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



Jun 05 2015
Kuala Lumpur: Three refereeing instructors’ courses under the FIFA Futuro III...
May 19 2015
Dushanbe: Fourteen young referees are getting ready for duty at the AFC U-14...
May 12 2015
Osaka: Japan FA has started its biennial JFA International Refereeing Course,...
Apr 03 2015
Kuala Lumpur: A final meeting has taken place between AFC and All India...
Apr 02 2015
Yangon: A final meeting has taken place in Yangon as Myanmar’s participation in...
Apr 01 2015
Kuala Lumpur: Reigning AFC Women Referee of the Year Rita Gani of Malaysia and...
Mar 27 2015
Kuala Lumpur: A total of ten Asian Football Confederation referees and...
Mar 25 2015
Muscat: A final meeting has taken place in Muscat as Oman’s participation in...
Mar 23 2015
Fukuoka: The special support programme organised for AFC Development Group...