the norway cup
The Norway Cup is the world’s largest football tournament for children and young people. Organized by Bækkelagets Sportklub and it started in 1972 with 420 teams and 8,400 participants and has since continued to grow, with 2016 being their record year reaching 2,199 teams. This year a Jersey FA young referee and two senior officials travelled over 2000km to officiate in the prestigious tournament.
The referees are dived into class’s, depending on what division or level they are currently refereeing at. The week consists of refereeing 3 – 5 games a day, either as a referee or as an assistant referee.
Referee Development Centre graduate Mikey Pih, accompanied by senior officials Luke Nerac and Thomas Nerac travelled over 2000km to officiate in the prestigious tournament.
Jersey FA Referee Michael Pih said; “I first heard about Norway Cup at a referee committee meeting from Luke Nerac who has attended for a number years.”
“It was a great experience refereeing in a foreign country, refereeing teams from different countries (e.g. Norway, Ghana and Estonia) and working in teams of mixed nationalities (e.g. German, Dutch and Macedonian)."
Michael Pih added; “I learnt a lot during the week as a Referee and Assistant and even got a game shown live on Norwegian TV! Although it’s a hard week refereeing approximately 3-6 games a day, I’d recommend the opportunity to attend the tournament to any referee wishing to gain experience, confidence and improve on existing skills. ”
The Norway Cup provides young referees a fantastic opportunity in their development and the Jersey FA would like to thank everyone involved in this year’s Norway Cup.
If you would like to take part in future competitions like the Norway Cup you must first complete the referee basic training course and start your refereeing journey, then you can apply to the tournament to be eligible to participate. The next FA Basic Referee Course runs from the evening of the 7th of September to the 9th of September. Click here to sign up today.