One new referee, three new assistant referees on FIFA Panel — Clayton Pisani, Alan Mario Sant promoted

| December 18th, 2014 | 2 Comments »

referees-uniforms2013After losing one referee and two assistant referees from the FIFA Panel, Malta will once again have four referees and eight assistant referees following the inclusion of referee Adrian Azzopardi and assistant referees Jurgen Spiteri, Duncan Sultana and Roberto Vella. Meanwhile referees Clayton Pisani and Alan Mario Sant were promoted to Category One and Category Two.

Marco Borg, Clayton Pisani and Alan Mario Sant were confirmed as FIFA Referees, Alan Camilleri, William Debattista, Mitchell Scerri, Edward Spiteri and Ingmar Spiteri as FIFA Assistant Referees, Esther Azzopardi as FIFA Woman Referee, Franco Cachia as FIFA Futsal Referee, Stefan Pace and Jude Amin Utulu as FIFA Beach Soccer Referees.

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Malta climbs one place in FIFA Ranking

| December 19th, 2014 | No Comments »

bulgaria-malta141115pzcMalta ended 2014 in the 147th place in the last FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking for 2014. Therefore Malta climbed another place after climbing nine places nine month thanks to the 1-1 draw with Bulgaria.

However among the other European countries, Malta is still ranked third from bottom, ahead of San Marino (179, up 1) and Andorra (201). Lying just ahead of Malta are Moldova (121, down 1), Georgia (125, up 1), Luxembourg (128, up 1), Liechtenstein (132, down 2), Azerbaijan (135) and Kazakhstan (139).

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Six-month ban for Noel Coleiro

| December 19th, 2014 | No Comments »

MFAPietà Hotspurs coach Noel Coleiro was handed a six-month ban following an argument at the end of the BOV Premier League match between the Hotspurs and Floriana last Saturday as the two sets of players were heading towards the dressing room.

Coleiro was reported for head-butting Steve Pisani during an argument between the two. The argument sparked a fight between a number of players and officials from the two teams until the police intervened to calm the situation.

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Coaching scholarship for coaches in women’s football

| December 18th, 2014 | No Comments »

girls-festival-xmas2012Given the lack of qualified female coaches working in women’s football, providing an adequate supply of females in this sector is without doubt a challenge that many countries face.

The FIFA Women’s Football Survey 2014 showed that the number of female coaches in football is very low, with only 7% of registered coaches from the 177 associations that participated being female, while the results also showed that successful member associations in women’s football have a higher level of participation of women at coaching levels. On the other hand, the UEFA Women’s Football Survey 2013-2014 showed that coaching in women’s football remains dominated by male coaches, with 78% of the coaches of the national Under-17, Under-19 and senior teams being male. Within most national associations, male coaches outnumber female coaches.

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Hamrun Nursery organises seventeenth Firetech Christmas Festival

| December 18th, 2014 | No Comments »

Firetech-2014The Hamrun Spartans Nursery has once again organised the Firetech Football Festival at the Victor Tedesco Stadium, Hamrun. The seventeenth edition of this festival was spread over four days and included matches for the 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 categories.

A total of 26 teams from 10 different football nurseries took part in this event. All matches were played in a friendly atmosphere and parents could enjoy the surroundings at the new premises of the Hamrun Nursery.

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Futsal Knock-Out: Holders Balzan progress to quarter-finals

| December 18th, 2014 | No Comments »

futsal2014myvcrfybdecHolders Balzan had a firing start in the second round of the Knock-Out competition after seeing off neighbours Lija Athletics 5-1.

Balzan opened a double advantage in the first minutes of the game through well-taken goals by Frane Despotovic and Nicola del Re. Lija reacted immediately and after a defensive blunder, Zeljko Anicic hit the target from close range.
Eight seconds from the end of the first half, Eslam Khalifa netted Balzan’s third goal.

In the second half, Lija pushed forward in search of the goal that would put them back in contention but Balzan’s keeper Nicholas Farrugia performed a string of important saves to keep his goalpost intact. Despite Lija’s continuous efforts, Balzan kept their composure and managed to score their fourth goal from Glenn Bonello after a great counter attack. Eslam Khalifa completed a personal brace to secure Balzan’s qualification for the next round.

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Vacancies for coaches at Marsaskala FC Youth Nursery

| December 18th, 2014 | No Comments »

mskala-nurseryDue to an increase in the registration of various children at the Marsaskala FC Youth Nursery, the club invites applications from qualified coaches for various coaching duties.

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