December 10, 2016

UEFA Referee Categories (Men, Women, Futsal) and The3rdTeam Subcategories (2016.2)

Door 10: Please find the official documents comprising the UEFA Referee Categories for men, women and futsal officials below. Additionally, we have created unofficial subcategories for the men's Elite, First and Second Group. 

Our unofficial subcategories might be useful to classify match officials in a finer way than the UEFA Categories do it and might help to early identify talents and high potentials.

> UEFA Referee Categories: Men

> The3rdTeam Subcategories (2016.2)

> UEFA Referee Categories: Women

> UEFA Referee Categories: Futsal



  1. The first document contains a mistake: Carlos Velasco Carballo retired in June. Instead it should be Alberto Undiano Mallenco.

    1. UEFA obviously made a mistake here. 7.9 :)

  2. Hey Chefren, i know that italian food is good for health, but Valentina - new female FIFA ref - is very fit : born in 1901 ;) ^^

    1. 7.4. But it again shows what is possible with the abolished age limit :)

    2. Of course a mistake. :) Her year of birth should be 1986. She is 30.

  3. Robert Madley is missing in the Second Group.

    1. I think this PDF has many mistakes.
      Irrati's date of birth is wrong as well, the correct date is 27.06.1979, but it is wrongly reported 26.09.1979.

  4. What`s Your thoughts about Confederations Cup in Russia? Is UEFA going to be presented by 4 referees? One of them is Karasev?

    1. I think, there will be 4 UEFA referees, but none of the participating countries to make appointments easier. Furthermore I think, Karasev should go to a tournament with more matches, i.e. the U20 World Cup.
      For the ConfedCup I expect referees, which do not really have to be tested, e.g. Cakir, Clattenburg, Mazic and Eriksson or Kassai.

  5. In Schalke - Bayer Leverkusen, AR2 was hit by lighter but Aytekin didn't stop the game. Home fans are angry after a RC in the third minute of the game against Schalke, but in my opinion a correct decision by referee. Clear DOGSO, after a mistake by defender.
    Still about Bundesliga, I think that Mainz had a wrongly disallowed goal in the last minutes of the game against Gladbach. The goal had been allowed at first glance, but then AR1 changed idea. It was a wrong decision to disallow for offside.

    1. I am quite sure, that the goal in Gladbach was disallowed, because referee Hartmann thought, goalkeeper Sommer had his hand on the ball, which was probably not the case, but quite difficult to see.

      About the RC, the question is, whether there was (enough) contact or the attacker went down too easily. If foul, then DOGSO is clear.

    2. If this was the reason of the disallowed goal (No AR involved) then in my opinion it was a poor management by Hartmann, in addition to a wrong (but yes, difficult) decision taken. His body language was not convincing.
      However, if I'm not wrong, I remember a raised arm, in case, this could mean offside... if you can get more info, by knowing the exact reason, it would be nice to know.

    3. Hartmanns seems to have spoken to the media and explained, that he was convinced the GK's hand was on the ball in the live impression and is not sure anymore after seeing the replays.
      BTW, if the attacker did not touch Sommer's hand, a indirect free kick and the raised arm would have been still the correct decision, as far as I know.

  6. About LaLiga, the media have published that international assistant referee Pau Cebrián Devís (Mateu's AR1) has been suspended for being too friendly with some Barcelona players in El Clásico. According to Cadena Ser, the observer didn't like his attitude in the tunnel and CTA has therefore suspended him for two weeks.

    He has been replaced for two matches (tonight and next weekend), although I don't know if that is the reason.

    IMO, if it is true, it is worrying. But not because of the AR's attitude, but CTA's. By releasing that kind of info to the media they are putting in doubt his professionality publicly. There was controversy on that match, but none of it, IIRC, had to be with him. Suárez's goal was on the other side (AR2), and none of the penalty appeals were on his zone. One really tight offisde at 49', but nothing else. So if these news are true, I believe it is a huge mistake by CTA. They will put pressure on him for each match he referees, press will say that any mistake he makes is on purpose to benefit a team or another. If anything he did was excessive, then an internal warning or suspension would have been better, IMO.

