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posted Aug 30, 2014, 6:58 PM by Cory Kramer   [ updated Jul 11, 2016, 7:07 PM ]

FIFA has announced that the age restriction (45 years old) has been removed from the criteria of remaining an active or being nominated for the award of the FIFA Badge.  This is based on the premise that nearly all of the current and possible FIFA Referees are on some type of fully financially supported payroll and have the ability to train year around.  

The remaining parts of the nomination criteria remain in tact, so all they have to do is meet the fitness testing requirements of passing the FIFA Referee or AR fitness 4 times per year, as well as before all FIFA tournaments.


This is both a good and a bad thing

The good is that 45 years of age, if all requirements are met is too young to be removed from the list.  Also it does increase the opportunity to be nominated at an older age, which is not the case now.

The bad is that it may restrict the upward movement of younger referees to be placed on the panel.