CONCACAF kicks off referee course in Miami

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The Tier 2 referee program offers match officials – each at various stages of their international careers — an opportunity to receive special theoretical and practical training. 

MIAMI — A three-day course for 50 CONCACAF referees and assistant referees opened Thursday here, with some of football’s top instructors sharing their considerable reservoir of knowledge.

The Tier 2 referee program offers match officials – each at various stages of their international careers — an opportunity to receive special theoretical and practical training. The attention of participants will focus on techniques, physical conditioning, understanding and reading the match, while increasing their awareness on how to enforce the Laws of the Game.

CONCACAF officials General Secretary Philippe Moggio, Deputy General Secretary Ted Howard and Director of Refereeing Brian Hall launched the gathering, welcoming the attendees and reinforcing the Confederation’s commitment to improving the standard of professional football refereeing.

“Football within CONCACAF can only be as powerful as our collective commitment to it, and I have no doubt that through your active participation we will raise the level of the game and improve the performance on the field,” said Moggio. “The Confederation has invested in the restructuring of its Refereeing Department, to further increase the education and development opportunities for match officials at all levels.”

The intensive workshop will help prepare candidates eligible to officiate in the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League, which is set to kick off on August 2. Additionally, the course promises to provide key insights for those striving to earn an assignment at next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup.

FIFA referee instructor Peter Prendergast reminded participants that the modern game requires a practical application of the laws.

“Our objective is to make an assessment of these referees in order to prepare them for the early rounds of the SCCL”, said Prendergast. “We are evaluating the qualities of referees who can manage high-stress games at the SCCL, as this competition requires strong management due to the different styles of play, mentalities and attitudes of players.”

Prendergast is firm on the necessity for referees to serve as facilitators of the game, while enabling them to demonstrate sound efficiency in the control and fluidity of a match.

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CONCACAF General Secretary Philippe Moggio stated that the Confederation is increasing the education and development opportunities for match officials at all levels.

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