The department’s mission is to manage and administer all refereeing matters in Asia efficiently and effectively with the cooperation of FIFA, the Confederations, Member Associations and stake holders of the game. The department’s vision is to lead the Asian Football Confederation in raising the standard of Asian Referees to be the benchmark in the world of Refereeing.


This department comprises of two sections that manages all AFC Refereeing matters related to Football (men & women), Futsal (men & women) and Beach soccer. 




The Objectives roles and responsibilities can be summarised as follows:

Competition Operations

Manage all refereeing operational matters

  • Proposals  for  appointment  of Referees, Assistant Referees & Referee Assessor in all AFC Competitions
  • Proposals  for  appointment  of Referees, Assistant Referees & Referee Assessor in other Asian Competitions upon request
  • Conduct Referee/Assistant Referee Assessments and take appropriate action.
  • Conduct video assessments and maintain a record of Referee performances
  • Provide Referee performance feedback to Member Associations when required.
  • Study match reports and take appropriate action
  • Provide advice/evidence on disciplinary matters related to matches
  • Manage Recruitment of New AFC Referees
  • Provide information for production of Referee Teaching Materials.


Manage all Referee Education and Development activities for AFC Refereeing Officials

  • Conduct  Development Courses on Refereeing
  • Maintain a record of all evaluations during educational programs
  • Appointment of Referee  Instructors for courses, workshops and seminars
  • Selection and training of Referee Instructors and Assessors
  • Young Referee Development Programme
  • MA Referee Administration Development Programme
  • Manage Online Referee Development Portal
  • Production and distribution of Referee Teaching Materials
  • Dissemination of information on latest developments in the Laws of The Game
  • Dissemination of FIFA Teaching materials and guidelines
  • Establish MA FIFA International Referee Registration Quotas
  • Conduct surveys on MA referee development and administration.
  • Support MAs in referee development programmes



Aug 31 2015
Dammam: Two FIFA Futuro III courses began in the Saudi Arabian city of Dammam...
Aug 21 2015
Malé: The AFC Project Future Referees Batch 2014 Second Development Course...
Aug 14 2015
Bandar Seri Begawan: A course to prepare young referees who will be officiating...
Aug 10 2015
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation’s three day Referee Director...
Aug 07 2015
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation’s three day Referee Director...
Jul 22 2015
Kuala Lumpur: The second edition of the AFC Member Associations Refereeing...
Jul 03 2015
Edmonton: Ri Hyang-ok of DPR Korea has been selected to referee the FIFA Women’...
Jun 21 2015
Manama: AFC President and FIFA Vice President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al...
Jun 19 2015
Kuala Lumpur: Fahad Al Mirdasi of Saudi Arabia has been appointed as the...