    1. Thank you George, I was just posting that now. I agree on everything, but, as we already discussed, very often the problem is not RFEF-CTA but the press itself, they manage to know everything, even these infos. And that's absolutely not good, because in case of wrong allegations, you can easily ruin the career of an international assistant referee, in a while.
      Already from now, we can easily say that for the future, it will be very difficult to see him again appointed for Barcelona.

    2. Yes, press manage to know everything... but RFEF-CTA is still the problem. They have leaks. Whether voluntary or not, they do. The same happened with El Clásico appointment, and also when they backed Undiano after a match he was really criticized by all sides. All that appeared on the media, but an official text was never released, either confirming or rejecting those words they were attributed with.
      As you said, that is a really important problem. When you decide to suspend a referee after a match in which he has had no significant mistakes (apparently, I was enjoying the match and not looking for referee mistakes) for reasons as subjective as "being too friendly" and instead of keeping it secretly you manage to get it leaked to the press, then you're ruining his career unfairly. It is not Barcelona he will have trouble with in the future: Real Madrid fans and press will not want him as AR either because they will say "he is a Barcelona fan and will make decisions against us". They do not need to check facts. There is an image of Undiano Mallenco surrounded by Barcelona fans in a stadium which is quite probably a fake or a look-alike person that runs through the network each time he makes a mistake against Real Madrid. The same happens the other way round with Barcelona fans and press. That's the level of the fans here in Spain, unfortunately.
      Some days before El Clásico I posted here some info about the campaign from Real Madrid media against Carlos Clos Gómez, trying to put pressure on him. What will happen when an AR who RFEF-CTA has suspended for "being too friendly" is appointed for Barcelona? Or for Madrid? Or will you just not appoint him to any of those teams in spite of the fact that he is one of the best in Spain (best AR in 2014, by RFEF-CTA)? What can you appoint him for, then? Maybe Atlético de Madrid will complain also, as they have been fighting for the title these past years with Barcelona. In fact, he was the AR1 three seasons ago when Atlético won LaLiga against FC Barcelona. And then all the other teams. With that, his career can be severely affected.
      So yes, the media is a problem, but for me, the problem is internal. They need to stop the leaks right away, and start making announcements of what they really want to say publicly.
      Given the popularity of this blog, I'm pretty sure this will be read by someone relatively "important" inside RFEF-CTA. Take this as what it is, the opinion of a non-referee, who was so at a very amateur level some time ago. Take this as based on what the media has written, given that no official statement was made by RFEF-CTA neither to confirm nor deny those publications. Of course, probably there is more than what has been said.
      I know I have been rough on some parts of this text, and I do sincerely apologize if anyone finds something inappropriate. It was not my intention to offend anyone.

    Very hot news from Spain.
    After El Clasico, Pau Cebrián Devís (Mateu Lahoz's AR) has been suspended for (at least) two weeks by RFEF-CTA due to "friendly attitude" with Barcelona's players in that game. The details are not known. He had been appointed for Real Betis Balompié - Athletic Club today, but he was replaced, the same for next week, he was originally planned in Barcelona's derby but he wont be there.
    I can add a particular: in case of changes in the appointments, RFEF-CTA reports always the reason, in this case it wasn't done. There are only the names of the new assistant referees for the games.
    Last appearance in CL: Benfica-Napoli, with a correctly disallowed goal.

  8. I kow a lot e Fifa Futsal Referees without any
    appointements since 2 years? Why Uefa or Fifa accept so lot of referees?

