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