Additional Assistant Referees are to be used for the first time in local football as the NI Football League announced plans to introduce them for the third round of the Wasp Solutions League Cup.
In partnership with the Irish FA, this pilot initiative will see additional Assistant Referees deployed for the remainder of this seasons Wasp Solutions League Cup alongside the Irish Cup from the fifth onwards.
As this is a pilot initiative between the NI Football League and the Irish FA, the additional costs will be centrally funded, which means no extra cost to clubs here.
Vice-chairman of the Premiership Management Committee, Stephen Bell, welcomed the new initiative and is looking forward to seeing it in action.
“The use of additional Assistant Referees is now commonplace in many of the top competitions across Europe and I am pleased the NI Football League is now part of that elite group. If they are good enough for the Champions League,, we should at least be prepared to see what benefit these Additional Assistants can bring to our game. The pressure is constant for referees to make the right decision first time every time and if these extra officials can help deliver that, then the game as a whole can only benefit,” said Bell.
Round three: Ards v. Dungannon Swifts; HW Welders v. Bangor; Knockbreda v. Portadown; Crusaders v. Coleraine; Institute v. Ballinamallard United; Carrick Rangers v. Cliftonville; Glenavon v. Glentoran; Ballymena United v. Ballyclare Comrades
All games will be played on Tuesday, 7th October.