Interview Daniele Curcio

Could you please briefly introduce yourself and tell us about Tournaments Abroad please ? My name is Daniele Curcio, I’m from Italy and I am the President of Tournaments Abroad, the world’s largest international refereeing network. Since I became a referee in 2003, I’ve dedicated myself to refereeing. I started Tournaments Abroad in 2010 together with my English colleague Matthew Day. Tournaments Abroad is now a major refereeing operator in many countries around the world, and all continents. Every year we manage all aspects connected to refereeing for 20+ major international tournaments, from the Paris World Games to the Ibercup tournament series, and we welcome, coach and train 1000+ officials from all around the World. What were your selection criterias for the PARIS WORLD GAMES ? The Paris World Games is our single biggest event. In order to cover all games during this great event, we have selected a total of 135 referees. We have officials of all levels of experience and backgrounds, in order to have the right one for each game, from the more challenging Under 19s games via the playoffs and all the way to the finals. Our main focus is on developing referees. For this reason all referees attending the tournament are what we call “future prospects”. Referees who have shown potential to become top-level officials in the years to come, and need international experience to achieve their dreams. The Tournaments Abroad refereeing group at the Paris World Games is certainly one of the most talented group of officials at any international youth tournament worldwide. How many nationalities are present among the referees of the...