FIFA, the world’s governing body of football works closely and recognises the work of its 208 member associations and its Referees as well as Assistant referees around the world as well as other development programmes.
FIFA therefore has a policy of ongoing trainings for its referees and assistant referees to ensure that refereeing standards continue to improve and the Laws of the Game are applied the same way everywhere in the world.
The match officials in Port Moresby received their uniforms last Friday through the PNG Football Association Technical Department. These uniforms give them not only the professional look that goes with their talented skill of refereeing, but also the signature of being a referee!
In addition to referee development in the country, FIFA also organizes courses and seminars for instructors, referees and assistant referees at international, national and regional level.
PNGFA in conjunction with FIFA through the Referee Assistance Program team will be conducting a seminar for the game officials from the 7th- 11th May at the National Sports Institute (NSI) in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province.
With the recognition they get, PNG Football Association is also a member association to FIFA with one referee and four assistant referees and recognises the importance of its referees and assistant referees.
The new uniform issues received comes in a set consisting of three assorted uniform shirts, sports wear, soccer boots, socks and, including track suits and jackets with a uniform bag.
In a short interview with PNG Football Association Referee Development Officer, Mr. Job Minan there are so far only six FIFA recognised referees and Assistant Referees in the country.
“There are potential new referees and Assistant Referees officiating in local competitions and I urge all interested women in the country who wish to officiate in games to get in touch with us and attend referee courses and seminars to be part of the code.” Job said.