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NMI has 11 new certified soccer referees

ELEVEN participants passed the recent Northern Mariana Islands Football Association Referee Course Fall 2019 and are now certified referees. The training was conducted from Sept. 7 to 9 at the NMI Soccer Training Center.

Twenty-six individuals attended the two-day course: Lillian Podziewski, Marinel Falalimpa, Irish Pagarao, Davy Laxa, Mia Carreon, Sebastien Manabat, Rinto Takahashi, Katherine Magat, Sharmaine Francisco, Stephanie Flores, Miles Timmons, Nicole Lumbad, Ezekiel Canape, Jeremiah Diaz, Mary Kay Alferos, Merrick Toves, Gabriel Arkoh Jr., Miles Borja, Kirt Andon, John Canape, Jim Maniago, Chad Escaner, Jerald Aquino, Bryant Dy, Marcus Toves and RJ Narvaez.

The training focused on a referee’s basic skills and duties; an update on the changes to the rules made for the 2019-20 season; teamwork and game management; theory and practical sessions.

The 26 participants pose with instructor Ruselle Zapanta and assistant Mae Ito during the referee course at the NMI Soccer Training Center.  Contributed photoThe 26 participants pose with instructor Ruselle Zapanta and assistant Mae Ito during the referee course at the NMI Soccer Training Center. Contributed photo

NMIFA’s instructor Ruselle Zapanta and assistant Mae Ito began the training on Saturday by discussing the qualities of a good referee, including his or her duties and responsibilities. In addition, training participants learned about the single and dual referee systems, fouls and misconduct. They also practiced signals during a match simulation.

Sunday’s session included an offside practice, a course review followed by a written test, and the closing ceremony.

Of the 26 participants, only 11 passed the written test and received the NMIFA referee patches. The passing grade was 80. Seven scored between 70 and 79 which allows them to retake the test. The remaining eight who did not pass the written test can officiate non-competitive matches only as uncertified referees and will have to retake the written test at the end of the season.

The names of those who passed the written test and those who didn’t were not available as of press time.

NMIFA said the training aims to create a large pool of referees and a standard for NMIFA referees.