24.09.2020 14:23


EFC Maximizes Pandemic Downtime to “Get Ready for the New Season”

Today, the European Fencing Confederation (EFC) began a series of seminars its new refereeing cohort.  Aptly named “Get Ready for the New Season” the initial seminars are aimed at the newly appointed category C sabre referees.

Whilst events are cancelled for the foreseeable future these seminars illustrate how the EFC is utilizing the “downtime” to best prepare new referees for when competitive fencing resumes.  Furthermore, the seminars are aimed at preparing the delegates for their FIE refereeing exams.

Covering both theory and practice the sessions are being led by Secretary General, Jacek Slupski and the EFC’s Vice-President Nikolay Mateev.  They are supported by two members of the EFC Referee’s Commission who are both active international referees, Vasil Milenchev and Vladislav Shamis.

During the seminars the delegates are taken through a theoretical quiz before discussing videos of actions from the most recent international tournaments including the World Championships in Budapest last season.

Speaking about these specially arranged training sessions, Slupski said, “Our general intention is to raise the level of refereeing in sabre in Europe and to prepare EFC referees for the FIE examination.  During the first seminar EFC referees were given practical examples of how to behave in difficult situations during major international competitions such European and World Championships.  Substantial support was guaranteed by two of the best referees in sabre, Vasil and Vladislav. After the first session, I am convinced that such initiatives will positively influence skill development in sabre.”

Delegate Sam McLellan from Great Britain added, “I was very pleased to attend the seminar for the C grade sabre referees.  It was an excellent experience to learn from Mr. Milenchev and Mr. Shamis and to gain an insight into the skills and traits needed to referee at the highest level.  Thank you to both of them and to the EFC for organising these opportunities from me and my refereeing colleagues.”

Summing up, Vice-President Mateev said, “Our joint goal with the support of National Federations is to increase the level of European refereeing, improve the organization of both Junior and Senior World Cups and put forward the best qualified European referees for the FIE exams.  It was a promising start and I look forward to continued success.  Particular thanks goes to Vasil and Vladislav for volunteering their time.”

These seminars are planned to continue over the coming weeks as the EFC prepares for the return of competitive action.


The EFC continue to provide full support to the FIE in these challenging times.