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Football - Information about referees

No blind football game is possible without the participation and assistance of referees and officials. The IBSA Football Subcommittee recognises the pivotal role played by referees and officials to ensure games are played according to the rules and spirit of the sport.

In alignment with a new four-year term of the IBSA Football rules comes a new four-year term of the IBSA Football Referees’ Advisory Group (RAG).

The members of the RAG for the 2013-2017 term of office are as follows:

Elias Mastoras (Greece) – Chair
Mariano Travaglino (Argentina - expert in B1)
Gerry Behan (Ireland - expert in B2/B3)

These members were chosen based on their experience and extensive knowledge of the rules and refereeing.

The RAG advises the IBSA Football subcommittee on refereeing- and referee-related issues. This includes such items as selecting referees for major championships, the referees program, answering rule-related enquiries, reviewing and possible sanctioning of referees, evaluation of referee clinics, assisting the growth of the referee programme in developing areas, and finally the recommendation of new RAG members for the upcoming term.

IBSA invites all blind football referees to register with IBSA by filling in the referee form 2013-2017 to join the pool of international blind football referees. Selected referees will have the opportunity to take part in major sports events such as the IBSA Blind Football World Championships, the IBSA World Championships and Games, and the Paralympic Games.

IBSA is keen to expand the pool of qualified blind football referees worldwide. To this end, training courses and clinics are held regularly to introduce new referees, whether they be football or futsal officials, to the exciting sport of blind football. Referee education is a major part of the Refereeing Co-ordinator’s role within the IBSA Football Subcommittee.

For more information on refereeing and officiating blind football contact Elias Mastoras at

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