June 19, 2013

Match Officials for U-20 World Cup Matchday 1 ready

FIFA has released the referee designations for the first matchday of FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey. Special thanks to Árbitro Internacional, who transmitted these news!
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Group A, 21 June 2013, 17:00 CET
France - Ghana
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Humberto Clavijo (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Eduardo Díaz (COL)
Fourth Official: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Carlos Alarcón (PAR)
Blog Observer: Edward A. (GRE)

Group B, 21 June 2013, 17:00 CET
Cuba - Korea Republic
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Badara Sene (SEN)
Blog Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

Group A, 21 June 2013, 20:00 CET
United States of America - Spain
Referee: Bakary Papa Gassama (GAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Angesom Ogbamariam (ERI)
Assistant Referee 2: Felicien Kabanda (RWA)
Fourth Official: Noumandiez Doue (CIV)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Carlos Alarcón (PAR) 
Blog Observer: Edward A. (GRE)

Group B, 21 June 2013, 20:00 CET
Nigeria - Portugal
Referee: Victor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jhonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: César Escano (PER)
Fourth Official: Alberto Undiano (ESP)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Badara Sene (SEN)
Blog Observer: Çagatay I. (TUR)

Group C, 22 June 2013, 17:00 CET
Colombia - Australia
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Fourth Official: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Celestin Ntagungira (RWA)
Blog Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group D, 22 June 2013, 17:00 CET
Turkey - El Salvador
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Rocha De Matos (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Emerson De Carvalho (BRA)
Fourth Official: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Ingrid Jonsson (SWE)
Blog Observer: Niclas E. (GER)

Group C, 22 June 2013, 20:00 CET
Mexico - Greece
Referee: Peter O'Leary (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Hendrik Hintz (NZL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ravinesh Kumar (FIJ)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Williams (AUS)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Celestin Ntagungira (RWA)
Blog Observer: Niclas E. (GER)

Group D, 22 June 2013, 20:00 CET
Paraguay - Mali
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yaser Abdulla Tulefat (BHR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ebrahim Mubarak Saleh (BHR)
Fourth Official: Damir Skomina (SVN)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Ingrid Jonsson (SWE)
Blog Observer: Niclas E. (GER)

Group E, 23 June 2013, 17:00 CET
Chile - Egypt
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Fourth Official: Wilmar Roldán (COL)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Lee Harmon (CKI) 
Blog Observer: Carlos S. (COL) 

Group F, 23 June 2013, 16:00 CET
New Zealand - Uzbekistan
Referee: Antonio Arias (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rodney Aquino (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Cacéres (PAR)
Fourth Official: Bakary Papa Gassama (GAM)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Michal Listkiewicz (POL)
Blog Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group E, 23 June 2013, 20:00 CET
England - Iraq
Referee: Roberto García (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: José Luis Camargo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Morín (MEX)
Fourth Official: Víctor Carrillo (PER)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Lee Harmon (CKI)
Blog Observer: Edward A. (GRE)

Group F, 23 June 2013, 20:00 CET
Uruguay - Croatia
Referee: Néant Alioum (CMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Evarist Menkouande (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Edibe (NGA)
Fourth Official: Alireza Faghani (IRN)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Michal Listkiewicz (POL)
Blog Observer: Niclas E. (GER)


  1. According to Thursday's edition of German sports magazine kicker, there will be a change in the offside rule next season.
    FIFA has decided, that an offside position is active, when the striker gets the ball due to an arbitrary defending action. Until now, intentional actions by the defenders were excluded and counted as passive offside.
    Only if the pass is clearly aimed to start an attack, it still will be no punishable offside.

    1. Anonymous20/6/13 10:23

      Hi Philip, could you tell me which German paper is running this article?

    2. http://www.kicker.de/news/fussball/bundesliga/startseite/588146/artikel_das-abseits-wird-neu-ausgelegt.html

      But meanwhile, it can be found in other sources, too.
      Google News: "Abseits" or "offside"

  2. Btw, official opening matches (with ceremonies etc.) of the last two FIFA U20 WCs (2011 Colombia-2013 Turkey) are managed by Cakir. Opening matches are always important in FIFA literature.

