May 2, 2016

Referees for Men's and Women's Olympic Football Tournament Brazil 2016

FIFA has selected the following officials to handle matches at the Men's Olympic Football Tournament, to be played in Brazil from 4 to 20 August 2016. For the appointed officials, this tournament must be considered as one of the first steps on the road to WC 2018.  Despite of this release, FIFA has not still published the names of UEFA pre-selected officials for the major tournament to be played in Russia in two years. We assume that the names picked up for this Olympic tournament are part of the list. 
A total of 16 referees, 32 assistant referees and 2 support referees have been nominated from all six confederations for Men's Tournament.

Referee: Fahad Al Mirdasi (KSA, 1985)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdulla Al Shalwai (KSA, 1975)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammed Al Abakry (KSA
, 1980)

Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Reza Sokhandan (IRN, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammadreza Mansouri (IRN
, 1978)

Referee: Ryuji Sato (JPN, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Toru Sagara (JPN, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiroshi Yamauchi (JPN, 1979)

Referee: Malang Diedhou (SEN, 1973)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN, 1983)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Malick Samba (SEN, 1979)

Referee: Ghead Grisha (EGY, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1: Redouane Achik (MAR, 1972)
Assistant Referee 2: Waleed Ahmed (SDN, 1974)

Support Referee: Jospeh Lamptey (GHA, 1974) 

Referee: Walter López Castellanos (GUA, 1980)
Assistant Referee 1: Leonel Leal (CRC, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Gerson López Castellanos (GUA, 1983)

Referee: César Ramos (MEX, 1983)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX, 1971)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernández (MEX, 1977)

Referee: Néstor Pitana (ARG, 1975)
Assistant Referee 1: 
Hernán Maidana (ARG, 1972)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Pablo Belatti (ARG, 1979)

Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA, 1974)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson de Carvalho (BRA, 1972)
Assistant Referee 2:  Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA, 1976)

Referee: Roddy Zambrano (ECU, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Lescano (ECU, 1983)
Assistant Referee 2: Byron Romero (ECU, 1980)

Support Referee: Diego Haro (PER, 1982)

Referee: Matthew Conger (NZL, 1978)

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

Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR, 1975)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR, 1973)

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

Referee: Sergey Karasev (RUS, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikolay Golubev (RUS, 1970)

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

Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA, 1982)
Assistant Referee 1: 
Frédéric Cano (FRA, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA, 1980)

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Similarly, the following officials have been appointed for Women's Tournament.

Referee: Rita Gani (MAS, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Allyson Flynn (AUS, 1982)
Assistant Referee 2: Naomi Teshirogi (JPN, 1980)

Referee: Hyang Ok Ri (PRK, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Kum Nyo Hong (PRK, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Yongmei Cui (CHN, 1979)

Referee: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Bernadettar Kwimbira (MWI, 1981)
Assistant Referee 2: Souad Oulhaj (MAR, 1974)

Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Josee Charbonneau (CAN, 1982)
Assistant Referee 2: Suzanne Morisset (CAN, 1984)

Referee: Lucila Venegas (MEX, 1981)
Assistant Referee 1: Enedina Caudillo (MEX, 1984)
Assistant Referee 2: Mayte Chavez (MEX, 1979)

Support Referee: Melissa Borjas (HON, 1986)

Referee: Olga Miranda (PAR, 1982)
Assistant Referee 1: Mariana De Almeida (ARG, 1982)
Assistant Referee 2: Yoleida Lara (VEN, 1985)

Referee: Claudia Umpierrez (URU, 1983)
Assistant Referee 1: Loreto Toloza (CHI, 1984)
Assistant Referee 2: Neuza Back (BRA, 1984)

Support Referee: Maria Carvajal (CHI, 1983)

Referee: Anna Marie Keighley (NZL, 1982)
Assistant Referee 1: Sarah Jones (NZL, 1990)
Assistant Referee 2: Lata Kaumatule (TGA, 1985)

Referee: Teodora Albon (ROU, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU, 1979)
Assistant Referee 2: Mária Súkeníková (SVK, 1975)

Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (FRA, 1983)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA, 1980)
Assistant Referee 2: Yolanda Parga Rodríguez (ESP, 1978)

Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR, 1981)
Assistant Referee 1: Natalia Rachynska (UKR, 1970)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodjak Karšić (CRO, 1983)

Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajova (CZE, 1979)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE, 1977)


  1. So 4/5 UEFA-based refs will also attend the Euros.

    I'm surprised a senior referee like Cakir has been selected.

