June 10, 2015

Women's World Cup 2015: Referee Appointments Matches 13-20

Selected officials for matches 13-20 of FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 taking place in Canada.

Bibiana Steinhaus (GER) in charge of Canada - New Zealand (c) fck.de
11 June 2015, 22:00 CET (Ottawa)
Germany - Norway
Referee: Teodora Albon (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Sukenikova (SVK)
Fourth Official: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)

12 June 2015, 00:00 CET (Edmonton)
China PR - Netherlands
Referee: Yeimy Martínez (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Janette Arcanjo (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Liliana Bejarano (BOL)
Fourth Official: Lucila Venegas (MEX)

12 June 2015, 01:00 CET (Ottawa)
Côte d'Ivoire - Thailand
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Princess Brown (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV)
Fourth Official: Marilin Miranda (PAR)

12 June 2015, 03:00 CET (Edmonton)
Canada - New Zealand
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marina Wozniak (GER)
Fourth Official: Abirami Apbai Naidu (SIN)

12 June 2015, 23:00 CET (Winnipeg)
Australia - Nigeria
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Yolanda Parga (ESP)
Fourth Official: Quetzali Alvarado (MEX)

13 June 2015, 01:00 CET (Vancouver)
Switzerland - Ecuador
Referee: Rita Gani (MAS)
Assistant Referee 1: Widiya Shamsuri (MAS)
Assistant Referee 2: Sarah Ho (AUS)
Fourth Official: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)

13 June 2015, 02:00 CET (Winnipeg)
USA - Sweden
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Naomi Teshirogi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Sarah Walker (NZL)
Fourth Official: Ledya Tafesse (ETH)

13 June 2015, 04:00 CET (Vancouver)
Japan - Cameroon
Referee: Pernilla Larsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Anna Nyström (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Natalie Aspinall (ENG)
Fourth Official: Tupou Patia (COK)


  1. Martinez from Colombia not Ecuador!

  2. Anonymous10/6/15 21:23

    It seems as Vitulano (ITA) is the European fourth official this tournament. Both Larsson (SWE) and Frappart (FRA) are appointed for matches on 12 June. The Japanese and the Malaysian referees got a game too.

    /Swedish observer

    1. Appointments added, you are right. Very likely Carina Vitulano will work only as fourth official.

  3. Copa América Round 1 appointments:
    CHI - ECU: Pitana (ARG)
    MEX - BOL: Caceres (PAR)
    URU - JAM: Argote (VEN)
    ARG - PAR: Roldán (COL)
    COL - VEN: Cunha (URU)
    BRA - PER: García (MEX)


  4. Anonymous10/6/15 22:37

    OT question for Chefren: As you know, AIA/FIGC has a strict dismissals policy. Do you know what happens to referees who are dismissed? Are they allowed to start again at a lower level? What do they do? Do most continue in other roles within refereeing, or do they disappear from football and refereeing altogether?

    1. Hi Anonymous.
      Yes, you are right. AIA has a strict policy about that, with clear and written rules. Referees dismissed from serie A, serie B or other national categories are still allowed to go on in officiating matches, but only at local level, in the meaning that they can officiate in their region, but nothing more than that. To say it in other words, they can't start again the career outside these limits.
      This is written on the rule, but in fact there are also other new assignments for dismissed referees from high levels: they can get a purpose to join a certain committee as members, they can help young referees in their department, they can become observers... and all that stuff.
      At any rate, the age limit for officiating stays always at 45.

    2. I can add some examples: a few years ago Morganti was dismissed and he is now member of serie A referees committee, Rosetti back from Russia is now at the head of Lega Pro referees. Messina, former FIFA referee is now responsible for serie A referees, Farina for serie B.
      Mauro Bergonzi, who left serie A one year ago, is now regional president of referees for Liguria (his region). On the contrary, De Marco decided to leave the association in order to become tv commentator.
      But basically, I think that most of the refereres decide to remain in the association with a new role.

  5. Interesting that Nyström and Aspinall for a second match with a different referee (also with Kulcsar on MD1). As a consequence Paavola and O'Neill have not yet been appointed. Two possible explanations: Either they are injured/failed a test or they will be appointed with Vitulano and there is no UEFA reserve referee.
    Furthermore Lengwe and Tafesse are only used as 4th officials so far, so maybe there will be two CAF reserve referees.

    1. Anonymous10/6/15 23:15

      FIFA didn't communicate reserve officials just to make all they wanted.

  6. Anonymous11/6/15 03:29

    Lots of room for improvement after the first round of matches.
    Hopefully FIFA will start to trim away those referee's who are not up to par for this tournament.

