Rakesh Varman, referee’s director for Cook Islands Football Association, left, with Rarotonga referees eager to learn and grow their understanding of the beautiful game. CIFA MEDIA/23101903
The Cook Islands Football Association (CIFA) recently conducted an intensive five-day FIFA Youth Member Association Referees Course from October 2-6, 2023. This specialised training programme aimed to develop the skills and knowledge of young referees and prepare them for the challenges ahead in their football officiating careers.
Led by FIFA instructor Jimmy Warai and
fitness instructor Alejo Pérez Leguizamón, the comprehensive course combined
theory, practical exercises, and fitness training sessions.
The event attracted referees from various
clubs and schools across Rarotonga, eager to learn and grow their understanding
of the beautiful game.
Rakesh Varman, referee’s director for Cook
Islands Football Association, successfully coordinated all session
arrangements, making sure that the playing field, food, and other essential
amenities were in place for a seamless learning experience.
During the course, participants engaged in
a range of activities that covered numerous technical objectives.
Key aspects of the training included:
Keeping up-to-date with
recent changes to the laws of football by participating in quizzes and recall
application and interpretation of rule amendments within their specific
practical exercises with a focus on promoting uniformity and consistency in law
application across various levels of competition.
In addition to these technical objectives,
the course also encompassed crucial fitness targets aimed at fostering physical
growth and health consciousness among referees.
Highlights of this aspect of the programme
Acquiring knowledge about
general fitness training as well as managing a typical training week for
Exchanging information on
referee fitness for improved performance and health.
practical exercises that covered key areas such as high intensity, various
forms of speed, and recovery techniques.
Connecting with fellow
participants to build a network of support and share best practices in referee
In a statement, Cook Islands Football
Association said: “Overall, the FIFA Youth MA Referees Course marks a
significant step in the development and growth of young football officials
within Cook Islands FA. By providing a comprehensive learning experience that
combines technical skills, fitness training, and practical exercises,
participants are equipped with the tools and knowledge necessary to excel in
their roles as football officials.”
“As the next generation of referees
emerges from this training programme, football fans can look forward to
witnessing a higher standard of officiating, ensuring that the sport remains
captivating and fair for years to come.”