The first week of the July school holidays saw the Under 14s State Titles competition held in Orange, New South Wales.
ESFARB referee and Maccabi Under 18s player, Ari Jackson was selected by FNSW to referee at this tournament. Twelve referees were chosen based on their performances in FNSW RDP (Referee Development Program) and NPL 1 (National Premier League).
This was an excellent opportunity for Ari to continue his learning and development pathway toward the A-League! We hope Ari will share some of his learning with fellow junior and senior referees who have the same passion and aspirations for their refereeing development.
The referees were accompanied by FNSW Referees Manager and A-League Referee Kris Griffiths-Jones along with FNSW Referees Education Coordinator Robert Nieuwenhuis and former FIFA World Cup Referee and Assessor, Richard Lorenc.
Referees were split into teams of three enabling them to referee 3 games and AR (Assistant Referee) 6 games with all referees assessed and further educated on their 3 games.
Ari has returned to Sydney determined to further pursue his refereeing career and with the assistance and guidance of ESFARB Management Committee and FNSW, we are safe in the knowledge that the ESFA Competition referees of the future will have all education, skill and training opportunities provided to them.