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The world governing body for football has given this leg of their training camps in India special impetuous with greater participation from all quarters of Indian football...

In a proud moment for Kerala, two referees from the state, Fasil Salahudeen and Santosh Kumar M B, have been selected to participate in a five day elite training camp is to kick off next month in Delhi.  The training camp is for a group of 30 referees from all over the length and breadth of the country.

While Santosh, who has been a foremost referee included in the highest echelons of the referees panel since 2009, will be partaking in such a camp for the seventh time, it is Salahudeen’s first plunge into such training.

The camp will include various theoretical and practical modules aimed at improving the efficiency and the quality of the refereeing aspect of the game. FIFA are very serious about the initiative and will be sending an instructor and fitness trainer along for the course.

What is surprising is the amount of impetuous FIFA has placed on this particular session in India, though it holds similar kinds of MA (Member Association’s) training camps all over the world.

Of the total of ninety seats available, 30 of which have been booked for male referees, 5 have been booked for female referees, 30 have been allotted to assistant referees and a further 25 seats have been reserved for reserved for assessors and instructors.