The Malta FA Refereeing Department organised a Talent & Mentor Seminar Weekend at the Pergola Hotel & Spa in Mellieħa between the 28th and 30th March for a select group of promising match officials following an intensive two year programme.
The five referees Darryl Agius, Ismael Barbara, Elvio Degabriele, Alex Johnson and Emanuel Grech, and the 2 assistant referees David Castillo and Jurgen Spiteri, were accompanied by their mentors Gaetano De Gabriele, Alexander Spiteri and Philip Agius.
Director of Refereeing Adrian D. Casha was the main speaker at the seminar. His presentations focused on Teamwork and Cooperation and Handball Considerations, while Referees’ Committee Chairman Charles Agius focused on Body Language.
FIFA Referees Clayton Pisani and Alan Mario Sant addressed participants on The Role of the FIFA Referee and Pre-Match Talk and Preparation, respectively.
Elite Match Officials Trustin Farrugia Cann, Jurgen Spiteri and David Castillo shared their recent Experience at CORE.
An important aspect of the seminar on Saturday 29th March at the Sirens Stadium was the observation of the BOV Division 3 League matches Santa Lucia vs Swieqi United and Sirens vs Mġarr United officiated by the talents taking part in this programme.
MFA Cameraman Mario Pisani provided DVDs of both matches for an in-depth analysis following small group discussions.
Development Officer Victor Mintoff coordinated the seminar.