FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 17-20)

24 May 2017

Zambia – Iran
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Diaz Perez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Yadel Martinez (CUB)

South Africa – Italy
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Byron Romero (ECU)
Fourth Official: Julio Bascunan (CHI)

Costa Rica – Portugal
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Talib Al-Marri (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Saoud Al-Maqalah (QAT)
Fourth Official: Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)

Uruguay – Japan
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Cüneyt Cakir (TUR)

FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 13-16)

23 May 2017

England – Guinea
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: William Torres (SLV)
Fourth Official: Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR)

Venezuela – Vanuatu
Referee: Kim Jong-Hyeok (KOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yoon Kwang-Yeol (KOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kim Young-Ha (KOR)
Fourth Official: Ahmed Al-Kaf (OMA)

Korea – Argentina
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarık Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ghead Grisha (EGY)

Mexico – Germany

Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
Assistant Referee 2: Zakhele Siwela (RSA)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Abdulla (UAE)

Referees step up Women's Euro preparations

Europe's women referees are ready for UEFA Women's EURO 2017 after meeting in the Netherlands to fine-tune their preparations, and they can also feel the growing excitement about this summer's event. Almost 40 match officials who will act as either referee, assistant referee, fourth official or reserves have been at the outstanding Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) campus in Zeist this week for their EURO preparatory workshop.
The agenda featured briefings, practical sessions and a fitness test to make sure that the match officials are all primed for the main event from 16 July to 6 August. Both UEFA and the referees are confident that the first Women's EURO finals to feature 16 teams will set new standards for women match officials – in tandem with the standard of football that will be evident on the pitch. The workshop in Zeist has raised the anticipation another important notch. "You can feel the excitement everywhere, and I hope the referees can feel it too," said UEFA Referees' Committee member and experienced former top referee Dagmar Damková who, together with fellow committee member Bo Karlsson, has been leading the three days of preparations. "I think that after the fitness test and conclusion of the workshop, everyone is going to feel that we are ready for the EURO. This event has given motivation to everybody." Damková welcomed the opportunity to gather the match officials shortly before the finals, especially as a team-bonding exercise. "I absolutely support the idea,"she stressed, "and I'm particularly happy for the assistant referees, because it brings them together with the referees onto the same page in terms of what to expect." UEFA's care in preparing women referees is also reflected in the differences that Damková herself now sees since the time that she was taking charge of major women's European and world matches. For example, a referee fitness team has been present in Zeist under the leadership of Belgian expert Jean-Baptiste Bultynck – they put the referees through their fitness paces, and will be constantly in contact with the officials, giving invaluable advice and instructions in the weeks up to the big kick-off. "I reflect on how lucky the referees are today," she said. "They are provided with material and other things that we didn’t have. They have so many opportunities to learn through online studies, practical sessions and [video] examples, as part of the general process of helping them to get better".
Referees who will be taking charge of the 31 matches at seven Dutch venues range from experienced officials to newcomers who will be savouring their first taste of the EURO atmosphere. Ukraine's Kateryna Monzul will be taking part in her third Women's EURO. She told us about what goes through her mind when she lines up with the teams and hears the national anthems: "It's a really strong feeling. You can't compare it with anything. At that moment, there’s only that moment and that time." Riem Hussein from Germany is going to her first EURO, and recalled the moment when she heard that she would be part of the refereeing team. "I was very surprised and a little bit shocked," she admitted, "because I never thought it could be possible. I’m proud to be part of this." Another first-timer is Sweden's Pernilla Larsson: "You can really feel that the tournament is getting closer. Not many referees get to go to a EURO – it’s like a fairy tale to know that I'm one of them".

