Canada Soccer pre-season camp for national officials

On-field and in-class sessions were organised from 19-21 February.

Canada Soccer’s national officials are looking ahead to another successful season following their pre-season camp in Toronto, Ontario. The three-day camp featured referees and assistant referees on the 2016 National List.

“This camp was an opportunity for our officials to come together to receive high-level instruction and training in preparation for the coming international and domestic season,” said Isaac Raymond, Canada Soccer’s Manager of the Referee Department. “Having everyone together allows for an exchange of ideas and ensures all Canadian officials are receiving the same clear and consistent message.”

On-field and in-class sessions were organised from 19-21 February. The camp featured 38 officials from the National List as well as national referee instructors and Canada Soccer Referees Committee members.

During this time, Canada Soccer recognized three officials added to the National List (referee Pierre Acouri and assistant referees Sean Hornsby and Philippe Bettez-Quessy) as well as one added to the FIFA List (Richard Gamache) earlier this year.

In addition to their work in national competitions and professional leagues, Canadian officials on the FIFA List are appointed to international competitions including 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifiers and FIFA Women’s World Cup and Olympic qualifiers.

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