Imphal: A 3 day Futsal Referees Workshop has commenced on Thursday at AMSA Meeting Hall, Mapal Kangjeibung, which is being organized by All Manipur Football Association (AMFA).
On the opening day of the workshop, M. Ratankumar, President, AMFA; Jyotirmoy Roy, Secretary, AMFA; and Chetanchandra, Treasurer, AMFA were present as dais members.
Altogether 29 referees from seven districts of the state are taking part. The workshop will feature lectures by M. Joychandra, instructor, AIFF, and Head Referee, AMFA, and I. Rabichandra, instructor, AIFF.
In relation with this workshop M. Ratankumar said that Futsal is a kind of football which originated from South America in 1930, played by Uruguay and Brazil and taught by Juan Carlos Ceriani.
It is the right time to develop Manipur Football. Futsal is a ball sport played on a hard court surface delimited by lines; walls or boards are not used, smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors. It has similarities to five-a-side football. Futsal is played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted, he added.
He further stated Futsal football is very important, it can be utilised to improve the skill, technique of individuals and could see lots of differences in America, Europe when compared to other regions. We can learn discipline from football and must share knowledge with each other to increase the volume of knowledge and should leave our negative behaviour from the field, he stated.