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FIFA Course Inspires Referees

The week long course kicked off on Monday June 22nd at the CIFA Matavera Complex to assist the CIFA referees education and improve the quality of refereeing.
Referees, Assistant Referees and Referee Technical Instructors will be updated with FIFA Laws of the Game, Match Analysis, Modern Football, Tactical Approach, and Physical Preparations in time for 2015 Football Season that kicks off in August.
Hester encouraged all participants to continue to build their knowledge and laws of the game, improving their skills through regular practice and fitness.
“I want to be exhausted when I leave here from all of your questions, presentations and participation” Hester advised.
He inspired all participants to utilize FIFA information and tools provided and to continually refresh themselves.
“This course is replicated the world over by FIFA. The information you will receive this week is the same as that was given to the referees at the FIFA U20 in New Zealand and FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. It is FIFA’s goal that the refereeing be the same no matter the country or level of competition” continued Hester.
Assisting Hester during the course are Cook Islands Football Association Development Officer Lai Gukisuva and CIFA Referee Instructors Maara Kaukura, Mike Mouauri and Robert Savage.
The course is being conducted at the Cook Islands Football Association which commenced on Monday 22nd of June with a welcoming address by CIFA General Secretary Mii Piri and will wrap up on Friday evening with a presentation of certificates to the participants.
The participants will focus on the main areas of Technical Session, Communication, Practical Session on injury prevention, testing on Laws of the Game, Match Analysis, FIFA 11+ and Fitness Test during the five days.
“The aim of the course is to give tools for referees to prepare and communicate with a uniformity of the laws of the game. This is a great opportunity for our referees to learn and update their knowledge on the FIFA Laws of the Game. It is not easy to be a referee and we thank our participants for their willingness to come out and be part of this course” said CIFA RDO Lai Gukisuva.
With Hester’s extensive background and fostering the aspirations of referees in Oceania football, CIFA is pleased to have him on-board to grow and continue to develop our football referees in the

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