Ricci announces his retirement from refereeing

Brazilian referee Sandro Ricci, recently returned from the 2018 World Cup in Russia and participated in the recording of the program Altas Horas, Rede Globo, that will air this Saturday, 21 July 2018. Ricci stated in the program that he will retire from refereeing after having participated in the World Cup. 
Ricci achieved a great feat with his two consecutive World Cups, totaling 6 games, which puts him only behind Carlos Simon, with 7 games in 3 editions (2002, 2006 and 2010). It is not yet certain what will be the future of Ricci in the sporting environment. He is a public employee and currently works for the Ministry of Mines and Energy. One of the suspicions is that he could join the team of TV Globo refereeing commentators, since Arnaldo Cezar Coelho, who refereed the 1982 World Cup final in Spain, also announced his retirement at the end of the World Cup and should only work until December, when his contract ends. All three referees mentioned (Ricci, Simon and Coelho) were biographed in the book "Great Referees of Brazilian Football", recently released.

Source: RefNews

Referee Diedhiou welcomed as hero in Senegal and then retired

Since Senegal was eliminated in the first round of the 2018 World Cup, the referee Malang Diedhiou raised the colours of the country of Teranga by officiating as referee in the Round of 16 (Belgium - Japan) and as fourth official in the match for third place.
This is why the referee and his assistants Djibril Camara and El Hadji Samba were treated to a real welcome of stars on their return from Russia, when they arrived at the Dakar airport. A large crowd was present and sang songs and danced, followed by a reception organized to honour them. (Source: Afrik-Foot)
On Thursday, 19 July 2018, on the premises of the officers' mass circle, Senegalese referee Malang Diedhiou announced his international retirement. Taking advantage of the Sargal ceremony for the Senegalese world cup referees (Malang Diedhiou, Djibril Camara and El Hadji Samba), the native of Badiana, Malang Diedhiou officially announced his international retirement with immediate effect. It was a well-thought-out release that concludes an international career rich in emotions. Note that the statement was made in the presence of Sports Minister Matar Ba, representatives of the Senegalese Football Federation, as well as all components of the Senegalese sports world. Beforehand, the sports minister awarded the trio of referees present in Russia at the World Cup, diplomas of honour. It was a way to magnify their remarkable journey that not only highlighted the Senegalese refereeing, but especially the African one. Ending his speech, Malang Diedhiou thanked one of the pioneers of the Senegalese refereeing, Badara Sene, for his essential role and his invaluable investment in the promotion of referees. (Source: Dakaractu)

Lupp: “We were not told by FIFA that it should have been penalty kick”

