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Four PNG Referees taking next step

After seven intense days interpreting the Beautiful Game, Papua New Guinea referee instructors Jimmy Warai, Hillary Ani, David Yereboinen and David Charles are feeling inspired by their new wealth of knowledge and have big plans when they return home from the annual FIFA FUTURO III course in Auckland this week.

Papua New Guinea referee instructor Hillary Ani is also in Auckland and relishing the opportunity to update his knowledge following his retirement from refereeing and switch to instructing.

“I train referees alongside Job Minan, the Referee Development Officer in Papua New Guinea, and we’re based in Port Moresby.

“It’s a big country so we cover the southern region and Jimmy (Warai) is in the Highlands,” Ani explained of the situation at home.

“It’s great that we can come here, get knowledge and then go back and help our referees and develop them from there to take part in more Oceania games to hopefully becoming FIFA match officials.”

OFC Referee Development Officer Kevin Stoltenkamp said the course covers futsal, beach soccer and football, with different instructors from around the world coming to share their knowledge and experience with the attendees.

Stoltenkamp said the main idea is to achieve consistency in the application of the Laws of the Game.

“We’re trying to get a uniform approach throughout all 11 of our Member Associations,” he said.

Stoltenkamp said the timing of the course is to get a jump start on 2019.

“We’re holding the course now to give the new trends which have come out in the World Cup for football, and the new trends which have come out of the youth futsal in Argentina so we can pass it on to the instructors and ensure they are ready for next year,” he explained.

“In the past we were always starting from behind so this is an opportunity to be prepared for 2019.”

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