Boost for local football referees

Fadhil Yunus

Brunei Darussalam got a major boost to the quality of referees following the completion of a seminar at the Youth Centre in Pekan Bangar Baru in Temburong District yesterday.

Thirty-one participants with various coaching classes including Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and FIFA accredited referees joined the three-day referee training course.

The seminar, which involved five local instructors, covered the latest updates on the Laws of the Game 2020/ 2021.

It allowed referees to enhance their abilities to recognise and identify fouls on misconducts and offside handball with video tests. Discussions and practical sessions were held at the Youth Centre and the Temburong Sports Complex.

The referees were guided on good positioning during play, maintaining their fitness and signalling.

ABOVE & BELOW: NFABD President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan presents certificates to recipients. PHOTOS: FADHIL YUNUS

NFABD Referee Director Abdul Razak bin Anuar said, “The seminar helps participants to face the common challenges during the Brunei Super League, by demonstrating the application of correct regulations for each incident based on international matches.

“The course also helps referees to coordinate, conform and be consistent when making decisions. This will also help them in administration aspects once a football match is held.”

He added, “The participants showed an understanding of the course and the appointed instructors have vast experience to assist me in organising such a programme.

“We also organised a fitness test to ensure that referees and assistant referees are on par with the FIFA standards.

“A practical session involves playing out scenarios on the field, which helped us to appraise any correct decisions made by the referee and rectify less accurate decisions.”

Meanwhile, NFABD President Pengiran Haji Matusin bin Pengiran Haji Matasan presented certificates to football referees, assistant referees and a futsal referee accredited by FIFA.