August 1, 2016

Pre-selected Referees for World Cup 2018

Based on the information provided by Árbitro Internacional and the Polish football website Pilkanozna.pl, we have collected the 70 referees who are pre-selected for the World Cup 2018. 

Portugal's Artur Soares is one of 20 pre-selected European World Cup Referees

The referees chosen for the final tournament in Russia will most likely come from the referees-pool each with the reserve referees replacing officials that leave the field due to injury or for other reasons. As for the European zone (UEFA), it is still unclear who is classified as a standby referee. All we know is that five of these 20 names are reserve officials.


Asian Football Confederation (AFC)

Referees

Abdulrahman Al Jassim - Qatar - 1987 (FIFA since 2013)
Fahad Al Mirdasi - Saudi Arabia - 1985 (FIFA since 2011)
Alireza Faghani - Iran - 1978 (FIFA since 2008)
Ravshan Irmatov - Uzbekistan - 1977 (FIFA since 2002)
Abdulla Mohamed - UA Emirates - 1978 (FIFA since 2010)
Ryuji Sato - Japan - 1977 (FIFA since 2009)
Nawaf Shukralla - Bahrain - 1976 (FIFA since 2007)

Reserve Referees

Muhammad Bin Jahari - Singapore - 1986 (FIFA since 2012)
Mohd Amirul Bin Yaacob - Malaysia - 1986 (FIFA since 2012)
Kim Jong Hyeok - Korea Republic - 1983 (FIFA since 2009)


Confederation of African Football (CAF)

Referees

Mehdi Abid Charef - Algeria - 1980 (FIFA since 2011)
Alioum Alioum - Cameroon - 1982 (FIFA since 2008)
Bernard Camille - Seychelles - 1975 (FIFA since 2011)
Malang Diedhiou - Senegal - 1973 (FIFA since 2008)
Bakary Papa Gassama - Gambia - 1979 (FIFA since 2008)
Ghead Grisha - Egypt - 1976 (FIFA since 2008)
Janny Sikazwe - Zambia - 1979 (FIFA since 2007)

Reserve Referees

Joseph Lamptey - Ghana - 1974 (FIFA since 2005)
Eric Otogo-Castane - Gabon - 1976 (FIFA since 2011)
Bamlak Tessema Weseya - Ethiopia - 1980 (FIFA since 2009)


Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF)

Referees

Joel Aguilar Chicas - El Salvador - 1975 (FIFA since 2002)
Roberto García Orozco - Mexico - 1974 (FIFA since 2007)
Mark Geiger - USA - 1974 (FIFA since 2008)
Walter López Castellanos - Guatemala - 1980 (FIFA since 2006)
Ricardo Montero - Costa Rica - 1986 (FIFA since 2011)
John Pitti - Panama - 1978 (FIFA since 2012)
César Ramos Palazuelos - Mexico - 1983 (FIFA since 2014)

Reserve Referees

Armando Castro - Honduras - 1983 (FIFA since 2011)
Valdin Legister - Jamaica - 1979 (FIFA since 2010)
Yadel Martínez - Cuba - 1985 (FIFA since 2013)


Confederación Sudamericana de Fútbol (CONMEBOL)

Referees

José Argote - Venezuela - 1980 (FIFA since 2008)
Enrique Cacéres - Paraguay - 1974 (FIFA since 2010)
Andrés Cunha - Uruguay - 1976 (FIFA since 2013)
Diego Haro - Peru - 1982 (FIFA since 2013)
Enrique Osses - Chile - 1974 (FIFA since 2005)
Néstor Pitana - Argentina - 1975 (FIFA since 2010)
Sandro Ricci - Brazil - 1974 (FIFA since 2011)
Wilmar Roldán - Colombia - 1980 (FIFA since 2008)
Gery Vargas - Bolivia - 1981 (FIFA since 2012)
Roddy Zambrano - Ecuador - 1978 (FIFA since 2012)

