Referees wanted - time to get involved

More officials needed for Kilkenny soccer

Trevor Spillane

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Trevor Spillane

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More referees are needed to help keep soccer running smoothly in Kilkenny.

The final call has gone out for people to become soccer referees in Kilkenny.

With the FAI set to hold a referees beginners course in the Marble City this weekend, people interested in taking up the whistle are encouraged to sign up.

The course will be held in the Aspect Hotel this Saturday and Sunday.

The call for more people to become referees was highlighted in last week's Kilkenny People. With the number of officials at a low level, the time when games are called off in Kilkenny on account of a lack of referees could be closer than many think.

“The day may come when schoolboys teams are told their game is off because a referee isn’t available,” was the message from referees observer Pat Shortall.

“We currently have 19 referees on our registrar,” he said. “Of that 16 are active referees, a number which could drop to 14 by the end of the season. With referees averaging two schoolboys games a day you can’t run a league on 14 officials.”

The course is open to all applicants both male and female aged 16 years and over, with Mr Shortall urging clubs to encourage members who have finished playing to attend.

“This is a chance for people to give something back to football,” he said. “Also, Kilkenny is one of the few leagues in Ireland with no female referees. This is a chance to address that.”

Interested persons can register for this course on fai.ie, where further information is available. Informal enquires can also be made to Pat Shortall, tel 087-2867526 (after 6pm).