  7. Carina Vitulano has beeen appointed for a match on 14/06 (KOR - CRC, post to follow) so no reserve referees among UEFA officials selected!

  8. http://de.tinypic.com/r/2zqfmtg/8
    Boob groping and the inevitable bitchslap following ;)

    1. Anonymous11/6/15 23:14

      Ahahah :) I didn't know that it happens also between two women.

  9. Anonymous12/6/15 01:32

    Watching martinez right now at china netherlands. Not impressed to be honest. She looks insecure at times and i think china deserved a penalty in the first half

  10. Officials in both the Ger-Nor (Albon) and Chi-Ned (Martínez) games are officiating with little interference. Despite some strong challenges (none reckless), much nicer to see than constant stoppages and micro-officiating in some of Tue's matches.

  11. Anonymous12/6/15 04:19

    Bibiana Steinhaus is the best UEFA has? She's definitely not showing it in this match.

    Chapman commits the foul that leads to the PK and Steinhaus cautions Sesselmann? Really Bibiana? The two Canadian players don't even remotely look alike.

    1. Agreed, the YC mistake on the penalty is somewhat inexplicable, especially as neither the AR nor the 4th official spotted it.

      That being said, Steinhaus otherwise has a smooth and uneventful game, with lots of fouls but few controversial situations. She is doing well, on level with what is expected of Steinhaus (penalty YC excepted). In particular, her assistants are top-class and support her admirably.

    2. Strangely in the match report Chapman has the yellow card and not Sesselmann.

    3. Other than this error, Steinhaus had an excellent match.

      During the 2nd half, the announcers said that FIFA had changed the yellow card to Chapman. Not sure how the decision was made (did referee team admit an error at half-time?), but the official reports all have Chapman as the player cautioned.

      A few implications for the game. I presume all parties (referees, players involved, and teams) were involved. If not, what if either Chapman or Sesselman had picked up a Caution later in the game? What would have happened if this had been Chapman or Sesselman's 2nd Caution?

      Implications for all referees? Do we use common sense if we incorrectly Caution a player and figure it out later in the match? Or is only the League allowed to make this correction after we make a report?

      Lesson: How do we prevent this problem? Concentration is important. After hard challenges/pk's referee is often quite busy mentally and errors like this are not uncommon. AR's and 4th Official must also track the player that committed the offence in support of the referee.

    4. Anonymous12/6/15 14:28

      In the coverage you could see the incorrectly cautioned player red #10 mouthing "It wasn't me!" when the card was issued. It would be good to how how this was resolved.

    5. According to one of my (usually very reliable) Canadian sources, Steinhaus caught her error prior to the taking of PK and showed the card to the correct player during a television replay.

  12. Anonymous12/6/15 04:40

    Some of you apologists and excuse makers on here disagree with referee's getting sent home after mistakes. But when those mistakes are so egregious, you have to send them home before they ruin another match.

    Assistant Referee 1: Princess Brown (JAM) and Assistant Referee 2: Elizabeth Aguilar (SLV) must go. They are simply lost causes.
    The plays that let to the first and third goal scored by Thailand are clearly offside. The third one is so obvious that it hurts to even try to figure out what she was thinking or looking at.

    Keep in mind that in Brasil, one of Wilmar Roldan's assistants was given the boot after his disastrous performance in Mexico vs Cameroon.

    1. Anonymous12/6/15 14:22

      I'm tired of some comments (specially those of Ref Al - SORRY!), too. Some people try to explain everything and are experts in making excuses. Those are people thank to which the refereeing will never be at higher level.

    2. Anonymous12/6/15 14:37

      Are there additional USA ARs? The German center ref had two German excellent ARs, presumably they've worked together. The USA CR had Jamaican and Salvadoran ARs who clearly failed in offside offense detection. Had they worked together before? I agree that neither of the ARs should work again. Are there many other options for CONCACAF teams? I see a Canadian team and a Mexican team and other than that, a single Honduran who has worked as a 4th official.

  13. Anonymous12/6/15 09:26

    01:10 inexplicable missed offside. Wrong positioning. The head butt was clearly by attacker. No excuse.

  14. Since I'm not sure which anonymous is speaking when (rather annoying IMO), I won't make any comments about my comments being "excuses". I am simply saying that refereeing is extremely difficult, that all referees make errors, and that everyone benefits from those errors (we all learn). With benefit of replays, we have very easy decisions.

    Steinhaus and her team made an error. If she cards incorrect player, other 3 officials must give her correct information.

