Jacob Viera

Referee Jacob's Story Highlighted via Goal Click

Merseyside referee's incredible story charted on Goal Click.

Many involved in grassroots football on Merseyside will be aware of Jacob Viera, but whether they’re aware Jacob’s incredible story is a completely different matter.

The local referee has been a valued member of the Liverpool football workforce for a number of seasons now, working closely with Liverpool County FA on both our refereeing programmes and work with refugees and asylum seekers.

As a refugee himself, Jacob’s unique perspective and desire to excel in the world of refereeing has been revealed in a brilliant feature on Goal Click; a platform utilising football to help people understand one another.

Through Liverpool County FA’s five-year-to-date partnership with Asylum Link, more than 1,000 refugees from 33 different countries have been engaged; in addition to producing 12 refugee referees for Merseyside’s grassroots football leagues.

One of those is Jacob.

Prior to arriving in England, Jacob was part of a professional football set-up in Kenya. However, following terrifying ordeals, a trial at Newcastle United led to Jacob learning about asylum and a move to Liverpool later materialised.