September 3, 2013

UEFA aligns their top referees to pending season

Europe's top referees and assistants have been urged to set the highest standards in performance and image as a new and challenging season gets underway.


The match officials are in Switzerland for their annual UEFA summer gathering, where they will be preparing for the 2013/14 campaign and looking back at the latter stages of last season. The group present in Nyon includes elite women referees and leading assistant referees as the European body strives for continual progress and improvement in the refereeing sector.
This week's programme includes fitness training, and UEFA's chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina insisted on the need for referees to be able to cope with the physical demands of the modern-day elite game. "It is important to be an athlete – and a referee or assistant referee is definitely an athlete," he said. "If you are not an athlete, you cannot deal with a match, given the speed and intensity of matches that are played today.
"You also have to look like an athlete. The results you are achieving in terms of shape and image are brilliant," Collina added about the training and dietary necessities that referees have to adhere to. "It is more and more difficult to see the difference between a player and a referee on the field. This is what we want to achieve."
Collina also reminded the match officials of the importance of their responsibilities as UEFA representatives at matches. "You are on duty, not visiting a city as a tourist," he said. Collina emphasised the need for match officials to take care with how they comported themselves in a world where people were able to send photos and comments around the world at the push of a button, and to avoid situations which could lead to negative or erroneous press coverage.
Collina told the referees that UEFA would continue to appoint referees from the elite development and first categories to UEFA Champions League matches if performances merited such assignments. "Last season, in 96 UEFA Champions League matches, 25 were refereed by elite development referees and 13 by first category referees. In the UEFA Europa League, 34 out of 144 matches were refereed by second category referees. This shows that we are giving them a chance alongside the elite referees – we think they have the quality. There are matches at the top level for each of you – it is important that you perform well."
UEFA, Collina explained, was pleased with the quality shown by its referees, but would not shy away from honesty with the officials when performances or decisions fell below the required standards. "We cannot always say that everything goes well," he reflected. "And when something doesn't go well, it is better to speak and find a reason to get back to the standards that you are ready to offer. The overall impression is good, but we must continually seek improvement."
The importance of effective teamwork between referees and their assistants was highlighted by Collina, who also called on the match officials to continue to be vigilant in the face of mobbing of referees following a contested decision. "We don't want to have referees put under pressure by players or coaches," he said. "You are responsible, because no one can prevent this behaviour better than you if you're strong enough."
UEFA is concentrating on the important role undertaken by assistant referees, who will undergo their own specific training at this week's UEFA course. Practical work and discussions will centre on new laws on offside which come into force this season, and the women referees will undertake a review of the recent UEFA Women's EURO 2013 in Sweden.

19 Comments:

  1. How is attending the summer course in Nyon ?
    Only Elite ? Elite + Elite Development ? First Class too ?

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  2. As far as I know Elite and ED (Elite along with assistants), but it might be that there are also some First Group officials.

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  3. Anonymous3/9/13 18:46

    Niclas is right. In addition to the Elite and Elite Development Referees, 9 First Group Referees are participating in this year's Summer Course.
    Serhiy Boiko, Ivan Kruzliak, Liran Liany, Robert Madden, Danny Makkelie, Szymon Marciniak, Michael Oliver, Clément Turpin and Felix Zwayer are the 'lucky ones'.
    Probably these are also the First Group candidates for officiating CL group stage matches?

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    1. Thanks for those names. Finally we got it.
      Clement Turpin ;)

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    2. Great, thank you very much. Those 9 are huge talents and really could be appointed for CL (keep in mind 6 Elite officials will miss MD 3/4 due to U17 WC).

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    3. Anonymous4/9/13 12:28

      Robert Madden, that no longer surprise me - a third Scottish referee (dallas)

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    4. @ Anonymous 1: Do you know whether Deniz Aytekin attended the seminar? He was missing among the EL playoffs, so I ask. Thanks!

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    5. Anonymous4/9/13 17:25

      Niclas, I'm not sure if he actually attended the seminar, but he surely was on the list of attending officials...

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    6. Thanks a lot. Aytekin was also left out of any German league match during the past weeks, so I am looking forward to see his comeback.

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    7. Anonymous4/9/13 19:01

      Injury or another reason?

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    8. Hagi had the theory that he is on vacation with his family. You know in Bavaria, where Aytekin comes from, the school vacation started late this summer and as Aytekin is father of two children...
      On the other hand it might be an injury. I try to contact DFB for that.

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    9. By the way, neither Derek Rose nor Alasdair Ross attended the seminar. Instead, Damien Macgraith (IRL) and Alan Mulvanny were there.

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    10. That's weird since for FIFA Rose and Ross are still in team Thomson. I guess UEFA wants to prepare a team after WC.

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    11. Gabor Eros is missing too, there are only Ring and Toth.
      This could be the new Kassai team... probably UEFA has never forgiven the blatant mistakes of last season

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  4. Anonymous5/9/13 23:20

    Where did you find the names of the ARs?

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  5. I have the info that Derek Rose and Alan Mulvanny instead of Alasdair Ross will acompany Craig Thomson at FIFA U-17 WC.

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    1. I had this info since yesterday but we can't confirm it.

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    2. I can now confirm it, Mulvanny indeed replaces Ross.

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  6. Not exactly fitting into the theme, but... I just wonder, it's a serious question why there is no referee who look up on the cameras and connect with the main referee to say how the things looked on the screen? Especially in really important to the matches situations like a goal scored fro the offsite. There are hundreds of goals like this.

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