WAFF Concludes its Local General Coordinators Workshop

Monday 16/11/2020

On November 11, 2020, West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) organized a workshop to prepare local general coordinators. 

At the conclusion of the workshop, which was held over two days via video-conference, Khalil Al Salem the General Secretary of WAFF, conveyed the federation's appreciation to the FIFA and AFC Match Commissioner Ali Jebril from Palestine for his supervision of the workshop and the valuable information he provided during it. He also valued the attendees and their interaction with its activities and wished for them to take advantage of their achievement.

Al-Salem considered that the workshop came within the series of administrative activities that the WAFF is keen to hold, and whose momentum has increased specifically at the present time to compensate for the compulsory suspension of competitive championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic that the whole world is going through.

He stressed that the federation focuses on diversifying the workshops to include all components of the game and for both genders, in the context of its responsibility and pioneering role in serving football in the region and within its plans to develop it, in a way that will positively affect all Member Associations in the region and all their representatives and various sectors.

In addition, Orouba Al-Husseini, Head of Administrative Affairs at WAFF, started the workshop on Tuesday by welcoming the lecturers and all 75 participants from the vast majority of the Member Associations under the umbrella of the WAFF.

In his turn, the lecturer, Ali Jebril, spoke about many themes related to the work of the local general coordinator, by reviewing his duties before, during, and after the match, and his relationship with the match commissioner, explaining what he must prepare for the commissioner, and talking about the organizational structure, hierarchy, and powers of each person assigned to the match.

The duties of the coordinator were reviewed in detail; the countdown mechanism, the supplies and equipment that the coordinator should prepare and verify, how to prepare the international match program, and the duties of individuals who fall under the direct management of the local general coordinator, as well as the match ceremonies, special protocols, and how to train flag bearers and ball pickers.

Jebril also talked about the coordination meeting that is held before the match, how to prepare and arrange for it, the requirements that must be met in the meeting room, and the people who must be present.

On the second day of the workshop, many other details were discussed, most notably the football stadium and its equipment, the conditions for lighting that must be provided in it, the medical room equipment for the match as well as the media equipment, the video assistant referee, the security of matches and tickets, and the partial organization of the match during the COVID-19 pandemic and the amendments that accompanied. In conclusion, the participants’ inquiries were answered.

Jebril stressed the importance of the local general coordinator being aware of all the information and laws governing the organization of the match, in addition to the periodic review of his information and through continuous review of the amendments affecting the regulations and instructions.