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MASERU – The Lesotho Football Association (LEFA) referees’ department will hold a two-day workshop for match assessors this weekend.
The seminar will start on Saturday and end on Sunday.
The assessors’ workshop follows a referees’ course held last month and, speaking on behalf of the referees’ committee this week, senior official Mohau Sentšo said the objective is for match assessors “to be on the same level as the referees” and understand the new laws implemented on June 1 by football’s world governing body, FIFA.
Sentšo said it is important match assessors are on the same level with referees because they monitor the referees’ performances on the field during the course of a season.
An example of a law that has been changed is the drop-ball rule.

Previously, both teams needed to have a representative each to contest for possession once a referee dropped the ball to restart the game after a break in play. Since June 1, the ball is now dropped to whichever team last had possession when the game stopped.
Another rule change involves the goal-kick restart.
Before June 1 the ball had to leave the penalty box from a goal-kick restart. That rule has now changed and players can receive the ball from a goal-kick inside the 18-yard area.
25 assessors, both men and women, are expected to attend this weekend’s seminar at Bambatha Tšita Sports Arena.
“This is the match assessors’ workshop, we have already done one for the referees,” Sentšo told thepost on Wednesday.
“It is important that the assessors are on the same level with the referees and they know the new rules that have been implemented because they are the ones who assess the referees’ performances on the field and so they have to know the rules,” he said.

Sentšo said LEFA’s referees committee expects to see an improvement in the referee’s performances this coming season.
Sentšo said the referees committee takes match reports submitted by match assessors throughout the season, checks where referees made mistakes and tries to help them improve.
He said a national fitness assessment will be held on September 8 just before the 2019/20 campaign kicks off so the referees committee can determine which referees are going to blow the whistle next season in Lesotho’s top-flight.
“We expect to see a difference from last season in the performance of our referees,” Sentšo explained.
“On September 8 we are going to host a national fitness testing at Setsoto Stadium. As you can see, the season is about to start. Next month from the 12th to 15th (September) we are going to have FIFA’s referees assessor here to come and train the officials.”

Tlalane Phahla


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