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Simbu provides foundations for match officials

Papua New Guinea assistant referee Wanting Yagum has forged a path for fellow match officials to follow. Credit: OFC via Phototek

There’s a future in refereeing for anyone who wants it according to Papua New Guinea Football Associations referee facilitator Jimmy Warai.

The OFC Referee Assessor recently led a basic refereeing course for the Simbu Soccer Association and said there is a clear interest coming from women in particular.

“This course was timely and beneficial for the association and I was very happy to see a good number of females in this course and I hope that this will go a long way for them,” Warai said.

The course covered the Laws of the Game and gave participants insights into how they should be applied.

Warai said the course was of particular benefit given the regular revising of the Laws of the Game, in order to ensure everyone is on the same page when it comes to application.

Simbu Soccer Association President Daina Uran was very happy Warai could train her referees as it will assist with strengthening the matches in the association.

Uran is the lone female president of a PNGFA member association so was also quick to acknowledge the fact that 13 women were among the participants on the course.

Warai said he was pleased with the progress and has already identified a couple of strong candidates capable of furthering their careers.

“The plan will be to bring all the identified referees from across the country together for a centralised seminar to further their skills and knowledge,” Warai said.


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