One hundred technical instructors from all over the world are taking part in the Seminar for FIFA Referee Technical & Fitness Instructors in Doha. The seminar opened on Monday and will continue till Friday.
During the five days, instructors will take part in theoretical and practical sessions to improve their knowledge, share ideas and expertise, and study the latest trends in the refereeing world, to achieve a uniform interpretation and application of the Laws of the Game. The seminar aims to update the instructors with the latest teaching materials, fitness data and results, and enhance their knowledge on fitness and technical training and referees' evaluation.
Pierluigi Collina, FIFA's Chairman of the Referees' Committee, Hani Ballan, Vice Chairman of FIFA Referees' Committee, Massimo Busacca, Director of the FIFA Refereeing Department, and Neji Jouini, Executive Director of the Referees Committee at QFA, attended the opening ceremony.
Collina, said:"The best men and women referees in the world were here in Doha over the last few weeks, and the referees did an excellent job of under the leadership Busacca. Today we have the referees who we can count on in important competitions, but we need to also focus on future referees. We told the referees in the last few weeks that they have to set an example for the new generation of referees, and that we would be happy if each of them could help the younger referees by developing their skills. We have to pay attention to the future of the referees and this is why we are here. We have to help new referees to develop their skills and take part in advanced workshops, and the only way we can do that is through the instructors."
It is the fourth FIFA seminar Qatar is hosting in over three weeks including the forum for the referees and video assistants who will feature in the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer.
Hani Ballan, said:"We thank FIFA for its great support and confidence in Qatar. We are honoured to have hosted three successful seminars in the past month and are happy to host this session successfully, thanks to the great fitness and technical instructors who are here today."
"The reason we were here after a year is because we had wonderful training sessions to train men and women candidate referees for the Russia World Cup and for Women's World Cup in France. We will see positive results in the remainder of this year and must tell the referees that we have to work accordingly by setting clear goals and in order to achieve these goals," Massimo Busacca said.
"When a referee doesn't perform well or doesn't pass a medical or fitness test, we have to analyse the reasons behind it, and ask why they made the wrong decisions on the pitch. Today we have a great responsibility, we are perceived as technical managers, therefore, we must invest more in the refereeing world, the training of referees, and these seminars because we are convinced that these seminars are of importance to us and to the referee development," he added.