Over the past season the FAW and FA Futsal referees have been in an exchange program involving referees and assessors working with World Cup Final and UEFA Elite referee Marc Birkett along with first year FIFA Referee Peter Nurse and UEFA Observer Sean Dipple.

This accumulated in also our FIFA Referee Valentin Cuiplea officiating in the FA’s Super league.

FAW Futsal Referee Development Officer Ryan Thomas and Valentin Cuiplea were recently invited to attend the FA’s first ever Futsal Referee Conference at the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall.

Topics included the difference between futsal and football on certain Laws, which was presented by special guest UEFA Futsal Referee co-ordinator Pedro Galan Nieto.

Ryan Thomas said of the conference: “This has been a very educational experience, which we will take back to our own referees in the up and coming season.

“It has also helped to build more relationships with the FA and UEFA and my thanks must go to Sean Dipple, Rodger Vaughn, Ian Blanchard, Dave Dixon, Marc Birkett, Ian Vaines, and the FAW for giving us permission to continue this agreement.

“I must also especially thank Pedro for taking the time to come over and share his vast knowledge, and we look forward to continuing this arrangement in the up and coming season.”

If you’re already a football referee and would like to become a Futsal Referee, conversion courses are available.

If you’re generally interested in becoming a referee, please also get in touch.

Ryan Thomas, Futsal Referee Development Officer, cab be contacted by email at r.thomas6@ntlworld.com or on 07710 412422

Conversion Courses for qualified football officials


South Wales
Date – September 14th
Venue – USW Treforest Sports Complex
Time – 7pm – 10pm

West Wales
Date – September 17th
Venue – Sports Centre, USW trinity St David, Carmarthen
Time – 7pm – 10pm

North West Wales
Date – September 21st
Venue – Maesglas sports centre, Bangor
Time – 7pm – 10pm

North East Wales
Date – September 28th
Venue – Glyndwr University,
Time – 7pm – 10pm

FAW Futsal Referee poster 2015


IMG_4503Dai Griffiths, the FAW’s Equipment Manager, has given himself a cycling challenge to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of former Wales National Team backroom staff member David Williams, who sadly passed away in February.

Speaking about his challenge, that will take place on 20 February 2016, Dai said: “I aim to cycle from Caernarfon Castle to Chepstow Castle, which is 190 miles, to raise funds for Macmillan and their continuation to find a cure for cancer.

“I am dedicating the journey to my friend and colleague David Williams, who lost his life after a short illness in February. He was and always will be my friend and my colleague.

“I would also like to help all those who are currently fighting the big fight and keep believing in the battle against cancer.”

Dai is looking to raise £2000 for the charity and has currently achieved 20% of his target.

If you’d like to help Dai in this challenge by giving a donation, please visit CLICK HERE.

Everyone at the Football Association of Wales wishes Dai luck in his cycling challenge for a worthy cause.


Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 15.15.56As Barcelona and Sevilla get set to meet each other in the UEFA Super Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia tonight (11 August 2015), it’s incredible to reflect that it has already been a year since Real Madrid and Sevilla came to Cardiff.

Gareth Bale of course featured in the Real Madrid team that won the game 2-0 in his home city to lift the UEFA Super Cup.

Check out the gallery from last season’s UEFA Super Cup below and read the match report that appeared on faw.cymru below.

Real Madrid lifted the UEFA Super Cup in Cardiff on a cool August evening, with a display of top-class football against opponents, who gave them a match, but were not able to compare with the team of all-stars that Carlo Ancelotti has at his disposal.

Cardiff City Stadium was a fitting stage for the two Spanish teams to serve-up a feast of football over the ninety minutes, to excite a passionate crowd of 30,854.

The opening exchanges were almost all in favour of Real Madrid, but Sevilla goalie, Beto, was on fine form and kept Ronaldo and Bale at bay until the 30th minute, when a wonderful finish from close-range from the Portuguese star made it 1-0 to Real Madrid. From then-on for the rest of the first half, it was all from the men in white. Cardiff boy Bale was prominent in many of the moves, but understandably was well marked by the Sevilla defenders.

The second half was only minutes old when Renaldo hit an unstoppable shot past the Sevilla keeper to make it 2-0. From then-on, Real Madrid took complete control of the game. Substitutions came thick and fast as both players used their squads to give as much early-season practice as possible.

Sevilla fought hard, but on the night were not able to take their few chances and Real Madrid ran-out comfortable winners.

The celebrations that followed were exuberant and showed how much the trophy meant to the winners. Cardiff had put on a show for the visiting UEFA dignitaries and proven that showpiece games can be held in Wales.

Real Madrid: Casillas, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Ronaldo, Kroos, Benzema, Rodriguez, Bale, Carvajal, Modric.
Subs: Navas, Varane, Marcelo, Arbeloa, Di Maria, Isco, Illarramendi.

