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Online Course for the Referees

Botswana Football Association will be conducting an online course through ZOOM from the 18th to the 19th July 2020. The course will be attended by all the 12 FIFA referees as well as young premier league referees (25- 30 years). The total number of participants will be 30 people. There will be 6 female referees. 2 theory tests will be administered during the course.

KEY AREAS TO BE ADDRESSED:

A. Technical aspects
1. New amendments
2. Challenges through tactical fouls
3. Handball
4. Off sides
5. Movement and positioning
6. Penalty area incidents

B. Physical aspects
1. Impact of covid-19
2. Safe return to normal training
3. Analysis and feedback of fitness data

Course Instructors
FIFA Course Instructors:
Jerome Damon- FIFA referees Development Officer (Capetown, SA)
Mademba Mbacke- FIFA Physical Instructor (Dakar, Senegal) Local Course Instructors
Phodiso J. Rasetsoga- HOD/Course Coordinator
Gaontebale Malete- Technical Instructor
Innocent Puso- Physical Instructor

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Registration of a company-Botswana Football League

Following various resolutions by the Botswana Football Association [BFA] -National Executive Committee to grant the elite league autonomy the move has since begun.

The Botswana Premier League also has always advocated for their autonomy and this comes at a time when the move for a commercial wing of the elite league is a must do.

Different football General Assemblies have also reiterated the need for the Botswana premier League to be independent from BFA.

The journey to make that a reality has begun with the help of different stakeholders. The FIFA professional department has been holding the BFA’s hand to achieve the desired goals.

BFA has since appointed a Transformation and Sponsorship Committee to implement the transformation of the elite league.

We are happy to announce that Botswana Football League (Pty) Ltd is registered with CIPA.

The company [Botswana Football league – BFL] will have all 16 premier league clubs as shareholders, and it will be a stand-alone company which will run their errands independently from the BFA. The BFL will only be a special member of the federation [BFA] as per FIFA standards and guidance.

The company will re-brand the elite league and make it a more viable property to entice partnerships that will see value in their investment by associating with this business entity.

A new dawn begins. The days of the premier league running as a society are over. These are exciting times and it can only be hoped that all stakeholders will be happy for this new beginning.

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