National appointment for Norfolk Futsal Referee

Norfolk Futsal Referee Tim Sadler has been selected to be part of the team of four officials that will Referee the Women’s FA National Play-off finals

The semi-finals taking place on Saturday 17 June will see South London Ladies take on Bath at 10.30am (Referee – Tamzin Readett; Referee 2 – Sean Peloe; 3rd Referee – Aivarus Lukauskis; Timekeeper – Tim Sadler) and Tyneside take on Preston Newall  at 2.55pm (Referee – Aivarus Lukauskis; Referee 2 – Tim Sadler; 3rd Referee – Tamzin Readett; Timekeeper – Sean Peloe).

The quartet will then take charge of the final which will take place on Sunday 18 June at 2pm. 

We caught up with Tim to find out more about his journey and his thoughts on the exciting news.

Tim first got involved in Futsal refereeing in 2013 when after completing the Futsal conversion course he was a Referee in the first NCFA & SNYFL U16 Futsal Competition. Tim then admits that he had caught the Futsal bug and wanted to get more involved.

After getting in touch with Norfolk FA and The FA to discover further opportunities, he began refereeing in the County 5IVES Futsal league at the UEA Sportspark and was able to begin officiating in fixtures for the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues. Through this Tim received his first appointment for The FA National League and has since decided to specialise in Futsal officiating.

“Through refereeing in the County 5IVES and BUCS leagues I received my first national appointment and I’ve not looked back since!

“After successfully completing my first full season on The FA National League I was promoted to Level 3 Futsal Referee, I then made the decision to specialise in Futsal and as a result 11-a-side refereeing has taken a back seat. 

Tim’s progress in Futsal has been fast but he’s excited at the prospect and encourages more people to get involved.

"I’m still a little shocked, but I’m delighted with such a great appointment after only just completing my second full season on The FA National League.

“I love Futsal and would encourage any player, coach or official to get involved as it's such a quick, skilful and exciting game to be a part of – it’s addictive!"  

For more information surrounding the opportunities in Futsal, please email .

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