September 3, 2013

FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2013 - Referees

Spain's Carlos Velasco Carballo is still the only pre-selected World Cup referees without participation in a FIFA organized tournament after 2010 FIFA World Cup. These are the twenty-one refereeing teams appointed for FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2013 played in United Arab Emirates.

Khalil Ibrahim Al Ghamdi (KSA, photo) - Badr Al Shumrani (KSA), Hamed Marhoun Al Mayahi (OMA)
Kim Dong Jin (KOR) - Hae Sang Jeong (KOR), Byoung Eun Yang (KOR)
Abdulrahman Mohammed (QAT) - Salem Al Naimi (QAT) - Yaser Marad (KUW)

Fourth Official: Mohammed Abdullah Hassan (UAE)

Daniel Bennett (RSA) - Aden Marwa Range (KEN), Zakhele Thusi Siwela (RSA)
Badara Diatta (SEN) - Djibril Camara (SEN), El Hadji Malick Samba (SEN)
Slim Jedidi (TUN) - Bechir Hassani (TUN), Anouar Hmila (TUN)

Fourth Official: Tessam Bamlak Weseya (ETH)

Elmer Arturo Bonilla (SLV) - Octavio Jara (CRC), Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
Jair Marrufo (USA) - Eric Boria (USA), Ricardo Morgan (JAM)
Marco Rodríguez (MEX) - Marvin Torrentera (MEX), Marcos Quintero (MEX)

Fourth Official: Hugo Cruz Alvarado (CRC)

Heber Lopes (BRA) - Alessandro Rocha De Matos (BRA), Marcelo van Gasse (BRA)
Raúl Orosco (BOL) - Efraín Castro (BOL), Arol Valda (BOL)
Néstor Pitana (ARG) - Juan Pablo Belatti (ARG), Diego Bonfá (ARG)
Juan Soto (VEN) - Jorge Urrego (VEN), Carlos López Rico (VEN)
Martin Vazquez (URU) - Nicolas Tarán (URU), Miguel Nievas (URU)

Norbert Hauata (TAH) - Mark Rule (NZL), Tevita Makasini (TGA)

Fourth Official: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)

Mark Clattenburg (ENG) - Stephen Child (ENG), Simon Beck (ENG)
Pavel Královec (CZE) - Martin Wilczek (CZE), Roman Slyško (SVK)
Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) - Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Frank Andås (NOR)
Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) - Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Wolfgang Stark (GER), Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Mike Pickel (GER)
Craig Alexander Thomson (SCO), Derek Rose (SCO), Alan Mulvanny (SCO)

Fourth Official: Kenn Hansen (DEN)

Thanks to Árbitro Internacional!


  1. Anonymous3/9/13 06:48

    So in reality this means that Velasco Carballo will attend the Club World Championship instead (assuming then that all pre-selected refs will have to a attend a FIFA organized tournament).

    Was Lobes preselected? I thought that Ricci was the only Brazilian candidate, but maybe they had two.

    And al-Ghamdi apparently did not retire after all.

    What happened with the poll, by the way? Was it spammed - seems like someone liked Kassai very much yesterday...?

    /Swedish observer

    1. Al-Ghamdi retirement was widely commented in Arabian media. He got one qualifiers match some times ago and he's selected for FIFA U-17 World Cup now. Yupi! I hope he'll join next year's FIFA World Cup ;-)

      It seems that finally Ali Al-Badwawi won the fight with injury and the time. It's nice to see him ready for a battle for Brazil.

      As for Kassai, the blog is mentioned at Hungarian website in context of supporting Kassai's candidature. Niclas is probably very happy :-P

    2. I agree with you, Velasco seems sure for Club World Cup and could be even planned for the final already today, no matter whether Bayern reach it or not.
      I was very happy to read Al Badwawi's appointment after his injury problems.
      Lopes might be a back-up for Ricci, who is very inexperienced and originally was not planned for the World Cup.
      And oh yes, you can't imagine how happy I was ...

    3. Ricci is inexperienced, but Lopes?
      If we are talking about a WC and big international level exeprience, both are in the same condition.
      Also here, I don't see the reason to do that.

    4. Anonymous3/9/13 21:08

      Lopes is in her 12th year of FIFA, Ricci is on the 3rd
      Lopes has semi-finals of Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana, and the u17 2003.

    5. So why not Lopes as first choice instead of Ricci?

    6. Anonymous5/9/13 00:32

      Well, I do not know what happens in Brazil, but it is almost certain that are political reasons.

  2. Very strage to see Carballo missing!
    Now only CWC remains for him.
    Is that enough for a WC? They should take into account other major and important tournament, well, Carballo has EURO2012.
    Not the best ticket, I think.... my name for now is still Mallenco, he can assure to be on the list also for 2018 WC, it would be a logic choice in my opinion.
    At the end, there isn't this big difference between them.

    Can you explain me why Bonilla is there? Here I don't see a real reason....

    And finally, very nice to read again the names of Al Badwawi back from the injury and Al Ghamdi, after several rumors about his retirement.

  3. Bonilla, Jara, Leal probably is a political selection and nothing else.

  4. Anonymous3/9/13 21:03

    Mark Geiger (USA) is the second pre-selected World Cup referee without participation in a FIFA organized tournament this year (CONFED; U20; U17) next to Velasco Carballo

    1. Geiger has remarkable achievements in WC U20 2011 and Olypic tournament 2012

    2. Anonymous3/9/13 21:27

      That's right.
      But it is noticeable that Geiger and Velasco are not participate THIS year 2013, different to all other pre-selected referees.

    3. As for Geiger I think that's because FIFA has seen enough (meant in a positive way).

  5. Anonymous4/9/13 19:04

    Kim and Bonila are there for FIFA to show that the list is "open".

    1. Anonymous4/9/13 19:18

      Is open for 2018
      it's impossible to see Dong-jin or Bonilla in Brazil

    2. Anyway one must also admit that all the other AFC and CONCACAF officials were adequately tested, so at the end maybe Bonilla is there just to "make number".
      If you understand what I mean.


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