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Invitation to attend FIFA Referees seminar in Miami
Invitation to attend FIFA Referees seminar in Miami

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FIFA is happy to invite media members to attend the Elite CONCACAF and CONMEBOL Referees Seminar in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, FL. We offer you the possibility to see live the match officials’ preparation headed by FIFA’s Head of Refereeing Massimo Busacca and his team of instructors. 

To confirm attendance or for further information, please contact media@concacaf.org

We offer you three official slots:

Slot 1:
Monday, 25 April from 6:30pm local time
Piper High School
8000 NW 44th St,
Sunrise, FL 33351

The referees will be doing a fitness test (possibility to make footage and interviews for TV and Radio after the session).
Duration of the session: 90 – 120 minutes

Slot 2:
Tuesday, 26 April from 8:30am local time
Renaissance Fort Lauderdale-Plantation Hotel
1230 S Pine Island Rd, Plantation
FL 33324, Fort Lauderdale 

The referees will be doing a theoretical session with video tests. They will see and learn in theory what they will practice in the evening on the pitch (possibility to make footage and interviews for TV and Radio after the session)
Duration of the session: 120 – 150 minutes 

Slot 3:
Tuesday, 26 April from 3:00pm local time
MSOC Buccaneer Field Barry University,
11300 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami Shores, FL 3316

Referees' practical session on the field of play with players on the pitch (possibility to make footage and interviews for TV and Radio after the session)
Duration of the session: 90 – 120 minutes

Background

With the countdown to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ well under way, FIFA’s Head of Refereeing Massimo Busacca has opened last week the first joint-preparation Elite AFC, CAF and OFC Referees Seminar in Doha, Qatar. Next week (25 – 29 April 2016) the Elite CONCACAF and CONMEBOL match officials will have their joint-preparation seminar in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The seminar brings together prospective referees from two FIFA Confederations. 

With this new joint-preparation FIFA makes history: Female and male referees are going through a host of activities together, including theoretical sessions in the classroom and practical sessions on the field of play. Theoretical sessions are focused on specific topics – from reading the game and positioning to tackles and penalty area incidents. The match officials will discuss videos of different game situations to achieve consistency and uniformity. Practical sessions on the field of play bring players and referees together to simulate what happens in a game and immediate feedback will be given to referees regarding their reading of the play, leading to their movement, position, angle of view and decisions. The instructors will also provide immediate feedback to improve performances.   

FIFA’s Head of Refereeing Massimo Busacca is looking ahead with a lot of enthusiasm to the cycle leading up to the Russia 2018 and the France 2019, with a unified, joint effort for men’s and women’s football.  “Men and women have to work together, because we are convinced that this should be our philosophy. The game is the same, the decisions they take are the same, and thus the preparation for the referees and assistant referees should be, too,” Busacca said.