Adrian Waters: West Herts to Wembley
Hertfordshire FA referee Adrian Waters made his Wembley debut last Sunday, as an assistant in the FA Vase Final between Stockton and Thatcham Town.
Currently a Football League assistant referee, he began his officiating career like many other Hertfordshire youngsters, passing his course back in 2004 at age 14. He spent his first two years refereeing youth football, in the Watford Friendly League and at the Hertfordshire Referees Academy at Watford and Arsenal.
By the time Adrian was 16, he was reffing matches in the Berkhamsted Sunday Football League and running the line in the Spartan South Midlands Football League, where he stepped up as a referee aged 19, as well as the Hertfordshire Senior County League.
Adrian received a promotion to Level 4 at the age of 20, and a year later became a Level 3 referee. He spent four years refereeing at this level, in contributory leagues such as the Isthmian and Southern Leagues before specialising as an assistant referee on the Football League in the 2016/17 season.
As an assistant, he spent two seasons on the Conference South and another year on the National Conference League before reaching the Football league as an assistant in 2015/16. Closer to home, Adrian has also taken charge of the Hertfordshire Senior Cup Final, Charity Shield Final and Junior Cup Finals.
"The game last Sunday in the FA Vase and the appointment next Monday at Wembley for the League Two Play Off Final are my career highlights to date. The honour of officiating at the home of football representing the FA, Hertfordshire FA and my family, friends and colleagues is a honour and a privilege I shall always remember!"
Adrian will be returning to Wembley on Monday as an assistant referee, as Coventry take on Exeter City for a place in EFL League One next season.
Congratulations Adrian, from everyone at Hertfordshire FA Headquarters and good luck!
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