WAFF Organizes an Educational Workshop for FIFA Referees

Tuesday 22/12/2020
On Monday, December 21, 2020, West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) concluded the 2021 FIFA Referees Workshop.

The workshop was held via video-conference, over a period of 3 days, with the participation of 20 referees and assistant referees from both genders representing most of the Member Associations of WAFF. This workshop was held as part of a series of administrative activities aimed for developing all the pillars of football at the regional level.

The FIFA and AFC lecturer, Ali Al Tarifi, supervised the workshop, which witnessed the participation of: Ali Bujsaim, President of the Sports Arbitration Center at UAE FA, Saad Kamil, the Resident and a member of the Referees Committee at AFC, Ismail Al Hafi, the FIFA and AFC lecturer, Awni Hassouna, the AFC lecturer, and Zakaria Kanat, the AFC lecturer and Chairman of the referees' committee at Syria FA.

Hani Ballan, who holds the position of Vice Chairman of the Referees Committee at FIFA and AFC, and Chairman of the Referees Committee at Qatar FA, delivered a speech on the sidelines of the workshop activities, during which he stressed the importance of holding such activities that greatly contribute to the development and strengthening of the referees' capabilities as they are a major part of the football system.  He also praised the role of WAFF and its focus on developing all sectors and its keenness to organize programs and activities concerned with this matter, which will positively reflect on the beneficiaries themselves, their Member Associations, and the West Asian region in general.

Moreover, he stressed the importance for the participants in the workshop to come out with the highest levels of technical and administrative interest, in a way that guarantees them access to sufficient information in their upcoming assignments, in order to enhance their experiences and develop further, and he also provided many advice that serve the referees in their career and he then talked about his own experience and reviewed important stations of it.

In his turn, the General Secretary of WAFF, Khalil Al Salem, confirmed that the workshop comes as a continuation of the plan and programs of WAFF in implementing workshops and training courses. He also thanked the FIFA and AFC lecturer, Ali Al Tarifi, for his initiatives and cooperation in organizing these workshops aimed at increasing awareness in this field. The lecturers participation and response were highly appreciated and they provided important information stemming from their accumulated experiences to benefit from it.

Al Salem congratulated the participating referees on the confidence of their Member Associations in their nomination for the FIFA list for the year 2021, and affirmed that this was the culmination of their hard work and continuous effort in developing themselves, and wished them to benefit from the workshop and to succeed in their journey.

In addition, the workshop that was initiated by Orouba Al Husseini, Director of Administrative Affairs at WAFF, included many related axes. Ali Bujsaim spoke in the beginning about the process, history and the important developments and events through which it has so far been through. Ali Al Tarifi lectured on the requirements of AFC elite referees, for the penalty area and errors.

For his part, Ismail Al Hafi gave a lecture entitled "Reading the match is your path to the right decision”, and another on touching the ball by hand and its challenges. While Awni Hassouna addressed topics related to the understanding of offside and the assistant referee and creativity. Saad Kamil spoke about "the personality and controlling the match” and Zakaria Kanat spoke about mistakes and how to identify them.

The workshop witnessed the presentation of many related cases, through video clips, in conjunction with clear interaction between the lecturers and participants, as well as answering, explaining, and discussing inquiries in a comprehensive manner.

The list of participants included: Khaled Al-Sheikh and Fadi Samhouri (Palestine), Perissa Nasr, Ahmed Al-Husseini, Muhammad Al-Hajj, Ali Fakih, Ali Berri (Lebanon), Hanin Murad (Jordan), Muhammad Al-Ghazali (Oman), Muhammad Tarar and Abdullah Yusuf (Bahrain), Saud Al-Shamali  (Kuwait), Shadi Al-Shahaf, Ruba Zarqa and Muhammad Ali (Syria), Hussein Munshad (Iraq), Abdul Hadi Al-Ruwaili and Majid Al-Shammari (Qatar), Fahd Abdullah and Omar Al-Haddad (Yemen).