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Meeting on AFC's Pilot Project for Referee Development at Football House

Meeting on AFC's Pilot Project for Referees Development at Football House

Meeting on AFC's Pilot Project for Referees Development at Football House

A meeting on the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Pilot Project for Referee Development took place at the AIFF Headquarters, Football House, on Tuesday.

The meeting – intended to help Member Associations in the administration of referee’s development – was presided over by AFC’s Head of Referee Operations Section (Referees Department) Abdul Razak Anuar and Shuichiro Hara, Administrator (Referees Department).

Head of Referees Col. Goutam Kar, Chairman Referees’ Committee, AR Dev and Anup Kumar attended the meeting on behalf of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

“We are here to help AIFF is refereeing administration matters,” informed Abdul Razak Anuar.

“In this meeting today we sought to help AIFF in administrative matters like structure, referees development, how to go about with state associations since India is such a vast country and so on.”

“I was really impressed with India’s progress. They have taken things forward since the last meeting,” he added.

Taking up from there, Goutam Kar said: “We are on the way to the Online Registration System for Referees which was highlighted in the last meeting in Kuala Lumpur in December last year. They have lauded our initiatives.”

Out of 22 Member Associations four were selected on the basis of applications submitted and need.

“We chose Jordan, India, Myanmar, and Oman as the four places to conduct this meeting. This was done in accordance to applications received from Member Associations and their mandate,” maintained Abdul Razak.

“It was a very fruitful meeting,” Kar said. “The three areas they focused on were enhancing referee structure, commitment towards referees and state associations registering with us and also contributing to the developmental process.”

The short and long terms goals were also charted out in the daylong meeting.

(Report & Picture courtesy AIFF Media)