Malta Football Association
Diary of Events - Jul 2017
Aug 11, 2017
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JULY 2017


  • 01 to 09 July 2017  International Assistant Referee Alan Camilleri was selected by the UEFA Referees’ Committee and officiated in the 10th edition of the UEFA Regions’ Cup finals held in Istanbul, Turkey. Teams from Croatia, the Czech Republic, Portugal, the Republic of Ireland, Russia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine won their intermediate round groups to qualify for the finals. The UEFA Referee Observers appointed by the UEFA Referees’ Committee for this tournament wee Albano Janku (Albania), Brian Lawlor (Wales), Erol Ersoy (Turkey) and Mehmet Murat Ilgaz (Turkey).


  • 03 July 2017  A referee course started with sessions held every Monday and Thursday at the Refereeing Centre, Ta’Qali.  (The course will come to an end on Thursday 10 August 2017 with the examination). 


  • 04 July 2017  International referee Fyodor Zammit was appointed by UEFAand took charge of the2017/2018 UEFA Champions League1st Qualifying Round match (2ndLeg) between La Fiorita of San Marino and Linfield of Northern Ireland, playedin San MarinoNational Stadium (Serravalle, San Marino).  His assistant referees were FIFA officials Luke Portelli and Christopher Francalanza, while Elite Referee Stefan Pace was fourth official.


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


·         07 to 09 July 2017  FIFA Beach Soccer referee Jude Amin Utulu officiated at the 2nd Leg of the 20th edition of the the Euro Beach Soccer League theld in Nazaré, Portugal. This summer the EBSL returned consisting of five stages: Belgrade, Serbia (23-25 June 2017), Nazaré, Portugal (07-09 July 2017), Moscow, Russia (28-30 July 2017), Siofok, Hungary (11-13 August) and Warnamunde, Germany (25-27August).  The Superfinal and Promotion Final will take place from 31 August to 03 September.


  • 12 July 2017  International referee Alan M. Santwas appointed by UEFAand took charge of the2017/2018 UEFA Champions League2ndQualifying Round match (1st leg) between Apoel FC (Cyprus)and F91 Dudelange(Luxembourg), playedinGPS Stadium, Nicosia.  His assistant referees were FIFA officials Roberto Vella and Luke Portelli, while Elite referee Mario Apapwas fourth official.  UEFA officials Jan Fasung (Slovakia)and Michael Zoratti (Austria)were the referee observer and the match delegate, respectively.


  • 16 to 22 July 2017  Referees Gordon Camilleri, Preston Carbonaro, Christian Azzopardi and Mark Ciantar, officiated in this year's edition of the Gothia Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden – this was the first time that referees from Malta have represented their country in this annual popular event; this year over 1700 teams from 82 nations around the world took part. The Maltese match officials had a female referee in their team – Adriana Nadolska from Poland – and together they controlled numerous matches over their week's stay.  After five hectic days the group were appointed to officiate the Girls-18 Play-Off B Final between Alemannia Aachen from Germany and Enskede IK from Sweden.  Speaking about their experience in the 2017 Gothia Cup, the group said that it really was an unforgettable one for them on many different levels: it was their first time in Sweden, made new friends, got first-hand experience of teams’ playing style from other countries, and they had the occasion to observe and learn how referees from different countries control their games. The four officials were truly thankful that the Malta FA Refereeing Department gave them this wonderful opportunity to represent their country in the Gothia Cup…and certainly looking forward to have more similar experiences in future.


  • 24 to 29 July 2017 Young referee Luke Xuerebtook part in the Dana Cup 2017 in Hjorring, Denmark –this was the first time that a Maltese referee participated in this prestigious tournament; in all there were 290 referees from 17 nations, not only European but as far from New Zealand, USA and Brazil. On the first matchday, Luke Xuereb was involved in four matches; then he had another three group stage matches; followed by four matches in the knock-out stage; while his final match of the tournament was the semi-final Boys-Girls Under-15.  Commenting on his first international refereeing experience abroad, Luke Xuereb said that this was surely a wonderful tournament where he noticed different styles of football; and that it was one of the most memorable ones so far in his refereeing career, which he would like to experience again next year as such tournaments will surely enrich his standard.






  • 27 July 2017  International referee Alan Mario Sant was appointed by UEFAand took charge of the2017/2018 UEFA Europa League3rd Qualifying Round (1stLeg) match between Mladá Boleslav (Czech Republic) and Skënderbeu (Albania), playedin MÄ›stský Stadion, Mladá Boleslav.  His assistant referees were FIFA officials Roberto Vella and Luke Portelli, while Elite referee Malcolm Spiteri was fourth official.UEFA officials Vadims Direktorenko (Latvia) and Markku Lehtola (Finland) were the referee observer and the match delegate, respectively.


  • 28 July 2017  The annual graduation of the Referees’ Academy for season 2016-2017was held at the Victoria Hotel in Sliema.  Eight students, including two foreign boys, graduated during a ceremony held in the presence of their parents. Introductory and short speeches were delivered by Paul Caruana, Project Leader of the Academy, Kevin Azzopardi as Director of Refereeing, and Alex Manfrè, Malta FA Vice- President and Chairman of the Referees’ Committee who also awarded the certificates to these young officials.The presentation ceremony was followed by a reception for the new graduates and their parents.


  • 29 July to 02 August 2017  This two-year Talent & Mentor Programme for the first time was launched overseas during a seminar held in Cologne, Germany, when the group of 15 referees and assistant referees, and 6 administrators, travelled to Dusseldorf for their onward final destination to Sportschule Hennef Sports Complex where the Directors of Refereeing Kevin Azzopardi andIvan Mrkalj (the German host) opened the Seminar; after which Kevin Azzopardi delivered a presentation It’s a matter of attitude followed by Andrè Arciola’s practical session on Concentration and Awareness.  On the days that followed, Marco Borg conducted a video test on match situations and explained the answers; a tour to Cologne Stadium was organised; a team-building session was held at Kletterwald Hennef; a guide-through of Sportschule Hennef was organised; while one night dinner was followed by a nightwalk through the city of Cologne. Ivan Mrkalj discussed Types of player – how to deal with them?; Dr. Jan F. Orth spoke on German Football and the Referee System; while Alexander Feuerherdt went through Curiosities of the laws and rules.  Early morning training sessions were taken care of by Adrian Azzopardi. Two friendly matches were programmed on Sunday 30th  and observedby German referee coaches, as follows:FC Pesch - VFB Solingen 4-0 (Daniel Portelli - referee, Ivan Galea and Robert Curtis)and SpVg Flittard – GW Brauweiler 5-3 (Shaun Calleja - referee, Duncan Spencer and William Zerafa).  Kevin Azzopardi and Adrian Azzopardi tested participants on English Proficiency;  Roberto Buontempodealt with Management & Body Language;and Stephen Mallia went through Match Analysis with the participation of referee observers.  The seminar was concluded by Kevin Azzopardi and Ivan Mrkalj. with addresses on the previous days’ contribution and experiences. 
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