August 10, 2013

New FIFA Referees' Committee

FIFA has made two significant changes in their Referees' Committee: Angel Maria Villar Llona from Spain has resigned for still unknown reasons as well as Belgian Michel D’Hooghe who was the deputy chairman in charge of competitions.

Jim Boyce of Northern Ireland (c)

New President of the Committee is Jim Boyce (photo) from Northern Ireland who is vice-president of the FIFA Executive committee and was the IFA president from 1995 to 2007.
Jilong Zhang from China PR remains the only deputy chairman and Worawi Makudi from Thailand is added as a member.

This is the new committee:

Chairman: Jim BOYCE Northern Ireland    

Deputy Chairman: ZHANG Jilong China PR    

Member: Worawi MAKUDI Thailand    

Member Competition:

Carlos ALARCÓN Paraguay    
Badara SENE Senegal    
Jorge ROMO Argentina    
Peter MIKKELSEN Denmark    
Toru KAMIKAWA Japan    
Carlos BATRES Guatemala    
Lee HARMON Cook Islands    
Ingrid JONSSON Sweden    
Jorge LARRIONDA Uruguay    
Abdulrahman AL DELAWAR Bahrain
Celestin NTAGUNGIRA Rwanda    
Alfredo TRENTALANGE Italy    
Terence BABWAH Trinidad and Tobago (Medical Committee)

Member Development:

Belaïd LACARNE Algeria    
Michal LISTKIEWICZ Poland    
Lambert MALTOCK Vanuatu    
Katriina ELOVIRTA Finland    
Jacqueline LELEU Australia    
Subkhiddin MOHD SALLEH Malaysia    
Mike RILEY England    
Oscar RUIZ Colombia    
Hector VERGARA Canada    
James SEKAJUGO Uganda (Medical Committee)


  1. Anonymous10/8/13 13:55

    And all of a sudden the chances for Undiano and Carballo to reach Brazil next year became much smaller... Deservedly so, in my view, but the fact that Spain has no committee member accentuates that.

    /Swedish observer

    1. i can't imagine that Spain will be left without a referee in Brazil. Even if there is no Committee member.

    2. Anonymous10/8/13 14:09

      We will have to agree to disagree, Edward :-) I don't think that the Spanish referees deserves to go to Brazil. So hopefully performance beats politics this time.

      /Swedish observer

    3. Spain is the biggest football nation at the moment just taking the latest competitions. They will have a referee, I am quite sure. But one must say Undiano has lost one of his protectors within FIFA now..

    4. Anonymous11/8/13 05:33

      Spain, Italy, Germany, England, Brazil will always have referees at the World Cup.

    5. I would also add Argentina.

  2. Anonymous10/8/13 16:37

    Is Villar still in the UEFA Referees Committee or he retired from both committees?

    1. According to this document, updated 14.06.2013, he is:

    2. Anonymous11/8/13 05:36

      That is very interesting. Why did he resign only from FIFA Ref. Com., but not from the UEFA Ref. Com.?

    3. As the document is from June 2013, we cannot know whether this is still up-to-date..

  3. OT: yesterday Artur Soares Dias has offciated Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira (Portuguese Super Cup). A very busy summer for him, and three finals: Toulon, Regions Cup and now Portuguese Super Cup.
    Surely, he is the Portuguese referee of the future, after Benquerença and Proença.

  4. Anonymous11/8/13 14:10

    Personals reasons of Blatter. Not of Villar.

    1. Anonymous12/8/13 13:53

      By the way, platters old friend Listkiewicz is still a member of the development group, incredibly!

    2. Anonymous30/9/13 17:00

      Incredibly, thats correct


    Jug is appointed (the first match after EURO UNDER 21) for the friendly Turkey - Ghana.
    Strange to read the name of Darko Ceferin, still active, even though as fourth official in this case.
    He retired from FIFA lists a few years ago.

