2020 UEFA Champions League final referee is Daniele Orsato. He will officiate the game between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich. The final will be held in the Benfica stadium in Lisbon at 9pm CET on Sunday August 23rd.
Below the image you’ll get 4 tips from the 44-year-old Italian, an international referee since 2010. You can apply these in your own game. From Uefa.com: “Orsato was officiating at eight matches in the UEFA Champions League this season, including Real Madrid’s round of 16 first leg against Manchester City in February.”
The 2020 Europa League final was officiated by Danny Makkelie. Tips from Orsato and the full refereeing team of the UCL final below the image.
Tip 1: keep dreaming
“You dream about these moments coming in your career,” Orsato reflects on Uefa.com, where I quote from in this article with tips. “And for me, the dream of a lifetime – to referee an international final, and the UEFA Champions League final at that – has come true. The first feeling I had when [UEFA Referees Committee chairman] Roberto Rosetti called me to tell me I’d been chosen was one of great excitement.”
Always know as referee what the bigger picture of your career is. That’s something you can work to when setting goals.
Tip 2: humility is crucial
It’s been 10 years since Orsato became a FIFA referee, but getting that badge doesn’t mean you’re there yet. “I think humility is a great characteristic for a referee to have”, he explains. “It means that you always keep the desire to work hard and improve your standards.”
A question to ask yourself: how much do I do to improve my standards? What commitments do you make to keep working hard and sticking to your training routines?
Tip 3: have the desire to learn
Learning never stops. “You have to have the desire to learn and study refereeing”, Orsato says to Uefa.com. “You must also be prepared to make sacrifices if you want to make progress – and you must never be satisfied; it’s vital to keep wanting to get better.”
It’s something also suggested by Premier League assistant referee Lee Betts. In lockdown he wanted to be more with his family, but always tried to find ways to learn and improve. “The priority is at home with the family”, says Betts. “But at the same time after physical training, I like to spend 1 hour on referee-related activities. They are quite varied.”
Because you also need to improve, you also need that desire to study the Laws of the Game, watch the clips in Uefa’s Referee Assistance Programmes or learn new things in terms of fitness.
Tip 4: teamwork is crucial
Daniele Orsato will officiate the final with assistants Lorenzo Manganelli and Alessandro Giallatini. “We’ve a terrific relationship, we’re great friends. We study every detail together and support each other on and off the field.”
How do you prepare for your games? And how do you involve your ARs in that? UCL final referee Orsato about his ARs: "We study every detail together and support each other on and off the field." Full story https://t.co/0GM7sdNGSu pic.twitter.com/ZJMkcJQPHU— Jan ter Harmsel (@dutchreferee) August 22, 2020
Full 2020 UEFA Champions League final referee team
From Uefa.com the fulll 2020 UEFA Champions League final referee team
- Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
- Assistants: Lorenzo Manganelli, Alessandro Giallatini (both from Italy)
- 4th official: Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania)
- VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)
- VAR Assistant: Marco Guida (Italy)
- Offside VAR: Roberto Diaz Pérez del Palomar (Spain)
- VAR Support: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (Spain)
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