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Referee assessor course successful

Members of the FIFA Referee Assistance Program (RAP) team for Oceania, Massimo Raveino and Neil Poloso, conducted the training for the participants. The duo was assisted by local member association instructors Gerald Oiaka, Robert Sulimae and Reggie Iemane. The course was held as a follow up to a similar one held in November 2010.
The course commenced on Saturday with an indoor session in the morning and the assessors then underwent a practice session during the Telekom S-League match between Hana and Marist Fire. A review of the day’s training followed in the evening. The course continued on Sunday morning and then was wrapped up in the afternoon.
According to Poloso the course this year expands on the training that was conducted in 2010 was specifically to help local assessors understand their roles and duties better to get the best results from their work.
“In the assessor course for 2011 we reviewed the training that was given in 2010 and ensured that the concepts and practices introduced back then are strengthened. We then proceeded to introduce some new methodologies for assessment and went through strategies for debriefing and effective communication of assessment results,” Poloso said.
“Basically, assessors will critique the performance of the match officials so that the match officials can continue to improve in how they officiate matches. Hence, the assessment must be done right and the communication of results must be effective but well balanced. It is an important component of refereeing and football as a whole so we were happy to see the progress that we have gained since the first course was held last year.”
Speaking on behalf of the referee development officer who is away on work related travel, SIFF’s head of the technical department, Noel Wagapu, said that referee assessors play an important role in the development of football and the course is a welcome enrichment of local knowledge and capabilities.
“Referee assessors help our match officials to improve the quality of their refereeing and it is training like this that will help our assessors do a quality job of reviewing the performance of referees,” Wagapu said.
“Refereeing in Solomon Islands has developed rapidly because of such courses and SIFF is appreciative of the support that FIFA is giving through the RAP team led by Massimo and Neil. I think the success behind the work this team has done is there for everyone to see.”
Participants of the referee assessor course:
1. Francis Loxie – Guadalcanal Football Association
2. Jovita Qilamasala – Honiara Football Association
3. Charles Tatahu – Makira Ulawa Football Association
4. Brenton Sualalu – Western Football Association
5. Hugo Pado – Honiara Football Association
6. Hamilton Siau – Honiara Football Association
7. Jackson Akoeasi – Honiara Football Association
8. George Time – Honiara Football Association
9. Noel Berry – Honiara Football Association
10. Rex Kamusu – Honiara Football Association
11. Simon Sabe – Honiara Football Association
12. Phillip Mana – Honiara Football Association
13. Naqarita Jimmy – Honiara Football Association
14. Nelson Sogo – Honiara Football Association

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