National Development Day in cooperation with APAF

After a 1st successful participation in 2019, Referee Abroad were back in Portugal for yet another edition of the ENAJ, the national meeting of young referees, organized by the Portuguese Referee Association (APAF).

This year’s meeting took place in the small thermal town of Luso, in the mountains of the Aveiro region of Portugal and saw the participation of six young Referee Abroad referees from all arond Europe.

The referees selected for the event were: Alfie from England, Gerard from Malta, Giel from Belgium, Iolo from Wales, Jonas from Austria and Sevastian from Cyprus.

The meeting, which lasted three days, started with a free coronavirus test for every participant and continued with a number of both classroom and practical training sessions conducted by some of Portugal’s best referees and instructors, including Euro 2020 and FIFA referee Artur Soares Dias and his team, FIFA referee Joao Godinho and former FIFA referee Duarte Gomes.

The sessions covered a wide range of refereeing subjects from players management, to mental preparadness and personality. At the end of the weekend all referees took a final test, and they all passed it with flying colours!

We’re also happy that, thanks to our strong partnership with APAF, the two best young referees of this year’s ENAJ won an expenses paid trip to two of our tournaments in Spain.

“I would like to thank APAF and their President Luciano Goncalves for the very warm welcome and the incredible organization put in place for this year’s ENAJ, we’re looking forward to cooperating with them for many years to come”, said Referee Abroad’s President Daniele Curcio, who was also the group leader at this year’s meeting.

Below you can find some pictures from this year’s ENAJ. Applications for the 2022 event, which will once again take place in October, will be available after the summer.