Referee Nick Walsh will next week take on his first international appointment as a FIFA referee.

The progress of the up-and-coming official has been rewarded with the nod to cover the UEFA European Under-17 Championship Elite Round being staged in Madeira, Portugal.

The host nation, Finland, Slovakia and Switzerland will go toe to toe from March 12-18 hoping to book a place in this summer’s finals in England.

Walsh will referee Portugal’s games against Slovakia and Switzerland before adopting the role of Fourth Official for their fixture with Finland and will be accompanied by assistant referee Drew Kirkland.