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MA preps for referee follow-up course

An expected 30 participants will take part in the six-day curriculum under the guidance of OFC Referee Development Officer Massimo Raveino, FIFA Referee Instructor Neil Poloso and FIFA Fitness Instructor Kader Touati.
The three were greeted by FFAS President Iuli Alex Godinet upon their arrival at the Pago Pago International Airport in Tafuna along with Men’s Development Officer Ruben Luvu.
“These three individuals come with a lot of experience and knowledge that will carry a lot of weight with our referees and assistant referees,” Iuli explained. “I am extremely happy that individuals such as these gentlemen will be able to impart the latest in the FIFA Laws of the Game both in theoretical and practical sessions. I know our officials will be up to the challenge to learn all these as we prepare to kick off our National League next month and of course the Deparment of Education’s high school and elementary competitions for the new school year.”
The three will be assisted by the MA’s RDO Silasila Samuelu, referee instructors Uinifareti Aliva and Lemusa Alatasi as well as fitness instructor Terrence ‘Pati’ Sinapati.
“We have our own experienced instructors that will be teaching a session themselves under the watchful guidance of Raveino, Poloso and Touati,” continued Iuli. “That way they themselves can conduct a course locally all on their own.”
The visiting instructors met with the local tutors to discuss the course matters late in the day of their arrival.
The participants are existing FFAS referees and assistant referees and besides the theoretical and practical sessions, they will be submitted to a FIFA Fitness Test.
The test involves two parts — sprint and interval fitness tests — and is slated for Monday, August 23, 2010.
Touati is arriving from New Zealand while Raveino and Poloso come by way of Fiji after attending the OFC Futsal Championship that the Solomon Islands won yet again.
The course starts at 4:00—9:00 p.m. from August 19 to August 25 while starting early on Saturday, August 21 with a rest day on Sunday, August 22.
The trio departs for Samoa on August 26.

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