Home Sports GFF appoints Dion Innis interim Head of Referees
The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) has, with immediate effect, appointed Dion Innis to the position of interim Head of the Referees Department, following unsuccessful public advertisements inviting candidates to fill the position.
This was communicated to the refereeing fraternity yesterday via correspondence from the GFF Secretariat.
Accordingly, Innis, Executive Committee Member with oversight for the refereeing programme, will perform the duties attached to the position, including the following: to assist the Referees Committee; to implement decisions adopted by the Referees Committee; to carry out all tasks related to the logistics of refereeing; to carry out all administrative duties of the Refereeing Department; to implement programmes to develop the referees according to the guidelines approved by the Referees Committee; to organise courses for referees, referee instructors and referee assessors; and to appoint referees for various competitions.
Innis brings to this role a wealth of knowledge and experience, and will embark immediately on development of a broad referees development strategy in consultation and partnership with all stakeholders.
Himself a former FIFA-accredited referee, Inniss has a long background in football. He is the former captain and goalkeeper of the President’s College Football Team, and was awarded “best goalkeeper” at the inaugural Coca Cola Inter-Secondary School Tournament. He was a member of the winning Inter-Guiana Games football team that — for the first time at any level since 1976 –defeated Suriname in Paramaribo at the resuscitated Games in 1993.
Moreover, he represented the Thomas United team at the First Division level, and served as its Club Secretary. Inniss commenced his refereeing career in 2000 by officiating in all the major local tournaments. In 2004, he became a FIFA Assistant Referee until his retirement in December 2014. He is a founding member of the Guyana Football Referees Council (GFRC), and has served the organization at various times as a Committee Member, Secretary, Vice President, and current President. The GFF continues to look for a suitable person to permanently fill the position.