Wales selected to officiate at Concacaf Gold Cup

Trinidad and Tobago official Caleb Wales has been selected to serve an assistant referee at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup next month.

Wales was selected to attend the Gold Cup candidate course at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida this month and was subsequently chosen for the confederation’s premier event.

Wales will attend a referees seminar at the Gold Cup headquarters hotel in Texas on June 11-13th prior to the start of the competition on June 15th.

Other Caribbean Assistant referees appointed include Jamaican Nicholas Anderson, Helpys Feliz of Dominica, Kedlee Powell of Cayman Islands, Zachari Zeegelaar of Suriname. Twenty three assistant referees have been appointed including two from Qatar, Taleb Al Marri and Saoud Al Maqaleh, as part of the exchange programme between Concacaf and the Asian Football Confederation.

Caleb Wales at far left before the CONCACAF U-17 semi-final between Canada and United States.

Two Referees from the Caribbean were appointed among sixteen referees – Jamaica’s Daneon Parchment and Cuba’s Yardel Martinez.

“It’s my first appointment to the biggest tournament in Concacaf and I am extremely honoured to be considered for a Gold Cup,” Wales told TTFA Media.

“My primary target was to be selected for the tournament so I put in a lot of work and learnt many lessons along the way. I aim to utilise what I have learnt to the best of my ability,” he added.

Reflecting on the candidate course at IMG, he said, “ For me, the course was excellent. It equipped us with the tools needed to be successful at the Gold Cup 2019 and I like that we were able to put these tools into immediate use at the Concacaf U17 Championship.”

Wales officiated at four matches during the CONCACAF Men’s Under 17 Championship including the semi-final clash between United States and Canada. The tournament was won by Mexico on Thursday.

The 48 match officials were required to pass several assessments and fitness tests, to ensure they could be considered for Concacaf’s most prestigious national team competition.

“In preparing our elite referees for Concacaf’s premier competition for national teams, we have left no stone unturned. The team of selected officials represents our Confederation’s best in terms of football knowledge, technical ability as well as  physical fitness preparation,” said Concacaf Director of Refereeing Brian Hall. “We just completed a five-day pre-tournament training focused on our objective of preparing the referee team for excellence. We are confident that our officials will be prepared to deliver an outstanding performance when the competition kicks off on June 15  at Rose Bowl Stadium in Los Angeles, California.”

To view the full list of appointed referees, assistant referees and referee assessors please click here.

As part of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), Concacaf also announced that a trio of referees from Qatar will officiate matches during this summer’s tournament.

“Following the successful participation of Concacaf Referees in the 2019 Asian Cup, we are proud to continue collaborating with the AFC in our tournaments. This is the first time that a trio of match officials from AFC will be participating in a Concacaf Gold Cup, as part of our partnership with the Confederation. This exchange complements our efforts to raise the level of refereeing across Concacaf,” added Hall.

The Concacaf Referee Committee approved the list of participants, who were reviewed and selected by the Concacaf Referee Technical Advisory Team, across regional group of refereeing experts. This team includes members of the Targeted Advanced Referee Program (TARP). TARP referees are part of the development strategy of the Confederation to provide an opportunity of working with elite officials in order to prepare them for future competitions. Game assignments will be published in the Media Center prior to each match.

The 2019 Gold Cup will be the biggest-ever edition of the event, with more participating nations (16 up from 12 in 2017), more host countries (three, including first-time matches in Costa Rica and Jamaica), and more stadiums (17 up from 14 in 2017, eight of which are in contention to become a 2026 FIFA World Cup venue).