(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Football is the greatest sport on Earth. It is played in every country and at many different levels.
The laws of the game are the same for all football throughout the world from the FIFA WORLD CUP FINAL through to a game between young children in a remote village.
Football must have laws which keep the game’ fair’ as a crucial foundation of the beauty of the “Beautiful game” is its fairness- this is a vital feature of the ‘SPIRIT’.
The integrity of the laws and the referees who apply them, must always be protected and respected. All those in authority, especially coaches and team captains, have a clear responsibility to the game to respect the match officials and their decisions. (Philosophy and Spirit of the Laws – FIFA).
In furtherance of this mantra every opportunity must be embraced by all, in order to protect this beautiful game.
That is why the SLFA has partnered with FIFA to conduct it’s Annual Referee’s Assistance Programme course (RAP) for match officials for five (5) days in St Lucia.
The Course which will be conducted by two Regional FIFA instructors commences on Tuesday 10th April and ends on Saturday 14th April 2018 within the hours of 09:00am to 17:00pm at the Saint Lucia Football Association’s office in La Clery, Castries. The FIFA instructors will be assisted by SLFA’s local instructors.
The course comprises of physical and technical exercises (game analyses, direct observation of officials in actual games being played). A fitness test is being considered as part of the physical component of the course.
Approximately thirty (30) officials selected from around the island (every district) will be in attendance. Certificates of attendance will be issued at the end of the course at a formal closing ceremony.