December 8, 2016

FIFA International Referees, Assistant Referees & UEFA Referee Categories for 2017

Surprise surprise: In their today's meeting, UEFA's Referee Committee have decided against significant changes to the Referee Categories. No promotions or demotions until June! 

However, the new international match officials are ready to be released. Congratulations to all officials involved and all the best to those who have left the international panel!


It seems as if UEFA will only change the categories once a year from now on - in June.

> FIFA International Referees and Assistant Referees for 2017 (UEFA zone) &
UEFA Referee Categories 

34 Comments:

  1. Are the names of new FIFA referees there?

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    1. Yes! They will be added later.

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    2. Thank you so much!

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    3. Poland
      R: Krzysztof Jakubik (1983) replaced Marcin Borski.
      AR: Dawid Golis (1987) replaced Piotr Sadczuk.

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  2. Any sources that confirms it?

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  3. That was totally unexpected.

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  4. Thanks and two quick remarks:

    Luís Miguel do Nascimento Teixeira as new Portuguese international referee has to be a mistake. There is no such a referee. Luís Miguel Branco Godinho is rightly included.

    Krzysztof Jakubik is a NEW referee from Poland.

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    1. He seems to have changed his name. Last year someone called Nascimento was on the lists. Thanks.

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  5. Massive generation change in English assistant refereeing...

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  6. I think that some names for England are missing, only 7 referees there.
    Probert perhaps removed from FIFA list, but I think at least a new name should be there.

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    1. Really no Attwell or Tierney?

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    2. If confirmed, I would be negatively surprised: only 7 referees with 3 free spots, and 2 of these 7 referees out from the standard age limits. Surely not a good news for the future.

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    3. They are not on the list, no. Same goes for Villamayor from Andorra.

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    4. The English refereeing is really wretchedly managed...

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    5. Stuart Attwell has been over promoted once in his career already. He did only one season in the English Football League, then was put on the FIFA list during his first ever Premier League season, before being dropped from the Premier League referees list a couple of years later. Perhaps the authorities are now wary of pushing referees too quickly upwards.

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  7. Niclas, There are no referees from Andorra this year. Has Ignasi Villamayor retired ? It seems a Little bit strange (Gibraltar and Kosovo have international referees for first time in history)

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    1. Most likely Mr. Villamayor Rozados hasn't been accepted for another year by FIFA. The referees born in 1972 and earlier had to be specially accepted by FIFA in order to be still on the list for one more year. Only referees receiving good marks at UEFA and domestic stage and being 'really' fit have been accepted.

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    2. 1972 born referees should still stay in age limits, the thing you mentioned should be applied for referees born in 1971 (Rizzoli, for example) and earlier.
      So it is possible that Villamayor retired and nobody was proposed by Andorran federation to FIFA.

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    3. I thought the same but in Poland Rafał Rostkowski (1972) had to be specially accepted by FIFA, so it seems there are some changes in the process...

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    4. There was a confusion caused by FIFA. Someone wrote '1972' down mistakenly in the official letters sent to national federations. Apart from that, the referees born 1971 were not obliged to pass any special medical/fitness/theoretical tests. They were just accepted by committee.

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    5. Thanks for the explanation, that's now clear.

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  8. Luca Barbeno, the new FIFA referee from San Marino, is a former AIA referee. He officiated until 2012 in Italian "Lega Pro" (the third domestic league) and then after having left the Italian Association, he started a new career in San Marino.

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  9. BTW Damien Macgraith seems to have retired, same goes for his compatriot Padraigh Sutton.

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  10. Very strange that Portugal has 11 assistant referees. Maybe one of them is still wrongly included in the (official) lists.

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    1. Manuel António Nogueira Fernandes (Portugal, AR) is not on the either Portuguese or FIFA list, too. If you delete his name, there will be 10 ARs. :)

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    2. To make work easier for the future, this is the official list of Portuguese referees:

      http://afbraga.fpf.pt/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=YCm5TRWUpM8%3D&portalid=4

      Only C1 and AAC1 category referees officiate in the Liga Nos (Primeira Liga).

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    3. Thanks a lot. Yesterday honestly it was more important for us to swiftly make public the lists we received without going through all 500+ officials and checking whether they are really valid. I'll do that next weekend, though.

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  11. Any news on futsal and woman.

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  12. Women referees ? where can we see_?

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  13. BTW a possible reason for which promotions to Elite categories have been postponed could be the U-21 tournament in Poland on next June 2017. I think that, after this event, committee will have definitely clear ideas about the next Elite officials...

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  14. Aleksandar Vasic 1976 (SRB),Bojan Nikolic 1980 (SRB) - the tragedy of Serbian football.

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  15. OT
    WCC
    Jeonbuk-Club America
    Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
    AR1: György Ring (HUN)
    AR2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
    Fourth Official (!): Nick Waldron (NZL)
    Reserve Assitant: Range Marwa (KNY)
    VARS: Danny Makkeile (NED) Damir Skomina (SVN) Bakary Gassama (GAM)

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