June 12, 2015

Copa América 2015 - Referee Appointments for Matchday 1

The South American football federation - CONMEBOL - has defined the referee appointments for the first matchday of Chile's Copa América 2015.

Group A

12.06.2015, 01:30 CET, Santiago de Chile
Chile - Ecuador
Referee: Néstor Pitana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernán Maidana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Pablo Belatti (ARG)
Fourth Official: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Ricardo Morgan (JAM)
Conmebol Referee Observer: Carlos Alarcón (PAR)

13.06.2015, 01:30 CET, Viña del Mar
Mexico - Bolivia
Referee: Enrique Cacéres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rodney Aquino (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Cacéres (PAR)
Fourth Official: Andrés Cunha (URU)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Carlos Pastorino (URU)
Conmebol Referee Observer: Abel Gnecco (ARG)

Group B

13.06.2015, 21:00 CET, Antofagasta
Uruguay - Jamaica
Referee: José Argote (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jorge Urrego (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jairo Romero (VEN)
Fourth Official: Jorge Osorio (CHI)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Javier Bustillos (BOL)
Conmebol Referee Observer: Ivan Guerrero (CHI)

13.06.2015, 23:30 CET, La Serena
Argentina - Paraguay
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzmán (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Cristian De La Cruz (COL)
Fourth Official: Julio Bascuñán (CHI)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Raúl Orellana (CHI)
Conmebol Referee Observer: Guido Aros (CHI)

Group C

14.06.2015, 21:00 CET, Rancagua
Colombia - Venezuela
Referee: Andrés Cunha (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Pastorino (URU)
Fourth Official: Enrique Cacéres (PAR)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Carlos Cacéres (PAR)
Conmebol Referee Observer: Wilson Seneme (BRA)

14.06.2015, 23:30 CET, La Serena
Brazil - Peru
Referee: Roberto García (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: José Luis Camargo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Fourth Official: Raúl Orosco (BOL)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Juan Pablo Montaño (BOL)
Conmebol Referee Observer: Carlos Alarcón (PAR)


  1. Anonymous12/6/15 17:24

    Your opinion about the penalty by Pitana?

    1. Anonymous12/6/15 17:40

      Very soft penalty.

    2. IMO Vidal makes of course more than necessary of it.
      But the holding/grab before that is effective and clear. Can be given.

    3. Anonymous13/6/15 00:04

      To be honest, I don't think this penalty can be given. This contact ist never enough for a penalty. I can see a try to grab which doesn't work. It was simply a wrong decision for me!

    4. Anonymous13/6/15 00:08

      The second yellow card in the end was also a very harsh call, neither tactical nor reckless foul for me!

    5. Anonymous14/6/15 13:38

      Not penalty.

    6. Anonymous14/6/15 13:43

      And after penalty above Messi not signaled. Bad Pitanaq.

    7. Did not see the match. If this light foul criteria was consistently applied throughout whole match, than it was penalty kick, but in that case the refereeing was poor.

    8. And yes, perfect onside call prior to second goal...

  2. Anonymous12/6/15 17:48

    What are the communication kits being used? Not the normal ones...

    1. Nike from 2013/14 was the top, I guess the shorts would be aswell
      But it was my understanding that it was the 'Penalty' kits worn in CONMEBOL competition
      Is anyone getting a sense of de ja vu with the shorts? ;-)

    2. Anonymous12/6/15 18:40

      Please don't tell me, that I saw again the referee wearing GREY shorts? Didn't like it in Champions League and I still don't like it now!

      By the way, the penalty was a very very very soft call by Pitana.

  3. Anonymous12/6/15 18:25

    Not penalty. Bad Pitana.

    1. Anonymous13/6/15 09:50

      An only decision makes no bad referee. A really soft penalty call but in my opinion you can give it. If it is that clever to give is another story. Nevertheless: In my opinion Pitana is one of the best referees of the world.

    2. Not so good Pitana.

  4. Anonymous12/6/15 20:02

    And what about the communication system? Referees and assistant referees ear piece/microphone?

    1. Anonymous5/7/15 13:22

      It is the Comstar system. Headset seems to be little uncomfortable..

  5. Wilson Seneme, not Salvio Fagundez ;)

  6. Predictions MD2
    ECU-BOL: Carrillo, Escano, Bossio, Osorio, Urrego
    CHI-MEX: Ricci, de Carvalho, Pereira, Argote, Romero
    PAR-JAM: Orosco, Bustillos, Montano, Garcia, Torrentera
    ARG-URU: Vera, Lescano, Romero, Caceres, Aquino
    BRA-COL: Osses, Astroza, Barraza, Osorio, Camargo
    PER-VEN: Aguilar, Page, Morgan, Bascunan, Orellana

  7. Read our writers take on the calls in the Copa America at: http://worldsoccerrefereeing.blogspot.com/2015/06/copa-america-group-stage-reports.html

  8. Anonymous13/6/15 23:47

    BOL vs ECU: Aguilar (SLV)
    CHI vs MEX: Carrillo (PER)
    PAR vs JAM: Vera (ECU)
    ARG vs URU: Ricci (BRA)


  9. Anonymous16/6/15 18:36

    Has the brazil columbia ref been announced?

    1. Anonymous16/6/15 18:38

      According to Arbitro Internacional twitter: Enrique Osses (CHI)

  10. Anonymous16/6/15 19:11

    What do you think of Aguilar penalty management yesterday?
    I'm impressed you did not comment this situation.

    1. Probably because most readers are European and these matches are taking place around midnight :) Video?

    2. Anonymous16/6/15 21:11

      Sorry! :)
      From 01:15 to 03:00
      I don't agree with the decision to retake the penalty, if you do that, all penalties must be retaken.

    3. ECU#8 enters the semicircle quite early and is only ~5m away when the ball is kicked. That's more than the usual infringements and may justify a repetition.
      Both penalties in the match are difficult to evaluate. In the first situation, you could say "well detected" or "too soft". The question is, whether the contact more is the defender's or the attacker's fault.
      In the second situation it doesn't become totally clear, whether there is contact (probably yes) or not, which would mean only indirect free kick.

  11. Predictions MD 3
    MEX-ECU: Cunha, Espinosa, Pastorino, Ricci, Pereira
    CHI-BOL: Argote, Urrego, Carvalho, Caceres, Aquino
    URU-PAR: Garcia, Camargo, Torrentera, Aguilar, Page
    ARG-JAM: Carrillo, Escano, Bossio, Roldan, de la Cruz
    COL-PER: Vera, Lescano, Romero, Osorio, Morgan
    BRA-VEN: Caceres, Aquino, Caceres, Bascunan, Orellana


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