May 28, 2015

U-20 World Cup 2015: Referee Appointments Matches 1-8

FIFA's Refereeing Department headed by Massimo Busacca has designated the referee teams for the first eight matches of 2015 Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand. European First Group referees Artur Soares Dias, István Vad and Felix Zwayer are among the officials appointed.

Felix Zwayer in charge of Mexico-Mali in Dunedin source: NTV

Group A

30 May 2015, 03:00 CET (Auckland)
New Zealand - Ukraine
Referee: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Iván Núñez (ARG)
Fourth Official: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)

30 May 2015, 06:00 CET (Whangarei)
USA - Myanmar
Referee: Bernard Camille (SEY)
Assistant Referee 1: Zakhele Thusi Siwela (RSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marius Tan (CIV)
Fourth Official: Liran Liany (ISR)

Group B

30 May 2015, 06:00 CET (Wellington)
Argentina - Panama
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Fourth Official: Jesús Valenzuela (VEN)

30 May 2015, 09:00 CET (Wellington)
Ghana - Austria
Referee: Fahad Al-Mirdasi (KSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdulah Alshawai (KSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Abu Bakar Al-Amri (OMA)
Fourth Official: Nick Waldron (NZL)

Group C

31 May 2015, 03:00 CET (Hamilton)
Qatar - Colombia
Referee: Matt Conger (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: Tevita Makasini (TGA)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Lount (NZL)
Fourth Official: István Vad (HUN)

31 May 2015, 06:00 CET (Hamilton)
Portugal - Senegal
Referee: César Ramos Palazuelos (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Morín (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernández Paredes (MEX)
Fourth Official: Armando Castro (HON)

Group D

31 May 2015, 03:00 CET (Dunedin)
Mexico - Mali
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Fourth Official: Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN)

31 May 2015, 06:00 CET (Dunedin)
Uruguay - Serbia
Referee: Ryuji Sato (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Akane Yagi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiroshi Yamauchi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Joseph Lamptey (GHA)

source: Árbitro Internacional


  1. Anonymous30/5/15 06:35

    I'm just coming back from North Harbour Stadium.
    Vigliano had a very very easy match, only one yellow card given and few fouls whistled. The whole team was well focused and they did a pretty good job, eventhough this performance is difficult to evaluate as very good IMO given the very low difficulty of the game.
    For me, the main room for improvement for this referee are signals and body language. I do not remember a FIFA referee with such a bad gesture...

  2. Anonymous30/5/15 10:49

    Good performance by Al Mirdasi until now, a correct penalty was whistled in favor of Ghana.


  3. Here some highlights:
    ARG - PAN (Soares)
    00:30 free kick call, in my opinion very good decision, slightly outside the box
    01:48 excellent NO FLAG by AR2 Mesquita and unbelievable miss by player.

    1. Good performance from Soares Dias ?

    2. I don't know, I didn't watch the whole match.

    3. Regarding the free kick... The foul was initiated slightly outside the box, but it ended up inside, therefore, penalty kick? Please correct me if I am wrong. Thanks

    4. Regarding the free kick... The foul was initiated slightly outside the box, but it ended up inside, therefore, penalty kick? Please correct me if I am wrong. Thanks

  4. Where can I watch the matches live?

    1. Anonymous31/5/15 07:03

      For Europe, Eurosport has TV rights but they show only a few matches.

    2. Anonymous31/5/15 08:49

      Check ruben's uploads at He uploads matches in unlimited services. Cheers!

  5. Zwayer with three sending off.
    Personally, I have some doubts about the cards at 00:40 and 01:18.

    1. Some really really tricky situations I think.
      The first 2nd Yellow is right, as the foul stopped the attacker from running after the ball. Criteria for SPA are fulfilled in my opinion.
      The straight red is an excellent decision in my book. If you look closely, you see that Zwayer has his eyes on the two players although the ball was elsewhere. Maybe he already felt that something might happen. For me, definitely violent conduct.
      Only the third decision is questionable I guess. Replays cannot reveal whether there has been a contact but even if - was the infringement worth a YC? I don't think so, not careless and no promising attack either with several defenders around. My words of wisdom ;)

    2. Can only agree with MaxiRthr. 1st 2nd YC correct, great RC, last one no foul.

    3. For me both 2nd YCs are incorrect. The first one maybe can be given, but I don't see a that clear foul. If you deem it as a foul, the YC is correct (SPA, as you said). I agree, superbly followed the player duo and saw the violent conduct. The last one could be even a dive.

    4. Anonymous31/5/15 16:51

      Very difficult to decide. Even in the replays I can´t really see if there was a contact or not. IMO you can give both 2nd YCs.

    5. Anonymous31/5/15 17:15

      Ok, sorry. I stopped the video too early... The second 2nd YC was wrong.

    6. There WAS a contact in the 66th minute. FIFA highlights don't show another replay that was shown during the live broadcast. I downloaded the game and made a clip. The contact occured but we may still discuss whether it is a foul, a dive or would play-on be an adequate choice...

    7. Very good, thank you. Yes, there is a contact, so now the 2nd YC can be given IMHO.

    8. Thanks a lot, nonetheless, still no 2nd YC for me.
      UEFA once had a very good teaching clip (Olympiacos Schalke penalty situation) which could be a prototype for this and similar incidents. If a player is stopped but he will never have any chance to reach the ball due to the presence of another defender who can clear the ball, how can this attack be considered as "promising"?


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