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SAFF holds First Referee Assessor Workshop

13 Oct 2022

With an objective to enhance the knowledge of referee assessors in the South Asian region, the South Asian Football Federation organized the first ever SAFF Referee Assessor Workshop in Kolkata, India, from 10-13 October.

The four-day workshop saw the participation of eight former and current FIFA Referees and FIFA Assistant Referees from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives and Nepal.

As part of the workshop, the participants attended the matches of the ongoing ISL to analyze the matches. They also had theoretical classes conducted by AIFF Referee Department Manager Suresh Srinivasan, who is also an AFC Elite Referee Instructor. Col. Goutam Kar, who is an AFC Match Commissioner as well as a former FIFA Referee with experiences of working as referee director in several South Asian countries, coordinated the workshop.

“The initiative of SAFF to educate the referee assessors of the South Asian region helps the referee assessors of the region to enhance the knowledge, their assessment skills and also help to support their respective MAs in developing the referees which in turn helps the SAFF. In the four-day workshop we conducted practical as well theoretical activities,” said Suresh Srinivasan.

“In the four days the participants had on-field activities. They watched the matches at the stadium. We gave them video assessment and assessments on Laws of the Game. We had also one-to-one session with instructor,” said Col. Goutam Kar.

Uvena Fernandes, a participant from India said the workshop had brighten her knowledge for our future endeavors. “This course was very beneficial. The instructor and the coordinator were very helpful. All these that were in the workshop were new to me. The whole course was very fruitful as it covered all aspects and equipped us with the qualities the RA should have,” added Fernandes, a former India international and a FIFA Assistant Referee.  

SAFF General Secretary Anwarul Huq distributed certificates to the participants at the closing ceremony held on today (13 Oct 2022).