13 Feb 2018 - 0:22
High profile women’s referee seminar begins in Doha
Doha: The Referee Candidate Seminar for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 hosted in Doha until February 16 kicked off yesterday.
The Referee Candidate Seminar for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 brings together 33 referees representing all six confederations and 56 countries – for the biggest tournament in women’s football.
The opening ceremony of the seminar held at the InterContinental Hotel Doha and was attended by Hani Ballan, Vice Chairman of FIFA and AFC Referees’ Committees and Chairman of QFA Referees Committee, Massimo Busaccas, Director of the FIFA Refereeing Department, Kari Seitz, FIFA’s Senior Manager of Refereeing, and Neji Jouni, Executive Director of the Referees Committee at QFA.
While addressing the referees Ballan said: “We are happy to host you for your medical and fitness tests here in Doha, as well as theoretical and practical analysis in preparation for the Women’s World Cup in France. During this week, you (the referees) will be able to benefit from the sessions organised to prepare you for the competition and you will have the opportunity to discuss the latest trends and programs in the refereeing world.”
“The list of candidate referees takes into account several qualities, including game performances, football understanding and fitness and this workshop will give you all that you need to prepare for the competition.”
“During this seminar, you will have the chance to convince the FIFA referees committee of your abilities before the final nominations for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, which will be announced during the period of June 7 to July 7 in which only a limited number of referees will be selected to participate in the Women’s World Cup.”
“You are wise enough to understand why you are in Doha. This indicates dedication, commitment and responsibility and requires sacrifice. And these qualities lead to success. You are all capable to imagine yourselves at the Women’s World Cup matches and have the ability and qualities to be here, and we are proud to oversee the development of your skills.”
“You need to develop your knowledge of every new and innovative approach in the field of football and think in an innovative way. Einstein says insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. You are here because your approach is different and your way of thinking is different, so be proud of yourselves.”