Cony and Italian referees


04.10.2013, Coverciano, near Firenze, Italy. Home of the FIGC Settore Tecnico and AIA. With our amico Carlo we present the adapted 11+ programme for referees and assistant referees. Multimedia coverage by friend Cony, VGM.

Hector Baldassi

meeting Hector

21.03.2012 – Meeting with my friend HECTOR BALDASSI, former world class referee (3 matches ath the last 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa). Hector is a referee legend in Argentina and South America, having officiated several top matches in his career.

Team at FCWC 2011

Preparing for the FCWC 2011

After an intense “11+ week”, I’ll stay in Tokyo for the FIFA Club World Cup, and namely at the Referee’s Headquarters.

F-MARC organizes as usual the medical care of the match officials for this competion.

Together with me are long-time friends Mitsunori “Mitsu” Tsumaki, and Takashi “Taka” Toriumi (TSM college, Tokyo).

Have a look on for this year’s tournament (Dec 8-18, 2011), featuring powerhouses FC Barcelona (incl. Messi) and FC Santos (incl. Neymar).


Esse Baharmast wins the Gold Whistle Award 2011

On Tuesday August 2, 2011 in Atlanta (USA), the NASO (National Association of Sports Officials) Gold Whistle Award was given to my friend Esse Baharmast (FIFA Referee Technical Instructor), in recognition of his significant contributions to the betterment of sports officials. It’s the first time ever that a soccer referee receives this prestigiuos award (former honorees were from NFL; MLB, NBA, and NHL only).

Esse may have no equal when it comes to soccer officiating in the United States. Among his accomplishments are working the 1993 World University Games, 1994 Pan American Games, and the 1996 CONCACAF Gold Cup. He officiated the inaugural MLS game in 1996. He also officiated three games at the 1996 Olympics, becoming the only American referee to officiate an Olympic semifinal (Argentina-Portugal).  He is perhaps most well known for a call in the final minute of a match in the 1998 World Cup between Brazil and Norway. While TV broadcasts could not see it clearly, Baharmast whistled a foul in the penalty area as a player for Brazil grabbed one of his opponents. Baharmast was criticized heavily in the media until a Swedish TV film clearly showed he was correct. At that World Cup, he became the only American referee to ever take charge of two matches at the World Cup level. Upon retiring from the field, Esse has served both U.S. Soccer and FIFA in an administrative role. He currently works for FIFA as the technical instructor in charge of elite referees from CONCACAF and Oceania confederations. He also served two terms on the NASO Board of Directors and has continued to be involved with the organization for a number of years.


Mitsu & Mario @ U-20

Again I’m reunited with my very good friend Mitsu (Mitsunori Tsumaki), from the Tokyo College of Medical Sports, during a FIFA World Cup. We’re here in Bogotà, Colombia for the U-20 tournament (19/7-20/8/11), and we ensure the medical coverage (on behalf of F-MARC) of the FIFA referee’s team. Several friends are  working in the staff: Claudio Pilot, Esse Baharmast, Leslie Irvine, Fernando Tresaco Gracia, Alejo Perez Leguizamon, Manuel Lopez, only to name a few of them.

Uru champions CA 2011

Copa America 2011

Uruguay wins the Copa America 2011 beating Paraguay 3:0 by goals of Diego Forlan (2) and Luis Suarez (1).

The final was played in the famous “Monumental” stadion (home of the River Plate club) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

My friends Ernesto Filippi (Technical Instructor) and Gustavo de Renzis (Medical-Physio) were in the referee’s staff.

FWC U-20 2011

FIFA U-20 World Cup Colombia 2011

From 29 July to 20 August 2011 the FIFA U-20 World Cup is played in Colombia, South America.

Follow the tournament on the fifa website.


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.