  3. UEFA U19 Finals

    Lithuania 20 July - 1 August

    List of Assistant Referees

    Mubariz Hashimov (AZE)
    Stelios Nikita (CYP)
    Michael Karsiotis (GRE)
    Derya Oguz (DEN)
    Mitchell Scerri (MLT)
    Nikola Razic (MNE)
    Leif Erik Opland (NOR)
    Dermot Broughton (IRL)

    1. As refs i had in mind: Hacmon, Karasev, Madden, Oliver, Zelinka andere Zwayer..

  4. Referees for Womens EURO 2013

    Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN) 26/09/1978
    Bibiana Steinhaus (GER) 24/03/1979
    Katalin Kulcsár (HUN) 07/12/1984
    Silvia Spinelli (ITA) 29/10/1970
    Teodora Albon (ROU) 02/12/1977
    Cristina Dorcioman (ROU) 07/08/1974
    Jenny Palmqvist (SWE) 02/11/1969
    Esther Staubli (SUI) 03/10/1979
    Kateryna Monzul (UKR) 05/07/1981

    Assistant Referees
    Lucie Ratajova (CZE) 02/12/1979
    Sian Massey (ENG) 05/10/1985
    Tonja Paavola (FIN) 25/03/1977
    Marina Wozniak (GER) 07/09/1979
    Judit Kulcsár (HUN) 27/04/1980
    Romina Santuari (ITA) 14/03/1974
    Hege Steinlund (NOR) 23/12/1969
    Petruta Iugulescu (ROU) 20/09/1979
    Maria Súkeníková (SVK) 16/11/1975
    Maria Luisa Villa Gutiérrez (ESP) 14/05/1973
    Helen Karo (SWE) 01/11/1974
    Natalia Rachynska (UKR) 14/08/1970

    Fourth Officials
    Carina Vitulano (ITA) 22/07/1975
    Esther Azzopardi Farrugia (MLT) 12/12/1981
    Monika Mularczyk (POL) 28/06/1980

    1. Is this official?

      Because several months before HFF announced that Mitsi (GRE) was appointed.

    2. Its official, was released yesterday or today by UEFA.

    3. Hi,

      Albin have every reason I went to the English version of the UEFA website and news which presents the preparation of referees for the UEFA European Women's Football Sweden in 2013. Listing of referees are chosen at the end of that news.

  5. Also there is Angela Kyriakou (CYP) missing from the assistants. Those 2 names are announced many months before and they don't appear in your list. That's why I have my doubts.

    1. This is the list I found on the UEFA site..

      However it says in another article that there will be 8 referees, 12 assistants, 3 fourth officials, 1 reserve referee and 2 reserve assistants.

      Might Mitsi and Kyriakou be reserves?

  6. Also a small surprise that Pedersen has been left out. Probably due to her Olympic Games performances.

  7. 2 Romanians referees, 3 Italians (referee, AR and FO).

    Weird choices.

  8. Prediction for MD2:
    FRA-USA: Doue, Yeo, Birumushashu, Shukralla
    ESP-GHA: Williams, Cream, Anaz, O'Leary
    CUB-NGA: Rizzoli, Faverani, Stefani, Skomina
    POR-KOR: Lopez, Leal, Lopez, Moreno
    AUS-SLV: Kassai, Eros, Albert, Cakir
    TUR-COL: Faghani, Kamranifar, Sokhandan, Gassama
    MEX-PAR: Undiano, Cabanero, Diaz, Alioum
    MLI-GRE: Vera, Lescano, Romero, Arias
    CHI-ENG: Moreno, Williamson, Corales, Doue
    IRQ-EGY: Skomina, Zunic, Ul, Lopez
    NZL-URU: Lannoy, Cano, Annonier, Williams
    CRO-UZB: Roldan, Clavijo, Diaz, O'Leary

