Wright and Robinson off to Texas as match officials at youth event

Portadown's Ruth-Anne Wright is heading off to the Dallas Cup.
Portadown's Ruth-Anne Wright is heading off to the Dallas Cup.
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Two referees from Portadown have been accepted to take part in the respected Dallas Cup youth tournament.

Ruth-Anne Wright and Jamie Robinson will spend over a week in America officiating at around 12 games involving teams from across the globe.

Sides confirmed included Liverpool, Everton and Valencia - with around 180 teams split across seven age ranges from the under 13s to under 19s.

For Wright and Robinson, the appeal extends off the pitch as the Dallas Cup offers a golden opportunity to build contacts and discuss the game with leading match officials. Special guests this year include Howard Webb and Mike Riley.

“We will be staying with a family and this year is my second at the tournament but Jamie’s first,” said Wright. “We have support from the Irish Football Association and it is a wonderful chance to officiate different styles from all over the world.

“There are also seminars and group meetings between the match officials that will put us together with some really experienced people.

The final was played in a 90,000-seater stadium so that alone was something special

Ruth-Anne Wright

“I had a brilliant time last year and really enjoyed mixing with people from so many different backgrounds.

“The final was played in a 90,000-seater stadium so that alone was something special.”