Match Official of The Year
Ella Campbell has been named as Staffordshire FA’s Match Official of The Year for the 2022-23 season.
Her contributions to the world of football officiating have set a new standard for excellence, highlighted by her adept game management, transparent decision-making, and unwavering commitment to fostering a positive and educational environment on the field.
Ella’s prowess as a match official shines through in her impeccable control and management of games. With an innate ability to command the field, Campbell's presence exudes authority and fairness. Her decisions are not merely judgments; they are thoughtfully explained to the players, allowing them to grasp the rationale behind each call. This transparent approach not only upholds the integrity of the game but also nurtures a sense of mutual respect between players and officials.
A distinguishing aspect of Ella Campbell's officiating style is her strategic use of advantage, contributing to the fluidity of the game. She allows play to continue whenever possible, granting teams the opportunity to capitalise on advantageous situations before addressing infringements.
Her dedication to enriching players' understanding of the game goes beyond the field. By engaging in open conversations with players about infringements, she has become a catalyst for knowledge enhancement. This proactive approach not only increases players' awareness of rule interpretations but also allows coaches to develop targeted strategies to minimise infringements.
At the heart of Ella’s officiating philosophy is her commitment to promoting a positive atmosphere throughout the game. Her approach actively encourages positive feedback in the moment, creating a harmonious rapport between players, coaches, and officials.
You can now buy tickets for our second-ever 'Celebrating Staffordshire Football' awards evening on Friday 15th September at Uttoxeter Racecourse. The presentation, which incorporates a three-course-dinner, will showcase and celebrate the outstanding achievements, projects and volunteers across the ever-growing grassroots game we all love.