Program of Refereeing Excellence participants to work games in Mexico

Referees (pictured) taking part in the Program of Refereeing Excellence will be working matches in Mexico from Feb. 24-26, 2017.

TOLUCA, Mexico – Match officials participating in the Program of Refereeing Excellence (PORE) in Mexico have been assigned to work six domestic matches this weekend.

These designations will conclude the first stage of the initiative, a collaboration between CONCACAF and the Federación Mexicana de Fútbol, which gives 13 top national-level referees an opportunity to be trained over an eight-week period by professional Mexican referees and FIFA instructors.

The program consists of two four-week sessions: the Introductory Course, which ends February 28, and the Certification Course, which will take place September-October 2017.

The referees have received top-level instruction from experts, including David Elleray, a former English Premier League referee and technical director of the International Football Association Board; Rodolfo Sibrian, FIFA Instructor; and Fernando Tresaco, Director of the FIFA RAP program.

PORE Referee Assignments

February 24-26, 2017

Friday – February 24, 2017

Pumas v Oaxaca, Segunda Premier

Referee: Nikolai Nyron (Trinidad & Tobago)

Saturday – February 25, 2017

Club America v Cruz Azul, Under-20

4th: Oliver Vergara (Panama)


Club America v Cruz Azul, Under-17

Referee: Jamar Springer (Barbados)


Toluca v Tepatitlan, Segunda Premier

Referee: Steven Madrigal (Costa Rica)

Sunday – February 26, 2017

Toluca v Puebla, Under-20

Referee: Erick Lezama (Nicaragua)

4th: Rubiel Vazquez (USA)


Toluca v Puebla, Under-17

Referee: Reon Radix (Grenada)