August 11, 2016

Olympic Football Tournament 2016 - Referee Appointments for Women's Quarterfinals

The following referees will officiate the quarterfinals of Women's Tournament. 

Women's Quarterfinals (12 August) 

Brasilia, 18:00 CET
USA - Sweden
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (New Zealand)
Assistant Referee 1: Sara Jones (New Zealand)
Assistant Referee 2: Lata Kaumatule (Tonga)
4th Official: Rita Gani (Malaysia)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Lee Harmon (Cook Islands)

Salvador, 21:00 CET
China PR - Germany
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)
Assistant Referee 1: Natalia Rachynska (Ukraine)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodjak (Croatia)
4th Official: Esther Staubli (Switzerland)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Héctor Vergara (Canada)

São Paulo, 00:00+1d CET
Canada - France
Referee: Claudia Umpierrez (Uruguay)
Assistant Referee 1: Loreto Toloza (Chile)
Assistant Referee 2: Neusa Back (Brazil)
4th Official: Maria Carvajal (Chile)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Carlos Alarcon (Paraguay)

Belo Horizonte, 03:00+1d CET
Brazil - Australia
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (Canada)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie-Josee Charbonneau (Canada)
Assistant Referee 2: Suzanne Morisset (Canada)
4th Official: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Jacqueline Leleu (Australia)

source: Árbitro Internacional


  1. Predictions for Men's Quarterfinals:

    Portugal-Germany: Cüneyt Cakir (TUR), Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR), Sergei Karasev (RUS)

    Nigeria-Denmark: Sandro Ricci (BRA), Emerson de Carvalho (BRA), Marcelo van Gasse (BRA), Matthew Conger (NZL)

    Korea Rep.-Honduras: Ghead Grisha (EGY), Redouane Achik (MAR), Waleed Ahmed Ali (SUD), Clément Turpin (FRA)

    Brazil-Colombia: Néstor Pitana (ARG), Hernán Maidana (ARG), Juan Belatti (ARG), César Ramos (MEX)

    Semifinals: Faghani & Ramos
    Final: Cakir or Pitana depending on performances & teams.

    1. Mine are
      POR-GER: Hategan, FO: Turpin
      NIG-DEN: Pitana, FO: Zambrano
      KOR-HON: Grisha, FO: Conger
      BRA-COL: Cakir, FO: Sato

    2. Mine:
      POR-GER: Karasev (RUS); FO: Haro (PER)
      NGA-DEN: Ricci (BRA); FO: Zambrano (ECU)
      KOR-HON: Pitana (ARG); FO: Lamptey (GHA)
      BRA-COL: Cakir (TUR); FO: Grisha (EGY)

  2. Sorry OT

    I tried to collect a list of some of the hardest matches to referee / best refereeing performances in recent years. If anyone else has any suggestions I would be very grateful!

    Best wishes

    TUR - SUI, F De Bleeckere
    SER - BOS, K Vassaras
    SER - CRO, F Brych
    TUR - CRO, F Brych
    BAR - INT, F De Bleeckere
    BAR - RLM, W Stark
    RLM - BAR, F De Bleeckere
    RLM - DOR, H Webb
    SVN - UKR, C Cakir
    BAR - SEV, C Del Cerro Grande
    CHE - TOT, M Clattenburg
    BRA - CHI, H Webb
    BAR - BAY, N Rizzoli
    GER - ITL, V Kassai
    BAR - CHE, C Cakir
    GER - ITL, B Archundia
    BAR - ATL, H Webb
    CHE - ATL, N Rizzoli
    CZR - TUR, P Frojdfeldt
    CRO - TUR, R Rosetti
    BAR - ACM, V Kassai
    ATL - RLM, B Kuipers
    FEN - BEN, M Mazic
    ACM - INT, V Ivanov
    INT - ACM, G Veissiere
    DOR - BAY, K Kircher
    GLA - LAZ, S Karasev
    WEI - ZAG, P Tagliavento
    RAP - STE, W Stark
    BAR - RLM, E Iterralde Gonzales
    HAM - WER, F De Bleeckere
    ALB - SER, N Rizzoli

    Any more would be greatly appreciated!

    1. I would add Arsenal-Barca (Rizzoli) in 2011 and Rosetti in Chelsea-Liverpool in 2008.

    2. Thank you very much for all three!

  3. Summer course for UEFA Elite and Category 1 referees is in progress in Nyon (10, 11 and 12 August). Thank to TFF we know that Hüseyin Göçek and Halis Özkahya are there. Cakir, still busy in Brazil is out. However I think that it is almost sure we wont see the referees appointed for Olympic tournament, handling a CL play off. They need a rest after two major tournaments.
    We try to manage the full list of participants for the course.

