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Super Cup Appointment

Wexford assistant referee Michelle O’Neill will run the line as part of the first female team to take charge of a major men’s European final in the UEFA Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea later this month.

The game, which pits the UEFA Champions League holders against the winners of the UEFA Europa League, is seen as a curtain-raiser to the new football season.

O’Neill referees in the FAI Continental Tyres Women’s National League and is an assistant ref in the SSE Airtricity League.

She will again assist match referee Stéphanie Frappart, as she did in the women’s World Cup final between the USA and the Netherlands, at Beşiktaş Park in Istanbul on 14 August.

Manuela Nicolosi of France will be the other assistant referee while Turkish man Cuneyt Cakir is the fourth official.

“I have said on many occasions that the potential for women’s football has no limits and I am delighted that Stéphanie Frappart has been appointed to officiate at this year’s UEFA Super Cup along with assistant referees Manuela Nicolosi and Michelle O’Neil,” said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin.

“As an organisation, we place the utmost importance on the development of women’s football in all areas. I hope the skill and devotion that Stéphanie has shown throughout her career to reach this level will provide inspiration to millions of girls and women around Europe and show them there should be no barriers in order to reach one’s dream.”

UEFA chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti praised Frappart’s ability as an official and said she “fully deserves” the opportunity to oversee such a high-profile fixture.

“Stéphanie has proved over a number of years that she is one of the best female referees, not just in Europe but across the world,” said Rosetti.

“She has the ability to officiate on the biggest stage, as she proved at this year’s Women’s World Cup final. I hope this match in Istanbul will provide her with yet more experience as she enters the prime of her refereeing career.”

Frappart created history domestically in France when she became the first female referee to officiate a Ligue 1 match, between SC Amiens and RC Strasbourg in April. She has been promoted to join the pool of Ligue 1 referee on a permanent basis for the 2019/20 season.

However, the 35-year-old Frappart is not the first female referee assigned to a men’s UEFA competition match. That was Switzerland’s Nicole Petignat who refereed three UEFA Cup qualifying round games between 2004 and 2009.

Euro 2020 Volunteers

EURO 2020 is coming to Ireland next year as we’ve won the rights to host 4 games at the Aviva Stadium. For such a large event we’ll need lots of volunteers, and with nearly 300 volunteer interviews already completed, our recruitment campaign is well under way.

As you know, football would be nothing in this country without the volunteers who put in the hours throughout our leagues and clubs around the country.

The commitment and enthusiasm from everyone involved in football in Ireland is exactly the type of thing we want to showcase at EURO 2020 next year, when the eyes of the world are on Dublin.

Therefore, we’re encouraging you, T.J., as the Secretary of the Irish Soccer Referees Society, to help get the football family involved in EURO 2020.

Please spread the word throughout all the clubs and individuals in your league, so we can bring on board the best volunteers possible, to really showcase Ireland as a destination for major events like this.

For more information on volunteering at EURO 2020 and the roles available, here is the link to send on: https://euro2020.fai.ie/volunteers/

To go straight into registration follow this link: https://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro-2020/about/volunteers/

For any more details or info contact uefavolunteers@fai.ie

Many thanks,

EURO 2020 Volunteer Team

Cup Final Appointments

Congratulations to the following referees who officiated at Cup Finals on Sunday 5th May

Gwyn Jones Cup final

Referee         Pat Cashman
Ass.Referee  Jimmy o Neill
Ass Referee   Ger Cleary
4th Official      Stephen Burke

Billy Browne Cup Final

Referee         Fran Sinnott
Ass.Referee   Peter o Rourke
Ass.Referee   Pat Sinnott
4th Official      Seamus Kelly
Best wishes to the following referees  officiating in Cup Finals Next weekend

Youth Cup Final

Referee            Nicky Boland
Ass.Referee     Martin Kenny
Ass.Referee     John Diskin
4th Official        David Jenkins

Niall o Sullivan Cup Final

Referee             Barry Hennessy
Ass.Referee      Brendan Holahan
Ass.Referee      John Wafer
4th Official         Alan Franklin
Congratulations from all your colleagues in the branch.

FAI Junior Cup Final Appointment

Congratulations to Derek Campion on being appointed to the FAI Junior Cup Final as Assistant Referee in the Avila Stadium this Saturday 11th May.

Off to the Kennedy Cup

Congratulations to one of our newest members, Luke Whitty who has been chosen to participate at this years Kennedy Cup. Best of luck from all your colleagues in the branch.

Liverpool Legends

Congratulations to our very own Brian Fenlon who was recently appointed as part of the trio who officiated at the Liverpool V Rep of Ireland legends game. Bobby as he is more commonly known as is a huge Liverpool fan and it was quite an honour to be chosen for this prestigious appointment. From all your friends in the branch, we extend our heartiest congratulations.

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Referees Beginners Courses

A referees beginners course will take place in Carlow, Dublin & Wicklow in June. Full details can be viewed by clicking on the links below

Upcoming Referees Course Carlow

Upcoming Referees Course Dublin

Upcoming Referees Course Wicklow

Airtricity League Fixtures

This weekends League of Ireland fixtures with the assigned officials

Airtricity league Fixtures

50th Anniversary of the Branch

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Wexford Branch of the ISRS and to celebrate this landmark occasion, a dinner dance will be held on the 8/6/2019 in the Talbot Hotel. Tickets €35. All are welcome, including members past and present.  Please contact TJ to book your place on 087 8102598.

FAI Grassroots Module

The next grassroots module takes place in the Talbot Hotel on March 4th. For those who cannot make that date, the module will take place in the Roanmore Centre, Waterford on February 26th @ 7pm, and also on April 1st in the Talbot Hotel, Carlow @ 7-30pm. Remember, your attendance at the modules is compulsory, so if you cannot make Wexford, you must inform Charlie or TJ as quickly as possible to arrange your alternative venue.

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