16 February 2023 – SAFA is currently hosting the 2023 Hollywoodbets Super League National Women Referees and Match Commissioner workshop at the SAFA Technical Centre.
A total of 45 participants are currently in attendance, of which 15 are match commissioners and 35 are Referees & Assistant Referees.

“With this workshop, we want to ensure that our match officials and match commissioners are well prepared for the long season that lies ahead. We are going through the laws of the game amendments that come into effect in July of every year.

“In this workshop, we are covering the technical aspects of the laws of the game:
Identifying Challenges
Identifying Tactical Fouls
Identifying Handball
Penalty Area Incidents
Identifying Offside
Positioning & Reading the Game
Game Management

“We cover technical training, which deals with the laws of the game using video material from matches played around the world as well as our own PSL/NFD & HSL.^

Match Officials are also put through physical training sessions, Low, Medium & High Intensity sessions in preparation for the demanding 10 month long Hollywoodbets Super League;” says SAFA Head of Referees Adbul Ebrahim.

“We also do Integrated Training Sessions where we use local teams to play matches and referees and assistant referees are expected to simulate the officiating that they do every weekend.
“We use these sessions to assist with their general Positioning and Reading of the game, and with various match situations, we evaluate their understanding of the various technical concepts. Our Match Commissioners do the same technical sessions and in addition to that, they are reminded of their duties and responsibilities as a Match Commissioner and a Referee Assessor,” concluded Ebrahim.