In a bid to maintain top class officiating, referees in Nigeria are returning back to the tracks and classrooms to rejig their knowledge of the laws of the game, including physical fitness.

According to details of the program the NFF Referees Committee, made available to the Nigeria Referees Association, NRA, the intensive training program shall hold from June 22 to July 2nd 2021, at the Otunba Dipo Dina Stadium complex, Ijebu Ode, Ogun state.

The referees shall be divided into two groups for the program. While the first group arrives on June 22 to end on 27, the second arrives on June 27 to end on the 2nd of July.

The program shall be kick-started with a Physical Fitness Test to ascertain the fitness level of the participants before classroom and field works on the Laws of the Game, interpretation of the laws and game management.

The program will also afford the Panel of Technical Instructors of the NFF Referees Committee the opportunity to digest and impact on the referees the application of  new amendments IFAB/FIFA introduced on the Laws of the Game this year.

At the end of the lectures, participants shall be made to undertake Comprehensive Test on General Laws of the Game and the Technical sectors that dwell on Offside,  Fouls and Misconducts.

After the premier league referees, other categories of referees shall go through the same learning process.

The president of the NRA, Otunba Tade Azeez, on behalf of the Association wishes all participants best of luck and journey mercies.


Kelechi Mejuobi

National Publicity Secretary Nigeria Referees Association

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