Stefan Lupp, 40, has specialized 10 years ago as an assistant referee. He assisted Felix Brych in the Olympic Games 2012, the Confederations Cup 2013, the World Cups 2014 and 2018, the Euro 2016 and the Club World Cup 2017. In 2017, he was in the final of the Champions League, 2014 in the Europa League final and 2015 in the German Cup final. Lupp spoke with SportBuzzer for the first time after the World Cup in Russia about the harsh criticism of Serbian coach Mladen Krstajic, the reasons for leaving early the World Cup and the VAR lessons. 
- How big is the disappointment that you had to leave the World Cup after only one game? 
- After almost two weeks at home I feel better. But the disappointment is still there. 
- What explanation was given by FIFA for your premature end? 
- There was no reason provided. 
- How was the decision communicated to you? 
- In Brazil 2014, all referees who were not retained have been announced in a meeting where we got a medal and could say goodbye to all colleagues, because friendships have emerged. This time, the referees who had to go home received an email telling them to attend a meeting late at night, where it was then communicated to us personally. 
- There was a lot of criticism from Serbia for the missed penalty against Switzerland. How do you see the decision in hindsight? 
- We analyzed the situation and came to the conclusion that we have nothing to blame! If we made the decision the other way around, there would have been criticism from Switzerland. The decision is in our view still 50:50; there was no black and white. Therefore, there was no reason for the VAR to intervene. Brych told Zwayer that he saw a foul on the Swiss player; Zwayer saw the same thing and did not have to intervene. 
- There were speculations that Brych could have ignored Zwayer and was therefore sent home. 
- That was not the case; there was no communication from the VAR in that situation. If we had actually ignored a hint from the VAR, we would have had to live with the departure. 
- Was the appointment of a German referee to a Swiss game not appropriate? 
- It was already discussed, because the Swiss and we speak German. Immediately after the match Serbian coach Mladen Krstajic said that he does not comment on the referee's performance until the day after the full broadcast came. 
- Krstajic said about Brych: "I would send him to The Hague". There is the UN war crimes tribunal. 
- That was unacceptable and I have not experienced it that way; that is incredible. We have been criticized a lot, have experienced a lot, but that was probably the worst abuse we had to endure. 
- Serbian captain Aleksandar Kolarov subsequently criticized Felix Brych for speaking German with the Swiss players: "I kept asking them to speak English", he said. 
- That does not correspond to the facts. Felix spoke German, of course, in the heat of the game, but he was never asked by Serbians to speak English. Basically, I think that was not against the person Brych, but was said to get as much media attention as possible. In the end, we were so much in their focus that it became difficult to get another match. 
- What did the referee assessor say after the game? 
- We were not told in the evaluation that there should have been a penalty kick in this situation. As a result, we still believed that the decision will be supported. 
- Pierluigi Collina, head of FIFA Referees Committee, did not support you after the match. 
- That was also a difficult situation for him: If he would had said that it was a mistake, the VAR would be in the criticism. If he would had said that the decision was correct, there would have been further criticism from Serbia. 
- After the early departure of Germany you were already seen as possible referees for the World Cup final. Did you have any hopes for that? 
- We did not think that far. We went there with the goal to get a game in the knock-out round, since we did not have that in 2014. That was, I think, not presumptuous. But after the Switzerland - Serbia match we already felt that it would be difficult. 
- Do you think that this game will have a long-term impact on your international career? 
- Of course, it will be difficult to get future matches of Serbia, since FIFA and UEFA are certainly very sensitive. But otherwise I do not think that it has any further effects. 
- You said before the World Cup that you are curious how the video referee works because he was not practiced in some countries before. Are you pleasantly surprised? 
- It went much better than expected, so you can draw a positive conclusion. After all, such a World Cup is all about being satisfied: the players, the coaches, the officials, the fans. If the referee goes to the screen and then says “I have seen the same”, that leads to a very large acceptance. But of course, any corrected decision by the VAR is a mistake made by the referee. I think that without the video screen one or the other referee would not have been scheduled. Luckily, they did not have to discuss about wrong decisions later. 
- What can be brought from there to Bundesliga, where the VAR is in the criticism? 
- FIFA had two great instructors, Roberto Rosetti and Carlos Velasco Carballo, who had the benefit of having had one year of experience since the launch. We could take a lot out of it. In addition, we had very many courses and there were four instead of two VARs, with one of them only responsible for the offside. And the technology is amazing. In Bundesliga we had no offside lines, at the World Cup we even had images in 3D. And there you see, how wrong many offside lines have been pulled by the TV so far. The main criticism in the second half of the Bundesliga was indeed the offside. I hope that these things will also come to the Bundesliga and help the VAR to gain more acceptance. 

