24th June, 2016; Georgetown: The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) will host the second FIFA referee fitness test of 2016 on Sunday, 26th June, 2016 at the National Track and Field Facility, Leonora from 14:30hrs.
This test is a mandatory element of the referee programme and will feature 25 elite referees in Guyana in four categories – Male and Female and respective Assistants. It will assess the fitness level of the FIFA referees using the new FIFA Referee Fitness Test.
According to the Head of the Refereeing Department, Mr. Stanley Lancaster, this new FIFA fitness test is “an adjustment of the former and will require shorter distances to be covered in keeping with the game activity of the referees.”
The three-and-half hour test, which will be evaluated by a Member Association Fitness Instructor, Lindley Langhorne, will see referees engaging in sprints, endurance run and recovery and will include referees from five regions namely; Regions 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10.
Elite referees are those who have consistently shown a high level of proficiency in the interpretation and application of the Laws of the Game and have maintained the required fitness level. Referees are assessed four times a year in keeping with the FIFA mandate.