Jersey-based referees will be given the opportunity to referee upcoming Jersey Bulls fixtures, following an agreement between the Jersey FA and the FA.
Until now, all officials for the Bulls games at Springfield have travelled from England, with significant travel and accommodation costs.
Andy Norman and JFA Referee Development Officer David Brunton will be in the middle for two games next month.
“I think it’s important for local referees to be able to see there is a development pathway,” said Andy Norman.
“Just like many players aspire to test themselves at the top level possible, on or off island, referees are no different and I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”
Andy Norman will take charge for the Bulls’ match against Dorking Wanderers Reserves at Springfield on Saturday 2nd November, with David Brunton set to officiate the game on 23rd November when the Bulls host Cove.
“This is an excellent opportunity for our referees and demonstrates the JFA’s commitment to developing a pathway for local match officials,” said Jersey FA CEO Jean-Luc Desbois.
“Jersey has quality referees and it’s important that we continue to find opportunities for them.”
It is hoped that island-based referees will also be invited over to England to officiate fixtures in the Combined Counties Leagues.