March 26, 2015

Referees for 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup

FIFA has appointed 21 referee trios to be in charge of 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup which will be hosted by New Zealand. The tournament will function as a preparation and basis for the referees' selection for 2018 FIFA World Cup.  Moreover, six officials have been selected as "support referees".

Ivan Bebek (CRO) will attend his second FIFA U20 WC

Referee: Fahad Al Mirdasi (KSA, 1985)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdulla Al Shalwai (KSA, 1975)
Assistant Referee 2: Abu Al Amri (OMA, 1982)

Referee: Jong Hyeok Kim (KOR, 1983)
Assistant Referee 1: Kwangyeol Yoon (KOR, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Byoung Eun Yang (KOR, 1976)

Referee: Ryuji Sato (JPN, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Akane Yagi (JPN, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiroshi Yamauchi (JPN, 1979)

Support Referee: Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN, 1986)

Referee: Bernard Camille (SEY, 1975)
Assistant Referee 1: Zakhele Siwele (RSA, 1982)
Assistant Referee 2: Marius Tan (CIV, 1984) 

Referee: Ghead Grisha (EGY, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1: Waleed Ahmed (SDN, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Berhe Tesfagiorghis (ERI, 1975)

Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (GAB, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1: Elvis Noupue (CMR, 1983)
Assistant Referee 2: Yahaya Mahamadou (NIG, 1983)

Support Referee: Jospeh Lamptey (GHA, 1974) 

Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavio Jara (CRC, 1981)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Fernández (CRC, 1987)

Referee: John Pitti (PAN, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Baynes (PAN, 1982)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Victoria (PAN, 1973)

Referee: César Ramos (MEX, 1983)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Morín (MEX, 1980)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernández (MEX, 1977)

Support Referee: Armando Castro (HON, 1983)

Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1:
Nicolás Taran (URU, 1980)
Assistant Referee 2: Richard Trinidad (URU, 1978)

Referee: Ricardo Marques (BRA, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1:
Kléber Gil (BRA, 1977)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Boschilia (BRA, 1983)

Referee: Mauro Vigliano (ARG, 1975)
Assistant Referee 1: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG, 1979)
Assistant Referee 2: 
Iván Núñez (ARG, 1976)

Referee: Roddy Zambrano (ECU, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Vera (ECU, 1980)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Macias (ECU, 1982)

Support Referee: Jesús Valenzuela (VEN, 1983)

Referee: Matthew Conger (NZL, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Tevita Makasini (TGA, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Lount (NZL, 1981)

Support Referee: Nicholas Waldron (NZL, 1982)


Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO, 1973)

Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Barbosa (POR, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Alvaro Mesquita (POR, 1980) 

Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (ROU, 1980)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU, 1976)

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP, 1979)
Assistant Referee 2:
Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP, 1976)

Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA, 1975)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA, 1974)

Referee: Istv
án Vad (HUN, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Istv
án Albert (HUN, 1980)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyan (HUN, 1984)

Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER, 1981)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER, 1975)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER, 1979)

Support Referee: Liran Liany (ISR, 1977)

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  1. Interesting, that Zwayer is selected over Aytekin, who has not been to any international tournament so far and should have a similar status as Mateu Lahoz.
    For Bebek and Vad it is a second chance, which is deserved after their performances on European level. And it is a another sign, that FIFA's trust in Kassai is not high anymore.
    Hategan was quite expected, it is the logical next step after his UEFA youth tournaments 2009 and 2013.
    Orsato is the second (or first?) Italian option for 2018, therefore very sensible to test him now.
    And there has to be a Portuguese candidate for 2018, that explains Soares Dias' nomination. The question is, whether de Sousa will also be considered.
    With the referees at the U21 EURO not available, I don't think, there is someone clearly missing in this list.

    1. I think that for now Orsato is the second option after Rocchi, but everything can happen. Rocchi should have a priority since he already was preselected for 2014. I share the same question about Germany: why Zwayer? At moment in my opinion, Aytekin is clearly the number two, behind Brych. Perhaps there are big expectations on Zwayer by both FIFA and UEFA, but at moment for Russia 2018 Aytekin should be clearly ahead.
      Regarding the other confederations: Al Mirdasi is there very likely thank to his very good performances at Asian Cup, while for CAF you can easily guess why Bernard Camille is selected (anyway, and I must be honest, he showed always good performances in several matches, including the last AFCON).
      I absolutely don't know the CONMEBOL names, as well as the new Mexican referee from CONCACAF.

    2. Zwayer could be there to gather experience. After all this U20 WC will very difficulty provide a referee in the WC final list.

    3. Chefren and Edward, in your comments don't opined about the situation Soares Dias vs De Sousa ....

      Have any idea?

      I am Portuguese.

