The mission of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) is to promote, foster and develop the game of ‘Association Football’ in Ireland and ‘Refereeing’ is an essential part of this undertaking. The objectives of this strategy align with the FAI’s mission which in turn will facilitate and support the attainment of the agreed goals. Whilst there is an obvious and
urgent need for referees to be recruited and retained in order to service the needs of the game, it is equally important that this strategy supports and encourages the continuous development of referees. We have an obligation to ensure that all registered referees are given the opportunity to develop in line with their potential, ability and aspirations.