The seminar, which gathers 43 referees from the 10 countries of the Confederation, has among its objectives to analyze the modifications and interpretations of the Laws of the Game and uniform considerations with respect to reading of play and positioning, tactical fouls, offside, handball and teamwork.
Wilson Seneme, chairman of the CONMEBOL Referees Committee, Kari Seitz of the FIFA Referees Department and Lorena Soto, coordinator of Women's Football Development were in charge of opening the Seminar and welcoming everyone present. "At CONMEBOL, we want to work towards and we are looking for modern referees. The differences between men's and women's football were much reduced. The players today have much more tactical and technical preparation, so we cannot be left behind", said Seneme. "Referees take care of their careers and you are professionals. We can no longer say that we are not ready because now we gain experience in courses and championships". Finally, he encouraged all the referees to work and concentrate on training and classes while "living in a positive environment that is the environment that we live in South American football". The technical and practical work will include classroom sessions, video test Law 12 and video test Law 11, while the field exercises will be performed with players and will include simulations and integrated exercises, completed with physical training. The course is developed within the framework of the CONMEBOL Development Program.