Senior Referee Technical Instructors Adrian D. Casha and Victor Mintoff, and Referees’ Fitness Coach Ronald Zammit are currently representing the Malta FA at FIFA/UEFA Refereeing Assistance Programme (RAP) Courses being held in Newcastle, Northern Ireland.
The course for technical instructors attended by Adrian D. Casha and Victor Mintoff includes analysis of match situations and feedback, roles and responsibilities of additional assistant referees (AARs), freekick management, challenges re. correct level of punishment, and practical activities discussing a variety of topics namely severity of the offence, advantage, positioning, dissent, confrontation, handball, illegal use of the arms/holding, simulation, and management control issues.
The course for fitness instructors attended by Ronald Zammit covers a variety of topics, such as new trends in referees’ training and testing, recovery strategies, injury prevention, strength & core-stability training, web-based monitoring of Elite Referees and on-and-off field training for additional assistant referees (AARs).
A practical session on the field of play will also be held, with special reference to the role of the AARs and their cooperation with the referee.