For quite a few years, the football associations in the Nordic countries have cooperated in a referee exchange programme.
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As a part of this cooperation, a female referee from another Nordic country came to the Faroe Islands for the first time to referee a match in the women’s top flight. Twenty-five-year-old Marit Skurdal from Norway refereed the match between EBS/Skála and 07 Vestur along with her compatriot Niloo Kafili and local assistant referee Heini Viðoy.
The idea has always been to mix visiting referees with local referees so that they can share experiences.
The Norwegians were very pleased with their visit and felt that the referee exchanges between the Nordic countries is a good opportunity for referees to get some experience of refereeing abroad.
Unfortunately, there are no female referees in the Faroe Islands as yet, but the head of refereeing at the Faroe Islands Football Association, Lassin Isaksen, hopes that visits like this by female referees from other Nordic countries will inspire young women in the Faroe Islands to take up refereeing.
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