Source: SportBuzzer

A new era: Refereeing and VAR

A few days after Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana signalled the final whistle, FIFA looks back extremely satisfied with how the referees performed at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and how the historic implementation of Video Assistant Referees (VARs) contributed to the resounding success of refereeing at the tournament. “We said we wanted this to be the best World Cup ever and it’s been the best World Cup ever. A crucial role in this achievement was played by the referees who excelled with performances of the highest standard," said FIFA President Gianni Infantino. Following the fundamental decision to use VARs at the World Cup, FIFA is extremely happy with the overwhelming acceptance of VAR by players, coaches, fans and the media. 
FIFA’s Deputy Secretary General (Football), Zvonimir Boban, who oversaw the entire VAR project, underlined the importance of the revolutionary use of video technology to football. “As said by the FIFA President, VAR is not changing football, it is cleaning football, and this was our overriding aim when we started the VAR project together with The IFAB. The extensive preparation, both before and during the tournament, coordinated and guided by the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee Pierluigi Collina and FIFA’s Director of Refereeing, Massimo Busacca, has produced outstanding results and I am proud to have been part of this team.” The implementation of VAR represented a huge talking point during the World Cup, generating fantastic debate about football and its rules. “It is great that there has been such widespread discussion, but only fully understanding the Laws of the Game and VAR procedures gives credibility to these discussions," added Boban. Building on the success of refereeing and the use of VAR at the World Cup, FIFA will continue its efforts to improve and develop overall standards of refereeing and assist all member associations and leagues wishing to implement VAR in their competitions. 

Source: FIFA

UEFA U-19 Euro 2018 – Group Stage (Matchday 2)

19 July 2018
Finland – Norway
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (BEL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Zobenica (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Bryngeir Valdimarsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

Portugal – Italy
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Ian Bird (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Nilsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

20 July 2018
Ukraine – England
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Aron Härsing (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Fourth Official: Petri Viljanen (FIN)
Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)

Turkey – France
Referee: Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexandru Cerei (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Damir Lazić (BIH)
Fourth Official: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

AIA: "Irrati saved the World Cup"

The president of the Italian Referees Association (AIA) praises Massimiliano Irrati, the head of the VAR team appointed to the World Cup final: "He helped Pitana make the right decision; I do not know what would have happened without that penalty kick". And he consoles Rocchi: "He was up there, but after Rizzoli four years ago..."
There was no Gianluca Rocchi to referee the final, to whom the Argentinian Pitana was preferred, but the Italian referees nevertheless made a decisive contribution during France - Croatia. Merit of Massimiliano Irrati, head of the VAR team designated for the conclusive act of the World Cup. For Marcello Nicchi, president of the Italian Referees Association, "Irrati saved the World Cup, he was the creator of a fundamental decision". The head of the Italian referees refers to the decision taken on the occasion of the penalty kick awarded to France in the first half, when Perisic touched the ball with his hand in the penalty area. Pitana first awarded a corner kick, then followed the indication of colleagues at the VAR, looked at the images and awarded the penalty kick. "Without that penalty kick to France I do not know what would have happened", underlines Nicchi at Radio Anch'io Sport of Radio1. Then he commented the exclusion of Rocchi: "For us, Rocchi was in the final, but FIFA will have made their evaluations and I would say that he did well. Rocchi did perfectly what he had to do, I felt it daily. He expected a little more, but he is very satisfied, one might say that in the end one was worth the other perhaps, but it is not so, we must respect the political operations, the various components and the various federations. Since another Italian, Rizzoli, refereed the last final, it was predictable that it could happen not to hit the target. To Rocchi cannot be attributed anything, I would have seen him well in place of Pitana". And he adds: "Our referees are the most sought-after in the world, we have an association that never reached this level".
The debate has already started on the possibility of establishing a single central "VAR room" also in Serie A, following the example of the World Cup. A hypothesis that, at least for the moment, does not seem to convince Nicchi: "It depends on the strategic and economic possibilities of the League. The last year we worked very well in the VAR room at the stadium: if they want to experiment with other systems is fine, but leave the certain for the uncertain". But Italy remains at the forefront: "We have reached these levels because the referees are a more important component than ever, for example without us there would never have been the VAR".