    1. Not impossible, but strange that Skomina has a match in Slovenia already on Saturday.

    2. It is indeed possible, 48 hours are requested as mandatory time only between two matches.

    3. It could be avoided, however. I wouldn't prefer a referee, tired of travelling. And it is also a derby match.

  4. Friendly 31/08
    Germany - Finland
    Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
    Dmitry Zhuk (BLR) - Oleg Masylyanko (BLR)

  5. German Supercup on Sunday (Dortmund-Bayern) is refereed by Tobias Welz. First time for him to be appointed for this "German clasico".

  6. Appointments QF's (Men)

    POR-GER: Lopez (GUA)
    NIG-DEN: Ricci (BRA)
    KOR-HON: Grisha (EGY)
    BRA-COL: Cakir (TUR)

  7. Unbelievable decision from the Tongalese AR2, from a clear deflection,and even she was active before she was very clearly on. Keighley is a fantastic referee but that is what happens with an OFC trio...

    1. I fully agree. Shocking decision. You don't even need a replay.

      After Pedersen's horror display 4 years ago, now this. Sweden has every reason to be upset if they don't qualify.

    2. Luckily Sweden qualified.
      Waiting for the videos... match is not aired here.

    3. Like Harry said, Keighley is indeed a good referee. But she was badly let down by both of her AR's today. Unfortunately you are only as good as your weakest link. And from this point on the games only get tougher. I cannot see the referee committee entrusting the OFC crew with another match. Just to be clear, Keighley was good, but her AR's were well below what is deemed acceptable.

    4. To be honest, I think FIFA should have done what they did for the Women's World Cup and replaced the Tongan AR for the Australian AR, Flynn for Keighley's knockout round matches. One could except Jones' decision it was quite close, but Kaumatule made a completely unacceptable decision and again like so many championships before, OFC officiating is simply not good enough for this level.
      Keighley had a good game btw

    5. Agreed, Keighley was indeed good. However much like Cunha (URU) at the Copa America, her chances for progression have been scuttled by her AR. While I do feel for Kaumatule. At this level that type of lapse in concentration is unacceptable. Hopefully she is able to learn from this and continue to improve.

  8. Initially a "soft" looking penalty whistled by Monzul. But upon further review and after viewing the replays. An excellent decision by Monzul. The German defender raises her arm and clearly impedes the Chinese player with an arm across the chest. I would add that the caution was also correct. Well done Monzul.

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    1. Disastrous outing by Umpierrez so far. Two missed penaltys for France and a reckless foul which very clearly deserved a YC (42'). The Canadian defender suffered a severe injury and had to be substituted.

  10. Finally, after having download the full game (it was the only way to watch these incidents) I checked the disallowed goals in USA - Sweden.

    Disallowed goal for USA: I think a correct decision and I'm convinced it was not offside's call. You can see that Anna-Marie Keighley doesn't raise her arm to indicate an indirect free kick. Unluckily, the replay shown by TV can't give a confirmation about the direct free kick but I think it was a very good decision by referee. Clear foul on the opponent by USA attacker before scoring.

    Disallowed goal for Sweden: a clear and crucial mistake, and I'm really sorry for that. I think that AR2 was very well positioned and she correctly saw the ONSIDE on the original pass (first image). The problem occurred later, I'm convinced she thought that the touch by USA's defender had been made by a player from Sweden (second image). That's the only explanation. So the resulting decision was a mistake: wrong offside.
    Impossible for the referee to overrule this decision, because she couldn't know anything about the original position of Swedish attacker. This was however a quite easy situation to read (at this level, of course) and AR had to read it. Anna-Marie Keighley looks to be a very good referee, I hope in the future he will get more experienced assistant referees.

    1. My only problem with the disallowed US goal is the hand signal that Keighley used after blowing her whistle. On the TV feed that I was watching. She made an offside signal with her right hand by moving it horizontally left to right in front of her body. So to me that tells me that she's calling an offside. In summary, yes the goal was correctly disallowed. But I feel that the OFC crew disallowed it for the wrong infraction.

      As far as Sweden's disallowed goal. I feel that it was simply a lapse in concentration. Unfortunately that type of lapse is unacceptable at this level and from a FIFA AR.

      Lastly, with stronger AR's Keighley would have definitely been a candidate for the Gold Medal match.

    2. No, that was a "foul in the goal area, place the ball anywhere in the goal area signal."

  11. Did anyone else think Chenard and her assistants missed not calling the keeper moving off the line in the BRA-AUS match? Is it a case of the new punishment (yellow card) not fitting the crime?
    The first kick from the spot was the most egregious and the AR missed it completely. Barbara (BRA keeper) was 2-3 steps off her line. It seems she was testing the officials early as she did it for the rest of them after not getting called on the first . Otherwise a good game by the MO team in a high pressure match. FWIW I'm an Australian ref, but tried to look at it through neutral eyes (always hard).


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