    Ivory Coast/Thailand offside was incorrect, but not as easy as replays make it look. Difficult for AR to see who touched ball (distance, angle, focus on 2nd last opponent, and speed). However, if she was even a mite unsure (which she should have been), it is inexcusable not to consult with referee after goal is scored.

    1. Anonymous12/6/15 17:57

      Ref Al - the foremost protector of poor, oppressed referees.

    2. It's in my nature. My second (supposedly full-time) job involves teaching children with intellectual disabilities. Sometimes my task as a match official dealing with players is similar. :)

    3. Anonymous13/6/15 10:46

      So you're comparing these women referee's to your "children with intellectual disabilities"? I am sure quite a few of us have had similar thoughts as we watch them "try" to officiate these matches. But you went out and straight up said it. Bravo sir, somebody sooner or later had to say it.

  15. Predictions MD3
    Thailand – Germany: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM), Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (MAD), Bernadettar Kwimbira (MWI), Ledya Tafesse (ETH)
    Ivory Coast – Norway: Lucila Venegas (MEX), Kimberly Moreira (CRC), Shirley Perello, Melissa Borjas (both HON)
    China – New Zealand: Efthalia Mitsi, Chrysoula Kourompylia (both GRE), Angela Kyriakou (CYP), Teodora Albon (ROU)
    Netherlands – Canada: Claudia Umpierrez, Luciana Mascarana (both URU), Loreto Toloza (CHI), Tupou Patia (COK)
    Switzerland – Cameroon: Hyang Ok Ri, Kum Nyo Hong (both PRK), Kyoung Min Kim (KOR), Michelle Pye (CAN)
    Ecuador – Japan: Kateryna Monzul, Natalia Rachynska (both UKR), Sanja Rodak (CRO), Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
    Nigeria – USA: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN), Maria Sukenikova (SVK), Ella de Vries (BEL), Abirami Naidu (SIN)
    Australia – Sweden: Jesica di Iorio, Mariana de Almeira, Maria Eugenia Rocco (all ARG), Therese Neguel (CAM)
    Mexico – France: Sachiko Yamagishi, Naomi Teshirogi (both JPN), Sarah Walker (NZL), Olga Miranda (PAR)
    England – Colombia: Rita Gani, Widiya Shamsuri (both MAS), Sarah Ho (AUS), Melissa Borjas (HON)
    South Korea – Spain: Yeimy Martinez (COL), Souad Oulhay (MAR), Liliana Bejarano (BOL), Anne-Marie Keighley (NZL)
    Costa Rica – Brazil: Pernilla Larsson, Anna Nystrom (both SWE), Natalie Aspinall (ENG), Stephanie Frappart (FRA)

  16. Frappart and co. missed a clear VC at around the 75'. It was off the ball, so Frappart had no opportunity to see it, but Alvarado and maybe Nicolosi should have spotted it.

    1. And also sine great confusion caused at full time. Alvarado signalled four additional minutes, but Frappart blew after just one minute.

  17. Anonymous13/6/15 07:54

    Missed calls that cost teams two points and possibly a spot in the round of 16.
    Clear handball in the box by US Leroux. Hand/arm moves towards the ball thus making herself bigger. If Sweden fails to advance, they can look back at this.

    Unfortunately even if Sweden does not advance, FIFA will more than likely reward Yamagishi's poor performance with more assignments. How is that fair or right? SMH!!!

    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtULM8FdGc0
      Do you mean the situation at 00:15?
      Well, for me it can be discussed. Iwill be honest, at first glance I agreed with referee, but I watched the situation again and I spotted this deliberate movement which can be punished. I think that penalty could have been given. But I wouldn't talk about a blatant mistake, it was a difficult situation to read, in my opinion.

    2. Anonymous13/6/15 10:41

      The very fact that you start your statement with "it can be discussed". Tells me that you're yet another apologist and excuse maker. What exactly is there to be "discussed"? Did she move here arm towards the ball? YES. Did she make herself bigger by opening up her arm? YES. So what is lacking here for it not to be considered "a blatant mistake" by Yamagishi?

      In a 0-0 zero match, that very call can change the course of the entire tournament for a team and an entire nation.

      Maybe if there was less apologizing, excuse making, and coddling by FIFA towards these women. Maybe just maybe they would raise their level of officiating and show why they have that badge.

    3. If you think that every situation is black and white, then you know nothing about refereeing. Simple.
      If you think that every situation is easy to judge, then you have never been on a football field. Now stop calling everyone an "apologist" and discuss difficult situations like a grown-up.

