After almost two years of online gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first physical refereeing seminar was able to be delivered in October 2021.
In attendance for the seminar in Doha, Qatar, were 20 candidates for referee roles and five for video match official roles. The group – the majority of whom were attending a FIFA refereeing seminar for the first time – were made up of attendees from the AFC, CAF, Concacaf and UEFA.
The five-day seminar represented the FIFA Refereeing Subdivision’s first opportunity to assess the new candidates for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023, which is due to take place from 20 July to 20 August 2023.
Candidates were put through their paces both in the classroom and on the training pitch each day and, thanks to the help of 40 players provided by the Qatar Football Association, it was possible to replicate match situations in preparation for the 2023 tournament.
The seminar was led by Kari Seitz, FIFA’s Head of Refereeing, Women, and the only person to officiate at four FIFA Women’s World Cups. Each day began in the classroom, with attendees asked to participate in various exercises and assessments analysing video footage.