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.
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.
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.
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.