Sevilla: Beto, Fazio, Navarro, Krychowiak, Carrico, Bacca, Suarez, Vitolo, Pareja, Parreu, Coke.
Subs: Barbosa, Figueiras, Reyes, Samperio, Iborra, Aspas, Luismi.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England)

Following the success of the UEFA Super Cup, Cardiff can now look forward to hosting the UEFA Champions League Final in 2017.



South Wales Police FC used monies received from the FAW Kickback scheme to help pay for their involvement in the World Police and Fire Games that recently took place in Fairfax, Virginia, USA.

The Games take place every two years and involve over 10,000 competitors in over 60 different sports. The opening ceremony took place at the RFK stadium in Washington in front of 25,000 people where the South Wales team paraded in full uniform led by the Wales and south Wales police flags.

On the field hopes were high after securing the silver medal in New York in 2011 but after progressing from the group stages the team lost to Singapore police in the first knock out round.

The group gave a great account of themselves on and off the pitch and represented SWP, Wales and themselves immaculately.

The next Games are in Montreal in 2017 and SWPFC already plan to take part again.

FAW Kickback: Clubs and schools in Wales can apply for home international match tickets under the Kickback Scheme, thereby earning 25% cashback from the total cost of tickets purchased. For more information please email: membership@faw.co.uk.


The West Wales Football Association will hold a New Referees Training Course on Tuesday, 4 August at Haverfordwest Cricket Club.

The course will consist of eight two hour sessions on a weekly basis between 6.30pm and 8.30pm with Referees Instructor Brian Hawkins.

Once the course is completed, it will be possible to progress through the system and even potentially progress to the FIFA International List of Referees and Assistant Referees. This gives match officials the opportunity to officiate in all parts of Europe and on occasions in other parts of the world.

Referees Courses operate throughout the year across the whole of Wales and if you are interested in becoming a Referee, please contact FAW Referees Manager Ray Ellingham, REllingham@faw.co.uk.


Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Haverfordwest Cricket Club, Dale Road, Haverfordwest, SA61 1HZ

6.30pm to 8.30pm

£15 to register at first session

If you would like to attend, or for further information, please contact David Rees:
01792 207224
07974 963361

Alternatively, you can contact Brian Hawkins:
01646 698075


Blog post by: Andrew Howard (Head of Competitions) / @theandrewhoward

Ian Sheridan scored for Bala Town in their 2-0 win over FC Differdange.

Ian Sheridan scored for Bala Town in their 2-1 win over FC Differdange.

The last fortnight has seen tangible progress for the Dafabet Welsh Premier League.

From our 8 UEFA matches to date, we have won 5, drawn 1 and lost two. To put that into context, last season we drew one and lost seven!

The New Saints won both of their Champions League legs against the Faroe Islands champions and now face Hungarian champions Videoton next week (Tuesday, 14 July).

Newtown won 2-1, both home and away against Valetta of Malta, progressing to the Europa League 2nd Qualifying Round.

Airbus UK Broughton had the toughest draw against a strong Croatian team, Lokomotiva Zagreb, and lost 3-1 last week. However, they gained an excellent 2-2 draw yesterday evening away, as they were knocked out.

Bala Town won 2-1 on Thursday night (9 July) but a last kick of the game goal by Differdange saw Bala crash out in heartbreaking fashion 4-3, where away goals would have seen Bala through.

TNS and Newtown both sold out their matches to 1,150 and 1,400 capacity. Bala had over 1,000 for their match.

The financial rewards for the clubs to date are:

TNS – €750,000
Newtown – €410,000
Bala and Airbus – €200,000

We have also gained 1.375 coefficient points this season, which helps our club UEFA rankings. The highest in my 13 seasons involved was 0.825.

So with all the excellent news with Euro Qualifiers, top ten rankings, Champions League Final; we are also experiencing some great highs on the domestic front too. Long may it all continue!

Read more:
The New Saints Power Through in UEFA Champions League
Newtown Progress in the UEFA Europa League

For more information on the Dafabet Welsh Premier League, please click here.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The Football Association of Wales will be holding age group trials for female football players who were born in or between the years of 1998-2000. To attend the trials, players must meet the the following criteria:

  • They were born in Wales or
  • They have a parent who was born in Wales or
  • They have a grandparent who was born in Wales or
  • They have undergone compulsory education in Wales (primary or secondary under the age of 16) for a minimum of 5 years

The trials will be held on Saturday, 18 July 2015 at:

Centre for Sporting Excellence
Ystrad Mynach
CF82 7EP

The trial will take place on a grass pitch. Arrival time and and estimated departure time will be clarified on assessment of participation numbers.

For further information and an application form, please email claire.osullivan@faw.co.uk. Closing date for application is 13 June 2015.