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FFAS FIFA course for veteran referees

Poloso, from the Solomon Islands, is conducting the course with heavy involvement of FFAS Referee Instructors Uinifareti Aliva, Lemusa Alatasi, Siaosi Matagisila and Junior Mikaele.
Also assisting in the course are the MA’s Fitness Instructors Terrence Sinapati and Talalelei Fa’alavaau.
The 16 participants are the top match officials in American Samoa preparing for the FFAS 2012 men and women’s National Leagues set to kick off on August 11, 2012.
“We try to have a referee course every year just in time for our biggest competition of the year, the 11-a-sde soccer for our men and women,” said FFAS President Iuli Alex Godinet.
“We are very thankful to Mr. Poloso for conducting this course and that thanks extends as well to the OFC Referee Development Officer Massimo Raveino and OFC Fitness Instructor Kader Touati who are not here with us this time around.”
Poloso laid out the course objectives to the participants such as evaluating and assessing their technical, fitness and mental capabilities.
Another objective is to review and consolidate their knowledge of the FIFA Laws of the Game such as interpreting its applications and their uniformity and consistency as a team of match officials.
“One aspect of improvement I hope to achieve with your instructors is to improve the level of referee performances in recognizing fouls and their appropriate disciplinary actions as well as your management of the game,” Poloso told the referees.
To achieve these objectives Poloso said they have designed theoretical and practical sessions throughout the four-day course that is slated to end August 4, 2012.
In their theoretical sessions the group will be exposed to power-point presentations, group activities, quizzes and discussions.
They will then apply these classroom sessions to their practical demonstrations and assessed accordingly by Poloso and the local referee instructors.
The fitness test consists of two parts — six 40-meter sprints and an interval run test that involves a run of 150 meters, followed by a 50-meter walk, 150-meter run and then a 50-meter walk to complete one lap. To pass the interval test the referees and assistant referees must complete 10 laps with times differing for male and female referees and assistant referees.
Sinapati and Fa’alavaau administered the test on Aug. 2 with three male referees and four male assistant referees passing the test. There is only one female AR taking part in the course.

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