January 28, 2014

UEFA's Referee Winter Seminar in Lisbon

Lisbon will be the destination of several European top-class match officials who take part in UEFA's traditional winter referee seminar. Parts of the referee committee and 127 UEFA referees are going to attend Portugal's capital from 2 to 6 February.



At the seminar, UEFA normally conducts focused training with their referees in terms of fitness, laws of the game and issues that are on the agenda of urgent or current topics such as dogso cases, free-kick management and penalty area incidents. The speeches will be held by Hugh Dallas, Vlado Sajn and, in the case of female football, by Dagmar Damkova and Bo Karlsson. The pool of referees will furthermore receive instructions and a greeting speech by UEFA's head of refereeing Pierluigi Collina. Werner Helsen will, as usual, be the responsible man for fitness guidelines, while Spaniard Emilio García will deal with the topic of match-fixing. Moreover, a special facet of the seminar are accurate fitness-, body weight- and body fat tests to be done on Wednesday morning. Again, there is no special assistance for UEFA's top referees in the area of personality and soft skills.
The officials are splitted in two seminar blocks. The advanced course (3-6 Feb.) consists of experienced top-class referees mostly belonging to Elite Group and First Group, partly regardless whether they are male or female, while the introductory course (2-6 Feb.) means the international start for those 44 officials who have made their FIFA bow in January 2014.

These referees participate in the seminars:

Advanced Course:
Martin Atkinson (ENG), Olegário Benquerenca (POR), Felix Brych (GER), Cüneyt Cakir (TUR), Mark Clattenburg (ENG), William Collum (SCO), Jonas Eriksson (SWE), David Fernández Borbalán (ESP), Viktor Kassai (HUN), Pavel Královec (CZE), Björn Kuipers (NED), Stéphane Lannoy (FRA), Milorad Mažić (SRB), Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR), Pedro Proenca (POR), Nicola Rizzoli (ITA), Gianluca Rocchi (ITA), Damir Skomina (SVN), Wolfgang Stark (GER), Paolo Tagliavento (ITA), Craig Thomson (SCO), Alberto Undiano (ESP), Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP), Howard Webb (ENG)

Yevhen Aranovskyi (UKR), Firat Aydinus (TUR), Deniz Aytekin (GER), Luca Banti (ITA), Ivan Bebek (CRO), Serhiy Boiko (UKR), Ruddy Buquet (FRA), Sébastien Delferiere (BEL), Aleksei Eskov (RUS), Antony Gautier (FRA), Mattias Gestranius (FIN), Manuel Gräfe (GER), Serge Gumienny (BEL), Tom Hagen (NOR), Kenn Hansen (DEN), Ovidiu Hategan (ROU), Stefan Johannesson (SWE), Matej Jug (SVN), Sergei Karasev (RUS), Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR), Harald Lechner (AUT), Szymon Marciniak (POL), Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP), Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA), Steven McLean (SCO), Bas Nijhuis (NED), Michael Oliver (ENG), Daniele Orsato (ITA), Halis Özkahya (TUR), Anastassios Sidiropoulos (GRE), Artur Soares Dias (POR), Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD), Marijo Strahonja (CRO), Martin Strömbergsson (SWE), Alexandru Tudor (ROU), Clément Turpin (FRA), István Vad (HUN), Pol van Boekel (NED), Slavko Vinčič (SVN), Alon Yefet (ISR), Miroslav Zelinka (CZE), Felix Zwayer (GER)

Jana Adamková (CZE), Teodora Albon (ROU), Christine Baitinger (GER), Cristina Dorcioman (ROU), Gyöngy Gaál (HUN), Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN), Riem Hussein (GER), Katalin Kulcsár (HUN), Pernilla Larsson (SWE), Thalia Mitsi (GRE), Kateryna Monzul (UKR), Jenny Palmqvist (SWE), Morag Pirie (SCO), Silvia Tea Spinelli (ITA), Esther Staubli (SUI), Bibiana Steinhaus (GER), Carina Vitulano (ITA)


Introductory Course:
Zaven Hovhannisyan (ARM), Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT), Erik Lambrechts (BEL), Bart Vertenten (BEL), Edin Jakupovic (BIH), Tsvetan Krastev (BUL), Fran Jovic (CRO), Tihomir Pejin (CRO), Zbynek Proske (CZE), Jens Maae (DEN), Anders Poulsen (DEN), Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP), Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP), Ville Nevalainen (FIN), Benoît Bastien (FRA), Benoît Millot (FRA), Bastian Dankert (GER), Tobias Stieler GER), Paul McLaughlin (IRL), Roy Reinshreiber (ISR), Marco Guida (ITA), Davide Massa (ITA), Alexandru Tean (MDA), Bartosz Frankowski (POL), Tomasz Musial (POL), Sergei Ivanov (RUS), Paul Robertson (SCO), Bojan Pandzic (SWE)

