Coaches and Referees Seminar Report
Sunday September 03 2006
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) and the National First Division (NFD) have released a full report of the recently-held Team Managers, Coaches and Referees Seminar Series.
The first of the seminars was held in Durban on Friday, 11 August. This was followed by another in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 15 August and the final one was held in Cape Town on Friday, 18 August.
"The course was very intensive, and covered the vast majority of aspects related to the relationship between referees, coaches and team managers," the PSL's Ronnie Schloss told the League's official website.
Below is a comprehensive report from the series, compiled by Ian MacLeod - Chairman SAFA Referees Committee and CAF Referee Instructor - and Professor Ronnie Schloss of the NSL.
Report: Club Managers, Referee and Coaches Seminar Series Report
The programme focused on Law 4, 11 and 12. The latest teaching materials from FIFA were used.
Participants were taken through each of the above laws with the aid of multimedia presentations from FIFA.
Prior to the forum, participants completed the FIFA Referee Video Test on Fouls and Misconduct, which the FIFA Referee World Cup Match Officials completed prior to the World Cup in Germany.
Throughout the seminar participants had the opportunity to express their views on certain aspects pertaining to the Laws in question. Time was spent on the role of the Match Commissioner and participants were taken through the Commissioner's Report Form in detail.
The forum section also provided coaches with the opportunity to express views on certain aspects of refereeing from a coach's viewpoint.
Post Seminar Evaluation by Participants
84% of the participants confirmed that the venue, along with the refreshments were Very Good, whilst 6% rated it as Good; and 10% as Satisfactory.
B: Instruction technique
94% rated the Instruction technique as Very Good, with 3% rating it as Good, whilst 3% thought it was Satisfactory.
C: Value of the course
94% rated the overall value of the course as Vety Good. Three percent thought it was Very Good; and the remaining 3% said it was Satisfactory.
Summary of the Participants' Observations
- There is a need for continuous support like this. There also exists a need to review actions of local games during the season.
- Great opportunity to share ideas with other coaches.
- Rural areas such as Limpopo need such courses.
- Such seminars help grow the relationship between referees and coaches.
- Timimg - may be a good idea to host the seminar series in the off-season.
- Follow up seminar: Report-back on referees' performances and vice versa.
- participants should be given an Attendance Certificate.
- Clubs should have someone to educate their players on the Laws.
- Referees to take stronger action on players who delay the restart of play and simulation.
The objectives set for this seminar were achieved with 97% of the participants rating the value of the course as either good or very good.
The positive and constructive interaction between the referee instructors and coaches was a particular highlight.
The bridges between referees and coaches are under construction and a firm foundation has been built upon which a sound working relationship can be developed.
A large number of coaches inquired about the possibility of referee instructors giving similar seminars to their players. This will be set-up by the League, as part of bridging the gap between referees, coaches and players.