AIFF Media Team
NEW DELHI: The All India Football Federation alongwith the Kerala Football Association organized a FIFA MA course for Referees and Assistant Referees that was held at Kochi from 05th July to 09th July 2019. 67 Referees and Assistant Referees attended the course and were educated and updated on the Laws Of The Game. Main stress was laid on the Amendments of the Laws Of The Game for 2019-20 and also the physical fitness of the Match officials.
The FIFA Technical Instructors appointed for the Course were Ivanov Valentine from Russia, for the Referees and Sukbuddein from Malaysia for the Assistant Referees. The FIFA Fitness Instructors were Ganesh Maniam from Singapore for the Referees and Ravichandran from Malaysia. The fitness test for all the candidates were conducted and the participants also advised on how to maintain and improve fitness.
The event was followed by the FIFA MA course for Referee Assessors and Instructor and also a course for the Women Referees from 10-14th July 2019 at Kochi. Sukbuddin from Malaysia continued as Instructors for the RA/RI and Zhang Lingling from China was the FIFA Fitness instructor for the Women’s course. She conducted the fitness test for the women Referees.
The course was a learning experience for the referees and were enriched on the amendments in the Laws Of The Game. The Instructors were impressed on the ability of the match officials and their fitness and encouraged them to do better. The Referees Assessors and Instructors assisted in making the Course a grand success.