    And a further news about Turkey: Super Cup (Galatasaray - Fenerbahçe) officiated by: Bülent Yıldırım, Ekrem Kan, Asım Yusuf Öz, Serkan Gençerler, İlker Meral, Mustafa İlker Coşkun.

    1. Anonymous12/8/13 13:59

      According to my present information only a FIFA referee in a match can participate as 4.Offizieller (concerning Ceferin).

    2. No. I e.g. remember that German Markus Schmidt, a non-FIFA referee, accompanied Kassai in Germany-Brazil as fourth official two years ago.

    3. Anonymous13/8/13 09:01

      I remember already 2012 FIFA demanded a FIFA referee as 4.official in friendly matches of A teams.

  6. Yes for friendly match, generally 4th official is not FIFA referee.

    Spain loose a very strong support for thier referees. Very strange, it semmed Villar one of the most powerful man in the FIFA and UEFA enironment.


  7. For Germany-Paraguay we have a FIFA official, namely Christian Dingert as 4th official. The referee is Ivan Bebek, assisted by Petrovic and Grgic.

  8. Don't know if the appointments for EL have been published on this site yet, but here are the Dutch appointments for the Europa League:

    22nd of August:

    Rijeka - VfB Stuttgart
    Referee: Bas Nijhuis
    Assistant referees: Rob van de Ven and Charl Schaap
    Fourth official: Dennis Higler

    Dinamo Tbilisi - Tottenham Hotspur
    Referee: Pol van Boekel
    Assistant referees: Dave Goossens and Bas van Dongen
    Fourth official: Ed Janssen

    Maccabi Haifa - FC Astra
    Referee: Kevin Blom
    Assistant referees: Berry Simons and Hessel Steegstra
    Fourth official: Serdar Gözübüyük

    29th of August:

    Spartak Moscow - St. Gallen
    Referee: Danny Makkelie
    Assistant referees: Angelo Boonman and Patrick Langkamp
    Fourth official: Tom van Sichem

    1. 2 Cypriot Observer appointments

      22 August

      Maccabi Tel Aviv - PAOK: Kostas Kapitanis (CYP)

      29 August

      AZ - Atromitos: Christakis Skappoulis (CYP)

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    1. Thanks for the Dutch appointments!
      A info about Mallenco: he is appointed for a game in the first Matchday of La Liga, to be played on Monday 19 August.
      So, it's sure that he is out from Tuesday 20 and almost sure out also from Wednesday 21 CL play offs.
      Instead, Velasco Carballo is not appointed in La Liga, therefore maybe he will handble a match in this first leg of Play Off (PSV - Milan?)

  10. My CL predictions.

    GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) v FK Austria Wien (AUT): Svein Oddvar Noen (NOR) and Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

    PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) v FC Basel 1893 (SUI): Marijo Strahonja (CRO) and Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

    FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) v NK Maribor (SVN): Martin Atkinson (ENG) and Firat Aydinus (TUR)

    FC Shakhter Karagandy (KAZ) v Celtic FC (SCO): István Vad (HUN) and Matej Jug (SVN)

    FC Steaua Bucureşti (ROU) v Legia Warszawa (POL): Olegário Benquerenca (POR) and Craig Thomson (SCO)

    Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) v Real Sociedad de Fútbol (ESP): Felix Brych (GER) and Cüneyt Cakir (TUR)

    FC Schalke 04 (GER) v FC Metalist Kharkiv (UKR)*: Björn Kuipers (NED) and Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

    FC Paços de Ferreira (POR) v FC Zenit St Petersburg (RUS): Damir Skomina (SVN) and Howard Webb (ENG)

    PSV Eindhoven (NED) v AC Milan (ITA): Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) and Viktor Kassai (HUN)

    Fenerbahçe SK (TUR)* v Arsenal FC (ENG): Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) and Pedro Proença (POR)

    Super Cup final for Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

  11. My CL predictions.

    GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) v FK Austria Wien (AUT): Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) and Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

    PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) v FC Basel 1893 (SUI): Marijo Strahonja (CRO) and Matej Jug (SVN)

    FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) v NK Maribor (SVN): Olegario Benquerenca (POR) and Ivan Bebek (CRO)

    FC Shakhter Karagandy (KAZ) v Celtic FC (SCO): Istvan Vad (HUN) and Firat Aydinus (TUR)

    FC Steaua Bucureşti (ROU) v Legia Warszawa (POL): William Collum (SCO) and Milorad Mazic (SRB)

    Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) v Real Sociedad de Fútbol (ESP): Howard Webb (ENG) and Felix Brych (GER)

    FC Schalke 04 (GER) v FC Metalist Kharkiv (UKR)*: Craig Thomson (SCO) and Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

    FC Paços de Ferreira (POR) v FC Zenit St Petersburg (RUS): Martin Atkinson (ENG) and Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

    PSV Eindhoven (NED) v AC Milan (ITA): Damir Skomina (SVN) and Volfgang Stark (GER)

    Fenerbahçe SK (TUR)* v Arsenal FC (ENG): Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) and Pedro Proenca (POR)

    Super Cup final for Stephane Lannoy (FRA)

  12. I am not sure but I guess Schalke and Thomson won't meet again after what happened in 2012. As for the rest everything looks nice - are two English officials for the same tie possible?

    1. Why not Thomson for Schalke? His last match was 1.5 years ago. I think he can have this match. I remember seeing appointments with 2 referees from the same country for the 2 legs. I guess it is possible.

    2. When Matip was sent off for a non-existing foul and Twente got a penalty even though it happened a metre outside, Schalke manager Heldt called Thomson and the AAR "fools"..

  13. Tre Polish REFEREE in matches 4 eliminata EUROPA-LEAGUE.
    Paweł Gil, and Szymon Marciniak - 22.08-2013.
    Marcin Borski - 29.08-2013.


  14. Dear all, for Cl play off, my guess is that only Elite development referees and first group referees will be appointed to give them a strong opportunity to grow up and to demonstrate own value on very important matches, keeping Elite ref for group stage and following. So my predictions for Cl play off.

    GNK Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) v FK Austria Wien (AUT): D. ORSATO (ITA) - T. CHAPRON (FRA)
    PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) v FC Basel 1893 (SUI): M. HANSSON (SWE) - P. GIL (POL)
    FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE) v NK Maribor (SVN): A. SIDIROPOLUS (GRE) - A. MATEU LAHOZ (SPA)
    FC Shakhter Karagandy (KAZ) v Celtic FC (SCO): M. GRAFE (GER) A. NIKOLAYEV (RUS)
    FC Steaua Bucureşti (ROU) v Legia Warszawa (POL): M. DEAN (ENG) - F. MAYER (GER)
    Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) v Real Sociedad de Fútbol (ESP): T. HAGEN (NOR) - S. KARASEV (RUS)
    FC Schalke 04 (GER) v FC Metalist Kharkiv (UKR)*: O. HATEGAN (ROM) - M. JUG (SLO)
    FC Paços de Ferreira (POR) v FC Zenit St Petersburg (RUS): M. STRAONJA (CRO) - I. VAD (HUN)
    PSV Eindhoven (NED) v AC Milan (ITA): I. BEBEK (CRO) - D. AYTEKIN (GER)
    Fenerbahçe SK (TUR)* v Arsenal FC (ENG): A. GAUTIER (FRA) - A. STAVREV (MKD)

    Super Cup final for Cuynet CAKIR and Firat AYDINUS his 4th official


  15. Hi F. Nikolaev, and Meyer no ELITE-DEVELOPMENT-CATEGORY.

    1. Nikolaev and Meyer are in First Group. You must read posts more carefully if you want to post such comments. F wrote black on white - 'Elite development referees and first group referees'...


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