AFC to launch Referee Academy

The AFC Referees Committee met at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and approved the establishment of a new AFC Referee Academy.
The AFC Referee Academy is scheduled to open later this year and it will be based at the AFC House in Kuala Lumpur. The academy will focus on the AFC’s objective of increasing the number of AFC referees at world-class level and extending development support to the AFC Member Associations. Talent development as well as identifying and preparing potential referees for the AFC elite referees panel will be key tasks of the academy. These objectives will be driven by syllabus excellence delivered by top educators. The curriculum will consist of a four-year programme, conducted at three levels: introductory, intermediate and advanced. All AFC Member Associations can nominate two candidates to study at the academy. The programme will be open to both men and women referees. The committee (photo), chaired by Chung Mung Gyu for the first time, also agreed that the academy will replace the AFC Project Future Referees Programme. In addition, the committee approved the introduction of age criteria for the recruitment of AFC referees. The suggestion of a 35-year age limit was approved and it will apply to football and futsal, from the 2018 season. The members agreed the change was necessary to ensure refereeing in Asia continues to be of the highest possible standard.

Source: AFC

UEFA U-17 Euro 2017

Croatia, 3-19 May 2017

1. Dominik Ouschan (AUT, 1984, photo)
2. Nicholas Laforge (BEL, 1986)
3. Demetrios Masias (CYP, 1981)
4. Jens Maae (DEN, 1982)
5. Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE, 1985)
6. Donatas Rumsas (LTU, 1988)
7. Fabio Verissimo (POR, 1982)
8. Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE, 1986)

Assistant Referees
1. Manuel Nogueira (AND, 1982)
2. Atom Sevgulyan (ARM, 1987)
3. Radek Kotik (CZE, 1982)
4. Mika Lamppu (FIN, 1988)
5. Idan Yarkoni (ISR, 1982)
6. Samat Tergeussizov (KAZ, 1985)
7. Jevgenijs Morozovs (LVA, 1986)
8. Goce Petreski (MKD, 1979)
9. Paul Robinson (NIR, 1983)
10. Mircea Grigoriu (ROU, 1988)
11. Aleksei Vorontcov (RUS, 1980)
12. Ian Bird (WAL, 1985)

Fourth Officials
1. Fran Jovic (CRO, 1984)
2. Tihomir Pejin (CRO, 1983)
3. Duje Strukan (CRO, 1984)
4. Mario Zebec (CRO, 1982)

UEFA Women’s Champions League – Semi-finals (First Leg)

22 April 2017

FC Barcelona – Paris St. Germain
Referee: Teodora Albon (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihaela Tepusa (ROU)

Fourth Official: Lorraine Clark (SCO)
Referee Observer: Regien Belksma-Konink (NED)

Manchester City – Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Judit Kulcsár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikolet Bakker (NED)
Fourth Official: Eszter Urban (HUN)
Referee Observer: Blaženka Logarušić (CRO)

European leading assistant referees trained in Malaga

Training Europe’s leading assistant referees is a significant element of UEFA’s comprehensive referee development programme - and the men who assist the men in the middle have received expert advice and motivation for their duties at their latest UEFA course in Malaga.
Forty-one international assistant referees travelled to the Spanish resort to test their fitness and analyse a role that has grown in importance in the high-speed, high-stakes modern-day game. The course focused on various aspects of the assistant referee’s role, in particular Law 11 of the Laws of the Game relating to offside. Video clips of various incidents were studied and discussed, and clear guidelines were delivered to all of the assistants to ensure uniformity in decision-making in UEFA’s competitions. Assistant referees must also have a clear understanding of all laws including Law 12 - Fouls and Misconduct - as they must be ready to inform the referee of any infringement that occurs outside the latter’s vision, and this aspect of the role was another key discussion point in Malaga. The assistants undertook a stringent fitness test, led by UEFA referee expert Werner Helsen and his team, with particular attention paid to the crucial speed and agility that is required by assistants over short distances.
UEFA refereeing officer Hugh Dallas was assisted at the course by former FIFA World Cup final assistant referees Philip Sharp and Leif Lindberg, together with experienced colleagues Giovanni Stevanato and Maciej Wierzbowski. “It’s great that we have such former top assistant referees who have operated at the highest level to pass on their vast experience and knowledge”, said Dallas. The assistants present in Malaga were unanimous in praising UEFA for giving them a clearer understanding of what is expected from them at the top European level. They worked hard on the field of play as well, with youth team players from local La Liga club Málaga CF assisting in helping simulate various offside scenarios. The officials then received instant video feedback and advice on how to improve their accuracy in their decision-making. “We also explained the importance of the assistants being prepared in advance of a match, by knowing the tactics of the teams that they will be officiating, and studying the movement of players and being aware of the team formations”, said Dallas, “as this will help them throughout the match. Tactical awareness is such a crucial part of the match officials’ preparation in modern-day football”, he explained. Alongside its tried and trusted work with referees, UEFA will carry on fostering assistant referees and aiding their development. “It’s important that UEFA doesn’t stand still,” Dallas said, “and that we continue to discover the new generation of match officials, including assistant referees. This course has gone a long way to serve that purpose”.

