Ghana referee, Joseph O. Lamptey and an African colleague have joined more than 90 of Europe's top referees in Rome this week for the annual UEFA referee courses.
The 15th UEFA Advanced Course for Elite and Premier Referees mid-season event serves to prepare the referees for the resumption of club and international competitions and takes place between Monday 5 and Friday 9 February at the Grand Hotel Parco dei Principi in Rome.
And for this year’s gathering, two African referees attend the course in Rome, together with one African referee instructor as part of UEFA’s co-operation with the Confederation of African Football, CAF.
Joseph O. Lamptey and Malian colleague Coulibaly Koman would be lectured by UEFA's Referees Committee -comprising experienced former top-class European match officials.
The Ghanaian referee has officiated in some domestic league games and also handled matches in the CAF Inter-Clubs Championship.
Also UEFA's Referees Committee has created a DVD of various topics, using examples from the current campaign, which will serve as the basis for the course material and, subsequently, as a preparation tool for the forthcoming games.
Pierluigi Collina, the recently-retired Italian arbiter who is now a UEFA Referees Committee member, will share his experiences in tactical preparation and reading a game at the highest level - a vital prerequisite alongside peak physical fitness for the match official of today.