TCIFA Referee Course and Retreat
FIFA’s mission is to develop football everywhere for all, to touch the world through its inspiring tournaments and to build a better future through the power of the game. Refereeing is a main aspect of football and it is very important that the laws are applied correctly and consistently whenever a game is played. Therefore, it is prudent that emphasis be placed on referees’ ongoing development through organized courses that will help them to improve and have uniformity wherever football is played. The TCIFA's objective is to promote exceptional referees who can extend their careers to the national, and or international level through continued training and development.
"It was an honor to be invited by the TCIFA to present this Referee’s Course, 1-4th June 2017," Said Instructor Dianne Ferreira-James, former FIFA International Referee and Head of Referees at the Bahamas Football Association." Participants ranged from new referees, national and FIFA referees. The course was presented in two parts Technical (field work) and Classroom on the Laws of the game. The showing of video clips were used to further explained the laws and helped them to grasp and remember the concepts. "I was intrigued by the interaction of participants as questions came from every angle. The energy in the room and the eagerness to learn motivated me as an instructor. Due to the varying levels of participants, I have to apply a different methodology in order to reach every participant. Each day I recapped what was taught the day before and listened to any situations presented. Explaining the laws using video clips helped them to understand and see what I was teaching and they also applied situations to what they have learned. This provided positive feedbacks and reinforced what they have learnt so it sticks."
James went on to say "I enjoyed my short stay on the island. The best moment I had was to watch two young U17 players officiate in an organized game on the last day. The correctly applied the offside rule, their movement along the line and signals were good. After the game I went over to them and congratulated them as well as the referee who did a very good job. I encouraged them to continue and to support the local referees body by attending training whenever possible. I also encouraged all the participants to not stop there but go out and support each other so that together the sport will grow. I would like to thank the TCIFA for inviting me here to share my knowledge and it was a good experience for me too and I also learned from them. The general organization of the course was timely and participants appeared happy and hungry for such courses. I must single out Patrice Senior who made my stay very comfortable and ensured that everything ran smoothly. It felt like a home away from home."
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