Football referees have gotten better following workshop

-FIFA instructor

Seated left to right are Shane Butler, Wayne Forde and the referees

The Guyana Football Federation [GFF], concluded its five-day FIFA facilitated Futsal Referees Workshop, on Sunday at the National Resource Centre, Woolford Avenue.

The forum which featured officials from Berbice, Linden, Georgetown, West Demerara and Essequibo, concluded with the presentation of certificates.

President of the GFF, Wayne Forde said, “I would like to encourage everyone to continue to invest in your knowledge and growth as well as both your practice on the field and conduct of your person as you represent not only the referees but the Guyana Football fraternity.”

Meanwhile, FIFA Instructor Shane Butler said, “The referees have gotten much better for the duration of the course. Their knowledge has improved and they’re better suited to do the upcoming tournament.”

According to Butler, “There’s still some work and practice to be done on the mechanics/techniques but I have no doubt that they will be a success in the coming weeks. Basic football knowledge is high but areas, which require additional work, include positioning, mechanics and signals, which outside of the book, they have not seen before. It will not be perfected overnight, it’s a gradual learning process and the more repetition is done, the better they will become.”

Butler further added, “It has been a great success. I’ve taught football before but this is my first out of the country teaching through FIFA. I think it has been a great success and I look forward to more events and hopefully return to Guyana and see their knowledge and mine get better and we all grow and learn the game together.”

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