Albert Ball

Olympic football tournaments

20.07.2012, London, UK. Start of the official FIFA training camp towards the Olympic women and men football tournaments. Football (soccer) has been included in every Olympiad except 1896 and 1932 as a men’s competition sport. Women’s football was added to the official programme in 1996.

As usual, F-MARC organizes the medical care of all match officials involved in the matches of The Games.

City of Ghent

World Soccer Conference @ Ghent

15-16.05.2012 – Ghent, Belgium. The 3rd World Conference on Science and Soccer takes place in Ghent, the capital of East-Flanders and a beautiful historic city in Belgium. The 2012 edition of this conference focus not only on training and performance, but on women soccer, referees, psychology, talent identification, youth development, match analysis, artificial turf, biomechanics and more. For the first time the program includes medical, physiotherapy and injury prevention topics: F-MARC features several invited speakers in this two-days international conference.

JFA wins

FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011

Japan are FIFA Women’s World Cup™ champions for the first time after a penalty shootout victory over USA, following a drama-charged 2-2 draw in Frankfurt (17.07.2011).

The final match was officiated by Ms Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany).

The Medical support for the referee selection was provided by F-MARC.


Massimo Busacca

FIFA Media Release – Wednesday 13 July 2011

FIFA is pleased to announce the appointment of Massimo Busacca as the Head of the FIFA Refereeing Department.

Congratulations Massimo !

PT team in Mexico

Keigo & Remo @ U-17

Keigo Nakajima (Japan) and Remo Hausherr (Switzerland) were our two head physiotherapists in the medical team of the FIFA referees at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Mexico (18 June – 10 July 2011).

They were also at the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa, and at other FIFA tournaments.

Mexico team

FIFA U-17 World Cup Mexico 2011

Mexico won the U-17 World Cup 2011 at their home ESTADIO AZTECA on July 10th (Mexico-Uruguay 2:0).

The medical of the FIFA referees was organized by F-MARC.


11+ Manual

Do you would like to learn more about 11+, the injury prevention programme for amateur football/soccer, developed and studied by F-MARC? In this new 11+ MANUAL you’ll find: history, structure, key elements of the programme, why motivation and compliance are crucial in injury prevention, and tips how to teach the exercises.

F-MARC is promoting 11+ worldwide, within FIFA Member Associations (MAs) (as an example: Spain, Japan, Brazil, Italy, and other) and within FIFA Coaching Courses. The goal is to incorporate and implement 11+ in the coaching education at FIFA and MA’s level.

Authors of this booklet are: Mario Bizzini, PhD, PT (F-MARC research associate), Astrid Junge PhD (Head of Research F-MARC), and Prof. Jiri Dvorak (Chairman of F-MARC).
Graphic design and layout was realised by our collaborator and friend Cony von Grebel, of Von Grebel Motion, Zürich, Switzerland.

Net 2010 WC

One year ago …

One year ago (July 11, 2010) the final match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup was played at Soccer stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Spain won against The Netherlands in overtime (1:0) by a goal of Andres Iniesta of FC Barcelona.

The match was officiated the Howard Webb, a referee from the England FA.


Med Exams REfs

PCMA FIFA Women’s Referees 2011

F-MARC organized and performed a Pre-Competion Medical Assessment (PCMA) of all selected women’s referees and assistant referees prior to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Germany 2011.

The medical examinations took place at the Referee’s Headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany (June 17-19 ).

The Medical Team was composed by: Mario Bizzini, F-MARC (Head Medical Team), Dr. Dagmar Keller (cardiologist, University Hospital Zürich) and Nina Feddermann (University Hospital Zürich). Monika Keller (FIFA Medical Office)


Visit @ CBF, Rio de Janeiro

On the 17th May we visited the headquarters of the “Confederacao Brasileira de Futbol”, CBF, home of the 5 times World Cup winners.

Our friend Joao Gomide, CBF, introduced us to the history of the Selecao.