    4. Of course I cannot speak for the majority but it is part of common knowledge that Dias is in the spotlight for mostly political reasons. He is younger than De Sousa and can do one thing: sprinting. Age and fitness are among UEFA's biggest requirements for modern referees. So for these reasons, I think, Dias is tested a lot. Also Portugal needs a referee with some perspective after Proenca's retirement.
      By the way - if you are Portuguese, can you give us some insights on national refereeing in Portugal? Is in your opinion Dias clearly ahead/behind De Sousa?

    5. Anonymous26/3/15 23:12

      MaxiRthr, I'm also portuguese and on national refereeing Sousa is clearly ahead of Soares Dias,
      1st - Jorge Sousa
      2nd - Soares Dias
      3rd - (probably) Marco Ferreira

    6. As anonymous said, De Sousa is the most respected Portuguese referee. Soares Dias remains a promise, but fails in the main important matches of Portuguese League. De Sousa in important matches (10-12 between Porto, Benfica, Sporting Lisboa), failed only in one of them.

      Marco Ferreira also never failed in important matches.

      It's ridiculous fitness preponderance to UEFA. Ericsson, Lahoz ... are not a top fitness and are good referees.

    7. @DA
      I think that Soares Dias is the choice by FIFA due to his age.
      Manuel De Sousa is a solid referee, FIFA since 2006, but now he is already 40 y. o. I don't know why he was never taken into account for something important. He has surely a large experience. Perhaps something was wrong after his CL apperance in 2011 (Ajax - Real Madrid)) with many and many discussions, but it was mostly AR fault... well, we will see how Soares will perform.

    8. Thanks Chefren!
      In part Sousa had no more success for lack support of Vítor Melo Pereira (president of the referees committee)

      Melo Pereira always prefer Duarte Gomes (which has less capacity than Sousa), are in the same region and have been friends for a long time...

      I remember that matche. He replaced Benquerença (injured) and AR João Santos was horrible, three wrong offsides...Sousa had no responsibility. So much that was again nominated for KO EL matches (in 2012, 2013 and 2015).

      Strange ...

    9. He is good. I believe that will do a good job.

      Like him. But not the best of Portugal.

    10. Anonymous31/3/15 00:44

      In my opinion, it´s the absolutely right decision to choose Zwayer. For me it was quite clear. In the Bundesliga, Zwayer always has great matches. Four weeks ago, he was appointed for the derby Dortmund against Schalke and he did it well. If there were important or special matches, most time it was Zwayer who got these matches. Aytekin was injured over ten weeks and now he makes many mistakes.
      Zwayer could be an option for World Cup 2018.
      Regards from Germany! :)

  2. Pitti is a referee I have huge expectations for. He is only a FIFA referee since 2013 and he has already refereed a semifinal in the CONCACAF CL. A referee with lots of personality and style who is a clear candidate for Russia 2018.

    1. Anonymous28/3/15 03:16

      Please excuse my candor, but are you "high"? Yes Pitti did indeed officiate a CCL semi-final, and it was a war not a a futbol match. Don't believe me? Look up Club America vs Herediano on YouTube and you'll see. "A referee with lots of personality and style". Really? In that match, an Herediano player was kicked in the head while lying on the ground by a Club America player. So what did Mr. Pitto do? He simply overlooked the incident and took no action. If that's what you call "personality", then we're in trouble. I live in the US and I follow the development of the FIFA referee's from our region. And I simply do not understand CONCACAF's obsession with Pitti. His predecessor from Panama Roberto Moreno was and is a great referee. Neither Pitti nor Perrea from Panama measure up to Moreno. Now if you want to see a great CONCACAF referee, look no further than Cesar Ramos from Mexico.

    2. In my opinion the decision to not award a red card to the player who "kicks the head" of the opponent on the ground is acceptable. The video shows that he only hits the ball and not the head. I could accept a yellow card for a reckless action, but that is the maximum for me. Don't forget that Pitti did a great job by giving a red card for the initial foul.

    3. Anonymous1/4/15 22:15

      Only a "yellow card"!?!? I do hope that you're not an actual referee because I would hate to watch on of your wars, oops I mean one of your matches.
      And guess what, you and your boy Pitti are the ones left looking dumb. Because CONCACAF has suspended Paolo Goltz for 6 matches for what you consider a minor incident. Yeah since 6 matches!!! So here's your red card.

  3. Anonymous27/3/15 03:06

    This youth tournament gives FIFA the chance to test young talented referees, their selections provide no indication as regards to their chances for the next world cup. We look back at the 2011 FIFA U-20 tournament hosted by Colombia, only 5 out of 17 referees at that tournament actually went on to referee at 2014 world cup in Brazil. Obviously we all remember that Mark Geiger (USA) and Cuneyt Cakir (TUR) both made a huge impression in the tournament, then went on to 2014 World Cup as top referees. So somebody might emerge from this tournament in 2015.

    1. Anonymous27/3/15 20:05

      Geiger the "top referee" in the Brazil? OMG...

