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Futsal Referee Course ends

The course ran from Nov. 28-Dec. 2 and was conducted by FIFA Referee Instructor Neil Poloso of the Solomon Islands. FFAS Executive Committee member and Head of Referees Silasila Samuelu officially opened the course on behalf of president Iuli Alex Godinet and had urged the participants to complete the five-day program.
He added that FFAS would be relying heavily on what they learned from the course in order to properly facilitate the games of the upcoming Futsal competition that has been tentatively scheduled for January 2012.
“We are looking forward to kicking off our Futsal competition again and this is a good number we have right now,” Iuli said.
The participants went through practical sessions at Samoana High School’s gymnasium while holding theoretical periods at the FFAS National Headquarters, culminating with a fitness test on the last day.
Practical sessions included the referee signals, positioning of ball in and out of play as well as teamwork and cooperation between refereeing groups.
Poloso took the class through the Futsal Laws of the Game during the theoretical classes using video clips, followed by a match incidence quiz.
“I hope you keep reading the Futsal Laws of the Game and keep studying it,” Poloso said during the closing.
Samuelu and CEO Tavita Taumua closed the course on behalf of Iuli.
Taumua thanked Poloso for again coming to American Samoa as he has visited the territory numerous times to conduct courses. He held a similar course for FFAS in February 2010.
Local Futsal instructor Iofi Lalogafu’afu’a assisted Poloso in the course as well as FFAS staff Ruben Luvu, Uinifareti Aliva and Lemusa Alatasi.

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