  2. The course of FIFA with UEFA referees will be only in September, so the list should only be known closer to the course.

  3. It's the first time since Keith Hackett in 1988 that a referee is at an EURO and the Olympics in the same year.
    Difficult to understand the selection criteria for UEFA. One referee, who missed EURO probably only because he is the No 2 in his country (but e.g. Aytekin, Rocchi, Orsato and Nijhuis are not selected), the best referee at the moment and three of the least experienced EURO referees.
    Knowing these selections, it would have been much easier not to choose Karasev and Hategan (Turpin is still a special case) for France.

  4. Wow, even in this case, like for UCL semifinal matches, I'm a little bit astonished about the appointed ones.
    Since along time (and may be forever) Olympic games have been considered like a good opportunity for young talents to train them self and be prepared for future big challe3nges like as Fifa world cup or for second ranked referees to be awarded with a very important event.
    Generally no first class referees have been appointed, while this time we still have Cakir, Ricci, Pitana, Faghani and Lopez Castellanos who already made their job at last Fifa World cup and some other big FIFA events.
    If we look at uefa, a part of Cakir really unbelievable, Hategan and Turpin could have been replaced by some other second ranked referees, like as Buquet (for France) and Aytekin, as an example. It would e a nice test. I was expecting Mateu and Karasev. The first one is the future No. 1 in Spain replacing Velasco (Undiano seems out), while the Russian must be prepared to be part at next FIFA WC in his country, where he cannot miss. So 2 expected on 5.
    For Comnebol, I was expecting Zambrano with Vigliano, Caceres and Cunha. Especially the last one seems to be the new talent in South America after last Copa America edition. Only three referees from the hosting confederation too is a surprise. Happy to know Carlos' feedback.
    Partially disagree on AFC, Caf and Concacaf too; FIFA well knows about Lopes, Faghani and Sato, why not Pitti, Camille and Muhammed, may be better performing respect to the choosen one ?
    While for OFC it could be time for N. Hauata. He is around since a long time without big appointment. Why OFC doesn't merge with AFC ?

    1. Well... I would like the Copa America list before I make a deep analysis, but I generally agree with you.
      - Cunha is a really strong referee here, it seems that, with him as referee, nothing bad will happen. I was expecting him specially, since he is the only one who has not have a FIFA tournament (with Bascuñán, but he failed the fitness test in Miami -only fail in American Zone, there were two in OFC/AFC/CAF seminar).
      -Cáceres could have been an option, but somehow FIFA has not shown special interest in Paraguay referees in the last years (Arias was top and never called, Cáceres was in the u17 although he was more experienced than Vigliano or Fedorczuk at that moment).
      -Vigliano is not really a clear option, Argentina has Pitana and Loustau over him. Loustau is almost sure for Copa América, and I could bet he would be the one in the WC if Pitana somehow fails or retires.
      -Brazil, well, we all know Ricci´s big political influence. He is very strong on that although he did not performed very well in the last time (since his pathetic performance in Uruguay-Chile in Copa América 2015 he has not refereed any big clashes in Conmebol.) Heber Lopes is doing the great games in Brazil, but he is too told for JJOO. Since Marques is not on the pre-list of Conmebol the other option would have been Sampaio, for me he would have been better, but since I expect Lopes to go to Copa America and I was pretty sure Ricci was not going to skip but tournaments his selection was complicated.
      - Argote would have been an other Name for JJOO, after a Copa America semifinal and no FIFA tournament, but, since Soto was in 2012 it was pretty difficult to see 2 times in a row a Venezuelan crowd.
      One big remark: if its done like in 2012, after the group stage its very likely that only Zambrano is left for any knock-out stage game, since Brazil and Argentina could qualify.

      Sorry if I was too long.

    2. Thanks Carlos. Always good to hear what is going on in Conmebol Refereeing.

      IMO Busacca more and more confirms that he and his Crew See unable to make reasonable appointments and how to lead the referees under him. Some of the nominations really take the cake and show that there is not any line in FIFA's referee recruitment (apart from being continuously inconsistent).

  5. A particular remark about Karasev's team: as you can see, Averyanov has been replaced by Golubev, as it happened for EURO tournament. So surely FIFA and UEFA work closely now. I anyway don't think that Golubev, being already 46 y. o. this year, could attend 2018 WC. I think Karasev will have to find a new companion for the future. Remarkable to underline that Golubev was Ivanov's AR in WC 2006. They officiated three matches including the famous Battle of Nuremberg :)


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