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Refereeing standards must improve

Referees Development Program was a highlight of discussion after congress found out that the performance of the referees in Vanuatu is going down compare to past years.
“Referees standards must improve because today football fans can see that in the past we have many top class referees who officiated in important OFC and FIFA competitions but today Vanuatu FIFA referees only officiated in woman’s competition and become fourth official in OFC competition.” said Robert Calvo of Port Vila Football Association.
“We want to see referees in Vanuatu to come up to another level.” The other thing is everytime we have FIFA referee course, we always have the same referees participated and there is no improvement.”
President of OFC Mr. David Chung make some remarks and said its important the referees must love the game of soccer.
“Many referees today in the islands nation officiate soccer matches for money.” But I think referees must stay train together once a week just like a football club.”
“Now a days, referees just want to officiate the games but they didn’t want to train once before their games on saturdays which is not very good.”
“Its important that all referees in Vanuatu must find time to train once a week before important games on Saturdays.” said Mr. Chung.
Referee Development Officer, Nasse Carlo said that plans are underway to have few referees courses in the 8 member associations next year 2012.

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