Julia-Stefanie Baier (AUT), Farida Lutfaliyeva (AZE), Lois Otte (BEL), Galiya Echeva (BUL), Ivana Martincic (CRO), Eliska Kralovec-Kramlova (CZE), Ifeoma Kulmala (FIN), Eleni Antoniou (GRE), Valentina Garoffolo (ITA), Justina Lavrenovaite (LTU), Viola Raudzina (LVA), Irena Velevackoska (MKD), Henrikke Nervik (NOR), Kseniya Goryacheva (RUS), Aleksandra Cesen (SVN), Liudmyla Telbukh (UKR)

33 Comments:

  1. Anonymous28/1/14 21:07

    Hi all,

    I noticed that one of the participants is from UEFA's Second Group (Artur Soares Dias). Is that normal, considering that many First Group referees don't participate in the Seminar (including other portuguese refs)?
    Does it mean that he is better rated than those refs? If so, why wasn't he promoted do the First Group?

    Thank you.

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    1. A possible answer is that he is there just because Portuguese and UEFA has in mind to promote him in the next categories update.
      Benquerença's and Proença's retirements are really close, therefore he is seen as the Elite referee of the future for Portugal, I can guess...
      I don't anyway think that he will get immediately appointments in this EL KO stage.

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    2. Anonymous28/1/14 21:26

      I thank you very much for your explanation, Chefren. It really makes sense.
      I thought that Sousa could be on that path, but, of course, this might mean that Soares Dias is better positioned now.
      Thank you again for your attention.

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    3. I agree with Chefren, nonetheless it is a bit odd that Gomes and De Sousa are not at their home seminar while Soares is. I don't know whether the participation in the seminar really indicates a EL k.o. match by 100%, but I would have expected Gomes for one.

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  2. I was very surprised to see that Liran Liany has not been invited.

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    1. Anonymous28/1/14 21:29

      Indeed, other names are for example Kruzliak, Madden, Makkelie and Gocek. They are out for EL the rest of the season? Surprised to see the names of Banti, Van Boekel and Yefet.

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    2. Anonymous28/1/14 21:36

      Considering the last UEFA appointments, it is indeed surprising that Yefet was invited while Liany was not.

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  3. On Bobby Madden: it seemed for a long time that UEFA were interested with him. A couple of high-profile observers (Fandel and a few others).
    Now it seems Steven McLean has leapfrogged him - anybody think this is the case?

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    1. Difficult to say, since all new First Group referees automatically join the seminar. So McLean's presence is not an argument against Madden. But for sure, it is psychologically clever to put some pressure on Madden. McLean has been promoted and is formally in the same category now. Madden knows that if he wants to move up soon, he has to show something as there is a direct "competitive" now. Same goes for Gestranius / Munukka. I think promoting Gestranius was also used to winkle out good performances shown by Munukka, who has now the pressure to convince in future (otherwise this promotion would not have that much sense, considering Munukka is Finland's no.1 and is in UEFA's talent group for a long time). Of course these are only speculations.

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  4. greek referee31/1/14 21:30

    Big surprise for Greece also tha Sidiropoulos instead of Koukoulakis. I think that Uefa thinks about Sidiropoulos for next Elite referee from Greece after Vassaras

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    1. Indeed, his appointments in EL seem to indicate that as well. Koukoulakis didn't take his chance in the little time he had. Now his perspective upwards is certainly gone, which is not the case for Sidiropoulos.
      However, this thinking does not seem to have prevailed with all referees. Why Van Boekel is there from the Netherlands, instead of Makkelie is anyway beyond me. Perhaps it is thought that Makkelie should have some more time. Yefet and Liany are an even bigger mystery to me.
      Overall, for me it is a good list of selected referees, and I'm sure it will be a great experience for all of them!

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    2. Sidiropoulos is indeed be considered the next Greek no1 referee internationally. He got 7! International matches and performed very good in each one of them. He should be a candidate for a R32 EL match.

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    3. Based on Sevilla-Estoril, which I partly watched, I fully agree with Edward.

