Northern Mariana Islands Football Association will kick off its five-day certified basic referee clinic today at the NMIFA office located on the third floor of the TSL Plaza in Beach Road, Garapan.
NMIFA general secretary Ed Salas in a brief telephone interview yesterday said that so far 13 individuals have registered for the clinic that will continue on Aug. 17, 18, 24, and 25.
“We expect the number to grow before the clinic starts tonight, as we need more people helping out in our program,” Salas said.
He added that individuals who will complete the basic referee clinic will be allowed to officiate in NMIFA's non-competitive leagues and then after joining other clinics, they may be elevated to competitive leagues. NMIFA holds non-competitive leagues in U6, U8, U10, and U12 age groups, while its competitive leagues feature players in the U15, U18, men's, and women's divisions.
Today's basic clinic is free and is open to individuals in the 14-and-above age group. Members of the NMIFA Referee Committee will conduct the clinic that will start with a theoretical session from 6pm to 8pm today. The classroom-like session will continue tomorrow at the same time, while the first on the field training will be held this Saturday. Saturday's session, which will still include a classroom discussion, will run from 8am to 4pm.
Then the penultimate training on Aug. 24 will be held anew at the NMIFA office, from 6pm to 8pm, while the second session at the pitch will take place on Aug. 25, from 8am to 4pm.