Source: UEFA

UEFA Europa League – Quarter-finals (Second Leg)

20 April 2017

Beşiktaş – Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional AR 1: Nenad Djokić (SRB)
Additional AR 2: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Fourth Official: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Schalke – Ajax
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Şovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional AR 1: Radu Petrescu (ROU)
Additional AR 2: Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)

KRC Genk – Celta Vigo
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Connor (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: David McGeachie (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional AR 2: John Beaton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

Manchester United – Anderlecht
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raul Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional AR 2: José Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)

CONCACAF Champions League Final 2017 (First Leg)

18 April 2017

Tigres – Pachuca
Referee: Mark Geiger (USA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Joe Fletcher (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Morgante (USA)
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo (USA)

UEFA Champions League – Quarter-finals (Second Leg)

18 April 2017
Real Madrid – Bayern München
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional AR 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional AR 2: Adám Farkas (HUN)
Fourth Official: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)

Leicester City – Atletico Madrid
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Davide Massa (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)

19 April 2017
FC Barcelona – Juventus
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional AR 1: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Additional AR 2: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Fourth Official: Mario Diks (NED)
Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

AS Monaco – Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Fourth Official: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)

Copa Libertadores – Group Stage (Matchday 4)

18 April 2017
Lanus – Zulia
Referee: Diego Haro (PER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Raul Cruz (PER)
Fourth Official: Joel Alarcon (PER)
Referee Assessor: Alicio Pena (BRA)

Sporting Cristal – The Strongest
Referee: Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Milciades Saldivar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Canete (PAR)
Fourth Official: Julio Quintana (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Jorge Larrionda (URU)

Chapecoense – Nacional
Referee: Carlos Orbe (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Byron Romero (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Fourth Official: Guillermo Guerrero (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)

19 April 2017
Estudiantes – Atletico Nacional
Referee: Andres Cunha (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Fourth Official: Oscar Rojas (URU)
Referee Assessor: Rodolfo Otero (ARG)

Zamora – Deportivo Iquique

Referee: Michael Espinosa (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Coty Carrera (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jorge Yupanqui (PER)
Fourth Official: Miguel Santivanez (PER)
Referee Assessor: Sandro Vera (ECU)

Santa Fe – Santos
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Chade (ARG)
Fourth Official: Silvio Trucco (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Adrian Gomez (VEN)

Libertad – Atletico Mineiro
Referee: Julio Bascunan (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Astroza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Fourth Official: Jorge Osorio (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Joel Ruiz (PAR)

20 April 2017
Godoy Cruz – Sport Boys
Referee: Omar Ponce (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Flavio Nall (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Baren (ECU)
Fourth Official: Vinicio Espinel (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Claudio Puga (CHI)

Medellin – Melgar
Referee: Leodan Gonzalez (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Horacio Ferreiro (URU)
Fourth Official: Jonathan Fuentes (URU)
Referee Assessor: Pablo Silva (ARG)

Barcelona – Botafogo
Referee: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Elbis Gomez (VEN)
Fourth Official: Marlon Escalante (VEN)
Referee Assessor: Oscar Ruiz (COL)

Guarani – Gremio
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Cristian De la Cruz (COL)
Fourth Official: Andres Rojas (COL)
Referee Assessor: Hugo Munoz (ARG)

UEFA Europa League – Quarter-finals (First Leg)

13 April 2017

Ajax – Schalke
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional AR 1: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
Additional AR 2: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

Olympique Lyonnais – Beşiktaş
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

Celta Vigo – KRC Genk
Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Additional AR 2: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Referee Observer: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)

Anderlecht – Manchester United

Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional AR 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional AR 2: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Fourth Official: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 Qualifiers – UEFA (Preliminary Round)

April 2017

Greece – Malta
Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (FIN, photo)

Turkey – Montenegro
Referee: Eszter Urban (HUN)

Albania – Kosovo
Referee: Lorraine Clark (SCO)

Estonia – Latvia
Referee: Zuzana Kováčová (SVK)

Moldova – Andorra
Referee: Marte Sørø (NOR)

Kazakhstan – Georgia
Referee: Eleni Lampadariou (GRE)

Israel – Lithuania
Referee: Sofia Karagiorgi (CYP)

Faroe Islands – Luxembourg
Referee: Petra Chudá (SVK)

Greece – Kosovo
Referee: Amy Rayner (ENG)

Kazakhstan – Latvia
Referee: Ivana Projkovska (MKD)

Lithuania – Moldova
Referee: Marte Sørø (NOR)

Malta – Albania
Referee: Lorraine Clark (SCO)

Georgia – Estonia
Referee: Zuzana Kováčová (SVK)

Montenegro – Faroe Islands
Referee: Petra Chudá (SVK)

Israel – Andorra
Referee: Barbara Poxhofer (AUT)

Turkey – Luxembourg
Referee: Sarah Garratt (ENG)

Faroe Islands – Turkey
Referee: Eszter Urban (HUN)

Moldova – Israel
Referee: Sofia Karagiorgi (CYP) 

Andorra – Lithuania 
Referee: Barbara Poxhofer (AUT)

Albania – Greece
Referee: Lina Lehtovaara (FIN)

Luxembourg – Montenegro
Referee: Sarah Garratt (ENG)

Latvia – Georgia
Referee: Ivana Projkovska (MKD)

Kosovo – Malta
Referee: Amy Rayner (ENG)

Estonia – Kazakhstan
Referee: Eleni Lampadariou (GRE)