UEFA Europa League – First Qualifying Round (Second Leg)

17-19 July 2018

FC Shkupi – Rangers
Referee: Halil Umut Meler (TUR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Kerem Ersoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: İbrahim Uyarcan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Koray Gençerler (TUR)
Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

Levski Sofia – FC Vaduz
Referee: Robert Harvey (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Clarke (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wayne McDonnell (IRL)
Fourth Official: Raymond Matthews (IRL)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

Budapest Honvéd – FK Rabotnički
Referee: Marius Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mircea Orbuleț (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladimir Urzică (ROU)
Fourth Official: Iulian Călin (ROU)
Referee Observer: David Malcolm (NIR)

FK Željezničar – Narva Trans
Referee: George Găman (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mircea Grigoriu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Mitruți (ROU)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Colțescu (ROU)
Referee Observer: Vencel Tóth (HUN)

Tobol Kostanay – FC Samtredia
Referee: Tihomir Pejin (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Goran Pataki (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Marjan Tomas (CRO)
Fourth Official: Zdenko Lovrić (CRO)
Referee Observer: László Vágner (HUN)

Kairat Almaty – UE Engordany
Referee: Jovan Kaludjerović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Danijel Dević (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladan Todorović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Predrag Radovanović (MNE)
Referee Observer: Jiří Ulrich (CZE)

Irtysh Pavlodar – FK Trakai
Referee: Luca Barbeno (SMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Francesco Lunardon (SMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Salvatore Tuttifrutti (SMR)
Fourth Official: Raffaele Delvecchio (SMR)
Referee Observer: Kostadin Gerginov (BUL)

FC Viitorul - Union Lëtzebuerg
Referee: Aleksandr Aliyev (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandr Pavlov (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Yuriy Tikhonyuk (KAZ)
Fourth Official: Artyom Kuchin (KAZ)
Referee Observer: Sabri Çelik (TUR)

Dinamo Minsk – Derry City
Referee: Jens Maae (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Skytte (DEN)
Fourth Official: Morten Krogh (DEN)
Referee Observer: Pavel Saliy (KAZ)

KF Laçi – Anorthosis Famagusta
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Arūnas Šeškus (LTU)
Fourth Official: Robertas Valikonis (LTU)
Referee Observer: Yuri Baskakov (RUS)

Gandzasar Kapan – Lech Poznań
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Bojan Pandzic (SWE)
Referee Observer: Michális Koukoulákis (GRE)

Nõmme Kalju – Stjarnan
Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 1: Levan Varamishvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Zaza Pipia (GEO)
Fourth Official: Davit Kharitonashvili (GEO)
Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)

Slavia Sofia – Ilves Tampere
Referee: Nenad Djokić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Petrović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Igor Stojiljković (SRB)
Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR

Molde FK – Glenavon FC
Referee: Alexandru Tean (MDA)
Assistant Referee 1: Anatolie Bodean (MDA)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Mardari (MDA)
Fourth Official: Piotr Stoianov (MDA)
Referee Observer: Luc Wilmes (LUX)

Gżira United – Radnički Niš
Referee: Suren Baliyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 1: Erik Arevshatyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 2: Vanik Simonyan (ARM)
Fourth Official: Artak Simonyan (ARM)
Referee Observer: Gylfi Thór Orrason (ISL)

Riga FC – CSKA Sofia
Referee: Furkat Atazhanov (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Yevgeniy Belskiy (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Aydyn Tasybayev (KAZ)
Fourth Official: Arman Ismuratov (KAZ)
Referee Observer: Aleksandr Gvardis (RUS)

Slovan Bratislava – Milsami Orhei
Referee: Nejc Kajtazovič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Fourth Official: Mitja Žganec (SVN)
Referee Observer: Petteri Kari (FIN)

Žalgiris Vilnius – KÍ Klaksvík
Referee: Milovan Milačić (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Milutin Djukić (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Veselin Radunović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Miloš Savović (MNE)
Referee Observer: Asim Xudiyev (AZE)

FC Prishtina – Fola Esch
Referee: Urs Schnyder (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Köbeli (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Efe Kurnazca (SUI)
Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Dinamo Tbilisi – Dunajská Streda
Referee: Dimitar Mečkarovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Dejan Nedelkoski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Goce Petreski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Referee Observer: Vasyl Melnychuk (UKR)

Apollon Limassol – FC Stumbras
Referee: Eldorjan Hamiti (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Ridiger Çokaj (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Egin Doda (ALB)
Fourth Official: Kreshnik Cjapi (ALB)
Referee Observer: Kevin Azzopardi (MLT)

