Dubai: UAE Football Association Vice President Salem Obaid Al Shamsi is pleased with the opportunity to contribute to the development of referees in West Asia and the whole continent.
An AFC Elite Assistant Referee Course for the West Asian region kicked off in the UAE city of Dubai on Saturday, simultaneously with the opening of the same course for assistant referees from the South and ASEAN regions in Kuala Lumpur.
Speaking as the guest of honour in opening the course, Al Shamsi said:
“The referees and assistant referees are very important people with high responsibilities. They are an important element in football.
“Here in the UAE, the referees and assistant referees are given enough training to ensure they are well trained and well looked after. For the development of football in Asia, the referees and assistant referees must also be included for development.
“Therefore, the UAE FA is happy to host this AFC Elite Assistant Referee Course as we have done in 2011. The AFC and UAE are pleased to be cooperating with one another and work closely for the development of football in Asia.”
Physical Fitness Training, Amendments to the Laws of the Game, Match Analysis and Offside Quiz, Offside and Practical Training are some of the topics and activities in the annual course.
AFC Elite Assistant Referees from the East and Central zones also will have their turn to prepare for next year’s duty when their four-day course commences this Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.
The elite courses are held annually to prepare Asia’s top referees and assistant referees for duty in the upcoming year.