The Cook Islands Football Association supports the continuous professional development of all active match officials by recruiting more referees.
Refereeing can be a highly rewarding challenge, encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle as well as significantly contributing to the development of the game.
Cook Islands referee John Pareanga since joining the referee development course at CIFA has quickly climbed the ladder to officiate some of the Pacific’s premier soccer events.
“Being a referee has taken me to all corners of the pacific,” Pareanga said.
Next month Pareanga will be amongst 16 appointed match officials from the Oceania region to officiate the U-19 men’s championship in Tahiti which commences on the 5th August and is likely to stay on till the final match.
CIFA Referee Development Officer Maara Kaukura said the Cook Islands Football Association is proud of John’s achievements.
“We are very pleased with John’s performance and representation of the Cook Islands as a nation at tournamentslike this,” Kaukura said.
This is your opportunity to get involved and have a chance of being involved at a high level of Football. There are other great benefits gained from becoming a referee that range from being part of a network of friends to gaining transferable skills that can you can apply to your work life.
Training for all referees are held on Monday every week at the CIFA Complex from 4:30-6:00pm.
The CIFA Referee Department have been recruiting new members in the last two weeks and are extending further invitations to anyone who is interested in joining the referees for a busy 2018 football calendar.
For those who are interested are most welcome to contact Maara Kaukura on phone number 28-980/71768 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.