Elin Kängström is 20 years old and prepares for her second Gothia Cup tournament as a referee. Last year gave her a lot of experiences and for Elin it all ended up with an unforgettable achievement – as she got to be the referee in the Gothia Cup Finals.
“Last year was really good. I developed my judging and it gave me experience when it comes to taking care of players from all over the world with different cultures and football climate”, Elin Kängström says.
The young referee from Alingsås, a couple of miles northeast of Gothenburg, is looking forward to the tournament.
“It will be a lot of football in my mind that week. Four matches a day, which is a challenge”, Elin says.
In this year’s Gothia Cup, we increase the focus on “Celebrate The Game”, our fair play project to create a positive environment on and off the pitches. One part of the project is the referee observers, who offers our referees support and coaching before and after the games.
Elin Kängström believes that the support is helpful for the referees’ development during the tournament.
“It is great that we have the observers who watches us and not only the players. I make my own decisions on the pitch and put the limits. Before shouting on the referee, parents, leaders and coaches must think both once and twice about the fact that we are humans”, Elin Kängström says.
She want to remind other referees to focus on the right thing.
“It’s important to highlight the positive criticism instead of the negative. Listen to the people that gives you credit”, Elin says.
The best of luck to Elin Kängström and all our 430 referees of Gothia Cup 2017!