Reserve Referees

Julio Bascuñán - Chile - 1978 (FIFA since 2011)
Daniel Fedorczuk - Uruguay - 1976 (FIFA since 2011)
Wilson Lamouroux - Colombia - 1979 (FIFA since 2013)
Wilton Sampaio - Brazil - 1981 (FIFA since 2013)
Mauro Vigliano - Argentina - 1975 (FIFA since 2013)


Oceanian Football Confederation (OFC)

Referees

Matthew Conger - New Zealand - 1978 (FIFA since 2013)
Norbert Hauata - Tahiti - 1979 (FIFA since 2008)

Reserve Referees

Ravitesh Behari - Fiji - 1981 (FIFA since 2013)
Nicholas Waldron - New Zealand - 1982 (FIFA since 2013)
Abdelkader Zitouni - Tahiti - 1981 (FIFA since 2012)


Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)

Referees*

Felix Brych - Germany - 1975 (FIFA since 2007)
Cüneyt Çakır - Turkey - 1976 (FIFA since 2006)
Mark Clattenburg - England - 1975 (FIFA since 2006)
William Collum - Scotland - 1979 (FIFA since 2006)
Jonas Eriksson - Sweden - 1974 (FIFA since 2002)
Ovidiu Alin Hațegan - Romania - 1980 (FIFA since 2008)
Sergei Karasev - Russia - 1979 (FIFA since 2010)
Viktor Kassai - Hungary - 1975 (FIFA since 2003)
Pavel Královec - Czech Republic - 1977 (FIFA since 2005)
Björn Kuipers - Netherlands - 1973 (FIFA since 2006)
Antonio Mateu Lahoz - Spain - 1977 (FIFA since 2011)
Szymon Marciniak - Poland - 1981 (FIFA since 2011)
Milorad Mažić - Serbia - 1973 (FIFA since 2009)
Svein Oddvar Moen - Norway - 1979 (FIFA since 2005)
Daniele Orsato - Italy - 1975 (FIFA since 2010)
Gianluca Rocchi - Italy - 1973 (FIFA since 2008)
Tasos Sidiropoulos - Greece - 1979 (FIFA since 2011)
Damir Skomina - Slovenia - 1976 (FIFA since 2003)
Artur Soares Dias - Portugal - 1979 (FIFA since 2010)
Clément Turpin - France - 1982 (FIFA since 2010)

*five of them are reserve referees

41 Comments:

  1. How many referees will be chosen for WC2018?

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  2. 5 referees reserve(for me): Collum, Moen, Sidiropoulos, Rocchi
    and ?

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    1. I would like to see Soares Dias,Collum,Moen,Kralovec and Hategan/Sidiropoulos as reserves, but..

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    2. 20 referees selected including 5 reserves is too much.
      IMO, 5 will be excluded.

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  3. It seems as if a promotion is clearly on the cards for Soares Dias then. Only 1st group referee in the list.

    I am surprised to see Geiger unchallenged for US No. 1 spot - he has had a rough time domestically and in CONCACAF, while Marrufo has done well, and Villarreal, while just 30 years old, is pushing as well.
    Also, it seems clear that FIFA will adhere to age limits for the WC - no referee will be over 45 by 2018.

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    1. It is also striking how politics seem to dominate African refereeing.

      Algeria, Senegal and the Seychelles seem to be politically pretty strong for years due to the right men in the right positions. Haimoudi, Diatta and Maillet retired last years, now there are Charef, Diedhiou and Camille. I don't want to say that they aren't good referees, but these nations are over-represented in FIFA's World Cup lists for years...with more than 50 CAF nations, their ratios clearly exceed what could be statistically and randomly expected.

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  4. Why no Heber Lopes? The most entertaining ref in the world.

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    1. I am surprised that Busacca did not spot his talent, too :)

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  5. What happened to Ecuadorian Carlos Vera? He was quite impressive last time, wasn't he?

