Career refereeing does not mean a kick in the teeth

Being a referee is often a
thankless task, but the benefits can be worth the hassle.

Top referees make as much money as
lawyers and bankers, travel the world for international games and are lucky to
be totally immersed in the world’s most popular sport.

It is never a bad time to become a
referee because the beautiful game is always growing. And with the World Cup
only six weeks away, the role of the referee will be even more in the

That’s partly why the Cayman
Islands Referees Association in collaboration with the Cayman Islands Football
Association will conduct a referee course next month.

Willian J. Petit, general secretary
of the Cayman Islands Referees Association, said: “It commences on 18 May and
we are looking for people interested in becoming referees and assistant

“Referees perform a vital role in
football to ensure safety, fairness, equality and enjoyment. With the growth in
football’s popularity, particularly among women and the youth, the demand for
match officials is always increasing.

“Joining the ranks of your local
referee organization could be your gateway to the FIFA International panel of

The course work runs on

18, 19, 20,
24 and 25 May. Then there are two revision days, on 26 and 27 May and the
theory exam is on 31 May. All sessions are from 6-8pm at the George Town
Primary School. A reasonable level of fitness is needed and applicants have to
be at least 16 years old. The cost is CI$20 per adult to cover course materials.
People under 18 are free.

To register e-mail [email protected] or call 924-0825 or

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