To develop a better understanding of the players, tactics, and the mental requirements of the game, Ilonggo and Negrense coaches and referees underwent the National Referees Course organized by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF).
In Iloilo, a total of 36 football referees around the country attended the National Referees Category 1-Course at the Iloilo Sports Complex (ISC) from Oct. 7-11, 2017.
Negros Occidental, on the other hand, mounted the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) ‘B’ Coaching Certificate Course last week at the Panaad Park and Stadium, Bacolod City.
The event was attended by 18 coaches, including three foreign mentors.
Aside from Iloilo and Bacolod coaches, trainers from Visayas and Mindanao also took part in the five-day course which aims to improve the understanding of all football referees, as well as to harness their skills in developing the sport in the country.
Iloilo Football Association (IFA) President Ruceller Sumbillo also graced the opening affair and encouraged the participants to become effective and responsible referees.
Kent Gobuyan of Sta. Barbara, Iloilo said they are privileged to host the course in Iloilo City.
“I’ve gained a lot of new inputs and updates regarding the laws of the game since every year the world governing body of football (FIFA) updates the rules and it is a must to attend seminar like this to be synchronized and to be able to cope with the demands of football,” he added.
Gobuyan is one of the two Ilonggo international referees under FIFA, along with Steve Supresencia from LaPaz, Iloilo City.
“This is also the platform for the local referees to be motivated and be guided to become national and even international referees in the near future. In fact, for 2018, there are two more Ilonggo referees who applied for FIFA. They are Francis Engalgado and Jessa Mae Palma Kaatz of Sta. Barbara,” Gobuyan said.