Referees in Qatar: More preparation, less technology

Italian Pierluigi Collina president of the FIFA Referees Committee, explained that the mission to prepare the referees for the Qatar 2022 World Cup is to avoid the use of technology, that will be available but that will be a simple support to prevent a human error from affecting the result of a match.

“Our goal is to prepare them as best we can to avoid using technology. But the technology is there to reduce the possibility of human error that could affect the outcome of the match. Even the best referee can make a mistake. He is a human being, and we know it”, said Pierluigi Collina, considered for many years to be the best referee in the world. The idea of ​​the entity is to try to minimize the use of VAR and that the judges have enough personality to conduct agree with that premise.

The Italian commanded, together with the Swiss Massimo Busacca, FIFA Refereeing Director, three seminars between the end of May and June to prepare the 36 referees, 69 assistants and 24 VAR managers of the six confederations chosen to officiate at the next World Cup.

The former Swiss referee commented, less than a hundred days before the start of the World Cup, that the preparation of the refereeing body has to be on par with what the players will do for the competition. “It’s like a football team, they have to prepare everything very well for the most important competition we have in this sport.. I am convinced”, remarked Busacca, who was very confident that the judges will have a very outstanding performance during the tournament.

“I expect a great World Cup. We know what we are doing. We know what language we speak. The sacrifice we are making, the seminars, talking and talking, is because we want to achieve a goal. I am sure that the referees understand this message and will do very well.”remarked the Swiss.

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The seminars to which the now leader refers were held in Asunción for Concacaf and Conmebol, in Doha for the judges of Africa, Asia and Oceania and in Madrid for those of UEFA. During the training, The referees passed theoretical and practical tests daily, with which they were able to simulate and practice situations that can occur in matches.

referee’s dream

The judges who will be in Qatar could also begin to live the dream of being in a universal event, as recognized by the Dutchman Danny Makkelie, who was already in Russia 2018 and admitted in a FIFA statement that when he received confirmation of his election it was “an incredible feeling” because when he started “as a referee he was 12 years old” and his “goal was already to reach the top and he dreamed of the World Cup”.

The Mexican assistant Karen Díaz trusts that the fact of being one of the pioneers in participating in a men’s World Cup, along with referees Stephanie Frappart (FRA), Salima Mukansanga (RWA) and Yoshimi Yamashita (JPN) and assistants Neuza Back (BRA) and Kathryn Nesbitt (USA), will offer new opportunities to women.

“I am very happy and very grateful to all the people who have given me this opportunity. We have to make sure that this is not the only time women are selected, but the first of many.”Diaz commented.

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