Referees Department

Asia’s Referee Directors gain valuable insights at latest workshop


Tuesday, September 10, 2019
AFC Member Associations (MA) Referee Directors Workshop 2019 (3)

Kuala Lumpur: Asian refereeing continues to raise its standards with the two-day AFC Member Associations (MA) Referee Directors Workshop 2019 which concluded on Tuesday.


A total of 39 referee directors from across the Continent participated in the bi-annual event aimed at providing the Member Associations' (MAs) Referees Departments with support and guidance to professionalise refereeing administration and education programmes at the MA level. 

AFC Referees Committee Deputy Chairperson Hany Taleb B S Al-Raeesi, who gave the closing remarks, said: “I believe we have gained some useful insights during this workshop and I know every one of you is fully committed to ensuring the success of our officials.

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“As we have emphasised through these sessions, our referees continue to play an essential role in the development of the AFC.

“All of you now have a better understanding of what it takes to develop top level officials. As Referee Directors, it is your responsibility to carry a mindset of excellence and professionalism. 

“The AFC’s commitment to our MAs, particularly in Referees Development, has never been stronger. And through closer collaboration, I am confident that our shared efforts will take Asian refereeing to even greater heights.”

On the first day, the workshop focused on the vitality of planning and leading with strategic thinking. Models for drafting a business plan and refereeing policies were also discussed.

The afternoon session continued, with the discussion on the strong commitment of the AFC towards the development of women referees as one of the highlights. FIFA Refereeing Manager and Women's World Cup Project Leader Kari Seitz offered a comprehensive overview of the current status of female refereeing as well as potential solutions for the challenges faced.

AFC Referee Academy experts then provided deep data analysis on technical and fitness matters and how the participating referees are raising the level of their performances through the innovative teaching methods applied.

Technical Director of IFAB David Elleray updated the referee directors on the latest amendments to the Laws of the Game. He also helped the participants understand the Video Assistant Referees (VAR) system implementation process that is attracting more and more MAs in Asia.

The participants were introduced to the AFC Refereeing 360 during the workshop, an online platform which allows users to gain access and browse an extensive library of match footage and to produce their own teaching materials in a swift and simple manner.

The workshop also included a summary of competitions matters by the AFC Competitions & Football Events Division.

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