This year, young referees are getting a great opportunity to develop and expand their knowledge thanks to the Edmonton Minor Soccer Association (EMSA), which is funding the Centre for Advanced Referee Development (CARD) program, a course directed at promising officials who show interest in pursuing a career in refereeing.
According to Dragos Niculescu, General Manager of EMSA, “every year technical people from EMSA select young referees to enroll them in this year-long program, where they will be trained in the laws of the game, fitness, tactical solutions, among other aspects”.
But EMSA’s assistance is not only limited to funding. They also support the program by providing locations to do field sessions, a crucial part of the course. So far, venues such as Commonwealth Stadium and Clarke Stadium have been used for CARD’s purposes.