Changes to the 'Laws of the game'.
At the League's Council Meeting on Monday last, Simon Snartt delivered a presentation covering those changes to the laws of the game that are likely to impact our games in the coming season.
Simon has been kind enough to provide a summary of his talk which can be downloaded HERE - please ensure this document is given the widest possible circulation in your clubs so that players, managers, coaches and spectators are aware.
Many thanks, Dave Frost (Referee Appointment Secretary, AYL U15 & U16)
A referee on his travels
George Enever, a referee with the Avon Youth League, writes, I have now returned from my trip to referee at the USA Cup in Blaine, Minnesota and just wanted to give you some feedback. Please could you pass on my feedback and gratefulness to any relevant members of the league committee that supported me.
I officiated a total of 30 games across the 8 playing days, averaging about 4 games a day. Of these games 13 were as the referee and 17 as an assistant. All but 1 of the games were completed as a 3-man team, meaning I spent the majority of my time working with a team of new officials. These officials were rarely British and some spoke very little or no English at all. I worked with officials from: China, Jamaica, Portugal, Costa Rica, America, Brazil, Haiti, Britain and Mexico.
There was also the opportunity to referee teams from all over the world that had slightly different perceptions of football and again some spoke very little English. I refereed teams from: Japan, America, Mexico, Canada, Uganda, Costa Rica and Iceland.
Some of the challenges, other than the language barriers, were refereeing in the American summer weather. During the time I was out there, temperatures were rarely under 30 degrees Celsius during the day and at some points reached 35. I also experienced a storm during the tournament and teams and officials had to be rushed indoors during the sudden lightning strikes.
The UK military referee team that I was part of during the tournament won the prize for most contribution by referees, so we were obviously doing a good job. I was also selected to referee at some of the finals and semifinals of the tournament.
Overall, the tournament was a massive success and I really enjoyed my time out there and felt that I learnt a lot. I want to say a massive thank you to all of you that helped me to get there as I feel couldn’t have experienced it all without you. Your support and contributions were greatly appreciated and have helped me become a better and more experienced referee.
I have attached a few photos to this email for you to see. One includes me with a Chinese and an Italian official I worked with, another shows me with an American referee and a Chinese official I refereed with and the other picture shows me with the USA Cup banner.
Denis Wright, Vice Chairman of The Avon Youth League, recently received a cheque in the sum of £1,100 from David Neale, Chief Executive of the Gloucestershire FA. The money contributes to the cost of installing ropes to pitches and other steps being taken in an attempt to support the FA's RESPECT initiative.