Overall improvements needed
Every aspect of football needs improvement within the region, says FIFA referee instructor and development officer, Peter Prendergast.
He told Barbados TODAY this during the closing ceremony for the FIFA Futuro III referee programme for technical and fitness instructors at Infinity Hotel on the Beach, St Lawrence, where 36 regional instructors received their certificates.
“In the Caribbean in particular there is work that needs to be done. The professionalizing of the environment in which the referees operate needs attention by the member associations and the fields and conditions are not necessarily the best that we have to work with. The entire game needs improvement and all will improve together once the professional approach and environment gets better,” Prendergast said.
According to the development officer, even though the region received support from football’s main body FIFA, the support from the government in each country was important.
“Football is for the world and is one of the sports that brings all classes and races together and therefore from a social aspect it is very important that governments also understand the importance of the development of the game within the region. And I am speaking not just for football as a sport, but for sports in general. I would encourage the member associations to engage their governments more,” Prendergast said.
Six referees instructors from Barbados took part in the course which was conducted over the past six days. The instructors were taught about new teaching modules, demonstration of the methodology during the classroom and field exercises.
Barbados Football Association referees’ manager, Mark “Bob” Forde said the course was very beneficial and would be very interactive when they have their sessions with the elite referees using the various modules and technology.
“In Barbados we have three FIFA referees and two FIFA assistant referees and it is our responsibility to work with them to get their levels even higher so they can compete with the best referees in CONCACAF, bearing in mind that the best referees in CONCACAF seem to be the American, Mexican and Costa Rican officials.”
The next FIFA Futuro III course is scheduled to take place in July in Jamaica. (ML)