Doha: The FIFA World Cup Russia Referees Seminar got under way here on Monday night with 35 referees and 13 video assistant referees (VAR) taking part in the five-day workshop organised by the Qatar Football Association (QFA).
“I thank Qatar and QFA for their support and providing the best facilities for the seminar. It’s a pleasure to welcome the best referees here,” said FIFA Referees’ Committee Chairman Pierluigi Collina, who also praised Qatar’s excellent sports infrastructures.
Head of the FIFA Refereeing Department Massimo Busaccas, Hani Ballan, Vice-Chairman of FIFA and AFC Referees’ Committees and Chairman of QFA Referees Committee, and QFA Secretary General Mansoor Al Ansari also attended the ceremony.
“This is a very important week because we will pick the referees for the FIFA World Cup in Russia after the seminar,” added Collina.
The seminar will conclude on February 9.
“The referees will benefit from both theoretical and practical sessions. They will also have the opportunity to discuss new trends and programmes. The seminar will also provide training on VAR, taking into consideration FIFA’s intention to apply the technology in Russia,” said Hani.