The Northern Region Football Association is sending out an SOS as a serious shortage of referees threatens the game in the lower divisions. Last season some division two games only managed to go ahead after referees were recruited from amongst the crowd.
Assistant Secretary of National Referees Committee, Jealous Masole told Voice Sport that in July several people came for the referee’s courses, but only a few managed to make the cut.
“Most failed the fitness test, and the few who managed to pass could not satisfy the demand. Those we have are officiating at premier league games and other divisions are left with no referees,” lamented Masole.
Referees are required to undergo three fitness tests every year and
those who fail are barred from officiating in BFA sanctioned
Masole appealed to all who loved the game, male or female to contact
the football regions to find out how they can join and be trained to become competent match officials.
“If we want to improve our standard of football we need qualified
referees. The association need people who are self assured, energetic, courageous, calm and not influenced by the crowd among other things, ” he said.
Successful applicants will be trained in learning and applying the laws of the game, positioning, fitness, teamwork, overall match control and report writing.
In urging candidates to come forward, Masole said: “Who knows, from humble beginnings you might end up officiating in major tournaments like the World Cup and CAF competitions.”