Cheryl Foster has been promoted to the UEFA Elite List of Referees following the revision of the Refereeing Categories by the UEFA Referees Committee for the 2020/21 season.
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As a result, Foster is now recognised as one of the best women referees in Europe. It is a reward for the commitment and hard work that she has put in having made the switch from playing to becoming a match official.
As a player, Foster was capped 63 times by Cymru having made her senior debut in 1997. Foster’s club career saw her play for Bangor City, Liverpool and Doncaster Rovers Belles before retiring in 2013 and deciding to take up the whistle.
Foster was first named on the FIFA international list in December 2015 and became the first female referee in the JD Cymru Premier in August 2018.
Foster can now look forward to seeing what appointments UEFA may give her over the coming months in their European and international competitions.
In response to the news, FAW Referees Manager Phil Thomas, said: “Cheryl is the first Welsh match official to reach UEFA Elite category in the modern era. Since being promoted to the JD Cymru Premier referees list in 2018, Cheryl has excelled within the structure and has the upmost respect from all the players and coaches.
“Cheryl has risen quickly through the UEFA categories and this is testament to the professionalism, attitude, determination and attention to detail that she constantly demonstrates.”
Thomas added that her colleagues will also feel pride in the promotion and said: “Those within the refereeing department at the FAW, along with her colleagues, are exceptionally proud of her achievements and look forward to seeing her appointments in the future. Cheryl has excelled in all of her UEFA matches to date and I have no doubt she will continue to do the same at Elite level.”
Meanwhile, the UEFA Referees Committee also confirmed that Carl Hughes has been promoted into the ‘Futsal Second’ refereeing category by UEFA, achieving the highest rank yet for a Welsh futsal referee.
To find out more on how to become a referee, visit BecomeARef.Wales where you can also sign up for the online course. If you’re looking for inspiration you can also click here to watch an FC Cymru special on match officials.
WATCH: Refereeing can provide great experiences. Cheryl Foster recently refereed in front of 30,000 people in the Netherlands and FC Cymru followed her experience behind the scenes.