Zaria Bălți – Górnik Zabrze
Referee: Rəhim Hasanov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Yaşar Abbasov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Akif Amirali (AZE)
Fourth Official: Rauf Cabbarov (AZE)
Referee Observer: Ioánnis Tsachilídis (GRE)

FK Vardar – FC Pyunik
Referee: Ian McNabb (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Bell (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ryan Kelsey (NIR)
Fourth Official: Thomas Clarke (NIR)
Referee Observer: Rusmir Mrković (BIH)

AIK – Shamrock Rovers
Referee: Nicolas Laforge (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Laurent Conotte (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Karel De Rocker (BEL)
Fourth Official: Wim Smet (BEL)
Referee Observer: Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)

Shakhtyor Soligorsk – Nomads FC
Referee: Admir Šehović (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Sreten Udovičić (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Amer Macić (BIH)
Fourth Official: Zoran Grbić (BIH)
Referee Observer: Salustià Ciprés (AND)

Maccabi Tel Aviv – Ferencvárosi TC
Referee: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Ferreira (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Miguel (POR)
Fourth Official: Hélder Azevedo (POR)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

Keşla FK – Balzan FC
Referee: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksey Vorontsov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladimir Minevich (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksey Sukhoy (RUS)
Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)

Sarpsborg FF – ÍBV Vestmannaeyjar
Referee: Genc Nuza (KVX)
Assistant Referee 1: Fatlum Berisha (KVX)
Assistant Referee 2: Bujar Selimaj (KVX)
Fourth Official: Visar Kastrati (KVX)
Referee Observer: Leif Sundell (SWE)

BK Häcken – FK Liepāja
Referee: Sergey Ivanov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitri Bereznev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Yevgeni Turbin (RUS)
Referee Observer: Igor Șațkii (MDA)

Progrès Niederkorn – Qabala İK
Referee: Keith Kennedy (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Donaldson (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kristian Francis Hanna (NIR)
Fourth Official: Evan Boyce (NIR)
Referee Observer: Milan Karadžić (SRB)

FC Nordsjaelland – Cliftonville FC
Referee: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Sagy Metzamber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Avraham Goldstain (ISR)
Fourth Official: Idan Leiba (ISR)
Referee Observer: Helmut Fleischer (GER)

Beitar Jerusalem – Chikhura Sachkhere 

Referee: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rodolfo Di Vuolo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Rosario Abisso (ITA)
Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)

KS Luftëtari – FK Ventspils
Referee: Anders Poulsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jesper Dahl (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Henrik Sønderby (DEN)
Fourth Official: Peter Munch Larsen (DEN)
Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)

FC København – KuPS Kuopio
Referee: Vilhjálmur Thórarinsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Gylfi Sigurðsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Gunnar Gudmundsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Thóroddur Hjaltalín (ISL)
Referee Observer: Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

NK Maribor – FK Partizani
Referee: Paul Tierney (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adrian Holmes (ENG)
Fourth Official: Lee Mason (ENG)
Referee Observer: Kóstas Kapitanís (CYP)

FK Sarajevo – FC Banants
Referee: Lionel Tschudi (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Stéphane De Almeida (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Raffael Zeder (SUI)
Fourth Official: Fedayi San (SUI)
Referee Observer: Kjell Alseth (NOR)

AS Trenčín – Budućnost Podgorica
Referee: Sergey Lapochkin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksey Lebedev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksandr Kudryavtsev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vitali Meshkov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Emil Božinovski (MKD)

OFK Titograd – B36 Tórshavn
Referee: Ömar Paşayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Namiq Hüseynov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mübariz Haşımov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Aliyar Ağayev (AZE)
Referee Observer: Patrițiu Abrudan (ROU)

FK Partizan – Rudar Pljevlja
Referee: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alfonso Marrazzo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Fabrizio Pasqua (ITA)
Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

Coleraine FC – Spartak Subotica
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Camilleri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Christopher Francalanza (MLT)
Fourth Official: Stefan Pace (MLT)
Referee Observer: Ján Fašung (SVK)

