The Liechtenstein Football Association's (LFV) first Referee Day at the tail end of last year proved a rousing success.
To mark the occasion, all the referees affiliated to the principality's seven clubs were invited to a one-day seminar to work together on their theoretical and practical skills. There was an excellent turnout with no fewer than 16 referees, over half of those registered in Liechtenstein, taking up the invitation.
"We are convinced that it was a really successful day," said the LFV's grassroots competition and social events manager Sandra Schwendener. "We tried to include all components, for instance practical training for all of the referees led by Patrick Lenherr (LFV conditioning and coordination coach), followed by lunch together and later a theoretical element with a quiz on the rules. The day ended with a highlight when Andreas Schluchter from the referee commission of the Swiss Football Association and a UEFA mentor, held an exciting presentation."
In 2009, the LFV created its own referee committee with the aim of paving the way for the association to sign the UEFA Convention on Referee Education and Organisation. The subsequent goal was to ensure the LFV could manage the training and organisation of Liechtenstein's referees in line with the principles laid down by the convention.
"With this day we wanted to convey that we value their work a lot. At the same time the referees had the chance to get to know each other, exchange experiences and spend a diversified day together," said Schwendener.
This designated Referee Day was the latest measure taken by the LFV in its pursuit of producing another FIFA referee to follow in the footsteps of Roland Beck. As well as receiving theoretical and practical tuition, the 16 officials heard from guest speaker and former Swiss Super League referee Schluchter and also received a presentation on the referee convention by UEFA representative and vice-president of the Luxembourg Football Federation, Charles Schaack.
"We will have another Referee Day on 12 November 2011," Schwendener confirmed. "This shall become a regular event in our association calendar and we are convinced that even more referees will take part next time."
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