WALES U19 LEARNING DISABILITY FOOTBALL TRIALS

Trials will take place on 14 February 2016 to form a new Welsh U19 Learning Disability National Football Squad.

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In order to qualify for the squad players must be aged between 15 and 19 years of age on the 3 April 2016 (i.e. over 15 and under 19 years of age on this date).

Involvement must be supported by a headed letter from a school, college or LEA confirming that the individual has received special education.

To register for the trials please complete the downloadable form and return to the address provided no later than Monday, 8 February 2016.

For further information please contact:
Sam Turner (07931 996681 / LDsquad@welshfootballtrust.org.uk)

Welsh U19 LD Squad Trials Form

FAW HOLDING GROUP TRIALS FOR FEMALE FOOTBALLERS BORN 2000-2003

On 19 February 2016 the Football Association of Wales will be holding age group trials for female football players who were born in or between the years of 2000-2003.

You could be the Wales star of the future.

You could be the Wales star of the future.

In order to qualify for representation of Wales as a nation players must meet any of 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 at the following venue:

Newport Velodrome 3G and Pitch 2
Newport International Sports Village
Newport
South Wales
NP19 4RA

The trials will take place on both a grass pitch and a 3G pitch. Arrival time and estimated departure time will be clarified on assessment of participation numbers. Due to the large number of players attending trials and the limited time we will see each player, we will not be able to provide feedback to individuals. Please do not request this.

Please can any qualifying players fill out the below information sheet and return this to
kat@welshfootballtrust.org.uk no later than Sunday, 31 January 2016.

Player Information Sheet Trials (February 2016)

FEMALE REFEREE COURSES

Female only Referee Courses will take place throughout January and February 2016, providing an excellent opportunity for women to become the next Cheryl Foster, who has been appointed to the FIFA Women’s International List of Referees.

Pictured in previous action for Wales but now Cheryl Foster will represent her country as a FIFA Referee.

Pictured in previous action for Wales but now Cheryl Foster will represent her country as a FIFA Referee.

Foster is also a former Wales International player earning 63 caps and scored 9 goals. She  joins Charlotte Carpenter as the second FIFA Women’s Referee from Wales.

Foster, who has progressed through the successful FAW Referee Development groups said: “When I finished playing there was obviously a huge gap in my life in terms of participating in football. The more I thought about it [becoming a referee], the more I felt I could make a contribution and it would give me that chance to get back on the pitch.

“Playing for Wales was always a huge honour for both myself and my family, so to reach international standard as a referee is just as special and I am very excited.”

The Female only Referee Courses will be taking place at the University of South Wales Sports Park, Treforest Industrial Estate, on the following dates:

January: 4, 11, 18, 25
February: 2, 10, 15, 22

All courses will take place between 7pm and 9pm.

For more information or to book a place on the course, please contact FAW Referee Instructor Ryan Thomas on 07710 412422 or r.thomas6@ntlworld.com.

A YEAR AGO SINCE CARDIFF HOSTED UEFA SUPER CUP

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.