July 30, 2012

Olympia 2012 Referee Appointments - Matchday 3

01 August 2012

M17, Group C
Again in charge of NZL: Gassama (GAM)
15:30 CET, Newcastle upon Tyne (Direct Sports Arena)
Brazil - New Zealand
Referee: Bakary Papa Gassama (GAM, photo, EUROSPORT)
Assistant Referee 1: Jason Damoo (SEY)
Assistant Referee 2: Angesom Ogbamariam (ERI)
Fourth Official: Mark Geiger (USA)
FIFA Referee Observer: -
M18, Group C
15:30 CET, Glasgow (Hampden Park)
Egypt - Belarus
Referee: Roberto García (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: José Luis Camargo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Morín (MEX)
Fourth Official: Raúl Orosco (BOL)
FIFA Referee Observer: -

M19, Group D
18:00 CET, Coventry (City of Coventry Stadium)
Japan - Honduras
Referee: Slim Jedidi (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Bechir Hassani (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Sherif Hassan (EGY)
Fourth Official: Felix Brych (GER)
FIFA Referee Observer: -

M20, Group D
18:00 CET, Manchester (Old Trafford)
Spain - Morocco
Referee: Benjamin Williams (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Hakan Anaz (AUS)
Fourth Official: Wilmar Roldán (COL)
FIFA Referee Observer: -

M21, Group B
18:00 CET, Cardiff (Millennium Stadium)
Mexico - Switzerland
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 2: Bakhadyr Kochkarov (KGZ)
Fourth Official: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
FIFA Referee Observer: -

M22, Group B
18:00 CET, London (Wembley Stadium)
Korea Rep. - Gabon
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
Fourth Official: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
FIFA Referee Observer: -

M23, Group A
20:45 CET, Coventry (City of Coventry Stadium)
Senegal - UA Emirates
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andas (NOR)
Fourth Official: Juan Soto (VEN)
FIFA Referee Observer: -
M24, Group A
20:45 CET, Cardiff (Millennium Stadium)
Great Britain - Uruguay
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Toru Sagara (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Toshiyuki Nagi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Peter O'Leary (NZL)
FIFA Referee Observer: -


  1. Well, the question is obvious.
    Do you think that the referee with only 1 appointment are going to return home, or maybe they have also a chance for a quarterfinal?
    For example, Rocchi...

    (by the way excellent Gassama, Niclas, your thoughts about him until now are absolutely correct)

  2. I think Roldán, Brych and also Geiger will get a second match in the K.O. match. Orosco, Soto, O'Leary and Clattenburg are candidates for being sent home. I am not sure about Rocchi to be honest.
    Gassama again with New Zealand, very surprising. In NZL BLR, he showed a satisfying performance and revealed expected weaknesses, how should it be different? After only a few cl matches and 2 afcon matches directly a FIFA tournament, a very good performance could not be expected. Brave call to book a player after 24 seconds, as Maicon reported, too.

    I have seen every official now. My guesses for the final is, as long as there is no European team, Felix Brych. Wilmar Roldán, Roberto García and Yuichi Nishimura are good candidates for semis. García could have awarded an early penalty to UAE, a very soft call, difficult to make..

  3. *K.O. stage of course..

    1. i co ktoś z was pisał że Rocchi miałby sędziować dwa mecze w jeden dzień a tu tylko techniczny. moi kandydaci na finał IO to ROLDAN,NISHIMURA,BRYCH lub IRMATOV,ewentualnie GASSAMA, amoże CLATTENBURG,MOEN,lub KRALEWEC

  4. I'd say Brych, Geiger, Rocchi, Roldan and O'Leary will all get another match.

    Then Nishimura, Moen and Jedidi could get a third... unless one of the referees above is used an additional time.

    Regardless, I think those are the 8 candidates for knockout matches.

    1. I think we must compare Moen and Kralovec on 1/8. One of them could get a quarterfinal. Brych and Roldan have shown so good performances that they should directly get their second match in one of the last 4 clashes, Jedidi is my favourite for the 3rd place.

  5. Josh R (jbfpack)30/7/12 20:45

    O'Leary involved in all three of Uruguay's matches. Interesting.

  6. Brych and García reports are online at refmarks.

  7. observers apps, if any problems, contact us!

    14:30 bra vs nzl (Gassama) Niclas
    14:30 egy vs blr (Garcia) Carlos
    17:00 jpn vs hon (jedidi) Chefren
    17:00 esp vs mrc (Williams) Carlos
    17:00 Mex vs Sui (Irmatov) Niclas
    17:00 Kor vs Gbn (Kralovec) Edward
    19:45 Sen vs UAE (Moen) Turan
    19:45 Gbt vs Uru (Nishimura) Niclas

    1. Change, Gassama: Carlos; Garcia: Chefren

  8. Josh R (jbfpack)31/7/12 18:54

    I'm curious to what all your thoughts are about the 4th Official sitting vs standing. I was Mark Geiger sitting for most of the game, while they were others who stood for all of the game. I have always been taught here in the USA to always stand as a 4th Official. Are there special instructions from FIFA on this or is it preference for these tournaments?

