Landmark AFC Referee Instructors Certification kicks off
Kuala Lumpur: Asia's officials gathered for the inauguration of the AFC Instructors Certification on Saturday in the Malaysian capital.
A total 25 male and nine female instructors are part of the three-day evaluation from Feb 16-18. The initiative is a pioneer at the world level and was approved by the AFC Referees Committee in April 2018.
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The certification programme emphasises quality over quantity and its main goal is to accredit top instructors for the AFC Referee Instructors panel from 2019 to ensure quality and consistent refereeing education.
AFC Referees Committee Deputy Chairperson Hany Taleb B S Al-Raeesi, in his opening speech, said: “The AFC, in its Vision and Mission, has put ensuring Asian teams succeed on the world stage as one of the three main objectives.
“It is this attention to detail that ensures the AFC continues to be a ground-breaker – and that is the case with the first Referee Instructors Certificate at the world level.
“There will be higher competency standards with a stringent and comprehensive selection process. It sets new challenges that are necessary to keep raising the bar of refereeing instruction.”
AFC experts are led by Fernando Tresaco and supported by guest evaluators David Elleray - the IFAB Technical Director, Manuel Navarro, FIFA Head of Refereeing, and Ray Olivier, former Head of Professional Referee Development at the PGMOL. In addition, the British Council will appraise the English language competence.
Participants will be tested on various theory and practical applications such as Laws of the Game knowledge and interpretation, analytical skills related to match situations, presentation skills, English language and other areas such as computing and video editing.
Successful instructors will be assigned to key AFC refereeing development activities and competitions.