NK Osijek – Petroclub Sărata Galbenă
Referee: Dimítris Masiás (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Ioánnis Lazárou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Mários Kalogírou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Loúkas Sotiríou (CYP)
Referee Observer: Plarent Kotherja (ALB)

NSÍ Runavík – Hibernian FC
Referee: Luís Teixeira (AND)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuel Fernandes (AND)
Assistant Referee 2: Hugo Pereira (AND)
Fourth Official: Joan Serra (AND)
Referee Observer: Nicolae Grigorescu (ROU)

SP Tre Fiori – Rudar Velenje
Referee: Fyodor Zammit (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Duncan Sultana (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: William Debattista (MLT)
Fourth Official: Emanuel Grech (MLT)
Referee Observer: Dušan Krchňák (SVK)

Dundalk FC – Levadia Tallinn
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Vital Jobin (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jonas Erni (SUI)
Fourth Official: Pascal Erlachner (SUI)
Referee Observer: António Almeida (POR)

NK Domžale – Široki Brijeg
Referee: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonas Turunen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Al-Emara (FIN)
Referee Observer: Geórgios Bíkas (GRE)

Újpest FC – Neftçi PFK
Referee: Anastásios Papapétrou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Trýfon Petrópoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Vasílios Kamboúris (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ángelos Evangélou (GRE)
Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)

Hafnarfjördur – FC Lahti
Referee: Espen Eskås (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Øystein Ytterland (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Isaak Bashevkin (NOR)
Fourth Official: Rohit Saggi (NOR)
Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)

UEFA Champions League – First Qualifying Round (Second Leg)

17-18 July 2018

Celtic – Alashkert
Referee: Horațiu Feșnic (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mihai Artene (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Valentin Avram (ROU)
Fourth Official: Andrei Chivulete (ROU)
Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

HJK Helsinki – Víkingur
Referee: Duje Strukan (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Goran Perica (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Mario Pepur (CRO)
Fourth Official: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)

Apoel – Sūduva
Referee: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Fredrik Klyver (SWE)
Fourth Official: Magnus Lindgren (SWE)
Referee Observer: Draženko Kovačić (CRO)

Malmö FF – KF Drita
Referee: Laurent Kopriwa (LUX)
Assistant Referee 1: Claude Ries (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Gilles Becker (LUX)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Morais (LUX)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

Hapoel Beer Sheva – Flora Tallinn
Referee: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Mucha (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)

The New Saints – KF Shkëndija
Referee: Pavel Orel (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Petr Blažej (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Petr Caletka (CZE)
Fourth Official: Ondřej Lerch (CZE)
Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)

Valletta FC – FK Kukësi
Referee: Igor Pajač (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivica Modrić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Vedran Djurak (CRO)
Fourth Official: Fran Jović (CRO)
Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)

Videoton FC – F91 Dudelange
Referee: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Connor (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Fourth Official: Barry Cook (SCO)
Referee Observer: Robert Małek (POL)

Crvena Zvezda – Spartaks Jūrmala
Referee: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ali Ögel (TUR)
Fourth Official: Arda Kardeşler (TUR)
Referee Observer: Sergey Zuyev (RUS)

Crusaders – Ludogorets
Referee: Roomer Tarajev (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Sten Klaasen (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Veiko Mõtsnik (EST)
Fourth Official: Siim Rinken (EST)
Referee Observer: Ilkka Koho (FIN)

Legia Warszawa – Cork City
Referee: Kai Erik Steen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tom Harald Grønevik (NOR)
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Hagenes (NOR)
Referee Observer: Goran Mihaljević (MNE)

FC Sheriff – Torpedo Kutaisi
Referee: Peter Andersen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Niels Brixen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Dennis Rasmussen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jørgen Daugbjerg (DEN)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Qarabağ FK – Olimpija Ljubljana
Referee: Erez Papir (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Bitton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Eliyahu Casapu (ISR)
Fourth Official: David Fuxman (ISR)
Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