    1. Normally, since the fourth official's importance within the referee team has increased, they should stand. I even remember Portuguese Capela even running short passages and making movements as fourth official in Proenca's round of 16 clash in Milano.

    2. Additionally, The Guide to the procedures book in the USA, states that " fourth official Remains standing throughout the match unless directed otherwise by the referee during the pre-game conference."
      For me, it is always good to be standing and focused on the game instead of sitting like a spectator. Since 4th official is also a referee and ready to step in, in case of an injury, sitting on a chair will destroy the concentration and quick decision making in some ways. And when he is substituted with a referee, he will show a lack of concentration in the first few minutes. As Niclas stated, following the game flow with a few steps will keep the mind alerted to the unexpected situations.

  9. Thanks for this quote, Turan. Directly answers the question.

    Carol Chenard with a good performance yesterday, but the Brazilian defender who committed the foul that led to the PK should have been off due to DOGSO.

  10. So, my match today is Egypt - Belarus?

  11. And Japan-Honduras. Two matches, if you can. If not, I will take three matches.

    1. For me, it's ok. I can. The problem is always the same, but I think we will find all the matches

    2. Ok, thanks.
      Soto report is online.

  12. Some predictions for the women matches:

    SWE-FRA: Steinhaus
    BRA-JPN: Seitz
    USA-NZL: Neguel/Pedersen
    CAN-GBR: Yamagishi

    FRA/SWE-BRA/JPN: Chenard
    USA-GBR: Hong

    3rd place
    FRA/SWE-GBR: If SWE is out, then Palmqvist, if not, Alvarado.

    USA-BRA: Heikkinen

  13. Seitz has Sweden v France

  14. After her performance in the 3rd place match a reasonable choice. Correct red card but wrong corner leading to winning goal in 2011.
    Then my guess for BRA JPN is Steinhaus or Palmqvist.

  15. Garcia with an easy match?
    Just one yellow card in the last minute.
    We will see... also for Gassama, I think easy work

    1. Gassama with medium difficulty, correct sending-off due to simulation.
      Garcia with some early conversations, after that easy-going.

    2. Let me understand: you are winning 3-0 against New Zealand in the last group stage match, you are already booked. You make a simulation and you are out for the quarterfinal match.
      You should be really stupid...

    3. You are a footballer. That's all :P

  16. You are right, when you are on the pitch, you can't be always present with your mind :D
    It seems many boring match today... 0-0

    1. Indeed, Carlos and I nearly felt asleep when observing Williams and Irmatov. Two good performances by the way.

  17. There is a penalty/no penalty situation at SEN - UAE at min 73'for UAE. Moen gave a YC for diving. I am not totally convinced about that. Any opinions?

    1. Josh R (jbfpack)1/8/12 22:50

      It was a close one and there was slight contact, but the UAE player had a late reaction which I think sold the dive for Moen. The UAE player could have easily played through it. I think it was a good call though.

    2. That was my first impression but I was troubled about the contact. I tend to agree with Moen but I am going to watch it again.

  18. That does not sound good..I am not watching this clash, sorry, but I will watch highlights then.

  19. Moen was good. The match was easy even though there is this one situation. Only 18 fouls and 2 very controlled teams. Report to follow tomorrow.

  20. Own apss for Quarter finals can be given here: http://internationalreferee.blogspot.com/2012/08/nuestras-designaciones-juegos-olimpicos.html

  21. Good, then the situation seems to be similar to Zwayer's dive call in Zagreb and Gassama's yesterday: touch, yes, but the player falls too late, too easily so that it is simulation.

  22. Reports on Královec and Nishimura already published.

  23. I'm shocked after having read the report about Soto performance.
    I did it just a few minutes ago.
    The problem is not the high number of yellow cards, but, as the reporters have correctly written, the fact that the referee allowed a violence against himself, without showing red cards. I really can't believe that, I want to download the match just to see with my eyes this situation.
    Believe me Niclas, this is already enough to give 6 as mark, because there are the basics for each referee.... really can't believe.

    1. Yes, you can imagine that I was shocked too when watching the match and specially watching these scenes in the end again and again.

  24. 04.08.2012 | 12:00 | Japón vs Egipto
    Árbitro: Mark Geiger (USA)
    Asistente 1: Mark Hurd (USA)
    Asistente 2: Joe Fletcher (CAN)
    4to Árbitro: Peter O'Leary (NZL)

    04.08.2012 | 14:30 | México vs Senegal
    Árbitro: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
    Asistente 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
    Asistente 2: Simon Beck (ENG)
    4to Árbitro: Benjamin Williams (AUS)

    04.08.2012 | 17:00 | Brasil vs Honduras
    Árbitro: Felix Brych (GER)
    Asistente 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
    Asistente 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
    4to Árbitro: Slim Jedidi (TUN)

    04.08.2012 | 19:30 | Gran Bretaña vs República de Corea
    Árbitro: Wilmar Roldán (COL)
    Asistente 1: Humberto Clavijo (COL)
    Asistente 2: Eduardo Diaz (COL)
    4to Árbitro: Roberto Garcia (MEX)

    seems to be that in major tournaments if you are the local ref you are allowed to give offside goals....


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