Brayan Lopez, a fourth official from Guatemala, is one of the participants in the CGU15 Referees Academy being held in Orlando, Florida, from August 8-21, 2016.
ORLANDO, Florida -- CONCACAF is hosting a referee academy in conjunction with the CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.
The course aims to prepare those referees added to the 2016 FIFA International Panel of Referees and Assistant Referees and those that Member Associations will nominate to become a FIFA referee in 2017.
From August 8-21, fitness and technical instructors are conducting sessions focused on the requirements to meet CONCACAF standards.
As part of the academy, referee training revolves around daily fitness and technical sessions conducted on the field of play as well as extensive classroom debrief session highlighting the most significant coaching points from each day's matches.
Participants shared their view and passion with CONCACAF.com:
Brayan Lopez, fourth official (Guatemala)
“My passion for refereeing began as a child, when I was 13 years old. My brothers and I were influenced by our father, who was a referee. I’m very grateful to be here in the U.S. participating in this tournament. My brothers, who are in Rio for the 2016 Olympics, are great role models and my dream is to excel like them. The dream to referee the best games is what takes you to the next level.”
Wilson Tilus, new 2016 FIFA Assistant Referee (Haiti)
“CONCACAF has been giving me opportunities to officiate various matches. The U-15 Girls’ tournament provides a significant opportunity to gain challenging experience as it’s an international competition.”
Odette Hamilton, prospective FIFA referee (Jamaica)
“Refereeing for me comes first. Concentration, ability to make the right calls, self-motivation and being able to deal with criticism, are key aspects to be a referee.