• Friday May 12, 2017

    Gold Cup Referee Candidate Course launches in Dallas

    (ABOVE) Participants, instructors and staff gather for a group photo at the Gold Cup Referee Candidate Course on May 11, 2017, in Dallas, Texas, USA.

    DALLAS – A key element of preparing referees for CONCACAF’s premier competition got underway Thursday as the Gold Cup Referee Candidate Course opened at the DFW Hilton and Convention Center. 

    From an elite group of 19 referees and 29 assistant referees, the finest will be selected to manage the region’s biennial championship for national teams, which will be contested in the United States from July 7-26, 2017.

    In addition to the 48 referees in contention for Gold Cup appointments, CONCACAF invited 12 referees from the “Targeted Advanced Referee Program” (TARP).  With an eye on the future, these talented referees will participate in all training and preparation afforded their elite-level colleagues, readying them for their future at the top.

    The six assessors appointed to the tournament are also in attendance, so that they receive the same information provided to the referees.

    “This new and unique approach to training and selecting referees for the Gold Cup is focused on optimizing the preparation, from a technical and physical perspective, of the referees,” said CONCACAF Director of Refereeing, Brian Hall, outlining the objective of the four-day gathering.  “We are committed to be the most prepared team in the competition and, as such, our referees continue to exhibit their commitment to a world-class approach to meeting the demands of the Gold Cup.”

    As part of the course, participants will undergo thorough classroom instruction, technical sessions on the field of play utilizing players, and they will all be required to pass the FIFA World Cup Candidate referee fitness test.

    FIFA Technical and Fitness Instructors will lead training, with the objective of ensuring that all match officials are in the best physical and mental condition possible.

    Rodolfo Sibrian, CONCACAF and FIFA Instructor, believes that the course “Is a key component in the providing referees with new tools to manage world-class players and teams in world-class games.  We are using technical sessions on the field and video tests in the classroom to coach the referee team to a common goal – maximizing performance.”

    Here are some highlights of the course program:

    Thursday, May 11

    - Opening Ceremony

    - Sports Science presentation: Optimizing Fitness

    - Fitness logistics and preparation

    Friday, May 12

    - Video Test: Fouls, Misconduct and Penalty Area Incidents

    - Fitness Test

    Saturday, May 13

    - Video Test: Handling

    - Positioning and Movement

    - Video clip analysis

    - Field technical session

    Sunday, May 14

    - Video Test: Offside

    - Video clip analysis

    - Field Technical Session

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