Blocking: AIFF initiates online tutorials for referees, in order to keep them fit

NEW DELHI: The All-India Football Federation ( AIFF ) has started online tutoring classes for referees across the country to keep them alert throughout the emergency shutdown For him COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 60 Category 3 and 4 referees were divided into two batches of 30 participants each and underwent online classes for more than two hours three times a day.

While Suresh Srinivasan and Bhaskar train Batch A, Antony D'Costa and Rizwan ul Haq are the instructors for Batch B.

They are all former FIFA referees. In addition, 50 observers and instructors are also part of the guest tutoring classes.

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AIFF Director of Referees Ravishankar stated: As outdoor activities have been shut for coronavirus pandemic, we had to come up with some plan For him referees. The courses are part of the ongoing process to improve them, and there cannot be any stop to further development.

Given the current circumstances, we challenge ourselves and feel that digitization was the best and the only viable option.

"We felt it was the best way to engage time, make use of the emergency shutdown and sustain our efforts for holistic development," Ravishankar, himself a former FIFA referee, added.


The pandemic has indefinitely paralyzed all sports activities, including the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics until 2021.

"Initially, we had one orientation session For him referees to brief the curriculum and the protocol. The classes are being conducted in English primarily with an option to answer and clarify in Hindi too," Ravishankar said.

Meanwhile, Category 1 and 2 referees, including FIFA panels, have been asked to attend a trivia session on alternate days to improve their understanding of recent amendments to the laws of the game.

200 category 1/2 1/2 referees have been ordered to participate in trivia sessions on each alternate day. While the session will help them keep up to date on recent FIFA amendments, the MCQ event will maintain healthy competition between them, Ravishankar reported.


Besides the online course, AIFF has also shared indoor training regime with the referees, which will help them maintain their fitness during the emergency shutdown period.

It is extremely necessary to stay active and cover the basics during these difficult days. The indoor fitness regimen has also been shared with the referees, so they stay in shape once the season begins.

A few state associations have also followed in AIFF 's footsteps and started such online courses For him state-based referees.

Gujarat, Chhatisgarh, West Bengal, Karnataka and Maharashtra have already started the process, while others will follow soon.