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As the majority of domestic football takes a break with the ahead of the upcoming March International window, Gibraltars referees and Match Officials have been put through an intense week of workshops and fitness testing. 

In their own words our Match Officials tell us about the importance of their intense week:

 

 

 

 

Seth Galia - Elite Referee:

“The course of the last week has proven to be a well organised series of events, arranged by the Gibraltar FA Referee Department, ensuring the continuing development of the National League Match Officials. Throughout the week we have been lucky enough to collectively enhance both our physical and theoretical abilities, via practical and fitness training in the Victoria Stadium, and a seminar at the Sunborn Hotel, where we analysed video clips containing various scenarios from both fixtures in our domestic league, and fixtures from UEFA competitions. As well as our fitness testing, we were grateful to have the Gibraltar FA U19 selection attending our training session last night, where they acted out a range of scenarios from the instructions of our referee manager, to simulate a match day environment, and how we would deal with the various incidents that occurred.”

 

 

 

Tim Reoch - Elite Referee:

“It was great to get back together for a seminar and fitness tests during the international break. Monday afternoon was spent in the classroom and on Tuesday we were on the field of play for the fitness tests. In the classroom session, our manager covered plenty of topics and went through various clips from our National League and UEFA games. Having the material from our National league is always very beneficial, the clips get all our officials into conversation and we learn a lot.”

 

 

 

Michael Macias – FIFA Listed Assistant Referee

“This week was a great experience and, in my opinion, vital to the development for all of us referees and AR. Improving our knowledge and fitness. We are improving every day and these workshops are crucial in learning how to manage situations better. The fitness test is never easy but shows at what level we need to be mentally and physically. The integrated session with the U19 GFA put you under pressure and tested our knowledge on the Laws of the Game as some of the scenarios or role plays were to do with scenarios that don’t usually happen on a match. A great learning experience.”

 

 

 

 

The Gibraltar FA's Referee Manager, Adrian Bacarisa commented:

“Although our championship is kept on hold during international breaks referees are nevertheless kept busy.  Having no matches they meet  to collectively analysis their performances and work towards minimising mistakes and getting to be better Referees. This past week we have had a series of events which covered theoretical sessions through a workshop, FIFA fitness tests and an integrated training session using Gibraltar FA U19 players with the support of their Head Coach Malcolm Martin, to role play scenarios as close as possible to match conditions. Our match officials are ready to face the important phase of this season where clubs are competing for UEFA places for next season’s competitions.”