• FIFA launched its first-ever futsal referee preparation project for a World Cup
  • 76 candidates have started their preparation.
  • Final nominations for the FIFA Futsal World Cup ™ will be made in August 202

The project “On the road to Lithuania 2021” was born thanks to the vision and the investment of the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina, and the FIFA Director of Referees, Massimo Busacca . Under their supervision, a group of futsal referees (one per confederation) was tasked with developing a strategy for the development, training and preparation of the most promising futsal referees for practice in the tournament. reigning event of the discipline: the FIFA World Cup.

It has been over a year since this group of specialists launched the process of overhauling the Futsal Laws of the Game to make them more readable for players and referees. It should be noted that a group of futsal experts (coaches and players) also brought their skills to the process. This rewriting involved many hours of meetings and analysis of match situations in order to achieve a uniform and coherent interpretation of the Futsal Laws.

The final part of “On the Road to Lithuania 2021” was the engagement of 76 candidate FIFA futsal referees (10 women and 66 men) from 52 countries and representing all confederations. Despite the obstacles linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, FIFA has been able to offer virtual courses to candidate referees from the different confederations, the objective being to ensure a correct and consistent application of the Laws. Drawing on a rich catalog of videos, specialist instructors have started to provide candidate referees with the latest training and information to ensure they will excel if called upon to officiate in Lithuania this year. Many very comprehensive courses (virtual or face-to-face) are scheduled in the months leading up to the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021 ™. The aim is to ensure that the selected referees are fully prepared and perform at the highest level on the world stage.

“The ‘On the Road to Lithuania 2021’ project is a first in the preparation of FIFA’s top futsal referees. It speaks volumes about FIFA’s desire to provide the best possible quality of refereeing for its futsal competitions. “said Brian Hall, member of the FIFA Referees Committee overseeing futsal. “He underlines FIFA’s commitment to appoint the very best in referees for the Futsal World Cup. Everything is being done to mobilize the group of candidate referees, nearly nine months before the start of the match. first match. The referees who set out on the road to Lithuania will be tested both mentally and physically, and they will have to earn the right to officiate in Lithuania. The objective is to achieve uniformity and consistency in the way they conduct games and make decisions, ”says Brian Hall.

In August, 38 arbitrators will be selected. They will lead the matches of the flagship futsal competition in the world. The 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania ™ will be played from 12 September to 3 October 2021 in the cities of Kaunas, Klaipeda and Vilnius.

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