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Roma 16/04/2018

FIFA referees begin World Cup preparations at Coverciano

FIFA referees begin World Cup preparations at Coverciano

Today saw the start of a Coverciano training camp for 36 referees and 63 assistant officials from FIFA (click here for the full list), as they prepare for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Among those present today were Pierluigi Collina, who oversees FIFA’s Refereeing Commission and also Massimo Busacca, who is Head of FIFA’s Refereeing Department. 

Following the numerous seminars that have taken place over the past three years, including a session at Coverciano in April 2017 for 61 referees, the selected group of FIFA officials for the World Cup will now be in Italy for two weeks. The first week will consist of a group made up of UEFA and CAF (Africa) representatives, including Italy’s Gianluca Rocchi, Elenito Di Liberatore and Mauro Tonolini. Officials from 45 other countries will also be present. The group for the second week will then be made up representatives from AFC (Asia), CONCACAF (North and Central America), CONMEBOL (South America) and OFC (Oceania).

A media day for selected international journalists will be held on Wednesday 18th April, with a press conference set to take place at 14:30 CEST. There will be a chance to follow a training session in the afternoon.

Taking part in the training camp will also be candidates for the video assistant referee (VAR) roles, who’ll be selected by the FIFA Refereeing Commission after the camp at Coverciano. There are three Italians among the 13 candidates, including Massimiliano Irrati, Daniele Orsato and Paolo Valeri. Roberto Rosetti will be the man taking charge of the VAR sessions, who is the VAR Project Leader for FIFA in international competitions. 

All selected officials will meet in Moscow 10 days before the World Cup begins.