France 2019 dreams come into view for referees

The road to the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ is proceeding with great strides for the teams aiming to qualify, but also for the match officials. FIFA in cooperation with the confederations recently developed a revised list of 35 referee and 69 assistant referee candidates – representing all six confederations and 56 countries – for the biggest tournament in women’s football.

The list of candidates takes into account several qualities, including game performances, football understanding and fitness, and for the first time at this stage of preparations for the Women’s World Cup, FIFA is announcing referee trios. This allows the referees to prepare as a team throughout the build-up to the tournament, and thus helps to improve overall performances.

“This is an incredibly important step forward,” Massimo Busacca, FIFA’s Head of Refereeing, explained. “It’s a further marker in the three-year process that started last year. In 2018, we expect to see improvement from candidates in terms of their fitness, technical knowledge and football understanding. We’ll be testing them throughout the year and then selecting the best.”
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