Indian Football Referees

Arsenalkid700Arsenalkid700 7 Points
Thought it was time to start this thread as Referees in India have been a big topic.

How do we improve them? How do we find the best ones? Who do we bring in? How do we teach and stay within a set budget?


  • For me the quality of Referees is super poor and I am sure all of you agree. Most of them are biased, dont know what they are doing and sometimes they are way to overweight to run a game.

    In my opinion that referee class AIFF just had was a good step but we need to take it a step forward. We need referees from Maharashtra, Kolkata, and Goa because those are the places that do refereeing courses. But we need more to.

    What I think we should do is to form a new organization called the Indian Professional Referee Organization (IPRO). Here we should get 1 head referee and around 6 assistant head referees to teach and run the organization and then IPRO should be assigned to pick the best referees in Maharashtra, Goa, and Kolkata and bring them to Delhi to learn more about refereeing. After the course a total of 35 referees should be selected to be scattered across I-League games.

    Now in order to organize the I-League match-weeks, the AIFF should make the schedule and IPRO should be the ones who assigns which referees should be sent for that game. That way we could know who the referees are and possibly see better refereeing to.

    Also this would lighten what AIFF already have to do as they have a big list.
  • thebeautifulgamethebeautifulgame Durgapur,India28635 Points

    Poor standards, lack of exposure keep Indian football refereeing down

    • Referees in India have drawn a lot of flak in recent times
    • Coaches and players from the Indian Super League and the I-League have expressed their displeasure
    • Indian referees have failed to make the cut for FIFA World Cups since the 2002 edition
    Poor standards and lack of sufficient exposure are the major reasons Indian referees have failed to make the cut for the World Cup since Komaleswaran Sankar broke new ground by officiating at soccer's showpiece event 16 years back, feel experts.

    "We have the acumen and refereeing in India is going in the right direction. But in modern times, refereeing has become more scientific and unless you have proper exposure to international tournaments, you cannot officiate in a World Cup game," Sankar told IANS over the phone.

    "We need to give referees more exposure and they should be part of higher-level continental matches on a more regular basis. I feel we could be there soon; it's just that the exposure on a consistent basis is missing," he said.

    Sankar is still the only referee in the nation of 1.3 billion people to have made it to the pinnacle of the sport. The Chennai-based man took the field as assistant referee in three games of the 2002 World Cup hosted jointly by Japan and Korea.

    Referees in India have drawn a lot of flak in recent times with coaches and players from the Indian Super League (ISL) and the I-League expressing their displeasure at the match officials' performance.

    Sankar, though, disagreed that their standards were poor.

    "I don't agree with this view. Human errors are everywhere. I have seen the games and have not seen any instance of a poor decision affecting the outcome of the match. We referees need support from all corners to succeed," he added.

    The All India Football Federation (AIFF) is hopeful of having at least one referee from the country at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but at the same time concedes it won't be easy considering the steep selection criteria.

    "There have been various reasons for not having referees for the men's World Cup," AIFF Head of Referees Col. Goutam Kar said.

    "The target is to have at least one referee in the probables list for the 2022 World Cup. We are preparing for that and training the referees in such a manner. But it won't be easy."

    By early next year, FIFA is expected to announce the list of probable referees for the 2022 World Cup.

    With India unlikely to have a referee at the 2019 Asian Cup and lacking the numbers in the AFC Champions League (ACL) at present -- only Arumughan Rowan has been in the ACL panel -- chances of a second name being added to the elite list along with Sankar are dim.

    "It won't be easy. We don't have too many referees at the top flight in the AFC at present," said Kar.

    "What Sankar achieved was on his own. The AIFF did not have a referees department back then. It was his credit," he added.

    In 2010, FIFA had asked the AIFF to form a referees department for their development.

    "There was no proper structure before that. I joined in 2011 after the referees department was formed. There were two things that needed to be done. Proper documentation and referee education," Kar said.

    There is a Referee Identification Number (RIN) now where close to 7,000 officials are registered. This, Kar said, prevents age fudging which used to be the norm before.

    "It will thus take time for referees from India to regularly feature in World Cups. It's just been over six years that we had a dedicated department," he noted.

    India at the moment has a quota of six men referees and eight assistant referees and two female referees and assistant referees each.

    While Sankar and Kar stuck to their guns saying they are on the right path, former India striker and AIFF technical committee chairman Shyam Thapa was more critical.

    "How can we expect to have Indian referees in World Cups when the team is ranked close to 100?

    "Yes the national team is doing well of late, but our referees are nowhere near the best in Asia. I don't see that changing soon
  • munna219777munna219777 28433 Points
    ISL has ended, Cuts start now. Now they dont need Referees till September. :#
  • AIFF  have appointed Mr. Yoshihiro Sugeta, Japanese National n ExReferee as an Advisor to
    Referees Committee for Development of Referees.
  • thebeautifulgamethebeautifulgame Durgapur,India28635 Points

    Once India qualifies for FIFA World Cup, football would be the next cricket in India: Former FIFA referee Rizwan-ul Haq

    If you ever happen to talk football with one of India’s most prolific referees and India’s first-ever in the FIFA elite panel, you are very much likely to mistake him for the guy next door. Years after blowing his final whistle as a FIFA referee and later as a national referee, Rizwan-ul Haq still lives and breathes the game that has given him everything but he never wore an aura around him, neither when he was officiating nor when he is associated with the game in an administrative role in the Delhi football circuit.

    Rizwan began as a footballer wanting to enter the national team and was even part of the National Under-15 side. He was even named in the senior team probables but when he couldn’t make it to the team, he tried his luck in officiating, much like his father FIFA referee (late) Ikram-Ul Haq and began as a Class III referee in 1988.

    In an exclusive chat with The Statesman, Rizwan talked at length about football, his experiences as a referee, and what India needs to do to emerge as the next sporting powerhouse.

    [Deleted User]munna219777
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