January 12, 2014

World Cup Referees - Predictions for Oceania

The smallest of all confederations is OFC. From Fiji to Tuvalu via New Caledonia, you find quite exotic football nations that were participating in the qualifiers. As usual, New Zealand have made the run but failed to qualify in the intercontinental play-offs against Mexico. However, this confederation will be certainly represented in terms of refereeing.

Peter O'Leary and Norbert Hauata
Peter O'Leary is the clear no.1 of this zone and will definitely go to Brazil - there is no doubt about that. Politically, he is much stronger than his competitive from Tahiti called Norbert Hauata. Of course you cannot compare their officiating with other federations. The football played in this region is surely less organized, slower and therefore less professional. Both referees attended several FIFA tournaments in the past and have proven to be able to cope with the required standard to a certain extent. Some mistakes were made, but some good performances were also shown by both. The most exciting question however is whether FIFA will again appoint two referees from OFC (in 2010, Michael Hester handled a match as the main referee from New Zealand and O'Leary was only a standby official). Basically, I would like to see this again in Brazil. In the end, it is a World Cup and deserves participants from various regions of the world. I however could imagine that only O'Leary will be chosen so that Hauata has to stay at home. Everything is possible, the only sure thing is that O'Leary is to be considered above the Tahitian. 


REFEREE with ASSISTANT REFEREES
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Date of Birth
OFC REFEREES – 1 TRIO + 1 STANDBY TRIO
Referee
Peter O’LEARY
NZL
03.03.1972
Assistant 1
Jan Hendrik HINTZ
NZL
24.06.1976
Assistant 2
Ravinesh KUMAR
FIJ
24.05.1982

Referee
Norbert HAUATA
TAH
08.06.1979
Assistant 1
Mark RULE
NZL
08.06.1981
Assistant 2
Tevita MAKASINI
TGA
26.11.1976

8 Comments:

  1. Tough choice, but in the end I agree with your selection ;-)

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    1. After weeks of contemplation and cogitation, I have come to the same conclusion as well. ;)

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  2. Off topic:
    Awful decision from Referee Mike Jones to disallow a perfectly legitimate goal (and what a goal!) from Tiote in the ongoing Newcastle United - Manchester City game.
    It seemed Jones overruled AR2 Ron Ganfield who did not raise his flag. Jones most likely disallowed the goal as he felt Gouffran was in the line of vision of Joe Hart, which he was clearly not.
    Take a look (not the best of quality):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpKP-XVneaU

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    1. Wrong decision, but I can understand why Jones decided to do that.
      Very often assistant referees are unable to evaluate the line of visions, so he thought this was active offside missed by AR2.

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  3. O'Leary at WC and Hauata as reserve. I totally agree with your prediction, it would be important for Hauata to make experience just as fourth official.

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  4. Anonymous12/1/14 17:31

    I disagree - OFC should only have a stand by team and nothing more in my view. O'Leary should be that fourth official.

    /Swedish observer

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  5. Anonymous12/1/14 18:25

    A german Bayern Munich Fan as AR 1, what a fun :D

    Woud be glad, seeing him O'Leary and Hintz assisting Brych...

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