ISL, PGMOL to conduct Referees’ Workshop for Indian officials

The Hero Indian Super League (ISL) is set to host a Referees’ Workshop on the 29th and 30th of April. The workshop will be conducted for Indian match officials in association with the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), and will be held at Father Agnel Multipurpose School, Navi Mumbai. With an aim at providing the best training in India, the workshop will cover all aspects of officiating the sport. 

The PGMOL Group was formed in 2001 to improve refereeing standards in England and is headed by former Select Group and FIFA referee Mike Riley. The group manages referee appointments across the Premier League, The Football League and The Football Association (FA) competitions – all three organisations fund it. PGMOL plays an active role in the development of refereeing by working with referees across the world. PGMOL also undertakes the training, development and mentoring of 79 referees and 249 assistant referees in England. Among others, PGMOL handles the most high profile officials – the 17 full-time professional Select Group referees – who officiate in the Premier League.

The workshop will be conducted by the following:

Mike Riley, General Manager, PGMOL and FIFA Referee Committee member (Former PGMOL Select Referee)

Ray Olivier, Training and Development Manager, PGMOL and an instructor on AFC courses

Philip Dowd, PGMOL, Select Referee

The Referees’ Workshop will consist of both theory and practical sessions. A total of 35 participants (12 referees, 13 assistant referees and 10 referee assessors) from AIFF, will benefit from the two-day session. The workshop will a knowledge-sharing session on topics such as the referee training structure and the referee assessment methods, which are popularly used by PGMOL. The practical sessions will be filmed to enable sharing instant feedback with the participants via recorded playback of their practice on a monitor.

Along with training of the Indian officials through theory and practical sessions, there will be an endeavour to improve the overall structure and the management of development of referees. 

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