I interviewed Adrian Bacarisa earlier about the future if the Gibraltar referees. Below you can find that interview.
Adrian Bacarisa, the Head of Refereeing in the country, hopes that match officials from Gibraltar will become international refs in 2016. Read the interview with him fromDutch Referee Blog.
How important is it for refereeing in your country that Uefa approved Gibraltar as member?
“Its extremely important for Gibraltar Referees. UEFA membership will help in development of our referees to a much higher level on a par with other UEFA member associations.”
When do you expect a referee from Gibraltar on the European referee lists?
“We are aiming to have at least one Gibraltarian Referee on the European Referee List within three years, This will come later tio a football team competing in European competitions as Gibraltarian teams will be playing European competitions in 2014.”
How’s the level of refereeing in Gibraltar compared with other European countries?
“Our level of refereeing compares well against other small nations in Europe bearing in mind that football in Gibraltar is not professional. Gibraltarian Referees do not referee in Spain.
Young referees from Gibraltar will follow a Uefa course in September. Who are the guys? What do you expect after that?
“A refereeing trio will be participating in the CORE 21 programme in October. They are currently working on their fitness levels towards the CORE programme. The trio are: Referee – Tim Reoch, Assistant Referees – Jason Barcelo & Stewart Bonavia. We expect them to be in the Referee international List come 2016.”
In 2014 the Gibraltar RA made this video to recruit referees. I love it.