Premier Skills workshop for Indian referees comes to a close

The Premier Skills level 2 referee course for Indian referees at Beverly Park in Navi Mumbai concluded on Wednesday. The three-day workshop in collaboration with the Premier League was overseen by Ray Olivier, Head of Professional Referee Development and Iain Williamson, Match Observer and CORE Performance Coach, PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited).

The workshop included several theory and practical sessions conducted at Beverly Park and Fr. Agnel Ground, Navi Mumbai. Conflict resolution, techniques in game as well as player management, free-kick management, foul recognition and advice for referees and assistant referees in tight offside situations were a few of the topics of focus in the classroom sessions over the last two days.

The practical sessions saw the 30 participants, who are affiliated to the Maharashtra Football Association and have officiated in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL), take part in how to manage attacking free-kicks, handling set play situations and DOGSO (Denial of an Obvious Goal-Scoring Opportunity) drills.

Earlier in the day, Williamson shared the workshop’s plan of action for day three. “The guys have been doing extremely well and as it’s Day 3, there are a number of things we will be covering today. We will be looking at the laws of the game, setting bar on the quiz. We’ll also be looking at the way they carry themselves on the field of play and their personality and we will also be looking at their body language, how they can improve their match control during the course of play,” he said.

He continued: “We will then move on to team work and how they can work together before breaking for lunch. Then we will be moving to the field of play to make sure all the things they have learnt over the two and a half days so far, they can put them all into practice. And finally, at the end of Day 3, we will be having the closing ceremony back in the classroom and have an overview of all the things they have covered in three days.”

Wednesday’s final theory sessions had the Indian referees engage in an interactive quiz on the laws of the game before being groomed on topics such as effective communication, teamwork and usage of body language and personality of players in an effective way during decision-making. Their last practical session saw them take to the field in a practical match experience that gave them a chance to act as a referee or assistant referees.The workshop ended with two classroom sessions that laid emphasis on how best to read the game, tactical advice and anticipation of play as well as positive reflection and self-evaluation of the Indian referees.

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