Keeping referees abreast with law changes help uplift Brunei’s football standards
Sunday, July 26, 2020
Local referees must constantly be kept up-to-date with the latest changes in the ‘Laws of the Game’ set by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) to be able to bring Brunei’s football standards on par with its international counterparts.
National Football Association of Brunei Darussalam’s (NFABD’s) newly appointed Referee Director Abdul Razak Anuar said that this is because such laws will be followed by other countries whenever they hold matches, both nationally and internationally.
“If we want to compete well with other teams, we would have to (adjust ourselves well) with any changes in the laws. We should not be left behind if our goal is to achieve international standards,” he said.
The referee director reiterated NFABD President’s message at a recent FIFA Member Association (MA) Course: “If you have the knowledge, there is no problem to compete against other developed countries. This is because they do not look at you from your size but they will look at you from what you know and how you impart your knowledge.”
“If all the referees are updated with the latest practice, they will have more confidence and they should perform better in the field of play,” he added.
Abdul Razak was speaking on the sidelines of an online course hosted by several instructors from FIFA including Mohammad Rodzali Yacob and John Chia Eng Wah to brief local referees on the changes implemented in the IFAB Laws of the game.
NFABD General Secretary Mohammad Shahnon Haji Mohd. Salleh at the opening of the course said: "Our football league has not introduced new technologies such as the 'Goal Line Technology' or Video Assistant Referee' just yet thus, our local referees currently are not under extra pressure to complement their decisions with these technologies but the pressure comes with having to be on top of the games all the times.
"This also comes in a form of psychological preparedness, which we will focus on at their next level of development programme and the referees themselves have to be on top of their fitness and physical condition, to be able to make good discretion and decisions when applying these laws in the field," the general secretary added.