Youngsters set to ref in England
TWO young local soccer referees will soon leave on the trip of a lifetime organised by former top whistle-blower Adam Coupe, who is spending 12 months in England.
Sam Murphy, 17, and Sam Osborne, 16, will control games in the Nottingham Forest FC and Notts County Centre of Excellence, Nottingham Senior League and Nottingham Young Elizabethan League.
They are expected to be appointed to up to 15 games during their 20-day trip.
Both are rising stars as assistant referees (formerly known as linesmen) but hope to get a chance to be the centre referee in some games.
Murphy hopes to also meet and train with some of the 18 elite referees and 30 best assistant referees in Europe.
The pair will get to see five English Premier League games and UEFA Champions League games including Chelsea v Valencia and Manchester City v Bayern Munich.
They will leave Australia on November 30 and return on December 20.
That is, unless they impress Nottingham FA scouts, who are always looking to identify match officials capable of handling the pressure of making decisions in front of fanatical fans in packed stadiums.