HŠK Zrinjski – Spartak Trnava
Referee: Julian Weinberger (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Fourth Official: Markus Hameter (AUT)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Rosenborg BK – Valur Reykjavík
Referee: Stefan Apostolov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Veselin Dobriyanov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Petar Dzhuganski (BUL)
Fourth Official: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)

FK Sutjeska – FC Astana
Referee: João Pinheiro (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Rodrigues (POR)
Fourth Official: Vítor Ferreira (POR)
Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)

CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana – Second Round (First Leg)

17-19 July 2018

Sol de América – Nacional
Referee: Anderson Daronco (BRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabricio Vilarinho (BRA)
Fourth Official: Wagner Magalhaes (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Francisco Mondria (CHI)

Caracas – Sport Huancayo
Referee: Ivo Méndez (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: José Antelo (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Montaño (BOL)
Fourth Official: Luis Yrusta (BOL)
Referee Assessor: José Buitrago (COL)

Lanús – Junior
Referee: Arnaldo Samaniego (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Milciades Saldívar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Cañete (PAR)
Fourth Official: Julio Quintana (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Darío Ubriaco (URU)

Defensa y Justicia – El Nacional
Referee: Piero Maza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Orellana (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Molina (CHI)
Fourth Official: César Deischler (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Roberto Perassi (BRA)

Deportivo Cali – Bolívar
Referee: Fernando Espinoza (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gustavo Rossi (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximiliano Del Yesso (ARG)
Fourth Official: Jorge Baliño (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Torres (PAR)

Deportivo Cuenca – Jorge Wilstermann
Referee: Esteban Ostojich (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Popovits (URU)
Fourth Official: Gustavo Tejera (URU)
Referee Assessor: Candelario Andarcia (VEN)

Rampla Juniors – Independiente Santa Fe
Referee: Carlos Orbe (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Edwin Bravo (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Flavio Nall (ECU)
Fourth Official: Guillermo Guerrero (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Saul Laverni (ARG)

24-26 July 2018

Junior – Lanus
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kleber Gil (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Rocha (BRA)
Fourth Official: Luis Oliveira (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Herrera (ECU)

Sport Huancayo – Caracas
Referee: Nicolás Gallo (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Díaz (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: John León (COL)
Fourth Official: Carlos Herrera (COL)
Referee Assessor: Paulo Silva (ARG)

Bahía – Atletico Cerro
Referee: Michael Espinoza (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Coty Carrera (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jesús Sánchez (PER)
Fourth Official: Joel Alarcón (PER)
Referee Assessor: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)

LDU de Quito – Vasco Da Gama
Referee: Juan Soto (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Elbis Gómez (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Lubin Torrealba (VEN)
Fourth Official: Jesús Valenzuela (VEN)
Referee Assessor: Jorge Jaimes (PER)

Boston River – Banfield
Referee: Andres Rojas (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wilmar Navarro (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dionisio Ruiz (COL)
Fourth Official: Gustavo Murillo (COL)
Referee Assessor: Sergio Cristiano (BRA)


Atletico Paranaense – Peñarol
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabriel Chade (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Lucas Germanotta (ARG)
Fourth Official: Fernando Echenique (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Juan Lugones (BOL)

General Díaz – Millonarios
Referee: Gery Vargas (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Edwar Saavedra (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Reluy Vallejos (BOL)
Fourth Official: Juan García (BOL)
Referee Assessor: Rodolfo Otero (ARG)

San Lorenzo – Deportes Temuco
Referee: Rodolpho Toski (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Rodrigo Correa (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Guilherme Camilo (BRA)
Fourth Official: Wagner Reway (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Alberto Tejada (PER)

UEFA U-19 Euro 2018 – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

16 July 2018
Finland – Italy
Referee: Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Aron Härsing (EST)
Fourth Official: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Norway – Portugal
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Damir Lazić (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Zobenica (CRO)
Fourth Official: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

17 July 2018
Turkey – England
Referee: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Bryngeir Valdimarsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexandru Cerei (ROU)
Fourth Official: Petri Viljanen (FIN)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

France – Ukraine
Referee: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Joakim Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Bird (WAL)
Fourth Official: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytia (FIN)