scotland, Wales (UEFA), Angola and Ivory Coast (CAF), Bahrein, Indonesia and Japan (AFC), Brasil (CONMEBOL), and Cuba (CONCACAF). After being involved on every matchday in the group stage (a total of three), the Maltese team controlledthe match for 3rd and 4th place (won by Scotland againstthe Czech Republic). The tournament saw the participation also of Referee Committee member Stephen Mallia, who apart from being referee observer in several matches – including theFinal won by England against Ivory Coast, in Stade de Lattre, Aubagne –formed part of the Refereeing Commission with Messrs Michel Vautrot from France and Michel Piraux from Belgium.


·         05 to 10 June 2017  Referees Shaun Calleja, Raymond Tabone and Emanuel Calleja, participated during the 34thWhitsuntideInternational Football Tournamentheld in the Municipality of Malgrat De Mar,in the Province of Barcellona, Spain.130 boys’ and girls’ teams from ten European countries participated, divided into five age groups: Under-11, Under-13, Under-15, Under-17 and Under-19.  The three Maltese officials left a very positive impression, clearly manifested through their appointments in top matches: the up-and-coming Shaun Calleja, from amongst the 23 refereespresent,was appointed with two assistant referees from Norway and Spainforthe Under-19 Final, and afterwardscommended for his excellent control.  Emanuel Calleja and Raymond Tabone also performed well and controlled matches up to the semi-finals of the Under-15 and Under-17 categories.  The refereeing trio was accompanied by referee observer Tony Briguglio, who was one of the tournament’s officials.


·         17 June 2017  In his introduction to the COREMalta and Talent & Mentor Unit one-day seminar, Director of Refereeing Kevin Azzopardisaid that the Malta FA Refereeing Department is continually investing heavily in young referees; the COREMalta Unit set up this past season has been a successful experience; and as we are on the doorstep of a new season, the T & M next two-year cycle will be launched in August, in Cologne, Germany.  Going on to the first topic Achievements and’s a matter of attitude!, Mr Azzopardi said that when the going gets tough, one’s character comes to the fore; the refereeing career is made up of many elements based on different aspects; refereeing is a learning process; one has to be positive and realistic; aware of the responsibility involved all along; and being successful or unsuccessful finally depends on one’s attitude.  Analysis of the Seminar Participants’ Performances during 2016-2017wasaddressed by Assistant Director of Refereeing Andre Arciola, who first asked them to jot down their own personal two positive points and two points for improvement resulting from their match experiences last season, grouped them and afterwards went on to emphasize the importance of self-analysis and of watching dvd clips of own matches (which are available for all Premier and Division 1 matches, as shown in his presentation); separate statistical data was presented for COREMalta and T & M participants, which showed that marks obtained were quite good and all in all, their season was not bad at all.  After lunch, COREMalta and T & M Unit member Marco Borg, made a presentation on the officials’ Personality before the match, on the field of play, after the match and outside the field of play (personal and social behaviour), which was followed by a discussion. This day seminar was attended by the ten participants forming part of both units, namely referees Matthew De Gabriele, Ismael Barbara, Alex Johnson and assistant referee Ryan Aquilina (COREMalta); and referees Darryl Agius, Daniel Portelli, Shaun Calleja and assistant referees Theodore Zammit, Dusan Petrovic and Ivan Galea (T & M) with the latter six presented with their certificates by the Head COREMalta and T & M Unit Stephen Mallia, who in his concluding remarks thanked them, their mentors and his colleagues in the T & M unit for their commitment; announced that next season more officials will be enlisted in the T & M Programme; finally wished them success up the ladder in their local and international careers.


·         19 June 2017  Referees’ Committee Meeting chaired by Charles Agius, Vice Chairman.

·            20 June 2017  Examinations for referees’ promotions in five categories, namely for Elite referees, Elite Development referees, Elite Development assistant referees, National referees           and National asssitant referees,  were held at The Refereeing Centre, Ta’ Qali.


·           24 June 2017  A half-day seminar for all members of the Refereeing Centre’s administrative team was held at The PalaceHotelin Sliema,to review the practices that have given positive results to be consolidated during the forthcoming season,and also to analyse what may be improvedin certain areas. This was the first season where the sector had an organised, structured set-up where whoever willing to contribute in one way or another. was given the opportunity to do so.


·           29 June 2017  International referee Trustin Farrugia Cann was appointed by UEFA and took charge of the UEL 2017/2018 – 1st Qualifying Round match (1st Leg) UE Santa Colona (Andorra) vs NK Osijek(Croatia), played at Andorra La Vella, Andorra.  His assistant referees were FIFA official Jurgen Spiteriand Elite Category official William Debatista, while Emanuel Grechwas 4th Official.  UEFA Referee Observer Oguz Sarvan from Turkey assessed the performance of the match officials.

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