  9. Very early CL predictions:
    ManCity-Monaco: Aytekin / Mateu
    Real-Napoli: Turpin / Kuipers
    Benfica-Dortmund: Hategan / Mazic
    Bayern-Arsenal: Kassai / Rizzoli
    Porto-Juventus: Eriksson / Brych
    Leverkusen-Atletico: Collum / Orsato
    Paris-Barcelona: Marciniak / Clattenburg
    Sevilla-Leicester: Skomina / Cakir

    1. EL
      Athletic - APOEL: Kulbakov / Vincic
      Legia - Ajax: Vad / Estrada
      Anderlecht - Zenit: Mazic / Rocchi
      Astra - Genk: Soares Dias / Taylor
      ManUnited - St.Etienne: Strömbergsson / Kuipers
      Villareal - Roma: Brych / Kralovec
      Ludogorets - Copenhagen: Kruzliak / F.Borbalan
      Celta Vigo - Donetsk: Mazeika / Zelinka
      Olympiakos - Osmanlispor: Kovacs / Aranovsky
      Gent - Tottenham: Eskov / de Sousa
      Rostov - Sparta: Lechner / Bastien
      Krasnodar - Fenerbahce: Raczkowski / Gräfe
      M'gladbach - Florenz: Sidiropolous / Cakir
      Alkmaar - Lyon: Rizzoli / Jug
      Beer Sheva - Besiktas: Stavrev / Bezborodov
      PAOK - Schalke: Mateu / Schörgenhofer


  10. My predictions=
    City-Monaco, Marciniak
    Real-Napoli, Aytekin
    Benfica-Dortmund, Rizzoli
    Bayern-Arsenal, Mazic
    Porto-Juve, Çakir
    Leverkusen-At.Madrid, Oliver
    PSG-Barcelona, Clattenburg
    Sevilla-Leicester, Hategan

    1. ManCity-Monaco: Sidiropoulos/Karasev
      Real-Napoli: Mazic/Kassai
      Benfica-Dortmund: Collum/Eriksson
      Bayern-Arsenal: Rizzoli/Cakir
      Porto-Juventus: Skomina/Atkinson
      Leverkusen-Atletico: Hategan/Kuipers
      Paris-Barcelona Clattenburg/Marciniak
      Sevilla-Leicester: Turpin/Brych

  11. It seems that UEFA has sent to the national assotiations the list of the referees invited to attend to the Advance and Introduction Course in Malaga, next January. Does anyone of you have this info to share with the community?. Thanks in advance!! ;)

    1. We will try to get some more detailed infos, but basically it should be: all Elite referees and almost all Category 1 referees (with some exceptions) for Advanced Course, while all the new FIFA referees from Europe for the Introduction Course.

    2. Thanks @Chefren.
      Do you think that some second group, who problaby will promote in June to first, will go to Malaga too? or just the refs who are going to officiate the matches coming in UCL/UEL?. In that case, we´ll know the intentions of UEFA Referee Committee in June ^_^

    3. and in the other hand, referees from the 1st group who won´t attend to the winter course... means probably a relegation...

    4. Indeed everything it is possible, even that some Category 2 referees will be there, however only as "guests".
      About the Category 1 officials, I know that the most important criterion for the selection is the nationality of the teams involved in both competitions (EL and CL). Some years ago I heard Collina in a interview, he had explained the reasons for which Banti was called to winter course but not Mazzoleni. He said that there were too many Italian teams in both competitions (especially EL) and it was not possible to call too many officials for that country. But of course, apart from that, there will be very likely technical choices as well.
      In addition, very often there are guests from other confederations, as it happened, for example, two years ago with Osses (Chile) attending the 2015 course in Athens.
      Hopefully we will know more on next weeks.

    5. In the last year there were only some first group referees and no second group referee. I think, it will be similiar this time. From the first group I expect only the referees with some chances to handle k.o. games in spring (~40-50% of the first group), for the other ~50-60% it should not mean a relegation but simply no k.o. game.

    6. From Spain, José María Sánchez Martínez and María Dolores Martínez Madrona will attend the introductory course, whereas Carlos del Cerro Grande (2nd group), Jesús Gil Manzano (1st group), Xavier Estrada Fernández (1st group), David Fernández Borbalán (Elite), Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Elite) and Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (Elite) will attend the advanced course.


