Jamaica Soccer Federation (JFF) Referees Division head Victor Stewart says that regardless of no exercise in native soccer for over a yr, Jamaican referees are persevering with to make what he describes as “nice strides” internationally.
Referees Oshane Nation, Daneon Parchment, and assistant referee Ojay Duhaney officiated within the Concacaf Olympic qualifiers not too long ago, with Parchment and Duhaney getting the appointment for the match last.
4 females, referee Odette Hamilton and assistants Princess Brown, Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing, and Jassett Kerr-Wilson had been named within the pool from which officers for the FIFA Ladies’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2023 will probably be chosen.
For the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup in July, 5 Jamaicans officers may very well be represented on the match for the primary time after Parchment, Nation, Duhaney, Anderson, and Kerr-Wilson had been named to the provisional roster.
However Stewart lamented that the absence of native soccer has been a setback to the officers’ progress.
“Proper now there isn’t any soccer being performed in Jamaica, however referees have been silently doing their factor,” he mentioned.
“Attending to a world match at any degree, junior or seniors, is a course of, and every recreation is a matriculation train for the match officers, and consistency in efficiency is what’s going to take you to the following degree.
“So we’re glad that our match officers have been capable of maintain their very own on this atmosphere as a result of though there isn’t any soccer in Jamaica, what we have now been doing over time has enabled us to get this far.”
He credited the native assessors and instructors for not solely retaining the officers updated with bodily health, technical coaching, and different coaching developments and workouts, but in addition for offering motivation going into their assignments.
“The assessors and instructors helped to groom these officers by offering them with the related instructing supplies, encouragement, and alternative,” Stewart mentioned.
“We now have a Zoom session each Tuesday with native match officers, the place we go over and analyse video clips. So can we keep on prime of the sport with evaluate video periods to maintain them motivated and in keeping with the considering and utility of the legal guidelines.
“Additionally, Concacaf has an open classroom that they’re subjected to, and there’s a Caribbean discussion board that we take part in.
“Because it regards health, FIFA match officers have a design programme that’s monitored by FIFA with the help of the native instructors.
“So by way of coaching technically and bodily, the FIFA referees are proper there. The one factor we lack now could be on the sphere recreation.”