Referees of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) have been attending a workshop conducted by the league in association with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).
The four day course that ran from 11th September and finished on the 14th at the Reliance Corporate Park and Beverly Park in Navi Mumbai, saw more than 50 referees and assistant referees from the Hero ISL attend.
The referees were there to gain more knowledge and experience ahead of the 2018/19 season, so that they are ready to face challenges, especially in high-pressure situations.
The workshop was conducted by Richard Beeby, Head of National List Performance, and Robert Shoebridge, PGMOL Senior Match Observer, both who have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the English Premier League and the English Championship.
Ravishankar Jayaraman, AIFF head of referees, was also present to oversee proceedings at the event, which included a series of theoretical sessions ranging from conflict resolution to the laws of the game, whereas practical sessions included topics on fitness and pre-match instructions.
Before the workshop started Jayaraman explained what the course entailed: “The current course is giving the referees more input, just before the Hero ISL kicks-off in another 15 days. The coaches who are coming in will talk about their experiences in English football. They will teach them how to deal with the emotions of the players who are notorious for committing offences. The workshop will help the referees to clear up their thoughts and have a tactical approach to the games in the season.”
Talking about the participants at the workshop, Richard Beeby had some warm words after conducting sessions with them. “They’re an enthusiastic group of individuals who are keen to learn and grow as referees. They are not afraid to take on information and seek knowledge.”