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Football Association of Wales

Football Association of Wales

Match Officials Manager


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Posting Date

Sep 15, 2023

Role description

The Role

The FAW is looking to recruit a Match Officials Manager who will lead all functions of refereeing at National Level in Wales including the delivery of all related strategic objectives, the training and development of Referees at elite level,  overseeing the referee appointments for the National Leagues and National Cups along with the Match Officials Coordinator and to manage the day to day function of refereeing for the Association.

The FAW are members of the UEFA Referee Convention and must continue to meet all of its requirements. The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring compliance of the UEFA Referee Convention and tasked with developing new ideas to further establish the FAW’s commitment to the project.

In Service Training and Education (ISTE) of referees and assessors are key elements of the job and the successful candidate will be responsible for organising and delivering at ISTE sessions in accordance with the UEFA Referee Convention.

The Match Officials Manager will also work closely with the Match Officials Recruitment and Retention Executive to develop innovative ways to develop recruitment and retention and increase the number of registered referees in Wales. The successful candidate will also be responsible for ensuring that the referee educators are suitably trained to the FAW standards.

The Football Association of Wales (FAW)

The Football Association of Wales (FAW) is the governing body of football in Wales and is responsible for promoting and developing the game at all levels from grass roots through to the professional game, including the Welsh Premier League and all International Teams. Founded in 1876 the FAW is the third oldest Association in the World, founder members of FIFA and UEFA, and together with the other British Associations is one of the Board Members of the International Football Association Board (IFAB).

The FAW is governed by a Board of Directors made up of an Independent Chair, the CEO, two Independent Non-Executives, the four Officers of the FAW and three elected Members. The FAW Board is responsible to the Shareholders of the FAW called the FAW Council. The Council is made up of elected and nominated representatives from Welsh Football. The FAW Council, with the FAW Executive, manages football related activities through a series of committees. The CEO has the responsibility to manage the business and all staff employed by the FAW.

The FAW is a Limited Company responsible for the development of football in Wales. With over 100 full time staff and operating in over 50 countries, it has doubled group turnover in the past 5 years to £20m per annum. Its main sources of income are through FIFA, UEFA, grants, sponsorship and TV revenue. The FAW was responsible for bringing the UEFA Champions League final 2017 to Wales; it was then largest sports event in the world in 2017, staged in the smallest city, hosted by the smallest Association and the smallest country since the competition’s creation.

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