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Spain’s Supercopa set for Final Four transformation

Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Luis Rubiales has revealed plans to transform the Supercopa into a ‘Final Four’-style competition, adding that the governing body is preparing a pioneering project that would form a global centre of excellence for referees.

Rubiales, speaking at a media gathering earlier today (Tuesday), said the revamped Supercopa will be put forward at an RFEF meeting scheduled for April, with a view to being implemented as the curtain-raiser to the 2019-20 season.

The Supercopa currently pits the LaLiga champion against the winner of the Copa del Rey and last year saw Barcelona defeat Sevilla 2-1 in Tangier, Morocco. Under Rubiales’ vision, the event would expand to include the top two teams in LaLiga and the finalists of that season’s Copa del Rey.

Three matches would be played in total, two semi-finals and a final. Rubiales said the competition will be played “away from Spain” adding that the concept of three games being staged in a single city over a number of days would create a “football party”.

Meanwhile, Rubiales said the RFEF will seek to join forces with Fifa and Uefa to establish a Centre of Excellence dedicated to the training of referees from across the world. The project would be run by the RFEF’s Technical Committee of Referees (CTA), a body the federation claims is an international benchmark.

The CTA has been responsible for training for the video assistant referees (VAR) system employed at the 2018 World Cup and during the Uefa Champions League, while it has also been employed by Mexico’s LigaMX and Russia’s Premier League for their VAR projects.