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Jakarta: Some 100 All Indonesia Football Association (PSSI) referees began an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) refresher course on Saturday.

Ngadiman Asri, Head of the PSSI Referee Department, said that the AFC is offering the referee administration an up-to-date knowledge on FIFAs latest Laws of the Game.

"This referee administration project is the first to be implemented in Indonesia. It is aimed at identifying problems and challenges for improving the quality of referees in Indonesia. This is also a form of disseminating information on rules that are implemented by the PSSI," he noted.

The administration training materials are being presented by Abdul Razak bin Anuar, a representative from the AFC Referee Department.

Meanwhile, Moh. Rodzali bin Yacob, a FIFA and AFC referee technical instructor, has been asked by the PSSI to impart information on the FIFA Laws of the Game.

"This is to refresh the knowledge of referees and assistant referees who will be assigned in League 1," he noted.

He said the programme is important, as some official rules - under the supervision of FIFA - have undergone changes, and as a result, referees must be updated to help them implement the rules.

"Moreover, the performance of referees has always been under the spotlight of the public," he pointed out.

It is hoped that the AFC-PSSI program would improve the performance of the countrys referees and assistant referees to help them better compete with their counterparts from abroad, he added.

Sources: antaranews.com