Bryn Markham Jones in action
Bryn Markham-Jones, who originates from Wrexham, but now lives in Swansea has been selected for the FIFA International List of Referees for 2013.
The 25 year old becomes Wales' 40th International referee and joins Lee Evans (Llanllechid) and Mark Whitby (Swansea) on the International list for next year. Bryn replaces Huw Jones from Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant after Jones enjoyed three years as an International referee.
Bryn, who graduated from UWIC three years ago with a a BSc in Sports Coaching, is currently studying for a PGCE and his other interests include training, reading, cricket and golf.
Markham-Jones has recently completed the UEFA CORE program held at UEFA headquarters, which is for the development of talented young referees throughout Europe. He is now in his 4th season as a Welsh Premier League referee and last season, he took charge of the FAW Trophy Final and the North East Wales Cup Final. He was also 4th official on the 2011 Welsh Cup Final at Parc Y Scarlets, when Llanelli beat Bangor City.
Markham-Jones started refereeing at the age of 16 in the Wrexham Youth League before progressing up the pyramid to the Welsh Premier League at the age of 22. Another notable appointment was being the 4th official on the 2011 FAW Welsh Cup Final.
So in the space of nine years, the talented referee has gone from the parks of the Wrexham Youth League to the International List, which shows the potential on offer to young referees in Wales.
Gareth Wyn Jones
There is also one change to the Welsh FIFA Assistant Referee list as Caernarfon's Gareth Wyn Jones replaces Cardiff's Kim Fisher on the FIFA Panel. Fisher has to step down, as he is now a Talent Referee on the Welsh Premier League and Jones has been selected as Wales' sixth assistant referee for his place on the International list for the first time.
Jones has also graduated through UEFA's CORE programme, having been one of two asisstants from Wales on the inaugural course in 2010/11. His excellent form last season saw him awarded the role of assistant on the Welsh Cup Final at Nantporth in the TNS v Cefn Druids match and he has continued his excellent form this term.
Another interesting fact about the two new FIFA officials is that they are both Welsh speakers.