FIFA Members Association Elite Referees Course concluded

PFF is going all out for promotion of Football Referees:  Lodhi

Lahore, 1 Jan : Member Associations Elite Referee course’s closing ceremony was held yesterday in Lahore’s FIFA Fooball House yesterday. The 30 referees who participated in the course received the certificates. In the closing ceremony, the FIFA referee instructor, Masoud Enayat said that he was pleased with the performance of the referees. “I am very pleased with the performances of the referees both in the theory and in practical sessions”

The participants of FIFA MA Elite Referees Course with PFF officials and Instructors

“You have now gained a lot of experience and knowledge from the top instructors from FIFA and AFC. Now it’s the time to share and impart the same experience and knowledge to referees and instructors in your associations,” told Mohamed Muhiseen Ariff (Sri Lanka), Regional Development Officer, FIFA and member Organizing Committee for AFC President’s Cup/AFC Challenge Cup. “It is a challenge for you to develop referees in Asia but you should be always ready to accept it. This is the reason why you are all here. Please work honestly for the good of referees,” he said.

To strengthen refereeing cell of Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) and it’s eight wings is in PFF President’s Faisal Saleh Hayat’s long-term planning and FIFA Members Association Elite Referees Course 2010, the second in succession, will play vital role in this regard. Another such course is planned for same month this year ‘ said PFF Secretary General Lt.Col ® Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi.

They also thanked the PFF and the organizers for the warm hospitality they received during their stay in Pakistan. Muhammad Hani, Fitness Instructor from Maldives, also spoke in the ceremony. He noted on the current developments in the referees department and he would do everything in his power to improve the level of referees. “I would do everything I could to improve the level of referees.”

Masoud, who acted as Match Commissioner during Pakistan-Qatar’s Beijing Olympics Qualifier at Islamabad three years ago, concluded that the course will provide thirty Pakistani referees with information and methodologies that will assist them to refresh their referee career. It was fine opportunity for Pakistani referees to learn as the program covers an introduction and overview of referee and the relationship that needs to be developed between a referee and his assistant Referee. Communication, Observation Skills required by Referee plus information on current refereeing and playing trends.

30 Participating referees: Zehra Abbas, Kausar Habib, Shakila Rehman, Nazia Sultana, Shumaila Sattar, Ansar Javed, Arsalan Sharif (Karachi), Javed Bangash, Muhammad Yasin, Obaid Ullah, Sardar Hanif, Saeed Badal, Hidayat Ullah (Nushki), Rana Naseer, Shafaat Habib, Waheed Murad, Shahid Hussain, Rana Jahanzeb, Irshad Ul Haq, Afzal Ahmed, Adnan Anjum, Zubair Shahzad, Irfan Aslam, Arsalan Sharif (Islamabad), Toqeer Aslam, Rizwan Khan, Muhammad Amin, Muhammad Ali Jr, Khurram Shahzad and Alauddin.