Malta Football Association
Maltese refereeing trio attending 36th UEFA CORE Course
May 23, 2017
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Referee Matthew De Gabriele and assistant referees Theodore Zammit and Dusan Petrovic are currently taking part in the CORE educational programme at UEFA's Nyon Headquarters. Now in its seventh year, this programme is intended for young officials who have good prospects of achieving international status in the coming years.

This project is producing the desired results as over 320 CORE participants have become FIFA officials since its inception.


Attending this year’s course, between the 16th and 24th May, are match officials from several European countries, namely Andorra, Croatia, Kosovo, Malta, Moldova, Sweden and Wales, as well as a trio from the Confederation of African Football.


During the course, the three Maltese officials are being closely monitored by referees’ coach Radan Miryanov (Bulgaria), assistant referee coach Leif Lindberg (Sweden) and physical fitness coaches Werner Helsen (Belgium) and Lluis Cortés Cava (Andorra).


Participants are being given physical training on football pitches and surrounding tracks, technical training and lectures on social topics in conference halls, and must also undergo regular fitness tests.


All this is being done under the general guidance of David Elleray (CORE Senior Course Leader), Kyros Vassaras (CORE Instructor) and with the contribution of 10 specialists in their specific fields: six referee coaches, two assistant referee coaches and two fitness coaches.


As part of the course, refereeing teams took charge of matches (one each) from the French and Swiss leagues after which their performances were analysed.


Degabriele, Zammit and Petrovic took control of the French Football Fourth League match between Chasselay MDA and Grenoble Foot 38 (0-3).

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