Maltese Referee at European Armed Forces Football Championship

Monday, December 17, 2012, 10:59

MFA Category 3 Referee Martin Borg, as an Armed Forces of Malta Official, was appointed for the International Military Sports Council (CISM) World Football Trophy group qualification matches which took place in Galway, Republic of Ireland, between the 19 and 23 November 2012.


The qualification group consisted of three matches between the Irish Defence Forces, German Armed Forces and Dutch Armed Forces.


The three teams had soldiers under the scheme of Soldier Athletes. Germanyand The Netherlands had players who are in academies of big clubs such as Bayern Munich and Ajax Amsterdam.  All players compete in their domestic leagues which are of a higher level when compared to that inMalta.

The other referee with Martin Borg was Zamo Romain (France); Decland Toland (Republic of Ireland) was Assistant Referee, while Kenneth Hennessy and Reuben McManus (both from the Republic of Ireland) were 4th Officials.


Referee Martin Borg was involved in the three matches of the tournament as follows:


19 November – Republic of Ireland vs The Netherlands (0-2) at Athlone Town Stadium   Referee – Zamo Romain, Assistant Referees – Decland Toland and Martin Borg,  Fourth Official – Kenneth Hennessy.


21 November – Germany vs The Netherlands (1-0) at Eamonn Deacy Park                      Referee – Martin Borg, Assistant Referees– Zamo Romain and Decland Toland, Fourth Official – Reuben McManus.


23 November – Germany  vs  Republic of Ireland (1-1) at Salthill Devon in Drom              Referee – Zamo Romain, Assistant Referees – Martin Borg and Decland Toland, Fourth Official – Reuben McManus.


Background Information


The CISM World Football Trophy was launched in replacement of the CISM Football championship.  The 1st CISM World Football Trophy 2013 is going to be organised in the capital city Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan.


The CISM Azerbaijan Delegation has regularly hosted important CISM events such as the CISM World Military Boxing Championship in 2009, and the CISM European Conference in 2010.


The CISM World Football Trophy will be a 16-team tournament played on two weeks – the first week being dedicated to the group phase while the second week will host the quarter, semi and final matches.


The 16 teams will be selected according to various criteria such as the continental representation and the last results at CISM competitions.


The exact playing dates have not been announced yet.

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