Refs on course to raise levels

The Referee Department of the Cayman Islands Football Association is intensifying its training sessions ahead of the new football season, which kicks off next month.

A five-day advanced training seminar, consistent with the FIFA referee training module, started Sunday for local referees to be tested technically and physically. The seminar concludes Thursday when all referees will have to take part in the FIFA fitness test.

Livingston Bailey, chairman of the Cayman Islands Football Association Referee Committee, said technical studies have shown that the modern game demands more from referees.

“It is important to train and develop our local referees to the requisite standard to meet those demands,” he said.

“They must have the required level of fitness to transition smoothly around the field of play, and be able to execute numerous explosive accelerations as the game dictates.”

In addition to their fitness, they are expected to exhibit good concentration and sound decision-making relative to the interpretation and application of the laws of the game.

Bailey said the advanced training seminar is focusing on key topics such as game management, analyzing and interpreting challenges, offside interpretation and reading the game and positioning.

Acting CIFA president Bruce Blake said he is pleased with the commitment of the CIFA Referee Department in organizing the advanced seminar, which is geared to enhancing the knowledge and skills of local referees.

Blake said regardless of the level of officiating, referees need to be good managers and communicators on the field of play so they can be seen by players and coaches as partners who will ensure a safe and fair game for all to enjoy.

Ten new referees who successfully completed their referee beginners course in July received their certificates on Sunday.