Ian Pascu will be taking the flag on 3 March for Russia vs. Netherlands whilst Ashley List will officiate Netherlands vs. Great Britain on 5 March.
Both officials were selected from an active pool, after applying to be considered for regional Cerebral Palsy events.
Ashley has officiated regularly on Cerebral Palsy matches and was last year selected to take part in the World Championship in the summer. See the story here.
The referees that form the pool for selection undergo specific training to referee Cerebral Palsy matches. Some of the most notable differences lay within the match/competition rules. Games are 7-a-side, as opposed to standard 11-a-side, there are no offsides and there are specific requirements with respect to the number of players from a specific classification of cerebral palsy who can be fielded by a team at one time. Ashley commented: “The standard is very high; especially at an international level, and requires refereeing like any other fixture.”
Delighted with their selection, Ashley said: “I am extremely proud. This is yet another great opportunity to referee firstly in an international competition and secondly at a fantastic venue, with the competition significant to the preparation for all three teams/countries involved for the Paralympics.
“Refereeing in general has provided many great memories and opportunities to date, yet my involvement with Cerebral Palsy football has enabled me to apply my experience and skill on an international stage which I'm immensely proud to have achieved.”
Colin Hills, Cambridgeshire Referees’ Officer said: “We’re pleased that Ashley and Ian have been selected for these matches. It’s wonderful to see our referees gaining experience within different sectors of the refereeing world. There are many opportunities for referees – it’s not just about your Saturday or Sunday 11v11 – so it’s great that Ashley and Ian can represent Cambridgeshire at St George’s Park.”
Ian Pascu added: “I was incredibly pleased to be selected to officiate this game. It is a reward for the hard work put in throughout the season. It will be a fantastic experience to officiate two international teams which will certainly aid my refereeing development.”