New Teaching Technique, Technology In Futuro Courses
Doha: After four days, the FIFA Futuro III referee courses for West Asia in Qatar are on a high-speed track with the participants having covered a new teaching technique and latest technology in their programmes.
A total of 22 participants from 12 countries are attending the Technical Instructor Course and 11 participants from 12 countries are taking part in the Fitness Instructor Course in this yearly programme.
A new teaching technique was introduced during one of the sessions in the Technical Instructor Course which was delivered by FIFA Refereeing Development Senior Manager Fernando Tresaco-Gracia and FIFA Referee Instructors (Technical) Hani Ballan and Ali Al Traifi.
The course participants learned the ‘learning by doing’ concept at the practical session for the ‘off-side’ situation at a tennis court proving a point that teaching can be done anywhere.
Gracia said: “This kind of session if conducted in the classroom setting with videos and discussions will take more than 1½ hours to come to an agreement between the instructors and their trainees.
“Here, even in the setting of a tennis court, an agreement and understanding can be made within 45 minutes. It is however up to the instructors to design their sessions properly and use proper techniques and teaching tools available to conduct these sessions.”
Meanwhile, in the other course, FIFA Referee Instructors (Fitness) Toshio Utsumi and Khalidi Ahmad Sufian realised that Fitness Instructors’ mastery of the procedures and protocols of the Dynamic Yo-Yo (DYY) Test for referees, the Assistant Referees Intermittent Endurance Test (ARIET) and Change of Direction Ability (CODA) Test, needed to be improved.
Therefore, a practical session was conducted at the Qatar Sports Club for the course participants to enhance their understanding and to learn by doing (hands-on) so that they can implement it at their training back in their countries.
The instructors also were tasked to present their ‘Design of Training Sessions’ and participated in discussions on the techniques involved in this aspect.
In another session, Ismael Al Hafi, Referee Development Officer from the FIFA Development Office in Amman, Jordan, delved into maximising the technology available to enhance the instructors’ teaching techniques.
The instructors can download ample learning materials available from FIFA for use in the training sessions they will conduct in their countries.
Instructors were each given a user ID and password to download all FIFA teaching materials such as videos and presentations into a drop-box. The course participants were encouraged to use this non-stop learning technology.
Futuro III referee courses focus on the education of member association instructors and participants in this programme are expected to be actively teaching in their member associations, both before and after the course.