Job Category: ZONAL REFEREE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER Location: Work From Home with Frequent Travel
Date : 25-08-2023 to 22-09-2023
Area : Referee Department
Type of Contract : contract
Email Application with one page resume to :
Email Subject : Application for the post of ZONAL REFEREE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Application Deadline : September 22, 2023

Reporting directly to the Chief Refereeing Officer (CRO), the primary role is to assist each designated MA in their State Referee Development of Level 8-5 match officials. The ZRDO will have delegated responsibility for the implementation of all AIFF VISION 2047 strategic objectives relating to State Referee Development. Designated MAs by Zone are highlighted in Annex A.

AIFF VISION 2047 is aimed at growing referee numbers and educating these referees across every State to meet the anticipated growth in football across India. The post-holders will be expected to fully and positively contribute towards the implementation and roll-out of AIFF VISION 2047 strategic objectives whilst developing strong professional working relationships with their designated MA’s Head of Referees.


  • AIFF Referee Department’s representative for each designated MA for all State Referee Development matters relating to Level 8-5 match officials and driving the implementation of AIFF VISION 2047 strategic objectives.
  • Assist designated MAs in their delivery of Basic Referee, Referee Assessor, Referee Instructor and State Referee Development Courses.
  • Identify and create a positive working relationship with a single Centre of Refereeing Excellence (CORE) facility within the designated MAs to deliver State Referee Development and Elite Talent programs.
  • Collate Annual Registration data of all active referees, assessors and instructors within the designated MAs.
  • Dissemination of Elite Refereeing training material to all MAs Head of Referees.
  • Audit each designated MA against “AIFF Regulations for the Management of Referees in the MAs” supporting in remedial action to meet compliance.
  • Attendance and participation at referee training events across the designated MAs actively promoting AIFF’s full commitment to State Referee Development.
  • All other duties as directed by the CRO.



  • Must reside in one of the ZRDO’s designated MAs
  • Excellent communication and presentational skills
  • Developing professional and effective working relationships
  • Prioritizing workload and meeting deadlines
  • Demonstrable evidence relating to the refereeing process and practices
  • Good comprehension and be able to effectively speak English
  • Current Level 5 or retired equivalent
  • IT literate
  • Required to travel frequently to designated MAs and AIFF HQ


  • Thorough understanding of the technical skills, coaching, and training required to enthuse a “Learn & Grow” culture
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Indian MAs football activities
  • Able to use effectively Microsoft Office including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.


  • Communicating and influencing with the ability to interact
  • Able to present effectively to groups
  • Able to make informed judgments


  • Accountable
  • Resilient
  • Values integrity
  • Courage to challenge
  • Collaborative and credible
  • Driven to deliver


  • Familiar with Basic Instructional Techniques
  • Sound knowledge of technology and learning platforms
  • Experience in managing budgets
  • Knowledge of Indian professional and State football pyramid structures


Part-Time Professional Contract – 20 Hours Per Week

Salary – Rs TBD pcm

Annex A – Designated MAs for the 5 ZRDO Roles

AIFF ZoneSl. No. Name of Member Association
North Zone1Jammu & Kashmir Football Association
2Ladakh Football Association
3Punjab Football Association
4Himachal Pradesh Football Association
5Haryana Football Association
6Uttar Pradesh Football Sangh
7Chandigarh Football Association
8Uttarakhand State Football Association
9Football Delhi
West Zone10Madhya Pradesh Football Association
11Rajasthan Football Association
12Gujarat State Football Association
13Western India Football Association 
14Daman & Diu Football Association
15Goa Football Association
South Zone16Lakshadweep Football Association
17Kerala Football Association
18Tamilnadu Football Association 
19Pondicherry Football Association
20Karnataka State Football Association
21Andhra Pradesh Football Association
22Telangana Football Association
23Andaman & Nicobar Football Association
East Zone24Sikkim Football Association
25The Indian Football Association, WB
26Bihar Football Association
27Jharkhand Football Association
28Chhattisgarh Football Association
29Football Association of Odisha
North-East Zone30Tripura Football Association
31Mizoram Football Association
32Assam Football Association
33All Manipur Football Association
34Nagaland Football Association 
35Meghalaya Football Association
36Arunachal Pradesh Football Association