Ashgabat: A Matchday Organisation Seminar was recently held in Turkmenistan under the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) League Development Programme.
The seminar was organised by the AFC for Local General Coordinators, Match Commissioners and clubs participating in the national league and aimed to provide knowledge on professional match organisation and sharing of best practices among current and potential Match Commissioners.
The AFC team's visit to Turkmenistan under the AFC League Development Programme also aimed to create a pool of at least ten Match Commissioners and a Venue Director who meet AFC standards by March 2017.
During the seminar, AFC Club Competitions Manager Pavel Luzanov covered various topics relating to the AFC Champions League and AFC Cup, match programmes and official countdowns, the roles and responsibilities of the Match Commissioners, stadium security, media operations and more.
A practical session was then organised at the home stadium of FC Altyn Asyr during a national league game, where the seminar participants were asked to use the information received earlier to check whether the Local Organising Committee (LOC), clubs and other officials had followed correct matchday organisation practices.
A debriefing session was also organised during which Luzanov provided his input on various areas that needed to be improved upon by both the LOC and match organisers.
Feedback was obtained from the participants on their observation about the organisation of the match before comparing it to what they had learned.
From next season, the Football Federation of Turkmenistan (FFT) will appoint Match Commissioners for league matches.
The FFT has also requested assistance in league and club marketing initiatives through the AFC League Development Programme. A marketing seminar for the FFT and clubs has also been planned.