Source: UEFA

FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 9-12)

22 May 2017

France – Honduras
Referee: Andres Cunha (URU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Fourth Official: Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR)
VAR 1: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
VAR 2: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)

Ecuador – USA
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Julio Bascunan (CHI)
VAR 1: Danny Makkelie (NED)
VAR 2: Ryuji Sato (JPN)

Vietnam – New Zealand
Referee: Alioum Alioum (CMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Evarist Menkouande (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Elvis Noupue (CMR)
Fourth Official: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
VAR 1: Malang Diedhiou (SEN)
VAR 2: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)

Saudi Arabia – Senegal

Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Toth (HUN)
Fourth Official: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
VAR 1: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
VAR 2: Jose Argote (VEN)

Steinhaus will be the first female referee in Bundesliga

The 38-year-old police officer has been named as one of four new referees in Germany's top flight for 2017-2018. Steinhaus has overseen Bundesliga 2 matches since 2011 and also refereed the women's gold medal match between Japan and the United States at the London Olympic Games in 2012, but she was nonetheless overwhelmed by her nomination. "For us all, it's a dream come true. I'm very much looking forward to the task that awaits me", said Steinhaus, who will referee the Women's Champions League final between Lyon and Paris St-Germain in Cardiff on 1 June.
“When Lutz-Michael Frohlich [the head of German referees] informed me, I was quite speechless”, Steinhaus told the official DFB website. “I feel disbelief, joy, happiness, relief, curiosity - it was simply a roller-coaster ride of emotions! It has always been my dream to be a Bundesliga referee. That this dream will come true naturally fills me with joy. On one hand it is confirmation of my hard work, and on the other hand it is a great incentive to continue to work hard. I am aware that I will be the first female referee in the Bundesliga and will be closely watched by the media and the public. I am used to this pressure and am convinced I will find my feet quickly. I have worked very hard for this in the last few years and suffered a few setbacks".
Steinhaus made the news seven years ago after then-Hertha Berlin defender Peter Niemeyer was infamously caught on camera accidentally touching her left breast during a match against Alemania Aachen. When fourth official at a Bayern Munich match in October 2014, then Bayern coach Pep Guardiola put his arm around her shoulders as he argued about a refereeing decision. She brushed his arm off but the Spaniard was subsequently criticised in the media. Fortuna Dusseldorf midfielder Kerem Demirbay was banned for five games in 2015 for saying "women have no place in men's football" after Steinhaus sent him off for a second bookable offence. He later apologised but was ordered by his club to referee a girls' football match as punishment.
Steinhaus' partner, Howard Webb, refereed the 2010 World Cup final between Holland and Spain, becoming the first English referee to take charge of a World Cup final since Jack Taylor in 1974 – a game in which Holland lost to West Germany. Webb, 45, moved abroad to live with Steinhaus after splitting from his wife Kay, mother to his three children. 

Source: Daily Mail

FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 5-8)

21 May 2017

Zambia – Portugal
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Yadel Martinez (CUB)

Iran – Costa Rica
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Warnmark (SWE)
Fourth Official: Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)

South Africa – Japan
Referee: Matt Conger (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Lount (NZL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tevita Makasini (TGA)
Fourth Official: Diego Haro (PER)

Italy – Uruguay
Referee: Walter Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gerson Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
Fourth Official: Norbert Hauata (TAH)

FIFA U-20 World Cup 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 1-4)

20 May 2017

Venezuela – Germany
Referee: Ghead Grisha (EGY, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Redouane Achik (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Waleed Ahmed (SDN)
Fourth Official: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)

Argentina – England
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla (UAE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohamed Al-Hammadi (UAE)
Assistant Referee 2: Hasan Al-Mahri (UAE)
Fourth Official: Ahmed Al-Kaf (OMA)

Vanuatu – Mexico
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Jose Argote (VEN)

Korea – Guinea
Referee: Julio Bascunan (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Astroza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Fourth Official: Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR)
VAR 1: Gery Vargas (BOL)
VAR 2: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)

