June 25, 2015

Women's World Cup 2015: Referee Appointments for Quarterfinals

The following officials have been appointed by FIFA for the matches of 2015 Women World Cup's Quarterfinals. Among others Carol Anne Chenard from host contry will officiate the clash between Germany and France.


Carol Anne Chenard (CAN) has been appointed for a quarterfinal (c) ontariosoccer.net
26 June 2015, 22:00 CET (Montreal)
Germany - France
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie Josee Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Fourth Official: Efthalia Mitsi (GRE)

27 June 2015, 01:30 CET (Ottawa)
China PR -USA
Referee: Carina Vitulano (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Michelle O'Neill (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tonja Paavola (FIN)
Fourth Official: Salomé Di Iorio (ARG) 

27 June 2015, 22:00 CET (Edmonton)
Australia - Japan
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Natalia Rachynska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodak (CRO)
Fourth Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)

28 June 2015, 01:30 CET (Vancouver)
England - Canada
Referee: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Luciana Mascaraña (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Loreto Toloza (CHI)
Fourth Official: Rita Gani (MAS)

59 Comments:

  1. Very surprising to see Vitulano, unfortunately not so much Chenard. Two referees who's group stages were not the best. Or course, best of luck to all the officials.
    Predictions:
    AUS-JPN: Steinhaus
    ENG-CND: Umpierrez Rodriguez

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    1. Anonymous25/6/15 16:47

      I am surprised that you think Chenard had such a bad group stage...the teams and the staff have suggested she has been the BEST in the group stage. The only unhappy people so far have been the Columbian fans (not a consideration) and the German Coach who felt she should call things before they happened to "protect" her team against Ivory Coast.

      Which, if any, games did she make mistakes in?

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    2. I cannot comment on Brazil-Spain, I did not watch that game. However I thought her control in Germany-Ivory Coast left a bit to be desired and the Penalty on England-Colombia was incorrect imo- there are many training videos on such things. And, on English television anyway, there have been many remarks about her fitness, from all accounts she was very good at Germany 2011 so one can only presume that either her fitness regime has changed and/or the pace of the game has increased. I would have preferred Umpierrez Rodriguez, Larsson, Domka, etc.for such a match but I wish the Canadian trio the best of luck, as ever!

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    3. Anonymous26/6/15 21:20

      I've mentioned this before, but Ms. Chenard's fitness is incredible. Her body type seems to be the issue. She passes the men's fitness test regularly.

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  2. Anonymous25/6/15 15:23

    OT, U-19:
    Rs: Tamas Bognar, Andreas Ekberg, Marko Guida, Georgi Kabakov, Anthony Taylor, Andris Treimanis
    As: Blažej (CZE), Morais (LUX), Jobin (SUI), Klančik (SVN), Nedelkoski (MKD), Neemlaid (EST), Petrović (SRB), Rasmussen (DEN)
    4th: Giachos (GRE), Pappas (GRE)

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    1. The AR from LUX is probably a mistake. FIFA doesn't have such name.

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    2. Ricardo Morais = Ricardo Fernandes ;-)

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    3. http://www.goalzz.com/main.aspx?referees=true&searchcountry=LU&referee=2840

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    4. Anonymous25/6/15 17:39

      Marco Guida not Marko, he is Italian :)

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  3. Anonymous25/6/15 20:47

    What do you think about Vitulano? She got this match after only one group stage match plenty off controversial decisions. Politics?

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    1. Anonymous25/6/15 21:14

      Of course. Don't forget that at World Cups the national teams involved also have their say in the course of referee designations.

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  4. Anonymous25/6/15 23:34

    So we get to see Chenard trudge around the pitch yet again.
    Two great teams and a game that promises to be simply spectacular. It's a pity that FIFA has chosen a referee who has been unable to keep up with play due to her lack of fitness.
    But I guess FIFA has to reward Canada in some manner.

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    1. Anonymous26/6/15 01:37

      All referees at these tournaments have to pass the standard fitness several days before any appointments are made. Fail and you are sent home. I was a fifa referee for many years ant took part in several major tourmaments and this this was statuary NO exceptions

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    2. Anonymous26/6/15 01:45

      So do you have it out for all female referees? as that seems to be the tenor of the majority of your comments (easily identified by liberal use of "apologist", surprised you did not use that here, expect we will see it again). Ms. Chenard passed all the FIFA fitness requirements and is almost impeccable in her positioning with the criteria FIFA is pushing. I say almost because we are all caught out (I assume even you, assuming you are a ref) from time to time as play proceeds with surprises. She also has a great presence on the field, reads the game very well and has a rapport with the players that only comes from respect. I wish the Canadian trio the best (because they are referees, not because they are Canadian).

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    3. Anonymous 11:34 is grumpier than Grumpy in Sleeping Beauty. I am superbly fit and even I get caught out. However, my general positioning lacks much compared to Chenard. She is so good she can move to the ideal position and stroll around watching play move around her. Beautiful to watch.

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    4. Anonymous26/6/15 21:24

      Yes, Ref Al. She works smarter, not harder. But works incredibly hard when required. She impressed Massimo with a box to box sprint in the 87th of one match.

