November 1, 2013

Kassai and Moen appointed for Intercontinental Play-Offs

Big honour for Norwegian Svein Oddvar Moen and his pre-selected World Cup team: They have been assigned to handle November's Intercontinental Play-Off between Jordan and Uruguay played in Amman. In addition, Viktor Kassai and company will take charge of the second play-off between Mexico and New Zealand.

Svein Moen will travel to Jordan (c) ZIMBIO
Moen, who has been one of the youngest referees ever promoted to UEFA's highest referee category (Elite), will be accompanied by Kim Thomas Haglund and Frank Andås. Dag Vidar Hafsås completes the all-Norwegian referee quartet. French Bertrand Layec will be present at Amman International Stadium as referee observer.
He has experience with Uruguayan national teams. In 2011, he handled two matches of their U-17 squad, among others their final loss against Mexico in a full Estadio Azteca. Furthermore, Moen handled two matches at last year's Olympic Games. Currently, he is present at U-17 World Cup 2013 and has been appointed to take charge of a quarterfinal (Brazil-Mexico).

Viktor Kassai appointed for Azteca (c) Welt
Additionally, Hungary's Viktor Kassai has been selected to take control over Mexico - New Zealand at Estadio Azteca. In a crowd of almost 100.000, he will be assisted by Gábor Erös, György Ring and István Vad. UEFA Referee Committee member Jozef Marko from Slovakia will assess their performance. 
It is the second time for Kassai to whistle a play-off tie of the "Kiwis": back in 2009, he handled their draw with Bahrain that resulted in their participation in World Cup 2010.

13 November 2013, 16:00 CET (Amman)
Jordan - Uruguay
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Fourth Official: Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)
Referee Assessor: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)  

13 November 2013, 20:30 CET (Mexico City)
Mexico - New Zealand
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gábor Erös (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: György Ring (HUN)
Fourth Official: István Vad (HUN)
Referee Assessor: Jozef Marko (SVK)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)


  1. A milestone in his career, I wish him a very good luck.
    I still see many other UEFA referees ahead him for WC call, but everything can happen and there is always a hope.

  2. Again Kassai with New Zealand is a weird choice.
    Couldn't they find another referee?

  3. I must say I like both appointments very much - but they totally spoil the theory about the World Cup selection I had so far in my mind :)

    1. Probably these are two of the referees, who are still unsure, but with good chances, maybe even competing dircetly for one (last?) place. It will be interesting, whether we see in the other play-offs only shaky candidates or FIFA appoints also the nearly safe ones for the European duels.

  4. Where can I find these appointments on the FIFA website? I don't know why but I can never seem to find them...

    1. That's because they have not published them so far. ;)
      It was announced by the Uruguayan and Mexican federation respectively.

  5. Anonymous2/11/13 01:49

    I am surprised that Viktor Kassai and Svein Oddvar Moen will be assessed by European observers. Is it common practice that European assessors "follow" their UEFA referees to intercontinental play-offs? I would have expected for instance a CONCACAF observer for Jordan - Uruguay and a CONMEBOL observer for Mexico - New Zealand instead.


    1. Anonymous2/11/13 09:55

      And I am surprised that only there are european refferees at
      these events.

    2. This might reflect the high reputation European referees savour in a worldwide context.

  6. Anonymous2/11/13 09:09

    In reality only UEFA observers can compare Moen/Kassai with the other European candidates. So it is a clever move by FIfA to appoint European observers, I think, since it otherwise would have been impossible to rate the referees performances. So, good and also fair for Moen and Kassai, I think.

    /Swedish observer

  7. In addition, the task of a referee assessor in FIFA matches differs from the UEFA referee observer's duties. FIFA observers mostly accompany the referees and show presence at the stadium and perhaps write the report. But the real analysis is done at hotels (if we talk about FIFA tournaments) or by TV observers. And I guess someone called Massimo Busacca will be among these TV observers :) And of course UEFA benefits from Marko and Layec, too (btw, it is the fourth committee member for a match handled by Kassai this year).

  8. Anonymous2/11/13 15:36

    It is always a great honour for a referee to be appointed to an intercontinental playoff match for a world cup. Four years ago, FIFA appointed Busacca, Kassai, Undiano and Larrionda to the four intercontinental playoff matches, and subsequently those four referees were all able to attend the 2010 world cup in the following year. I have a feeling that Moen is still young, but he is highly regarded by FIFA, he has a pretty decent chance to attend world cup next year. This is also a good appointment for Kassai, it at least shows FIFA still has the trust in him for those big games.

  9. Anonymous2/11/13 21:01

    Pedro Proença is injured. So probably out of next week CL matchday.

  10. Anonymous3/11/13 09:01

    1)When we will know referees for FIFA Cub World Cup 2013?(your prediction,who will be from UEFA?)
    2)Is it possible to see NOTUEFA referee at European play-offs?

  11. Thanks for your info (Proenca) and your questions.

    My answers are:
    1) Usually, they are known at the start of November. So I expect to get to know them next week. I expect Velasco Carballo from UEFA zone.
    2) Yes it is possible. Names like Roldán, Irmatov or Nishimura could perhaps be involved in the 2nd legs, too, but we have to wait a bit.

  12. Anonymous3/11/13 10:37

    Here at Spain Velasco Carballo is considered number One, because Undiano
    is not very well.


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