Producing the next batch of local referees

Fadhil Yunus

Ten aspiring referees attended the basic referee course organised by the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) through the Referees Department with the cooperation of the Tutong District Amateur Football Association (TDAFA) and the Brunei Darussalam Referee Association at the TDAFA Office recently.

TDAFA President Haji Othman bin Haji Ghazali in his remarks during the closing ceremony of the course said that it was held to produce football referees to officiate matches in domestic leagues with the hopes of refereeing in matches sanctioned by the Asean Football Federation (AFF), Asian Football Confederation (AFC) or FIFA.

The president said, “The NFABD Referees Department has produced 10 new referees in the Tutong District in preparation for the TDAFA League as well as for other local leagues.”

“Various aspects of the referee from their legal understanding, match performance and fitness levels will be evaluated from a micro and macro view whereby a referee who shows a weak performance for a period of two years will be replaced by new referees with potential.”

He also called the aspiring referees to further their progress and follow the footsteps of the Brunei elite referees to officiate matches on the regional or international stage.

Two local instructors Pengiran Haji Md Saiful Redzuan bin Pengiran Haji Ahmad and Md Hadimin bin Haji Shahbuddin were selected as educators to lead the course.

TDAFA President Haji Othman bin Haji Ghazali in a group photo with the participants. PHOTO: TDAFA

The four-day course, held over two weekends, covered 17 parts of the International Football Association Board (IFAB) Laws of the Game.

The course aimed to increase the number of referees, especially in Tutong and in Brunei Darussalam in general.

It included the latest IFAB Laws of the Game and introduced new teaching methods conducted by the young instructors.

The course will help ensure that the new referees have adequate information and knowledge about the Laws of the Game, refereeing techniques and requirements to be top referees and encourage them to continue with their refereeing career. Participants were enlightened on field dimensions, duration of match, the duties and responsibilities of a referee and assistant referee, fouls and misconducts which include the sanctioning of offenders of fouls.

Highlights of the course included a FIFA high intensity fitness test on February 26 and a written exam on February 28.