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    1. I'm also curious what happened... Carlos?

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  6. Anyone has a valid link to UEFA RAP 2016?

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    1. https://mega.nz/#!Ps0XjQLZ!rcqubWpBveqgwL8q2tvTi9StlaOiEVSxOMGk6p6fCic

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    2. Thanks, I've had this link from your Twitter,but isn't working. Are you sure it is correctly zipped?

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    3. Try this one:
      we.tl/P01h3rvlwC

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    4. For the mega link download - use Winrar to extract the file once you have downloaded it. If an error message pop up, just close them and the extraction will continue as normal.

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    5. How to press `decision` and `reason`?

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    6. Press Arrow down + J

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    7. Any chance of the mac version?

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    8. It's included. Just unzip the file. :)

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    9. indeed it is! Thank you!

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  7. Bakery Papa Gassama will be Africa's leading referee in the World Cup 2018... A Round of 16 appointment is absolutely certain for Gassama this time!!!

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  8. OT:

    Referee Appointments for Olympic Female Tournament
    - Sweden-South Africa: Teodora Albon (ROU)
    - Canada-Australia: Stéphanie Frappart (FRA)
    - Brazil-China: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
    - Zimbabwe-Germany: Rita Gani (MAL)
    - USA-New Zealand: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
    - France-Colombia: Ri Hyang-ok (KOR)

    Source: http://arbitrezvous.blogspot.lu/2016/08/jo-rio-2016-football-feminin.html

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    1. Always give the original source, and not the copy. Original source: https://internationalreferee.blogspot.com.br/2016/07/juegos-olimpicos-mujeres-designaciones.html

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    2. Strange that Rita Gani is able to handle ZIM-GER as her Assistant Referee 1 Allyson Flynn is from Australia - as we all know Australia is in Group F like Germany and Zimbabwe. Of course not thaaaat relevant but mentionable, to be honest not surprising relating to Busacca.

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    3. Allyson Flynn have been swapped with Naomi Teshirogi. Now she is on Colombia v France with the North Korean duo

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    4. And now she will be assessed by a compatriot. Australian Jacqueline Leleu will observe FRA - COL.

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    5. Now it makes sense, first I was a bit surprised that Flynn is able to be part of this match. However, a change during the tournament is not really a good solution IMO.

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    6. That's no problem Chefre, FIFA referee asesor are just to take care of the referees in the cities, they pick up at the airport, take the hotel, take the match. Who evaluates the performance of them is Massimo Busacca and others who are with him in the central hotel.

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    7. Will be a challenging task this time with some matches played simultaneously or at least in a time-overlapping way.

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  9. Mateu Lahoz to referee BRA-RSA.

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    1. Source? Want to see the other appointments as well!! Would be nice if you help !!!

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    2. https://twitter.com/simonapito/status/760267004423077888

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    3. Thanks Joaquin and Xabi.!!!

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  10. The Turkish football Federation has suspended 94 referees and referee managers on national and regional level. No detailed reasons given.

    No comment.

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    1. According to Kicker, even an assistant referee from the Süper Lig is among the suspended referees...

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    2. Is Cüneyt Çakır alright? I hope he is fine!!! It will be shame if Europe loses a referee like him so I hope it's alright as far as Çakır is concerned! 😢

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    3. Çakir is a friend of Erdogan....search on Google

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  11. Male referees are published as well:
    IRQ-DEN: Ramos, FO: Grisha
    HON-ALG: Ricci, FO: Sato
    BRA-RSA: Mateu, FO: Cakir
    FIJ-KOR: Diedhiou, FO: Pitana
    POR-ARG: Lopez, FO: Conger
    SWE-COL: Al Mirdasi, FO: Lamptey
    MEX-GER: Faghani, FO: Hategan
    NGA-JPN: Turpin, FO: Haro

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  12. how do you think, guys, why there is no Alexei Kulbakov from Belarus? He was 4th ref on EURO with Sidiropolos

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