More refs urgently needed

The Cayman Islands Referee Association will be having an assistant referees course for both men and women on July 8-9 as the association seeks additional referees to cover all levels of football for the upcoming football season.

This was announced by Vice-President of CIRA Livingston Bailey in his desperate attempt to improve the numbers of officials on the island.

The course which will be held at the George Town Primary School runs from 6-8pm. Senior referee instructor Fred Speirs will be in charge of conducting this course.

Bailey said: ‘The Cayman Islands Referee Association is committed to its development objectives, one of which is to train and maintain a cadre of referees to meet the needs of football in the Cayman Islands. We are encouraging persons who have a genuine love for the game of football to get involved in the development of the game.

‘CIRA wants to invite every interested men of women to become qualified as referees and assistant referees by attending the scheduled training courses, hence giving them the opportunity to officiate in Cayman local football leagues.’

Over the years, a number of Cayman Islands referees have achieved their goals; being on the FIFA Referees Panel, the national league and the other youth and local domestic league panels.

‘It can be a rewarding hobby and the opportunity is there to turn this into a profession at the highest levels, as long as you have the talent and the time.’

Interested persons can contact the CIFA at 949-5775 office to register for this course which is free on any working day between 9am and 5pm.

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