Over 300 referees were in attendance at the recent Football Victoria Referees Seminar at Monash University’s Caulfield campus.
Speakers included: FV CEO Peter Filopoulos, AFC & FFA Referee Assessor and Instructor Jim Ouliaris, HAL & WWL Assistant Referees Andrew Meimarakis and Janelle Sammut, FIFA & WWL Assistant Referees Laura Moya and Joanna Charaktis, FIFA & HAL Assistant Referee George Lakrindis and FV Women & Girls Program Manager Andrea Swain.
The seminar focused on topics such as changes in the laws of the game, handball, offside, fair play initiatives and severity of fouls.
Highlights of the forum included presentations of service awards for referees who surpassed 10, 20 and 30 years of service to Victorian Football. FIFA badges were also distributed to FV referees named on the 2020 FIFA international panel.
“Our Referees Seminar was a fantastic day with a great line-up of presenters who provided our referees with first class education, preparing them well for the new season,” FV Referee Manager Luke Brennan said.
“Each year the seminar grows with this year’s event sold out, highlighting the demand placed on the seminar by our referees. It’s also a great opportunity for our referees to meet in a more social environment and share their experiences during the day. Our aspiring referees also get the chance to interact with our W-League and A-league referees who they look up to as role models,” Mr Brennan said.