New Referee Course – February 2018

An additional referee course has been added to the calendar for this season to meet the high demand we’re seeing for places on courses around the Cheshire County. This course will be held at Ashton on Mersey School during the Trafford Schools half-term holidays:
12th February 2018 9-5pm
13th February 2018 9-5pm
15th February 2018 7-8.30pm (Next Steps Event @ Altrincham FC)

The course costs £130 and is open to anyone aged 14+.

You can register your interest by emailing refereecourses@cheshirefa.com

Taylor heading to U17 World Cup

Anthony Taylor heads out to India this week to continue preparations ahead of the U17 World Cup. Anthony and his assistants, Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn, are the English representatives amongst the match officials for the tournament, which runs from 6th-28th October. 

We wish them all well! 

Summer Events

The end of the football season doesn’t send referees into hibernation for a few months. Our summer events programme started in late May with the County RA Quiz. Two teams represented Altrincham and had an enjoyable evening, bearing in mind that it’s the taking part that counts (Stockport won, again). As the weather heated up, so did our rivalry with our close neighbours. The Altrincham Refs v Stockport Refs cricket match was a success once again, and this time the result does matter (we won!). As thoughts turned towards the new season, a few of our members attended the RA Referee Development Weekend near Leicester, enjoying training sessions from multiple Premier League officials and the opportunity to network with referees from across the country. At the end of July we’ll have a number of members officiating in tournaments and pre-season friendlies, getting themselves ready for a flying start to the 2017/18 season!

  

Anthony Taylor gets FA Cup Final

We’re absolutely delighted and very proud that Anthony Taylor has been appointed as referee for the FA Cup Final. As a member of our society since he became a referee, we’ve had the pleasure of watching his progression from local football to the international stage, and now receiving the appointment that Anthony describes as “the pinnacle of your domestic career”.

Full details can be viewed on The Fa’s website: http://www.thefa.com/news/2017/apr/26/anthony-taylor-to-referee-emirates-fa-cup-final-260417

ADFA Cup Final Appointments

Congratulations to all officials on the following appointments to the 2016/17 Altrincham & District FA Cup Finals:

ADFA Senior Cup Final
Referee: Andy Worthington
Assistant Referees: Graham Anderson and Mike Ransome
Fourth Official: Steve Wright
To be played on Monday 8th May 2017, Kick-off 7.30pm at Altrincham FC Moss Lane

ADFA Sunday Senior Cup Final
Referee: Alexander Phillips
Assistant Referees: Tom Cassidy and Charlotte Phillips
Fourth Official: Felipe Morais
To be played on Wednesday 26th April 2017, Kick-off 7.30pm at Altrincham FC Moss Lane

Please get down to Moss Lane to support your colleagues if you can.

International Appointment

Huge congratulations to Simon Humphries and Ryan Watson who have been appointed to an International Youth Friendly match. Good luck to the whole team.
England Women’s U17 v USA Women’s U17
International Youth Friendly
Saturday 25th February 2017; 14:00
Venue: New Bucks Head Stadium, AFC Telford FC
Referee: Nikolas Story
Assistants: Simon Humphries & Jessica Shuker
Fourth Official: Ryan Watson

Training film being produced

For the first time, we are producing our own training film to use for the development of our referees, allowing us to focus on the specific areas that are relevant to the majority of our members. 
The team were out filming this morning. Huge thank yous go to: Stuart Kay and Anthony Taylor for organising; Tom Cassidy for being the referee; Dave Cross (http://weddingdaymedia.co.uk/) for filming; Colin Dowdy and all the staff, parents and players from Sale Utd for their time and enthusiastic participation; Stephen Brown and Dennis Phillips for their assistance.