  12. My predictions for CL:

    ManCity-Monaco: Sergei Karasev (RUS) / Szymon Marciniak (POL)
    Real-Napoli: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) / Viktor Kassai (HUN)
    Benfica-Dortmund: Björn Kuipers (NED) / Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
    Bayern-Arsenal: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) / Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
    Porto-Juventus: Felix Brych (GER) / Damir Skomina (SVN)
    Leverkusen-Atletico: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) / Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)
    Paris-Barcelona: Milorad Mažić (SRB) / Martin Atkinson (ENG)
    Sevilla-Leicester: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE) / Pavel Královec (CZE)

    1. My predictions:

      ManCity-Monaco: Gianluca ROCCHI (ITA) / Tasos SIDIROPOULOS (GRE)
      Real-Napoli: Ovidiu Alin HATEGAN (ROU) / Viktor KASSAI (HUN)
      Benfica-Dortmund: Cüneyt CAKIR (TUR) / Martin ATKINSON (ENG)
      Bayern-Arsenal: Nicola RIZZOLI (ITA) / Damir SKOMINA (SVN)
      Porto-Juventus: Szymon MARCINIAK (POL) / William COLLUM (SCO)
      Leverkusen-Atletico: Daniele ORSATO (ITA) / Björn KUIPERS (NED)
      Paris-Barcelona: Felix BRYCH (GER) / Mark CLATTENBURG (ENG)
      Sevilla-Leicester: Milorad MAZIC (SRB) / Jonas ERIKSSON (SWE)

    2. Predictions for EL games:

      Athletic - APOEL: Luca Banti (ITA) / Manuel de Sousa (POR)
      Legia - Ajax: István Vad (HUN) / Alon Yefet (ISR)
      Anderlecht - Zenit: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) / Deniz Aytekin (GER)
      Astra - Genk: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE) / Benoît Bastien (FRA)
      ManUnited - St.Etienne: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) / David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
      Villarreal - Roma: Michael Oliver (ENG) / Danny Makkelie (NED)
      Ludogorets - Copenhagen: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP) / Andre Marriner (ENG)
      Celta Vigo - Donetsk: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE) / Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
      Olympiakos - Osmanlispor: Felix Zwayer (GER) / Anthony Taylor (ENG)
      Gent - Tottenham: Ivan Bebek (CRO) / Matej Jug (SVN)
      Rostov - Sparta: Liran Liany (ISR) / Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)
      Krasnodar - Fenerbahçe: Bas Nijhuis (NED) / William Collum (SCO)
      M'gladbach - Fiorentina: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR) / Artur Soares Dias (POR)
      Alkmaar - Lyon: Slavko Vinčič (SVN) / Manuel Gräfe (GER)
      Beer Sheva - Besiktas: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) / Clément Turpin (FRA)
      PAOK - Schalke: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU) / Robert Madden (SCO)


  13. Champions. Sidiropoulos yes, spanish referees not.............

  14. OT:
    Atlético National-Kasima Antlers
    Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
    AR1: György Ring (HUN)
    AR2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
    Fourth Official: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)
    Reserve Assitant: Aden Marwa (KEN)

  15. Such an indirect free kick was awarded by Marciniak today... Just after the article about Jagiellonia (white kits) being hard done by referees in Ekstraklasa.

    1. Of course not a deliberate backpass in the real meaning of the term, but there could be arguments in favor of this call. I watched many situations in which some similar incidents were assessed as punishable, even though the only aim of defender was to clear the ball. Therefore, for me not a clear mistake by Marciniak, he could find an observer backing him.

    2. It's a huge mistake for me. No one was expecting that, no one was wanting that...

      Full IDFK execution procedure:

    3. I agree with RayHD - clear mistake. Such a sliding tackle is definitely no deliberate pass to the goalkeeper.

  16. source:

    SPAIN: There will be two new FIFA referees next January:
    -Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez (Introduction UEFA Course)
    -Maria Dolores Martinez Madrona (Introduction UEFA Course)

    Six officials will attend to the Advaced UEFA Course:
    - Carlos del Cerro Grande (2nd. Group)
    - Xavier Estrada Fernández (1st. Group)
    - David Fernández Borbalán (Elite)
    - Jesús Gil Manzano (1st. Group)
    - Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Elite)
    - Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Elite)

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