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The SLFA believes that the standard and quality of officiating is directly related to the quality and standard of the way we play football and everything must be done to help improve that standard.

The SLFA’s vision to introduce a number of educational programmes targeting all sectors of the game continues. A high level referees course was conducted in April 2010 by the Association (SLFA) and the sports governing body, FIFA which helped to successfully enhance the skills and proficiency of our local referees.

The five day course took part recently at the Windjammer Landing hotel and was under the supervision of FIFA Referee Development Officer Ramesh Ramdhan and FIFA Instructor Peter Prendergast.

SLFA First Vice President Lyndon Cooper said the course formed part of a detailed development strategy more than two years in the making. He expressed thanks to FIFA and their instructors for making the program a success. He made a guarantee to the referees and instructors that the SLFA remains committed to the development of football with the emphasis on refereeing.

Some 20 referees took part in the course, which will be used as a form of reclassification for referees to dramatically improve the skills of local referees.

Prendergast, a former top Jamaican referee, said he was pleased with participants and that the laws of the game were effectively discussed and physical activities undertaken to enhance the skills of local officials. He added that there was no reason one of the group could not follow in his footsteps and become a top internationally recognized referee.