New Zealand referee Matt Conger has held a lifelong dream of being involved in the biggest football event on the planet and with his appointment to officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, that dream has become a…

Oceania refs earn call-up

Two OFC referees and three assistant referees will join the world’s greatest footballers in Russia in June after being included in the list of match officials for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Tahiti’s Norbert Hauata and New Zealander…

With a constant shortage of referees in Oceania he says the opportunities for improvement are always there.“If you want to become a referee, there’s no shortage of games but there’s always a lack of referees.“We want to improve the…

The Football Advisory Panel and the Technical Advisory Panel, with representatives from Oceania sitting on both, met at the Sofitel Hotel London Heathrow for meetings on Monday and Tuesday to discuss a variety of topics, including proposals to amend…

Technology aids development

OFC Referee Development Officer Mark Hester says while for OFC things like electronic scoreboards and communication kits are relatively new, on a global scale they’re technologies that have been around for some time.“The electronic substitution boards have been around…

The course caters to the instructors of the top referees in each of OFC’s 11 Member Associations, with four FIFA instructors covering elements of technical and fitness instructing.OFC Head of Referee Development Mark Hester is one of the fitness…

OFC Futsal and Beach Soccer Development Officer Paul Toohey says with four FIFA Futsal Refereeing Courses on the calendar as well as the FIFA Futuro Refereeing Instructor Course, it shows the clear desire to improve knowledge and skills across…

Tupou Patia of Cook Islands, Finau Vulivuli of Fiji and New Zealand’s Anna-Marie Keighley have all been invited to attend the seminar, joining 40 fellow match officials from around the world.The seminar is part of the preparation programme and…

The courses not only gave the referees the opportunity to review the Laws of the game – but also to check the match officials’ fitness in a variety of ways. The introductory course brought together 10 referees, selected by…