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FIFA/OFC Referee course underway at FFAS

“The main objective of this course is to assist the FFAS referees education and to improve the quality of the referees,” explained FIFA Referee Technical & Fitness Instructor Mark Hester.
“Another is to get a uniformity in the interpretation of the application of the Laws of the Game.”
The course ran from July 22-25 and Hester told the 16 participants that he would be updating the class “using materials that are very new.
“You will be one of the first to use new training modules in OFC because this is one of the first MA’s to conduct a referee course,” Hester added.
Other MA’s that Hester will visit this year include New Caledonia, Fiji and Samoa.
“Our National League kicks off next week and I hope that you were able to learn as much from Mark and Uini (Aliva) during these last few days,” said FFAS President Faiivae Alex Godinet upon closing the course.
Aliva, FFAS Competition Manager, Head of Referees and Referee Instructor, assisted Hester during the course. Lemusa Alatasi, the association’s other Referee Instructor, helped out as well.
“That’s why our association tries to hold this course around this time every year so that you could be refreshed with knowledge of the Laws of the Game and especially in this instance with Mark using new training techniques.”
One of the new methods used during the theoretical sessions included the participants breaking up into groups and using laptops to review and discuss video clips of in-game situations such as fouls and misconducts.
“This is to help them think the process through of certain situations that arise during the game,” Hester said.
Aliva and Alatasi conducted most of the practical sessions, using knowledge gained from a FIFA Referee Instructor Course they attended in Fiji last month.
“Our referees and assistant referees are ready for the league and for that Lemusa and I are thankful to our president, association and Mr. Hester for holding this course,” Aliva explained. “We are all looking forward to our upcoming competition.”