Jamaican refs look to make history at Gold Cup
Manager of the referee department at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Victor Stewart, is confident Jamaica's historic quintet of match official candidates for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup will be selected for the tournament, following the matriculation process.
Stewart pointed that referee Daneon Parchment and assistant referee Nicholas Anderson, with their experience from the previous tournament in 2019, should be in good stead.
Referee Oshane Nation, the top local referee locally, recently did well at the Concacaf Olympic qualifiers, as did assistant Ojay Duhaney.
While Jassett Kerr-Wilson, one of only two female officials selected, is expected to make a historic appearance.
"We have two on-field referees, Daneon Parchment and Oshane Nation, and three assistant referees in Nicholas Anderson, Ojay Duhaney and Jassett Kerr-Wilson.
"For the first time Concacaf will be using female officials for their senior (men's) competition and Jamaica will be represented.
"Two females in Concacaf have been selected for the pre course, Jassett Kerr-Wilson from Jamaica and an American assistant referee. There are 41 countries in Concacaf and we are providing one of the two females, and as one of the two female officials in the region, we expect Jassett to be there," he underlined.
He pointed out that Jamaica continues to be one of the top producers of officials in Concacaf, despite limited resources and limited numbers and he is certain all five will make the tournament.
"Damion and Nicholas are veterans and with Ojay would formulate a total team. Along with Oshane Nation and female trendsetter Jassett, I am very confident they will all make the cut, so we are looking for all five to go to the Gold Cup," he said.
Not yet official
Although the five officials have been named to the Concacaf roster, their appointments are not yet official, as there is a process that they must complete before they can book their date for the tournament.
Step one in the process will require local officials to complete a fitness test that will be evaluated by Concacaf.
Step two is a matriculation course in Guatemala in May, where the selected officials will do video test, video analysis and practical on-field sessions, and from this the match officials for the Gold Cup will be chosen officially.
He added that good performances at the Gold Cup and upcoming World Cup qualifiers could lead to Jamaican officials getting a good look in for the 2022 World Cup.
And he believes Parchment and Anderson are prime candidates for the showpiece in Qatar next year.
"The performances from here on will help them to be selected for the Olympics and World tournaments, it could go a long way in helping them to get to the men's World Cup.
"Parchment did the (Concacaf) Olympic qualifying final and we are hoping his performance can take him to the Olympics and he can be seen as a potential candidate for the World Cup.
"Nicholas Anderson was also at the Under-20 World Cup in Brazil recently and he is a candidate for the World Cup, so it is a possibility these people can be selected but it is their performance on the external circuit that will really push them," he said.
Jamaican female officials Odette Hamilton, Princess Brown, Stephanie-Dale Yee Sing and Kerr-Wilson have also been selected for the 2023 Women's World Cup in New Zealand/Australia.