  9. UEFA Region's Cup Italy

    Appointments MD1

    Group A

    Veneto (ITA) - Eastern Region (NIR)

    Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
    Assistant 1: Tomáš Vorel (SVK)
    Assistant 2: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
    Fourth Official: Vlado Glodjovic (SRB)

    Qarachala (AZE) - Keleti Regio (HUN)

    Referee: Wim Smet (BEL)
    Assistant 1: Audrius Jagintavičius (LTU)
    Assistant 2: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
    Fourth Official: Gianpaolo Calvarese (ITA)

    Group B

    Isloch (BLR) - Seleccion Katalana (ESP)

    Referee: Pavle Radovanović (MNE)
    Assistant 1: Goran Perica (CRO)
    Assistant 2: Ridiger Çokaj (ALB)
    Fourth official: Daniele Doveri (ITA)

    Olimp (RUS) - Yugoiztochen Region (BUL)

    Referee: Michael Johansen (DEN)
    Assistant 1: Marios Dimitriadis (CYP)
    Assistant 2: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
    Fourth official: Laurent Kopriwa (LUX)

  10. My ones:
    FRA-USA: Vera, Lescano, Romero, Ricci
    ESP-GHA: Moreno, Williamson, Corrales, O'Leary
    CUB-NGA: Skomina, Zunic, Ul, Shukralla
    POR-KOR: Doue, Yeo, Birumushahu, Gassama
    AUS-SLV: Kassai, Eros, Albert, Eriksson
    TUR-COL: Lopez, Leal, Lopez, Alioum
    MEX-PAR: Undiano, Diaz Perez, Cabanero Martínez, Cakir
    MLI-GRE: Faghani, Kamranifar, Sokhandan, Roldán
    CHI-ENG: Williams, Cream, Anaz, O'Leary
    IRQ-EGY: Lannoy, Cano, Annonier, Arias
    NZL-URU: Rizzoli, Faverani, Stefani, Mazic
    CRO-UZB: García, Camargo, Morín, Vera

  11. Hi already know someting about the new ranking of the category REFEREE for season 2013\14

  12. No. UEFA is testing our patience...I hope we have them within the next days..

  13. Two good performances for the start..

    1. Anonymous21/6/13 19:03

      Did you watch them in the same time?

    2. Anonymous21/6/13 19:27

      Congrats of attention divisibility..

  14. Anonymous21/6/13 19:47

    I think that penalty given by Cakir was far too soft...


    1. Anonymous21/6/13 20:10

      So a mistake or what? Can you evaluate it as mistake?

    2. Anonymous21/6/13 20:18

      For me it's more mistake than correct call, but not a crucial mistake in referee observation report...


  15. There was a contact and I think one can award it. But the Korean forward also fell very easily..so I agree with you. No clear mistake for me though.

    1. Anonymous21/6/13 20:07

      I agree here. The penalty seems a soft call but at the end there is a contact. Not a mistake.

    2. I really can not get any doubt on penalty. Cuba defender both pushes from behind and tackles with his knee. Yes, Korean forwarder falls easily, but that doesnt clear the penalty.

  16. Anonymous21/6/13 20:07

    For me good penalty-kick..

  17. Gassama missed a penalty in favour of Spain in my opinion.

  18. Anonymous21/6/13 21:37

    carrillo missed a penalty in favour of Portugal

  19. Good Friends,

    This walk of giving our guesses about the referees that should be a given game, gets to be more exciting than some football games: D.

