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North East Ulster Referee Association

The North East Ulster Referees Association was founded on 22 August 1969 with the amalgamation of the Ulster Referees Association and the North East Referees Association. (The Ulster Referees Association was previously founded on 24 October 1949 and the North East Referees Association was founded on 14 November 1952.) We are the largest in the Province with over 400 members currently registered. The Association gathers together all Junior, Intermediate & Senior referees as well as those registered with clubs. The North East Ulster Referees Association takes it membership largely from referees living in Counties Down and Antrim and is affiliated to the Co. Antrim and District Football Association. It is a member of the Northern Ireland Referees Association which is the governing body to which the 4 Divisional Associations must affiliate
Our referees currently officiate in a number of Leagues including the N. I. Football League, Championship, Amateur League, Down Area, Belfast & District & Newcastle Leagues. Over the course of the season we provide help, advice, training & instruction for all our members with the occasional special guest at our Monthly Meetings, which are held every 2nd Monday in the Month at CIYMS, Circular Road, Belfast
Onwards and up wards.!

FIFA Panel of Match Officials 2016

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Congratulations to the following referees who have been con- firmed as being part of the FIFA Panel of Match Officials 2016. Particular congratulations to Rachel Smith who be- comes Northern Ireland’s first female FIFA Official in over ten years and the four new officials on the list for the first time.


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The biggest goal for this strategy is to integrate refereeing at the heart of the foot balling family. We often hear the phrase “without a referee there would be no game” and indeed that is true. However, our goal is ensure that every referee appointed has the right level of knowledge, fitness, respect and education to bring every game to a satisfactory conclusion.

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Laws of the Game 2016 / 2017

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The Ifa workshops will be held at various locations around Northern Ireland and will include a seminar on the new Laws of the Game.



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