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Elite course

Fiji Fa Media
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

THE Fiji Football Association (Fiji FA) referees are undergoing elite course in their respective divisions.

After a successful course in the Western Division, referees director Rakesh Varman confirmed the course would take place in the Northern Division this week.

Varman said the elite referees' course would lead the referees to the OFC nomination and FIFA badge.

On the criteria, he said they must be experienced with class three and class two certificates.

"After doing the first round of the course, I will be selecting the top elite and those will be groomed, trained and guided for the OFC nomination and FIFA badge," Varman said.

"This course is for the top class one and class two referees of Fiji.

"They go through fitness tests, exams, practical and group discussions for two days. The two days are to assess them.

"We have three monthly get-together, so the referees have three months to groom themselves and be equipped with the standard of OFC."

Varman further elaborated on the approaches he came up with after joining Fiji FA.

"When I joined Fiji Football, I had sleepless nights for two weeks.

"I was looking for strategies as at that time we only had three top referees namely Finau Vulivuli, Ravitesh Behari and Salesh Chand.

"Then I started grooming the assistant referees who were top at fitness like Rakesh Chandra, Avinesh Narayan and I gave a break to Nisheel Varman, Ashwin Raj, Deepak Raj and Veer Singh.

"These referees were very fit and they also did very well in their exams.

"Now they are doing top level games and also my group of referees is increasing."

He said the referees' development program is lifelong and a good investment done by the FIFA Forward program and Fiji FA.

"They are allowing me to groom these referees as they will be an asset for Fiji football.

"It's not easy to develop referees, it takes years and months to get them at a top level.

"Yes, referees make mistakes at times, we do not pin them down. From that, we build on, discuss the issues and prepare to become better in the next game."

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