The Professional Game Match Officials Board (PGMOL), the international body for the provision of referees for the English Premier League, is involved as a strategic partner in the “Elite Referee Development Program” project.
PGMOL representatives will share their expertise and guidance to create a robust ecosystem for match officials in the country through ISL’s long-term partnership with the Premier League.
“Referees are an integral part of football. The Elite Referee Development Program is a testament to the FSDL and AIFF’s dedication to the holistic development of the sport in India. PGMOL is proud to do its part to improve the standards of refereeing in Indian football. “Said a source close to the development with 25 years of experience as a public official at the highest levels in international football.
“The program will improve the professionalism of Indian refereeing at the elite level in the coming years, reduce errors and increase the perception of the quality of Indian referees,” the source added.
The program includes the introduction of a high-tech e-learning platform for referee training and the implementation of a digitized referee evaluation process using cloud and server-based video technologies.
At the end of the first three-year cycle, the program aims to establish a panel of 50 elite umpires who will receive full-time professional contracts.
For further professional development exposition trips to Great Britain are planned, where Indian referees shadow referees in the championship (2nd division) and the first division (3rd division).
PGMOL is currently supporting the 26 referees appointed by AIFF in the ongoing ISL biobubble 2021-22 in Goa with 3 full-time referee coaches and one analyst.
A pre-game welcome protocol has been introduced to improve interaction and build trust in the relationship between the ISL club’s coaching staff and match officials before each game.
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