Tips on ‘laws of the game’ at football referee course

|     Fadhil Yunus    |

THE five-day Football Referee Basic Course organised by the National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam (NFABD) through the Referee Department commenced at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the NFABD House yesterday.

The course was conducted by two technical instructors, Degat Chandau and Md Yusof Zaki bin Haji Serudin, and fitness instructor Md Dzulfikri bin Haji Md Taib.

The experienced trio are former FIFA assistant referees who have participated in refereeing courses organised by FIFA at both domestic and international levels.

A total of 40 participants, with the majority of them Projek Ikan Pusu (PIP) trainees, attended the first day of the course.

The course, better known as ‘New Recruiting Referees’, is one of the activities incorporated in the NFABD action plan through the Referee Department whereby it is required to organise courses at least four times to recruit new referees in a period of two years.

The Football Referee Basic Course instructors and participants in a group photo. – PHOTOS: NFABD
An instructor conducting the Football Referee Basic Course

This year, the role of the NFABD Referee Department is to share knowledge with regard to the rules and regulations in football, especially with non-governmental organisations, schools, associations, villages and clubs.

The course’s objective are to increase the number of referees in the country aligned with the development of football, as well as unearth new young players with potential to succeed the existing pool of referees.

According to the organisers, the course will assist young players, especially those beginning their football journey, on the ‘Laws of the Game’ as well as raise awareness on a referee’s roles and responsibilities.

The course also serves to provide an understanding to players that there is an alternative avenue to contribute towards the development of football besides playing the sport.

The course highlighted several laws with regards to the field of play, the ball and the players.

Under law 2 of the ‘Laws of the Game’, all balls used in international matches organised by FIFA or the confederations have to bear either the FIFA quality mark (FIFA Quality Pro or FIFA Quality) or the IMS (International Match Standard) mark.

The course continues tomorrow and will move to the Lecture Hall of the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on February 22 and 24.

The five-day course will be held every Friday and Sunday, and will conclude on March 1.