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FIFA refereeing course underway

The course kicked off on Monday and is run by the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Referee Development Officer for the FIFA Referee Assistance Program, Massimo Raveino, along with team members, Neil Poloso and Kader Touati.
The course follows up on previous elite refereeing courses held in Solomon Islands and is aimed at keeping referees up to date with refereeing requirements at the international level and, therefore, involves a combination of theory and practical sessions including a fitness test.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the course, Raveino, called on referees to absorb the training that will be delivered so that the future of refereeing in Solomon Islands can be sustained.
“We are training people like you so that you can develop refereeing in your provinces” Raveino said adding that some of the participants in the course will rise up to take the place of the current instructors when they retire.
The participating referees also received encouragement from SIFF President Martin Alufurai who called upon the success of local referees at the international level as an example for others to follow.
“The pathway for you referees is there all that is needed is your individual input and that comes from hard work and dedication,” Alufurai said to the referees.
Alufurai also assured referees that SIFF is committed to referee development in the country through the Referee Standing Committee which is already working to address some of the concerns of referees.
The course will continue until Friday.

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