Thursday, March 30, 2023

AIFF declares first batch of match officers with full time contracts

The primary batch of elite soccer match officers (referees and assistant referees) have been inducted into the system with full-time contracts, introduced AIFF on Tuesday.

The primary batch appointed consists of eight referees and eight assistant referees. The following batch {of professional} match officers will probably be introduced in 2024. 

This challenge, collectively invested by AIFF, and the FSDL, the Elite Refereeing Improvement Plan (ERDP), goals to make refereeing a viable profession pathway within the Indian Soccer ecosystem and is in tune with the ‘Vision 2047’ of the affiliation.

“A game of football cannot be conducted without a referee, and therefore it is a core area of focus for us. By employing referees full time, we will make sure they get the right kind of training, attention, support and also have financial security,” AIFF President Mr Kalyan Chaubey

Secretary Basic Shaji Prabhakaran stated, “Our target is to employ 50 match officials full time. Refereeing is a very important facet of the footballing pyramid and our goals towards doing more in this regard are detailed in the recently unveiled roadmap. The immediate target for 2026 is to engage more referees and create an exciting and viable pathway for referee development in India.”

The skilled match official organisation may also be bolstered by a training system that helps match officers working within the ISL and I-League and people chosen for the Elite Expertise Pool from 2023-24 season. Excessive stage technical coaching will probably be shared with the Heads of Referees inside Member Associations. It will be sure that the hole in regulation interpretation is minimised and greatest practices shared with each referee who wishes to develop their expertise.

“This is a very exciting period for Indian referees,” Trevor Kettle, Chief Refereeing Officer (CRO) stated. “These selected match officials will act as role models to inspire the talent for tomorrow and can expect to take charge of more games in the future. We must aspire to reach a minimum of 20 games within their core role per season to enable real progress. Professional match officials will be mandated to undertake self-evaluation and technical training every week.

“Transparency is key, and we will ensure that to gain credibility with our stakeholders. While professionalising referees will not totally eradicate human error, it will help achieve high standards and ensure consistency in major decision making. In the future we will explore how we can explain how and why decisions were made, albeit in a safe and controlled environment. I encourage match officials at all levels to professionalise their own approach, and learn and grow constantly.”

First batch of elite match officers on full-time contracts


R Venkatesh, M Pratik, P Aditya, Crystal John, Rahul Gupta, M Jamal, N Senthil and Harish Kundu.

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