FIFA hosts elite referees’ seminar in Miami

Massimo Busacca, FIFA’s Head of Refereeing, during an elite seminar presented by FIFA in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

MIAMI -- As preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ continue, top referees from CONCACAF and CONMEBOL -- candidates to officiate at these competitions -- have gathered in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to participate in an elite seminar presented by FIFA.

From April 25-29, more than 30 male and female referees will be exposed to special theoretical and practical training.  Classroom sessions will include reading the game and positioning, video analysis, as well as tackling and penalty area incidents.  On the field, participants will be put through the paces of game simulation, obtaining immediate feedback on their performances. 

The seminar will also consist of presentations by Massimo Busacca, FIFA’s Head of Refereeing.  Busacca officiated at two FIFA World Cups™ (2006 and 2010) and EURO 2008.  He also officiated the UEFA Champions League final in 2009, the UEFA Cup final in 2007 and the UEFA Super Cup in 2010.

Referees taking part from the CONCACAF region include Joel Aguilar (El Salvador), who took charge of the 2015 Gold Cup Final and the first-ever CONCACAF Cup last October, and Carol Anne Chenard (Canada), an official at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 

Some of the referees in attendance will be considered for assignments at the Copa America Centenario USA 2016, which is scheduled to be held from June 3-26, 2016.

FIFA recently hosted Elite AFC, CAF and OFC Referees Seminar in Doha, Qatar.