FIFA Referees Committee

FIFA Referees Committee have announced the list of selected names of the match officials for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. The list includes 36 referees, 69 assistant referees, and 24 VMOs (Video Match Officials).

For the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup, 6 women referees have been included in the list, 3 women referees and 3 women assistant referees.

The Committee have selected referees with the highest level of efficiency. The President of the FIFA Referees Committee Pierluigi Collina believes that a high standard of refereeing is what makes a successful World Cup.

“The 2018 World Cup was very successful, partly because of the high standard of refereeing, and we will do our best to be even better in a few months in Qatar.”

The VAR system was implemented in the 2018 World Cup in Russia and made it a successful event. 24 VMOs will work in Qatar and be always ready to provide technical assistance for the referees on the pitch. The preparation seminars for selected match officials will start early in the summer.

Here’s the list of 34 referees, our unsung heroes in the middle of the pitch, whose relentless work will make the biggest football tournament on earth competitive and interesting.

  1. Al Jassim Abdulrahman – QAT
  2. Barton Ivan – SLV
  3. Beath Chris – AUS
  4. Claus Raphael – BRA
  5. Conger Matthew – NZL
  6. Elfath Ismail – USA
  7. Escobar Mario – GUA
  8. Faghani Alireza – IRN
  9. Frappart Stephanie – FRA
  10. Gassama Bakary – GAM
  11. Ghorbal Mustapha – ALG
  12. Gomez Victor – RSA
  13. Kovacs Istvan – ROU
  14. Ma Ning – CHN
  15. Makkelie Danny – NED
  16. Marciniak Szymon – POL
  17. Martinez Said – HON
  18. Mateu Antonio – ESP
  19. Matonte Cabrera – URU
  20. Mohammed Abdulla – UAE
  21. Mukansanga Salima – RWA
  22. Ndiaye Maguette – SEN
  23. Oliver Michael – ENG
  24. Orsato Daniele – ITA
  25. Ortega Kevin – PER
  26. Ramos Cesar – MEX
  27. Rapallini Fernando – ARG
  28. Sampaio Wilton – BRA
  29. Siebert Daniele – GER
  30. Sikazwe Janny – ZAM
  31. Taylor Anthony – ENG
  32. Tello Facundo – ARG
  33. Turpin Clement – FRA
  34. Valenzuela Jesus -VAN
  35. Vincic Slavko – SVN
  36. Yamashita Yoshimi – JPN
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