Soccer coaches, refs to get more training
referee training, which is critical to improving the standard of referees.”
Following a plan unveiled by the confederation last week to professionalize referees as early as next year, the confederation is prepared to send officiating experts for exchanges and training events in China on a more regular basis, Windsor said.
Most of China’s referees serving domestic leagues are part-time officials with jobs as college teachers or coaches.
A system in which referees would work full-time — and with decent income and transparent assessments — would improve the quality of the game, said Huang Shiwei, spokeswoman of the CFA.
A coaching convention with the CFA will be signed at the end of 2017 to authorize China to organize AFC-certificated coach training courses customized based on its own situation, Windsor said.
“As you embark on a big plan through 2050, you need a lot of coaches. This convention comes at a good time for China to start producing top coaches on its own, not relying on AFC’s programs,” he said.