Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Prison reffing part of rehab in Chile
September 2nd, 2010 2:27AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[OFF THE POST] The overcrowded Chilean prison system, not known for its rehabilitation programs, has introduced a referee training program intended to reward convicts for good behavior and prepare them for reentry to society. "We are accepting our punishment. So we are fit to impart justice on the field," inmate Rodrigo Alarcon told AFP.

The 25-year-old Alarcon, who has 36 more months to serve for robbery, is one of the first 20 men and 10 women chosen for the ref program.

"[The initiative] seeks to generate opportunities for those who most need them," says Claudio Storm, executive director Social Fund. "So, these people who once violated the laws of society, today are being trained and empowered to impart the rules of the game."

After undergoing training, the outlaw officials whistle at an inter-prisons tournament.

Once free, the ex-cons have earning potential. With referees of amateur earning $30 to $40 per game, busy refs can earn up $500 a month, reports AFP.

"Now I'm the one who enforces the rules in the game," says convict Marcos Ayala, 27.



0 comments
  1. John la Madrid
    commented on: September 2, 2010 at 10:55 a.m.
    Dear Claudio Storm Great idea, with this type program. I am sure you have counted the cost and balanced the value vs the risks. A power shift for these inmates, if handle correctly will bring great reward, if they get control issue, your nick-name could be "Muddy." I wish you well and hope that you keep us up to date with your success's... Professor John La Madrid
  1. David Huff
    commented on: September 2, 2010 at 2:42 p.m.
    One thing to consider, given their background, will they be open to match-fixing?

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Report: Frisco favorite for Hall of Fame site    
The late Lamar Hunt settled on Frisco, Texas, as the home for his MLS team, FC ...
MLS's new gold standard    
Heading into the final two months of the MLS regular season, D.C. United leads the Eastern ...
Giovinco out of Italy's Euro 2016 qualifiers    
Toronto FC forward Sebastian Giovinco's return to the Italian national team after an absence of almost ...
What They're Saying: Mesut Ozil    
"Basti showed the entire world what kind of a leader he is at the World Cup. ...
Spector recalled for first time in 18 months    
Short on outside backs, U.S. national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has called veteran defender Jonathan ...
What They're Saying: Brad Guzan    
"You always have someone either pushing you, or you're pushing someone else. That's the nature of ...
New York City FC gets Nemec off its books    
Slovakian Adam Nemec, the symbol of New York City FC's troubled season, is gone. The club ...
Making a List: European Summer Transfers, U.S. Abroad    
The European transfer market closed with little summer activity among Americans. Only a handful of Americans ...
Video Pick: Five fabulous misses from the Bundesliga    
Schadenfreude from the folks Bundesliga, who compiled the "best" squandered chances to score easy goals from ...
DeAndre Yedlin loaned to Sunderland     
American defender DeAndre Yedlin, who last January left the Seattle Sounders for Tottenham Hotspur, has moved ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives