CBF expands refereeing psychology-related work
This month, CBF’s Refereeing Commission will expand its efforts related to Brazilian referees’ and assistants’, both male and female, diagnosis and mental reinforcement. Coordinated by Dr. Marta Magalhães, a group comprised of 11 psychologists will carry out a number of new tests with the country’s refereeing teams.
A solid mental foundation is one of the four core pillars in a referee’s development, along with technical, physical and social attributes. Across Brazil, 11 federations have already secured their participation (Alagoas, Ceará, Federal District, Goiás, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso, Pará, Pernambuco, Piauí, Rondônia and São Paulo).
“With these efforts, we aim to determine Brazilian referees’ personality profiles, cognitive processing speed and attention. This will enable an assessment based on gender, category, state and region, which in turn will provide us with important information for our planning”, stated CBF’s Refereeing Commission President Marcos Marinho.
The project includes personality (BFP), attention (BPA) and FDT (five digit) tests applied to each refereeing official. Results will be featured in spreadsheets available effective March 16. Said documents should be shared with coordinators, who will develop a database for future assessments and comparisons.