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FIFA training for Fiji referees

FFRA president and instructor Kazim said the course was very useful in which they learn more on the interpretation and application of the FIFA Laws of the Game.#“The course focused on equipping referee instructors with the tools to develop the discipline across Oceania,” said Kazim.#“We had technical instructors, fitness instructors and futsal instructors from each OFC member association,” #Kazim said the course was important for FIFA because the instructors are responsible for refereeing in each association.#“We had the opportunity to focus on a uniform interpretation and application of the laws of the game, which was one of the key objectives behind the annual workshop.#“We were provided with the tools to improve our teaching and learning process because methodology was important.”#Kazim said the workshop was held in three categories:#• Technical#• Fitness#• Futsal.#“There is some crossover in respect to the common objective of improving the level of referee instructors in our respective areas.”#FIFA refereeing development senior manager Fernando Tresaco Gracia who conducted the course said this programme is the framework of FIFA Referee Assistance Programme which was approved by the FIFA Executive Committee in 2007.#“And since 2008 we have been doing these activities all over the world,”#Gracia said just because a referee has made it to the top level, does not necessarily mean they would make a successful instructor, which is why methodology and teaching tools are important parts of the FUTURO III coursework.#“So the same activities we are doing here in New Caledonia, we are organising in all the confederations and in the past eight years we have seen big improvement with the instructors, but also big improvement in the referees. #“Because at the end of the day, the main objective of FIFA is to improve the level of referees, but we cannot do that if we don’t first upgrade the instructors.”#Gracia has made regularly trips to Oceania to work with, and assess, the referee instructors who take part in this annual event and says he has witnessed great improvement during that time.#“In Oceania obviously we have more challenges because of the level of football and associations are smaller. But we have experience that in Africa, in CONCACAF in some of the small islands.#“I don’t see matches every day in the islands but we have seen the referees from OFC going on to FIFA competitions, especially women.#“Before there were very few women but we have seen great improvement and there are more and more women on the referee list and in beach soccer there are some great referees too.#“In general we appreciate, we realise, that the level of football and the level of referees has improved in the last few years.”#The FUTURO III is a six-day intensive course covering different aspects of referee instructing with a specific focus on the uniform interpretation of the application of the Laws of the Game.#

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