As the Bermuda Football Association’s League Season gets underway this weekend, Bermuda Football referees have been hard at work preparing.
Bermuda officials recently took part in the FIFA RAP Course, under the tutelage of Kelesha Antoine and Hector Vergara.
The Bermuda Football Referees have grown over the last few years both locally and internationally with Tashon Simons added to the FIFA List, it was another first this past Monday when fifteen year old Ka'Ri Richards was an assistant referee in the Dudley Eve match between the Somerset Trojans and Devonshire Cougars.
Every year there is a big writeup about shortage of referees in Bermuda, but a Nation like Jamaica is also struggle.
Not enough referees! Is a headline as the Jamaica Local body is struggling to provide officials for upcoming matches, Victor Stewart, manager for the referees department at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), and no stranger to Bermuda has admitted that he is struggling to provide enough officials to man the upcoming schoolboy football and men's and women's premier league seasons.
But he promised that this will be the last year his department will face the situation as he is about to go a on a massive recruitment campaign throughout high schools across the country.
During the course the Bermuda Referee’s were put through their paces in areas such as the FIFA Fitness Testing that entails 40 x 75m sprints with 25m recoveries in the form of 10 laps around 400m tracks and 5-6 repeated 40m sprints.