ISL organises communication forum for referees

The ISL organises an open communication forum for head coaches, AIFF representatives and its referees to discuss aspects related to refereeing.

The objective of the meeting was to acknowledge the need for two-way communication between coaches and referees. - GETTY IMAGES (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)

The Indian Super League has organised an open communication forum for the teams' head coaches, representatives of the All India Football Federation and its referees to discuss aspects related to the officiating of games and communication between coaches and match officials.

Representatives of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), which officiates the Premier League, were in attendance to share their experiences and provide guidance as part of their tie-up with the ISL and the AIFF.

The objective of this first-of-its-kind meeting, held on Thursday, was to acknowledge the need for two-way communication between the coaches and the AIFF’s appointed referees to have constructive discussion while reviewing the matches, and for the continued development of the match officials.

As the first step, a specific allocated time following the match-day will give opportunity to coaches to discuss with referees aspects of the game that may have arisen where clarity is required and both parties can discuss issues that will benefit the overall development of the game in line with the internationally best practices in football.

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PGMOL officials have also been assisting the AIFF on an ongoing basis with the continued development and training of match officials supported by the ISL and the league is keen for this development programme to be invested in and further developed.

AIFF’s referee department has assigned 12 referees and 14 assistant referees for the ongoing ISL 2020-21 season. In addition, Adley Costa and Ramesh Babu have been attached to the 26-member referee group with ISL as referees’ coach.

All stakeholders involved believe this collective approach to further develop a training and education programme will improve the required level and consistency for officiating in Indian football.

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