FEMALE Referee's

By League Admin

Development workshops

The Current Landscape

Women and girls are severely under represented as Match Officials in Wales. Only 3% of all our referees are female. Despite this lack of female referees, 3 of our 12 FIFA list Match Officials are female.

One of them, Cheryl Foster, has been selected to referee at the UEFA Women’s EURO Finalsthis Summer. Cheryl is a visible role model capable of inspiring more women and girls to pick up the
whistle. The EURO tournament is therefore a golden opportunity to promote refereeing to women in Wales.

We will seize this opportunity by hosting two refereeing events for women and girls during the tournament.

The first will be at Colliers Park in Wrexham on the 9th of July and the second will be in Newport at Dragon Park on the 17th of July.

New female referees will attend their chosen event to
complete their practical course, network and take part in a development workshop with other female referees, and watch a EURO group stage game together. We’d like your support to help promote these events as we strive to significantly increase the number of female referees across Wales.

Itinerary: Colliers Park, Wrexham, Saturday 9th July, 13:30-20:00
• 13:30 Meet at Colliers Park
• 13:35 Introduction and Networking Task
• 13:55 Practical Course on 3G Pitch
• 16:00 Meet & Greet with active female referees
• 16:10 Workshop: Barriers and how to overcome them
• 16:25 Your Journey, Your Next Steps into Refereeing Presentation (Jack Rea – Match Officials
Recruitment and Retention Executive)
• 16:35 Guest Speaker on their career as a female referee
• 16:55 Buffet
• 17:00 Watch Portugal V Switzerland EURO Group Game

“Practical courses for NEW female referees this July! Sign-up to take the Advanced Referee AwardCourse at becomearef.wales and help change Welsh football for the better.”

“Referee Cheryl Foster will represent Wales at the UEFA Women’s EURO Finals this Summer! Be likeCheryl and become a referee at becomearef.wales today. In-person practical courses are running
throughout Summer including TWO exciting event days dedicated to female referees.”

“Wales needs more female referees! TWO event days are happening this Summer to help women and girls become football referees. Whether you live in North or South Wales, there’s an event for you.

Go to becomearef.wales to sign-up and get started.”

“Refereeing is for everyone. See the game from a different perspective and help make great football matches happen: becomearef.wales.”

Information about Online Course
In order to attend the in-person event all candidates will need to complete the Advanced Referee Award online at becomaref.wales. There are two Advanced Referee Award courses with different
prices: £25 or £70. Candidates can purchase either of these courses in order to attend the practical day.

The £25 Advanced Referee Award does not include referees’ kit whereas the £70 Advanced Referee Award does include kit. This is the only difference between the two Advanced Referee Award courses.

It is up to the candidate which they would prefer to purchase. Both courses allow the candidate to attend a Female Referee Event.

The £15 Referee Leaders Course and the £30 Futsal Course do NOT include access to the Female Referee Events.

Information about In-Person Practical Course
Candidates attending the in-person practical course will need to bring a whistle and a referees’ book with yellow and red cards. There is no need to bring any other referee kit although it is recommended to wear sportswear and suitable footwear as the practical element is on a football pitch. There is no
running involved, only walking around the pitch. The candidates will be taught about positioning,signaling, and the laws of the game.

Steps to Attend the Female Referee Event if You Bought £70 Advanced Referee Award:

1. Purchase £70 Advanced Referee Award
2. Sign-Up to Preferred Female Referee Event on “Before You Begin” page
3. Order Kit using link and Voucher Code found on “Before You Begin” page
4. Complete Online Modules (10 Hours of Content)
5. Complete Online Exam (1 Hour)
6. Attend chosen Female Referees Event

Steps to Attend the Female Referee Event if You Bought £25 Advanced Referee Award:
1. Purchase £25 Advanced Referee Award
2. Sign-Up to Preferred Female Referee Event on “Before You Begin” page
3. Complete Online Modules (10 Hours of Content)
4. Complete Online Exam (1 Hour)
5. Attend chosen Female Referees Event

Funding Options

Not-for-profit clubs or community organisations can apply for grants of a minimum of £300 from the Sport Wales Be Active Fund for women and girls to take up refereeing:

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