    2. Anonymous28/3/15 03:20

      He must be trolling, because he said Geiger and "top referee" in the same sentence.

  4. Anonymous27/3/15 17:14

  5. UEFA Referee Observer for Atlético - Real in CL QF: Pierluigi Collina. That says all about this match.

    1. My prediction: Clattenburg.

    2. Anonymous27/3/15 17:39

      Atkinson, Brych, Clattenburg, Collum, Kassai, Kralovec, Mazic, Rizzoli, Skomina had Atletico or Real this CL season. Cakir or Eriksson then and probably those two will be appointed to handle one of the duels... I would say Eriksson with Collina.


    3. Huge game, indeed.

      My bet is either Messrs Clattenburg or Mazic.

    4. I agree with you Nur, Mazic or Clattenburg are my names as well. Brych never had Collina, I would include him as well. Eriksson would be a good choice in general, but actually his mark could have been below 7.5 in Porto.

    5. @ HD: Marciniak could be either in Brugge (Uilenberg, had him in Estonia) or Sevilla (Plautz).

    6. I guess Sevilla - Zenit with Plautz for Marciniak this time. It would be a step ahead.

    7. Anonymous27/3/15 18:35

      Thanks, Niclas!

      Could Brych, Clattenburg and Mazic have this clash as they already had one of those teams earlier this season? If yes, my guess would by Brych.


    8. Good question. But I think definitely YES. There were many cases this season where officials handled the same team in K.O. round for the 2nd time this season (Rocchi & Barca, Mazic & Juventus, Collum & Bayern, Kralovec & Leverkusen, Skomina & Real etc.). I guess the group stage does not matter in terms of appointing referees, but the K.O. round does (for example Atkinson would be out as he had Real in R16).

    9. Anonymous27/3/15 20:14

      Any other predictons for EUL?


    10. Next days there will be a post about that.

    11. Anonymous27/3/15 20:46

      thank you Niclas. Continue the good work!!! i am new on this blog but your work is really exceptional.


    12. My opinion is that two of the matches will be handled from talent group.If Marciniak is the one i bet for sidiropoulos or Turpin

    13. Thanks for feedback NSG and welcome!

      I think Bebek had a really good performance in front of FdB in Dnipro. He is therefore no option for Brugge, but maybe for Sevilla? I don't know about Turpin, after Feyenoord, I have some doubts whether we see him again this season (in UCL/UEL).

    14. Anonymous28/3/15 00:00

      Why can't he be an option for Brugge just because the observer in the last match was Belgian??

    15. Because he had Dnipro-Ajax in R16 and now Brugge is playing Dnipro in QFs..

  6. Jesica Salomé Di Iorio (ARG) is the first name announced for the WWC in Canada in the summer

    1. Anonymous28/3/15 04:36

      Teodora Albon (ROU) is also going along with AR Petruta Iugulescu (ROU).

    2. Do you know if Christina Dorcioman has made the list as well?

  7. Anonymous27/3/15 22:04

    Jesica is one of the best female referee both in Argentina and in the South America. Good choise.


  8. Thank to here the full list for 2015 FIFA Women WC in Canada:

    A post will follow soon.

    1. List is only about referees, hope we will get assistant referees soon.

    2. From Greece apart from Thalia Mitsi we have Chrysoula Kourompilia as AR.

  9. Other AR's

    Angela Kyriakou (CYP)
    Natalie Aspinall (ENG)

  10. Surprising that Frappart made it instead of Adamkova.

    1. No Adamkova but they have chosen an AR from CZE.

    2. Anonymous29/3/15 12:51

      edarwd, then it would have to be Ratajova?

  11. There also seems to be an AR from Spain without referee.

    1. Yolanda Parga Rodriguez, I would presume after her EURO final in Sweden and she was 5th in Frankfurt to Steinhaus

  12. Unbelievable:
    1- Tupou Patia, and no Vulivuli
    2- No Japanese referee

    1. There is a Japanese official.

    2. Oh goodness, how I could have missed that I cannot explain!
      No Dorcioman, Heikennen or Adamkova but there is Frappart, I think they are pushing her too early

    3. Anonymous28/3/15 21:28

      What happened with Heikkinen? CL final referee demoted to the UEFA First Group. It doesn't happen too often.

  13. Probably there will be one reserve/4th official referee per confederation, like at the men's WC and U20WC. 29 referees for 52 matches seem too much. Frappart could have this role for UEFA:

  14. Interesting videos for training. ...lots of mistakes on the theme simulation/penalty.


  15. Congratulations for 5 million pageviews!

  16. Here the full list for Women WC, including assistant referes:
    It is reported that 7 officials out of 29 will be there as reserve (so 22 officiating referees), but the names are still to be decided, it will be announced only 10 days before the start of the tournament, in the occasion of the second seminar for the called officials.

  17. Change in Hungarian team!
    Out: Peter Berettyán (I think injured) In: Vencel Toth (Kassai's team)


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