UNFP Trophies: Turpin at all costs

Ruddy Buquet (photo) has been elected the best referee of Ligue 1 for the fourth consecutive year by his peers. A vote that was not liked by Pascal Garibian, the Technical Director of the French refereeing, who requested a special prize for Clement Turpin.
The French refereeing, who has deserted the Champions League and Europa League this season, stands out again. As every year, French football met recently to showcase the players in the professional championships. A trophy also rewarded the best referee of Ligue 1. Ruddy Buquet has again recorded the largest number of votes. A distinction that he has also received for the past three consecutive years. Buquet has again had a very good season and is very appreciated by his colleagues in Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. This is far from Clement Turpin, whose popularity is at the bottom with his comrades of the whistle.
Number one by default, Turpin (photo) can nevertheless count on the unfailing support of his hierarchy, who does not hesitate to fly to his rescue. Le Parisien revealed recently that Pascal Garibian asked SAFE, the union of elite referees, "to find a solution so that Clément Turpin is rewarded". SAFE has accepted. Its president, Olivier Lamarre, explains in the columns of the daily newspaper that "the union has accepted to play the game in the general interest of French refereeing". The title "The best French referee on the international stage" was born on the occasion of this 26th edition of the UNFP Trophies. "I do not want to interfere in the UNFP trophies, but it is important that the French number one in the eyes of UEFA and FIFA is recognized by the French professional football", explained Pascal Garibian to Le Parisien. Many media have evoked this new episode which discredits a little more the French refereeing: "Small arrangements between referees at the UNFP trophies" (Le Parisien), "We must save the soldier Turpin: the French referee tinkers made an honorific title especially for Clément Turpin" (, "The referees invent and obtain a trophy for Clément Turpin" (, "The management of refereeing did not want to humiliate Turpin at the UNFP trophies UNFP" (

Source: Arbitrage 57

UEFA U-17 Euro Final 2017: Maae (DEN)

19 May 2017

Spain – England
Referee: Jens Maae (DEN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mika Lamppu (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksey Vorontsov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Anastassios Papapetrou (GRE)
Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)

Copa Libertadores – Group Stage (Matchday 7)

16 May 2017
Independiente Medellin – Emelec
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Pastorino (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Fourth Official: Christian Ferreyra (URU)
Referee Assessor: Alicio Pena (BRA)

Atletico Mineiro – Godoy Cruz
Referee: Michael Espinoza (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Victor Raez (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Atoche (PER)
Fourth Official: Joel Alarcon (PER)
Referee Assessor: Sergio Cristiano (BRA)

Zulia – Nacional
Referee: Patricio Polic (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcelo Barraza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose Retamal (CHI)
Fourth Official: Carlos Ulloa (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Miguel Buitrago (VEN)

Libertad – Sport Boys
Referee: Alexis Herrera (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Franchescoly Chacon (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tulio Moreno (VEN)
Fourth Official: Jose Hoyo (VEN)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Torres (PAR)

17 May 2017
Universidad Catolica – Atletico Paranaense
Referee: Jonathan Fuentes (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Nievas (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Popovits (URU)
Fourth Official: Leodan Gonzalez (URU)
Referee Assessor: Jose Buitrago (COL)

San Lorenzo – Flamengo
Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: Julio Quintana (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Victor Rivera (PER)

Lanus – Chapecoense
Referee: Wilson Lamouroux (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wilmar Navarro (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dionisio Ruiz (COL)
Fourth Official: Andres Rojas (COL)
Referee Assessor: Angel Sanchez (ARG)

The Strongest – Santos
Referee: Dario Herrera (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivan Nunez (ARG)
Fourth Official: Jorge Balino (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Martin Vazquez (URU)

Sporting Cristal – Santa Fe
Referee: Nestor Pitana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Fourth Official: Fernando Espinoza (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Sandro Vera (ECU)

18 May 2017
Melgar – River Plate
Referee: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Murillo (VEN)
Fourth Official: Marlon Escalante (VEN)
Referee Assessor: Jorge Antequera (BOL)

Botafogo – Atletico Nacional

Referee: Victor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Coty Carrera (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jorge Yupanqui (PER)
Fourth Official: Luis Garay (PER)
Referee Assessor: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)

Barcelona – Estudiantes
Referee: Eber Aquino (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Milciades Saldivar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rodney Aquino (PAR)
Fourth Official: Arnaldo Samaniego (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Hugo Munoz (CHI)