Hockey India’s latest initiative, the ‘Match Officials Education and Development Plan,’ has received praise from Javed Nuruddin Shaikh and Moghul Mohammed Muneer, both renowned FIH International Pro League Panel officials. They believe that this program will greatly benefit aspiring umpires and technical officials by enhancing their skills and knowledge of the game.

Approximately 350 aspiring umpires and technical officials from different zones across India have enrolled in the Match Officials Education and Development Plan, representing the North, South, East, and West regions.

Javed Nuruddin Shaikh, who has officiated in over 150 international matches, including the FIH Hockey Men’s World Cup in 2018, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and the upcoming FIH Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2023 in Bhubaneswar-Rourkela, commended the initiative. Moghul Mohammed Muneer, a seasoned technical officer who has served in numerous national and international tournaments, including the Asian Games Qualifiers in Dhaka (2010, 2014) and Muscat (2018) and the Johar Boro Junior International Tournament (2016), also praised the program.

Javed Nuruddin Shaikh said talking about the Match Officials Education and Development Plan initiative, “This is an excellent step taken by Hockey India. Through this, there will be uniformity in how the umpires of different member units interpret the rules during the game. It will act as a base where everyone can share their knowledge of FIH rules and regulations about the game and learn from educators and each other. I am sure that it will be a big boost for the match officials. What is happening right now is, everyone is umpiring in their own states and with limited knowledge. Once they go through this course, everyone will get the same knowledge and that in turn will help develop hockey overall. This is a stepping stone by which an aspiring candidate can also be part of Hockey India’s officiating system.”  

Moghul Mohammed Muneer shared his thoughts on the Match Officials Education and Development Plan initiative. He said, “I would like to thank Hockey India for coming up with the Match Officials Education and Development Plan. Through this, the aspiring umpires and technical officials will get a chance to hone their knowledge, skills and at the same time, it will also act as a platform where the transfer of knowledge will take place. It should be promoted more as there are several young aspiring umpires and technical officials who want to officiate at a national level and international level.”  

Hockey India had previously notified its member units to nominate their registered umpires and technical officials through the Hockey India Member Unit Portal. The nominated candidates will be further selected by Hockey India based on eligibility criteria. These selected individuals will then attend the Hockey India Umpires & Technical Officials workshops scheduled to take place in July 2023. The workshops will be held in five different zones, namely New Delhi, Pune, Andhra Pradesh, Jamshedpur, and the North East. The venue and registration details for the North East zone will be announced soon.


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