Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Best wishes to new IFRA managing committee 2009-2010

(Photo courtesy: IFRA)

29 July 2009

Football Referee’s Coaching & Refresher Classes in Kuwait

Football Referee’s Coaching Classes

Football Referees’ Coaching Classes for New Recruits and Refresher Classes for Active Members will be conducted by the Indian Football Referees’ Association (IFRA) Kuwait from 31st July 2009 at the Indian Public School, Salmiya from 9.30 a.m onwards.

All new candidates desiring to qualify as Football Referees are requested to contact Mr. Sarto Baptista on Tel: 25611621 (after 6 p.m.), Mr. Junifer Rodrigues on Tel: 25633261 (after 5 p.m.) and also Mr. C.O. John on 66274017 (Mangaf/Fahaheel/Ahmadi Area) for more information.

IFRA was founded in the year 1980 by the late FIFA Referee, Mr. J.P. D’Mello who was also instrumental in the formation of KIFF in 1984. IFRA is an Independent Body and not a subordinate of any Federation nor affiliated to any Club/Federation in Kuwait. It is the only Association in Kuwait which conducts Coaching Classes for Football Referees by experienced Qualified Referees amongst Expatriates and is registered with the Indian Embassy since 1981.

For Indian Football Referees’ Association – Kuwait
J. Rodrigues
Hon. Secretary


Sarto Baptista re-elected IFRA President for 6th Term

Sarto Baptista re-elected IFRA President for 6th Term

Former India International and Ex-Salgaocar player Sarto Baptista along with one of the founders of IFRA in 1980, Junifer Rodrigues were re-elected for a sixth consecutive term as Hon. President and Hon. Secretary of the Indian Football Referees’ Association (IFRA) Kuwait, at its 28th Annual General Body Meeting held on 10th July 2009 at the Indian Public School, Salmiya.
The other Office Bearers are:
C.O.John Hon. Vice President
Francis Fernandes Hon. Treasurer
Christopher Fernandes Hon. Auditor
Diego Rebello
Milagris Crasto
Midas Fernandes
Yusuf Mubarak
Philip Ferrao, and
Alvaro Dias. Team wishes IFRA's new managing committee all the very best.
With sports salutations.

C. Gaspar Almeida
Moderator, Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter (since 1994)

29 July 2009

IFRA-Kuwait 28th Annual General Body Meeting & Thanksgiving Mass

IFRA-Kuwait 28th Annual General Body Meeting & Thanksgiving Mass

The 28th Annual General Body Meeting of the Indian Football Referees’ Association (IFRA) – Kuwait, will be held on Friday, 10th July, 2009 at 9.30 a.m. at the Indian Public School, Salmiya and will be preceeded by the Thanksgiving Mass at 8.30 a.m. the same day at the St. Thereze Church, Salmiya. All members are requested to be present.

Junifer Rodrigues, Hon. Secretary

Indian Football Referee’s Association – Kuwait

(As documented by gaspar almeida)


Photo by: Augusto Fernandes




Kuwait: The glittering Patrick Santimino Memorial 7-a-side trophy was lifted by “URRAK” when they overcame DHL 3-2 via tie-breaker in the final of the 2nd edition of this prestigious tournament organized under the umbrella of Salmiya Friends Community and played at the Salmiya Grounds in memory of late Patrick Santimino a well known sports personality in Kuwait. The tournament was played on the first day of Eid and officiated by IFRA (Indian Football Referees Association).
Oct 28, 2008
(Report in Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Some links to IFRA activities in Kuwait


Kuwait Indian Football Federation – Kuwait (KIFF) is all set to get the ball rolling for season 2008-09 on 7th November 2008 at the Salmiya Baladiya Football Stadium in Salmiya, Kuwait. This year being the 25th year of the Federation's existence, the famous KIFF league for the J.P. D'Mello Memorial Trophy will be opened with a unique opening ceremony on the inaugural day of the league.

In spite of all odds and speculations the dynamic members of the KIFF Managing Committee for 2008-09 were instrumental in reallocating the games on a green pitch very much to the demand and appreciation of the football loving fans thus fulfilling the long cherished dream of every player to showcase their talent. The committed senior and founder members of the Federation supported strongly in unison to make this dream a reality.

This year the Federation boasts of 18 competitive teams which will play the full league divided in two groups with the top two teams from each group qualifying for the semifinals.

The KIFF Managing Committee fpr the 2008-09 season comprises of:
President - B.M Viegas (UGC), Vice-President Xavier Furtado (AVC-Kuwait),
General Secretary - Fidelis Fernandes (Kuwait Goan Association),
Sports Secretary - Derrick Gomindes (Rising Stars),
Treasurer – Shyam Kumar (Kerala Challengers),
Registrar – Michael Fernandes (GOA),
Asst. Sports Secretary – P.A Tony (Fahaheel Bros),
P.R.O. Jack Fernandes (Curtorcares United) and
Executive Member Bernard Fernandes (Navelim Youth Centre)

The KIFF Managing Committee has decided to start the games at 7.00 am sharp without any minute delay very much in line with the international laws some of which are applicable in this season and all affiliates are made aware of this in agreement with the Federation. All the Presidents of the clubs/associations/teams are officially invited to participate in this opening event and provide added boost to the KIFF Managing Committee.