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    5. Anonymous28/6/15 15:24

      Sorry, we are at a World Cup, of course you must be able to sprint from one box to the other box... see CL final 2015, Cakir once had to run 3 times from box to box in a row. He looked elegant even. Nothing extra-ordinary. Just what is EXPECTED nowadays. As I have learnt to know Massimo, a box to box sprint is more important then correct decisions, so let's give her the final (I am liking Chenard a lot, too, but detest Massimo's work, sorry for that.).

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  5. Anonymous26/6/15 03:34

    Australia-Japan Kateryna MONZUL (UKR)
    England-Canada Claudia UMPIERREZ (URU)

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  6. Anonymous26/6/15 10:01

    Semifinals and final: Steinhaus, Mitsi, Albon?
    Third place Keighley.

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    1. Anonymous26/6/15 11:58

      Id say di iorio or ri instead of steinhaus. Shes a bit in the "kuipers situation 'if germany doesnt qualify steinhaus is an option and will very likely get a SF because shes the last WC final ref and didnt disappoint that much in her matches.. If not she goes home. Like Kuipers who imo was the best last years WC but didnt get final or semi because of the dutch reaching into SF. That was a shame

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    2. Anonymous27/6/15 00:25

      Thank you both for not including Chenard in your conversation. The referee's you have both listed have been better throughout the tournament and they all have the required fitness levels that are needed for these matches.

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  7. Anonymous26/6/15 14:36

    How about Staubli and Ri?

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  8. Anonymous26/6/15 17:00

    I wonder what happened to Larsson (SWE). She only got one match and I did not see it, but it seems as if FIFA were not impressed by her performance since she has not appeared on the pitch again since then?

    /Swedish observer

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  9. Some positioning problems by Chenard in the early minutes, she obstructed an attack by Frace.

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  10. Anonymous26/6/15 22:22

    why only one match for Domka?

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  11. Anonymous26/6/15 22:45

    Chenard with a very poor positioning. It's almost frustrating to see how some attacks are denied by this women. Also her assistants with some poor calls so far.
    Both assistants with each one call, both calls were wrong...
    I am very wondering what Dagmar Damkova's (Referee Assesor) opinion is this first half...

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    1. Did we watch the same game??? From the stadium, positioning was nearly perfect. The only error was early in the match when she interfered with play. Otherwise, she was always at a safe distance, yet close to play. Her srpinting abilities are impressive.

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    2. I can only confirm the positioning problems from TV. Three or four times, positioning at set pieces was a problem (there were more striking examples than the moment when she obstructed a player). But these are FIFA's instructions...

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    3. In NA referee positioning at set pieces is to be where you can proactively see the best while being prepared to move to where u anticipate play will develop. This is a little more dynamic and often closer to play than by the FIFA book. It also requires some risk taking. Anticipation is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate. That is why Chenard ended up getting in way.

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    4. I specially meant 2 situations where she was positioned very centrally or even a bit closer to AR2 than to the "bottom" sideline (from TV view), although the free-kick place was quite central, too. This is quite uncommon in Europe as here it is considered to produce poor visual angles in specific situations (and I share this view), so this might be a reason why some of us felt her positioning play was not the best. But as said, FIFA wants it.

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    5. Anonymous27/6/15 20:09

      @Anonymus 10:45: If you know that Damkova was the referee assessor in Montreal, do you know who were the observers in the other cities (Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, Moncton, Winnipeg)?

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  12. Anonymous26/6/15 22:56

    Both assistant referees one mistake each. 100% mistakes. But hope a better second half.

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  13. What are your thoughts on the penalty?

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    1. Anonymous27/6/15 00:16

      Good decision. The player enlarged her body by stretching out her arms = penalty kick.

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    2. Anonymous27/6/15 00:21

      German player did the same in the 1st half, yes?

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    3. Minute (@ Anonymous 12:21)?

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  14. Are we watching same game? What mistakes? TV stopped an offside decision at incorrect touch. Actual decision correct (offside at next touch by attackers). No idea what other one you saw for AR2. Positioning very good; ability to make up ground excellent -- often there before ball. Did get in too tight twice and almost hit by ball. Anticipation high and work rate high. This Referee can walk because she's there before ball ever arrives; knows exactly what will happen next.

    All Cautions excellent. Last seemed a bit weak, but was required for match control after a rash of unfair challenges. Settled match back to where it needed to be. Error 65th min (called GER trip; should have been FRA push) -- no impact on match. PK decision to tie great -- FRA defender arm not in natural position. Missed simulation 88th min, but correctly did not give a PK. Off to extra time. :)

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    1. Anonymous27/6/15 00:15

      Mistake #3... Unbelievable...

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  15. Anonymous27/6/15 00:20

    Handling.

    We are all well aware of the fact that we as referee's make them up as we go. It is what it is and it's become the norm. All too often in two similar handling situations, one gets called while we ignore the other. Today France was denied while Germany were rewarded.
    Until FIFA is able to remove the "grey" area in regards to handling, we're going to continue to make up the calls on the fly.