    My "choices" for the second round of the group stage of the FIFA U-20 World Turkey 2013 are:

    Group A

    France vs United States of America

    Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
    Referees Assistants: Gabor Eros (Hungary) and Istvan Albert (Hungary)
    Fourth official: Wilmar Roldan (Colombia)

    Spain vs Ghana

    Referee: Antonio Arias (Paraguay)
    Assistant Referees: Rodney Aquino (Paraguay) and Carlos Caceres (Paraguay)
    Fourth official: Wilmar Roldan (Colombia)

    Group B

    Cuba vs Nigeria

    Referee: Carlos Vera (Ecuador)
    Assistant Referees: Byron Romero (Ecuador) and Christian Lescano (Ecuador)
    Fourth official: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)

    Portugal vs Korea Republic

    Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
    Assistant Referees: Roberto Diaz Perez (Spain) and Raul Cabanero Martinez (Spain)
    Fourth official: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)

    Group C

    Australia vs El Salvador

    Referee: Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)
    Assistant Referees: Jan Hendrik Hintz (New Zealand) and Ravinesh Kumar (Fiji)
    Fourth Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)

    Turkey vs Colombia

    Referee: Stephane Lannoy (France)
    Assistant Referees: Frederic Cano (France) and Michael Annonier (France)
    Fourth Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)

    Group D

    Mexico vs Paraguay

    Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
    Assistant Referees: Mathias Klasenius (Sweden) and Daniel Waernmark (Sweden)
    Fourth Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

    Mali vs Greece

    Referee: Victor Carrillo (Peru)
    Assistant Referees: Jonny Bossio (Peru) and Cesar Escano (Peru)
    Fourth Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

    Group E

    Chile vs England

    Referee: Benjamin Williams (Australia)
    Assistant Referees: Matthew Cream (Australia) and Hakan Anaz (Australia)
    Fourth Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

    Iraq vs Egypt

    Referee: Roberto Moreno (Panama)
    Assistant Referees: Daniel Williamson (Panama) and Keytzel Corrales (Nicaragua)
    Fourth Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)

    Group F

    New Zealand vs Uruguay

    Referee: Milorad Mazic (Serbia)
    Assistant Referees: Milovan Ristic (Serbia) and Dalibor Djurdjevic (Serbia)
    Fourth Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

    Croatia vs Uzbekistan

    Referee: Roberto Garcia (Mexico)
    Assistant Referees: Jose Luis Camargo (Mexico) and Alberto Morin (Mexico)
    Fourth Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)

  20. Peter O'Leary showed an overall satisfying performance in an easy match. He had a good line in the basic detection of fouls. However he missed two situations that could have demanded a yellow card each. Unfortunately he also missed a clear penalty that should have gone in favour of Mexico and decided to not award another penalty to Greece later on, was a borderline call, but in the end acceptable that he did not consider the handball as deliberate.
    So in a sum 7.8 (8.1/8.2).

    1. For me the handball is penalty. In that position the hand clearly changes the direction of the ball, not to mention that the enlarges the body volume preventing the attacking player to make a long pass.
      As for the penalty in Mexico if you talk about the situation in front of Kumar IMO it is nothing. The defender marks his opponent in an acceptable manner (shoulder to shoulder).
      But I agree for the mark 7.8(8.1)

    2. I did not rule it as a clear mistake, at least in my book, because there were also arguments in favour of O'Leary's call. As for the other situation, the upper body is irrelevant, there was a clear and clumsy contact leg by leg. Understand your view on handball though.

    3. Mark Borsch has eagle eyes. You probably will need several replays to detect what Borsch decided immediately, but it was offside in my opinion (blurred camera view and angles must be taken into account).

    4. In order to be fair I will watch again the penalty for Mexico.

    5. I watched the match via stream only so I only had one replay. I wait for livefootballvideo.com that will have the full length videos tomorrow in the morning.

  21. Detailed report for Ricci to follow.
    Just so much: correctly resisted a penalty appeal by Turkey, could have given penalty to them in minute 83, 3rd yellow was not correct. Overall image good. AR1 with a wrongly disallowed goal for offside, AR2 correctly disallowed another goal. Overall good performance of the Brazilian crew.

  22. Here's a big surprise. England was leading by 2-0 but Iraq managed the draw at the 3' of added time.

    Garcia with a good performance. He correctly awarded a penalty to Iraq and cautioned the GK. There is no case for DOGSO since 2 defenders are already near the goal-line.


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