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FA women's refs unprepared & underpaid?
« on: May 28, 2017, 06:54:34 AM »
Chelsea's manager Emma Hayes has criticized the FA's approach to refereeing in the women's game. Even managed to get herself a spot on the Today programme, the home of grumbling :)


"We have referees that are coming into the women's game with zero training and development. They have no meet-ups at the beginning of the season, they have no access to clips so they can't evaluate their performances and they are paid around half what they would be if they were reffing non-league games. ...

"Points for referees [in the men's game] mean promotion or demotion, but in the women's game they get zero marks so there is no real incentive. In addition, there is no understanding that there are massive style differences in the women's game."

Hayes also claims that the refereeing pool for FA women's games is 500-600 and should be reduced.

Well articulated, presuming it's all accurate. It follows from similar complaints by her and London Bees' Dave Edmondson in 2016.

So, what would be the first change you would make? The FA have responded by bigging up their new strategy, launched in March 2017, which includes the creation of a women's refereeing manager. If that was you, what would you do?

Officials need more backing from the FA, says Emma Hayes
(pic: Katie Chan, cc-by-sa)
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