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    4. I saw him full in Dynamo Kyiv - Genk and he was absolutely good. Good player management and personality, widely accurate decision taking and a good match feeling. I am sure UEFA will rely on him in future, at least I hope so, he has potential.

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    5. romanian arbitro1/2/14 11:37

      i watched him here in Romania,Pandurii-Fiorentina,standard performance,but he missed an red card for DOGSO.It was very clear and he gave yellow.Overall standard performandce

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    6. greek referee1/2/14 13:19

      my dear friend -romania arbitro-, i saw this game and i think that it was a yellow card. Also if you remember that match was for the 4th match day of EL and Sidiropoulos had a match on 5th matchday in Sevilla. That means that also for Uefa was a YC.

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    7. So-so...making a crucial mistake does not automatically lead to no match at the next matchday package. But I did not see this match so I cannot comment on it.

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    8. greek referee1/2/14 13:59

      As far as i know the appoitments are together 1-2,together 3-4 and then 5 and 6 seperate. That means if he had 7.9 he couldn;t get the next appointment. And if i am not wrong his observer was Jean Lemmer...!!!

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    9. Correct. But this does not change that not every 7.9 means you are out at the next matchday.

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    10. It depends on the mistake Niklas. Another greek referee got 7.9 at an EL match and missed an appointment at MD5 or MD6.

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    11. Well why did we see Lannoy at MD5/6 then? I guess it also depends on the referee..as one of many First Group referees, the air is probably a bit "thinner".

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  5. greek referee1/2/14 07:06

    i agree about the performances,all very good in 7 matches . Now Sidiropoulos has his chance and we hope that he will be an Elite because Greece needs a referee in high level after so many years.

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  6. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnUz6mQzgEE (4:45)

    Michael Weiner first issued a red card and awarded a penalty for deliberate handball on the goal-line but was then overruled by AR1 Grudzinski who detected an offside. A player in offside crossed the goalkeeper's path and physically interfered with him, but not in immediate playing distance. Do you think that the final decision was correct?

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    1. Not offside, RC and penalty. But if had not blown the whistle, advantage clause applied. Still caution the defender for unsporting behavior. To award the free kick for offside was probably the only incorrect decision.

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    2. Very very borderline, one must admit that at least for a while the keeper was infleunced by the player in offside, but then later? Following to the play, the defender made a deliberate save by hand on the line just in order to avoid the goal. He was not influenced by the offside.
      Another interesting question could be: without the influence of the player in offside, was the keeper going to make a save or avoid the DOGSO by his teammate?
      Well, I think not. I think that in this case the flag might have been avoided, but I must admit very interesting and difficult case.


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    3. The question is whether physical contact is enough for interfering with an opponent or whether the player(s) had to be in playing distance as well (!). So you have basically two criteria:
      - being in playing distance (< 1,5m)
      - having physical contact

      Are these criteria "either-or-criteria" or depending on each other? Is one enough or are both needed. UEFA's documents do not directly answer this question.

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    4. DFB has declared the decision as wrong:

      The assessment is not correct. There is no duel for the ball. No player has got the possibility to intervene in the situation with 31/Red. The contact between GK and 20/Blue is no duel for the ball, beacuse they cannot intervene in the situation and there is no foul by 20/Blue. If 31/Red had not blocked the ball with his hands and the ball had gone directly into the goal, it would have been a correct goal.

      Translated from: http://www.dfb.de/news/de/d-schiedsrichter/elfmeter-fuer-hertha-oder-abseits-komplexe-situation/55161.html

      So in this interpretation both criteria have to be fulfilled.

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    5. A separate post will follow soon.

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    6. Anonymous4/2/14 18:54

      There was no possibility to play advantage, because attacker who scored the goal was offside - got the ball from deliberate save.

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    7. Anonymous4/2/14 19:03

      Nevertheless, this scenario could become an embarrassing situation for a referee who tries to give advantage but he is not aware that the player is in offside, and his assistant raises the flag. Then, what would you do in a such mess? :)

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  7. The first article on the Winter Courses and some pics by UEFA.com

    http://www.uefa.org/footballfirst/matchorganisation/refereeing/news/newsid=2051039.html

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    1. And another article here:

      http://www.uefa.org/footballfirst/matchorganisation/refereeing/news/newsid=2052219.html

      Photo no.5 is especially interesting, might give a hint about the participation of certain referees...

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  8. Most participants are back to domestic action again upcoming weekend. Pol van Boekel has a match on Friday already.

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