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Waiia upset with futsal referees’ turn-out

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SOLOMON Islands Football Federation has voiced out their disappointment over the turn out of referees officiating at the Honiara Junior Futsal League.

SIFF’s Small Sided Games Development Officer, Victor Waiia called on referees who trained in the Basic Futsal Refereeing Course held in February to make an effort to attend organised futsal matches.

Waiia made the call after the turn out of referees at Futsal matches in Honiara remained at a disappointing number.

“So far only 3 referees have turned up regularly to officiate the matches of the Honiara Junior Futsal League and this is a disgrace.

“The referees we trained in the Basic Futsal Refereeing Course need to officiate more matches to sharpen their skills and understanding of the Futsal Laws of the Game and the junior competitions provide an excellent avenue for them to do this”, Waia said.

SIFF organised a Basic Futsal Refereeing Course earlier this year and had hoped that the 44 participants who turned up would help alleviate the shortage of futsal referees in Honiara.

So far this has not been the case.

Waiia said that of the 44 that participated in the Basic Futsal Refereeing Course only 14 turned up for the Our Telekom National Futsal Championship held in March.

The number turning up for Honiara league matches is even lower.

“I would like to commend those who are making the effort and urge the others to turn up for games. It is in their interest and in the interest of the development of Futsal in Honiara and the country,” Waiia explained.

The Honiara Junior Futsal League is organised by the Solomon Islands Sports Coalition. Competition match days are on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays.

-SIFF Media