Maltese officials to control matches in ADO Den Haag International Youth Tournament

Luke-Portelli-Trustin-Farrugia-CannAs part of the collaboration agreement reached between the Malta FA and Dutch FA Referees’ Departments last month, Elite Referee Trustin Farrugia Cann, assisted by Elite Assistant Referee Luke Portelli, will be in Holland later this week to officiate in the 60th ADO DEN HAAG INTERNATIONAL YOUTH TOURNAMENT.

The tournament is reserved for teams in the Under 20 Category. The participating teams this year are Scotland, Mexico, defending champions Cruzeiro from Brazil, Club Brugge, Legia Warsaw, Swansea City, FK Senica from Slovakia and the hosts ADO Den Haag. All matches are being played at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague.

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The first match for Trustin Farrugia Cann and Luke Portelli will be on Friday 31st May at 1930hrs between Cruzeiro and Scotland from Group B, while on Saturday 1st June at 1400hrs they will officiate the Group A match, Swansea City vs Legia Warsaw. Other appointments for the final matches will be announced after Saturday’s matches.

This is another of the numerous referees’ exchanges started two years ago by the MFA Referees’ Department. Professional Dutch Referee Ed Janssen was here in Malta earlier this month to act as referee of the BOV Premier League match, Floriana vs Qormi, played on Friday 3rd May. Such exchanges are indeed proving to be a fruitful experience for our top match officials, especially the young and upcoming ones earmarked for a FIFA Badge recognition in the years to come.