In WIFA (Maharashtra) the Referees recruitment drive has been really promising after Jalna and Mumbai now Nagpur has got an overwhelming response of more than 50 referees participating in the said course.
Walter Pereira, Chairman and Dhanraj More, Convener of the WIFA Referees’ Board and also the instructors for the course were very happy with the WIFA’s new referees’ recruitment drive. ‘It is only when the state association motivates such drives that we get such response and I give full credit to WIFA for their support on the development’, said Walter Pereira, AFC Referee’s Assessor.
60 participants attended the course and were from the various districts of Maharashtra viz. Nagpur, Yavatmal, Bhanadara, Gondia, Washim, Gadchiroli, Wardha and Dhule.
‘It goes to show that football is getting popular in every part of Maharashtra and this is a very positive sign for the growth of football in our region’, said Souter Vaz, Hon. Secretary – WIFA.
The two day course covers all the basic aspects and laws of the game. The most important of them all is the elusive Fitness test which is a must for all aspiring referees to comply with.
This course will enable all the successful participants to become qualified referees to officiate the games in the State.
Since the AIFF D License and Grassroots Leader’s Course have been successful in Maharashtra there is a huge pressure to produce good quality referees. This new referees recruitment drive will cater demand of rising matches in various districts of Maharashtra’ said Henry Menezes, CEO – WIFA.
‘WIFA has now in the last two months trained more than 100 referees and the target set by WIFA of 500 is likely to be achieved very soon’, said Dhanraj More.