It may be noted that Kuwait Indian Football Federation – Kuwait is the one and only Indian federation in the whole of Gulf region which has annual affiliate registration of the players and conduct the games in line with FIFA guidelines in addition to its own enacted laws as per its constitution. It is registered with Indian Embassy in Kuwait.

The games scheduled on the first day (7th November 2008) are
Navelim Youth Centre v/s Don Bosco at 7:00 am
CRC Chinchinim v/s Santos United at 8:30 am.

The matches will be officiated by INDIAN FOOTBALL REFEREES' ASSOCIATION (IFRA).

{Forwarded and published by gaspar almeida for Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter on November 06, 2008 under caption [Gulf Goans] KUWAIT INDIAN FOOTBALL FEDERATION (KIFF) COMMENCES NEW SEASON }

Saturday, July 25, 2009

A brief on IFRA - Indian Football Referees' Association

The Indian Football Referees' Association (IFRA)
P.O. Box 341, 15454 Dasman, Kuwait
President: A.E. D'Souza
Vice President: Peter S. Monteiro
Gen. Secretary: Diago F. Rebello
Treasurer: Sabino A. Anes
Contact person: A.E. D'Souza - Tel: 2409253/4
Peter S. Monteiro - Tel: 4316956 (R)
Diego F. Rebello - Tel: 5715906 (O)
Sabino A. Anes - Tel: 2422091 (O) / 2662071 (R)
Organizes coach/training classes for new referees as well as updates members on new rules of FIFA, etc.

(Managing Committee Year 1998)

Indian Football Referees Association (IFRA) in Kuwait
TEL: 25633261 Email:

This association was formed on December 5, 1980, by a group of Seven-7 expatriate Indians, qualified as referee and the members of Bombay and Goa Referees' Associations, later called as, the Founder Members, with the blessings of The Kuwait Football Association.
The Association was then headed by (late) Mr. Jerome Pascoal D'Mello, (popularly known in India and Kuwait as J.P). Ex-FIFA Referee and Member of Asian Football Confederation Referees Committee and Ex-Hon. Secretary and member of
Bombay Referees' Association, as President, until his departure to India in 1986. Mr. D'Mello, who lived in Andheri East, Bombay, left for his heavenly abode in 1994.

He was succeeded by Vice-President, Mr. Dominic Monserrate, a member of Goa Football Referees' Association, for a brief period as President in 1987.

Mr. Apolinaris Ejechial D'souza, a member of Bombay Referees' Association since 1964, and the Founder Hon. Secretary from 1980 to 1986, a Member of the Board of Examiners from its inception, took over the reigns of the Association, as President and Chairman of the Board of Examiners in March 1988. The association Trains and Recruits new Referees, as its members, who provide services for the supervision of
Football matches for both Indian and other Expatriate Tournament Organizers since 1980.

The association which provided its services form 1980 to various Tournament Organizers prior to the formation of The Kuwait Indian Football Federation (K.I.F.F.) in 1984, which now controls all Expatriates Indians Football activities at the Al-Sour Ground at Kuwait City, also provides its services to KIFF to supervise its Four (4) Regular, Five(5) 7-A-Side and Oner 9-A-Side Non-Regular
Tournaments and the J.P. Memorial Rolling Trophy -KIFF League. Every to others since 1998, such as, the tournaments organized by the United Malayalee Organization, (a group of 13 Indian Malayalee Associations in Kuwait), Biman Bangladesh Tournament-Organized by Biman Bangladesh Airlines-Kuwait and Expatriate League-Organized by Expatriate European/Arabs in Kuwait.

Despite opposition from some political mined members of KIFF the association, under the able leadership and expert guidance of Mr. D'souza, since 1988, the strength of the Association gradually has increased, which is now raised to Thirty-30 members of whom Nineteen-19 are Active Referees. The Examination Sub-Committee, consisting of Mr. D'souza, Chairman, with Members, Mr. Diego Rebello Vice President and Mr. Peter Monteiro Hon. Secretary, regularly conducts two(2) Refreshers and Coaching classes yearly for the benefit of the members and new recruits. The association aims at recruiting and training a good number of players to qualify as referees, which is supported by many players attending the said course for qualification. the Examination sub-Committee conducts its Annual Examinations for its members, during the month of August each year.

I.F.R.A. is the only Recognized and Registered Expatriate Qualified Football Referees' body in Kuwait, being Registered with the Indian Embassy in Kuwait. The Football Association and The Referees' Association - U.K., who provide/supply with the "Laws of the Game"/Refrees Charts and other necessary referees' accessories.
The Bombay Referees' Association, provides the association members with the "Soccer Magazine" and other relevant information of latest changes of the Laws of the Game, etc. The Certificates issued by IFRA to its members are recognized in India, by all State Referees' Associations. (Source)
- As documented by Gaspar Almeida in 1994.

Links to IFRA activities as reported in Gulf-Goans e-Newsletter (since 1994)