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    1. FRA was denied PK bc ball struck GER arm with arm close to body. GER was given PK bc ball struck FRA arm away from body. This is exactly how it is to be called. FRA was given FK close to PA in 99' bc ball struck GER arm close to body (not called) and then GER am up in air. Not inconsistent. Not "grey". Chenard is clinical and was very consistent.

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    2. That's the difference between an average referee and a World Cup Referee. Chenard was consistent throughout (as Ref Al mentions). A good referee knows what the difference is and applies it.

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  16. Extra Time 1: Caution 91' correct. Right after, positioning? PA to PA with ease. Exc GER tackle 95' after ball given away. Positioning? Right there despite a fast turnover. 99' correct handling; hit first GER player in arm (not deliberate); deflected into an upraised arm of 2nd player.

    Extra Time 2: Missed accidental/careless elbow to FRA face. Header fair. Arm was swung wrong way after both players turned. Both players felt that one. Jersey correctly replaced by 4th. Blood on shorts covered with tape? I guess that works -- usually done on socks as well? Excellent no-offside AR1 116' -- FRA should have won it there. Incorrect corner (Chenard) 118'. No impact. Chenard no issues with fitness/positioning after 120'.

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  17. Anonymous27/6/15 05:53

    First semi-final, Germany - USA: Keighley or Ri?

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    1. I would say Ri would actually deserve it but her penalty given to Germany was a too clear mistake IMO. We will see whether FIFA is ready to nominate an Oceanian official for a semifinal (or even more).

      So I think, in that order:

      GER-USA: Keighley, Di Iorio, Ri

      assumed JPN/AUS - CAN: Frappart, Albon, Monzul
      assumed JPN/AUS - ENG: either Keighley or di Iorio, depending on who would get GER-USA.

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    2. I basically agree, but I could imagine, that di Iorio is held back for the final. Another candidate for a semi could be Venegas, although she had Japan in R16. Regarding Ri, I think, the 3rd place match is the most she can get after her mistake in GER-SWE.
      The question is, whether FIFA maintains confed neutrality, which could mean no more match for an UEFA referee.

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    3. Anonymous27/6/15 17:47

      What about Staubli, guys? From Europe maybe the best referee team this WC. I think that we will see her team back in semi's or perhaps maybe in the final. Keighley, Di Iorio, Venegas, Albon are also reasonable names.
      For Steinhaus it will be very difficult to be appointed again (due to the presence of Germany in semi's).

      Your opinions?

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    4. Staubli and Albon (+ Frappart?)are the most likely European referees in the last matches, I agree.
      But my semifinal predictions (with confed neutrality) are:
      USA-Germany: Anna-Marie Keighley, Sarah Walker (both NZL), Allyson Flynn (AUS), Therese Neguel (CMR)
      Japan - England: Lucila Venegas, Mayte Chavez, Enedina Caudillo (all MEX), Carol Chenard (CAN)

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    5. Anonymous28/6/15 18:54

      Venegas again with Japan???

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    6. Not optimal, but not impossible (see Rizzoli at the WC eeith Argentina...)
      And the question is who else?

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  18. Anybody knows how many referees are retained in Canada?

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    1. Anonymous27/6/15 20:05

      Busacca was very impressed with Keighley, so I am sure she will get another match. I also think that Staubli, Di Iorio, Albon, Ri will stay, along with Chenard (depending on Canada's advancement to the semi-finals).

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    2. Anonymous27/6/15 22:49

      Busacca was impressed by many officials there. but to be honest eeverybody of us can be better than Busacca at the head of FIFA referees department.

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    3. Anonymous28/6/15 15:21

      He was even impressed by Haimoudi who had a great performance in the 3 place match then.....!

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  19. 1st half Umpierrez no major issues first half CAN-ENG. Some foul decisions/no decisions bit odd, but nothing serious. Positioning central. Not much time spent moving toward touch (even when needed). After ENG up 2-0, used whistle some 10-15 times at basic restarts (mostly for ENG). Despite an injury and many slow restarts, only 1 min added in 1st half.

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  20. 2nd half Umpierrez. Correct caution ENG 63' Throw-in locations (both teams) not anywhere where needed (many up to 10-15+ yards down field -- clearly not a priority). ENG restarts continue to be very slow. Continues to simple whistle to "hurry up". Weak advantage decision 74' right in front of ENG PA. No real advantage; foul would be much better. Terrible foul and Caution decision 93' against CAN. Defender simply shielding ball. About 3rd or 4th "shielding" foul called. Substitution England in added time. No time beyond 5' shown added. Disappointing performance technically; no major impact on match.

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  21. Anonymous28/6/15 16:29

    Possible appointments for semi-finals: GER-USA Keighley, JPN-ENG Di Iorio.
    Final: if GER-ENG or USA-JPN Staubli or Albon, if GER-JPN Chenard (if a third game with Germany is allowed), if USA-ENG Ri or Keighley (if she does not get a semi-final).

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  22. Semifinal 1

    USA - GER

    Referee: Teodora ALBON (ROU)
    Assistant Referee 1: Petruta IUGULESCU (ROU)
    Assistant Referee 2: Maria SUKENIKOVA (SVK)
    Fourth official: Salome DI IORIO (ARG)

    FIFA.com

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