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Use of Body Language to Aid Match Control
We are proud that the AFA and Losar have been promoting the development of Football Referees London for over 50 years. We run regular practical training sessions.We are delighted to announce that Edward Stone will speak at our next society meeting.
Who is Ed Stone?
Ed qualified as a referee in Reading after a career playing local football in the Thames Valley area. After two seasons he moved to the West Midlands where he quickly gained promotion to Level 4. This afforded him the opportunity to officiate in semi-pro football, both as a Referee and Assistant Referee. Ed has been working with Football Referees London for most of his life.
During this time he became an FA Licenced Instructor and also the CTO (County Training Officer) for Birmingham County FA. In 2001 he was offered the opportunity to work full-time for The FA as one of their Regional Manager’s for referees; a role that gave many years of pleasure in developing programmes of training for referees and turning our referee instructors into FA Tutors.
During this period, Ed was a prime mover for the establishment of Referee Development Officers in each County FA, a legacy that he is justly proud of. Since leaving the Regional Manager’s post, Ed has continued to work as a Referee Tutor with various County FA’s and still delivers Tutor training for The FA.
Ed can be found most Saturday’s either refereeing on the Amateur Football Combination, or running the line on the Suburban League. Recent highlights include refereeing the 2014 Old Boys Senior Cup final and running the line in last season’s Suburban League Cup final.
Away from football Ed enjoys watching cricket and is an active hill walker, enjoying the challenges on offer in the Peak and Lake Districts.
What refereeing topic will Ed talk about?
Ed will focus on how as a referee we may utilise our Body Language to aid with our match control.
The use of body language by match officials will be considered and explored by means of an interactive session where all participants will be encouraged to contribute, whatever their level and experience.
The Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3BU
When will the next training session take place?
The society will gather on Thursday, 10th March from 6:30pm.