Newly-appointed FIFA Referees Trustin Farrugia Cann and Fyodor Zammit are currently in Limassol, Cyprus, attending the 25th UEFA Introductory Course for International Referees, which is tailor-made for the 43 male and female European referees on the FIFA list for the first time in 2016.
Trustin Farrugia Cann and Fyodor Zammit are amongst the majority of the new faces on the FIFA List who have already obtained Refereeing Diplomas after following a course at the UEFA Centre of Refereeing Excellence (CORE) in Nyon, which prepares promising young match officials for their future international career.
At the introductory course in Cyprus, the new international referees are receiving various administrative and technical instructions from UEFA Referees Committee officers and members, and support staff such as physical trainers, doctors, physios and masseurs.
The topics covered include Management Control, Severity of Offences, Free Kick Management, Illegal use of the Arms, Simulation, Advantage, Handball and The Role and Responsibility of the AAR.
Participants will also be lectured on Accurate Assessment Under Pressure, Current Trends in Top Level Football, and Match-Fixing Awareness.
The course is not only classroom based but includes various practical sessions on the field of play.
The participants must pass a Laws of the Game Test and undergo a weighing and body fat measurement session, a medical examination, a visual test, and the challenging yo-yo fitness test.
Trustin Farrugia Cann and Fyodor Zammit will also be interviewed by UEFA Referees’ Committee members to ensure their suitability as international referees.