      I'm with Chefren on this one. I think the penalty should have been given, but it is also a very difficult situation to spot.

    4. I want also to add a remark, how many situations similar to this one we saw in several matches of UEFA competitions? So, you can't say that this penalty was missed because referee was a woman. This is not woman / man question, this is simply one grey area. You can discuss it, without stating that women don't deserve a FIFA badge.

    5. Anonymous13/6/15 21:48

      Are they playing volleyball or futbol in Canada?
      A Colombian defender does her best impression of a volleyball player to take the ball off of the head of a French player. And of course the referee failed to spot it and call it.
      But yeah, keep making up excuses for them while they continue ruin games. Or maybe you apologists can "discuss" amongst yourselves these supposedly "very difficult situations" which these referee's are unable to get right.

    6. Oh, you mean like Ben Williams last year? And of course, you have a video link?

      There's the crucial difference between you and us. We both agree that FIFA should deal with men and women referees in similar ways; I, for one, am a big fan of fixed trios (there's a reason Steinhaus and Chenard are so successful). But you view "dealing with mistakes" as punishing referees. We see it as improving referees.

      We understand that refereeing is a difficult job, and that there is more to it than "getting the call right". Your approach to refereeing is that of an amateur who''s never been on a soccer field and has no idea what he (I assume you are a "he") is talking about.

    7. Anonymous13/6/15 23:33

      I have no need to lay out my referee resume. Just let it be known that I have enough experience at a high enough level to speak the way I do.
      It is humorous to see you say that being a referee isn't about getting the call right. Ummm that's exactly what it is all about! You come off looking like a inexperienced rookie when you say such things.

      A World Cup competition should not be used as a proving ground to have referee's "improve" there. If they've been selected for a World Cup it's because they are at their peak not still developing.

      Yes, mistakes are human nature. But when those mistakes are so bad, so painfully obvious, so egregious. It shows they are not ready.

  18. Anonymous13/6/15 08:01

    Seeing these women who are "supposed" to be FIFA referee's guess at what is a PK and what isn't is a joke. Those that are clearly PK's are waived away, while they go and literally invent PK's on fouls that I guess only they can see.

    Based on the performances that I have seen so far. None of these women "earned" their FIFA badges. In the name of "equality", FIFA must have simply given them away to any woman willing to blow a whistle or run with a flag. It is impossible to have "earned" something and yet be so bad at what they do.

    1. Tiring arguments (if you wish to call them that) anonymous. "If you have nothing good to say don't say nothing at all." It's pretty bad when I have to resort to quoting a bunny. Who do you suggest referee these matches? Someone like you who gets to watch with 20 replays from all angles? Ladies, I know we have been playing 7 hours and had 18 penalties, but Anonymous needs to look at this one too. Feel free to take another break.

    2. Anonymous13/6/15 21:56

      And yet another missed PK today. A Colombian defender plays volleyball in her penalty area and of course it's not spotted by the referee. Uh oh, was that me once again having nothing "good to say"? Deal with it!

      My suggestion is that FIFA hold these women to the same standard they hold the men. I suggest that FIFA utilize the same exact system of using constant trios and not mixed trios in every match. If one member if the trio fails, they all fail. You are only as strong as your weakest link. I also suggest that FIFA send home referee's who commit errors that are so egregious that there are no explanation for.

  19. Anonymous13/6/15 09:45

    How did Pernilla Larsson (SWE) perform in her match tonight - did anyone see it?

    /Swedish observer

  20. I watched first half. She is by far the most fit and fluid official I have seen, easily reading play and very able to keep up with pace of play. Quite a contrast to Japanese official in match before who reacted to some plays and always looked like she was a step behind. Did not see any blatant issues. Despite clearly being fit, sometimes stayed a bit further from potential and developing challenges along the touch lines. We will likely see her again unless the wheels fell off in 2nd half.

    1. Anonymous13/6/15 15:45

      Sounds like the "normal" Pernilla then!

      /Swedish observer

  21. Recent comments in the media about the ref of US v Columbia (Frappart) are terribly wrong. She's the best ref I have seen in a long while-- man or woman. I've played a lot of soccer both in US and Germany. I have sadly watched the play get progressively rougher, and the players learn acting as part of their training.
    Frappart was correct and firm in her calls (the yellow against Holiday was weak, but can be defended). Put this talented and skilled ref in a men's world cup game and watch the men bitch and moan. It would also get them to quickly change their play to something closer to what soccer was meant to be. She should be teaching refs around the world.


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