Alan Patchell is an elite football referee from the Republic of Ireland. He officiates primarily in the League of Ireland and he has been on the Elite Referee Panel since 2016. He took up refereeing in 2008 and joined the Dublin branch of the Irish Soccer Referees Society (ISRS). He has refereed in local leagues including the Leinster Senior League. Alan then joined the League of Ireland Elite Referee Panel in 2016 while participating in the FAI Referee’s School of Excellence. Since then he has officiated matches in the League of Ireland Premier and First Divisions. In 2019, he was selected for UEFA CORE. This is an elite programme where referees are selected to represent their country to travel to UEFA HQ in Switzerland for a number of assessments and tests spread on a modular basis. This is designed for the best young referees in Europe who have the ability to become FIFA international referees and be able to make the FIFA list.
- Elite Referee Panel
- FAI Referee School of Excellence
- ISRS Member
- UEFA CORE
“I hope to referee the FAI cup final in the not to distant future. This is the national cup final in the country and it would be a fantastic achievement if I could do this. Internationally I hope to receive a FIFA badge soon. This would elevate me to the international list of referees and enable me to referee matches at international, Champions League and Europa League level. Refereeing is a very important of football. I feel I could show other referees across all sports not just football that Westpark Fitness has helped and supported me to get to the next level. I know I can be a positive influence on members as well as potential new members.”
“I simply could not prepare and perform to the level required without the help of Westpark Fitness. At Westpark my sessions are mixed working on both cardio and resistance and training so that I am physically and mentally ready for matches in the League of Ireland. With the top class facilities it also allows for active recovery sessions in the swimming pool which is a massive part of my weekly training. I am both proud and grateful to be a sponsored athlete at Westpark Fitness.” – Alan Patchell