New Delhi: The FIFA Futuro III Head of Refereeing Course closing ceremony was held on Saturday.

Sri Lanka's Muhiseen Ariff, Refereeing Development Officer - FIFA, South Asia/Central Region, addressed the gathering and distributed certificates to the 15 participants.

AR Dev, chairman, referees committee, AIFF, and Goutam Kar, head of referees, thanked FIFA for appointing him to conduct the Course.

He also had a special word of thanks for Praful Patel, the president of the All India Football Federation, and general secretary Kushal Das.

"After FIFA introduced the implementation of Regulation for Referees structure, 74 percent of the Member Associations have implemented the same. It only speaks about its success," he said in his address.

The RDO emphasised "the knowledge gained in the Course needs to be implemented among the State Associations for the development of referees.

"It's the responsibility of all the participants to create an awareness of the FIFA regulation which will be monitored for the success of the course.

"The event has been organised in the best of spirit and every minute detail have been taken care of. A referee's life is all about sacrifice. Very few realise that we stay away from our families to conduct a thankless job."

Kar thanked Ariff for being supportive and positive. "I need to thank him. He has been polite and dignified yet knowledgeable at the same time. Without his support, this course couldn't have been a success," Kar said.

"I need to thank FIFA profusely for allowing Futuro III to be held exclusive in India. We stay indebted to FIFA," Kar added.

This is the first time a Futuro III Course is being held solely for participants in a country in the South Asian region.