Marie-Soleil Beaudoin is already beginning preparations to referee the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
She’s the primary and solely Nova Scotia girl approved by FIFA to referee that degree of soccer.
And this received’t be her first World Cup, as Beaudoin was beforehand appointed to referee the 2019 Girls’s World Cup in France.
She says it’s an honour.
“Each time FIFA places your identify on any checklist, as a result of there are such a lot of referees on this planet, it’s at all times an enormous honour.
“It offers me the chance to signify not solely my nation but additionally my province, which is Nova Scotia now.”
Beaudoin grew up in Quebec Metropolis, the place she began enjoying soccer when she was 5 years previous.
“I don’t suppose any 12-year-old woman goals of being a referee. … I grew up enjoying soccer and sooner or later, I bought into refereeing as a result of it was simply one other method for me to stay lively in a sport that I actually cherished.”
Beaudoin says her favorite half about her profession is the problem.
“Refereeing is rarely simple, so it by no means turns into boring,” she stated.
“Each sport is a brand new problem and we by no means know what’s going to occur within the sport, so it makes it type of thrilling.”
Beaudoin additionally says the group in soccer is essential.
“The referee group is absolutely type of a tight-knit, very supportive group. And that’s true in Nova Scotia, that’s true in Canada, and that’s true internationally.”
Beaudoin bought into refereeing when she was 20, and later bought her FIFA-certified badge in 2014, which allowed her to referee internationally.
As she travelled and practised, the World Cup appeared like a practical aim.
“The World Cup in soccer is the head of the game.”
She says she was fortunate to have a profitable event within the 2019 Girls’s World Cup.
“So now it’s the second time round and attempting to achieve that aim once more, and preserve bettering as an individual and as a referee all through this course of.”
Beaudoin says the true problem begins now because the almost three-year cycle of preparation begins.
“it’s lots of onerous work forward however I imply, in life, I type of admire challenges on the whole, so I’m trying ahead to it.”
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The problem, she stated, is between now and the beginning of the Girls’s World Cup.
Beaudoin is an elite athlete and trains seven days every week, very like an Olympics athlete or referee.
On prime of that, FIFA organizes programs and conferences for all of the potential referees the place they’re examined on legal guidelines of the sport, on health and in tournaments.
All candidates can be appointed to referee both the Below-17 World Cup or the Below-20 World Cup, arising this yr, when FIFA will get to see them in motion.
Because the coronavirus pandemic continues in Canada and internationally, this yr’s tournaments are a bit unsure. However Beaudoin says she’s excited to get again to the sector and take FIFA’s alternatives when she will be able to.
Earlier than the pandemic, she would referee throughout the nation within the Canadian Premier League. She additionally officiated the HFX Wanderer’s FC residence opener in 2019.
Beaudoin says refereeing gave her extra than simply soccer expertise.
“It’s been a extremely good faculty of life, the place you be taught generally the onerous method, about standing up for your self and being assured in your selections and speaking with numerous kinds of individuals in conditions which might be very unstable, emotional.”
She says she hopes youngsters will see her on TV and need to know what refereeing is like.
“Even on the native degree or the regional degree, being a referee can actually deliver quite a bit to the women and the boys which might be principally courageous sufficient to present this a attempt.”
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