Canadian referees go through pre-season training and testing; awards presented.
The Canadian Soccer Association held its National Pre-Season Camp for referees in Toronto, ON on 2-3 February.
Theoretical sessions were held on the Saturday and led by FIFA Futuro Instructors Hector Vergara, Amato De Luca, Isaac Raymond, Jose Branco and Canadian Soccer Association Head of Refereeing Tiger Liu.
Mr. Tony Camacho, Chair of the Referee Committee, was also in attendance.
The Sunday session featured the FIFA Fitness Test, held in Scarborough and administrered by new Canadian Soccer Association Fitness Instructors Raymond, Branco and Florin Buturca.
Four new officials were added to the National List as a result: Marie-Ève Bergeron (QC), Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (ON), Robert Schaap (QC) and Yusri Rudolf (ON).
Awards were also presented on Sunday to officials who attended FIFA events in 2012: Joe Fletcher, Carol Anne Chénard and Marie-Josée Charbonneau for the 2012 London Olympic Football Tournament; Suzanne Morisset for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbeijan 2012. A special award was also presented to Silviu Petrescu for having been named MLS Referee of the Year for 2012.
Canada Soccer outlines return to soccer guidelines. The return to soccer guidelines provide member organizations with a five-step process, including a checklist of weighted questions known as the Return to Soccer Assessment Tool.