CONCACAF Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

31 July 2012
CS Herediano – Real Salt Lake
Referee: Francisco Chacon (MEX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Rangel (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Vizcaya (MEX)
Fourth Official: Fabricio Morales (MEX)

CF Monterrey – Chorrillo
Referee: Hugo Cruz (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Leonel Leal (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Osvaldo Luna (CRC)
Fourth Official: Walter Quesada (CRC)

1 August 2012
Toronto FC – CD Aguila
Referee: Javier Santos (PUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Lopez (PUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Jairo Morales (PUR)
Fourth Official: Wilson Da Costa (BAH)

Isidro Metapan – Puerto Rico Islanders
Referee: Raul Castro (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Oscar Velasquez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Fourth Official: Erick Andino (HON)

Tigres UANL – Real Esteli
Referee: Paul Ward (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Belleau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren Clark (CAN)
Fourth Official: David Gantar (CAN)

2 August 2012
W Connection – Xelaju
Referee: Marlon Mejia (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Bermudez (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Geovany Garcia (SLV)
Fourth Official: Ruben Medrano (SLV)

CD Olimpia – CD FAS
Referee: Jafeth Perea (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jaime Smith (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)
Fourth Official: Rolando Vidal (PAN)

Seattle Sounders – Caledonia AIA
Referee: Stanley Lancaster (GUY)
Assistant Referee 1: Dion Inniss (GUY)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Louisville (SUR)
Fourth Official: Rudolph Angela (ARU)

UEFA Champions League – Third Qualifying Round

First Leg, 31 July – 1 August 2012

Dynamo Kyiv – Feyenoord

Referee: Andre Marriner (ENG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Long (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Bankes (ENG)
Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor (ENG)

Motherwell – Panathinaikos
Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Berry Simons (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicky Siebert (NED)
Fourth Official: Tom Van Sichem (NED)

Bate – Debrecen

Referee: Sascha Kever (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Raffael Zeder (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Buhlmann (SUI)
Fourth Official: Daniel Wermelinger (SUI)

Kiryat Shmona – Neftci

Referee: Alan Kelly (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Damien MacGraith (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marc Douglas (IRL)
Fourth Official: Graham Kelly (IRL)

Sheriff – Dinamo Zagreb
Referee: Lee Probert (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Breakspear (ENG)
Fourth Official: John Moss (ENG)

Molde – Basel

Referee: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephan Luzi (FRA)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)

AEL – Partizan
Referee: Stanislav Todorov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Veselin Dobriyanov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Kolev (BUL)
Fourth Official: Alexander Kostadinov (BUL)

Kobenhavn – FC Brugge
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Zoltan Szekely (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)

Maribor – Dudelange
Referee: Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleg Tselovalnikov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Vitali Drozdov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vladimir Kazmenko (RUS)

Anderlecht – Ekranas
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Johann Gudmundsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Gunnar Gunnarsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL)

Slask – Helsingborg
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrovic (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgic (CRO)
Fourth Official: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)

CFR Cluj – Liberec
Referee: Bulent Yilduirim (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Cem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Erdinc Sezertam (TUR)
Fourth Official: Baris Simsek (TUR)

Celtic – HJK
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondrej Pelikan ( CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Emanuel Marek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Radek Matejek (CZE)

Fenerbahce – Vaslui

Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Jon Nunez Fernandez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jose Gonzalez Gonzalez (ESP)

Copa Sudamericana – Group Stage (Matchday 2)

31 July 2012
Emelec – San Martin
Referee: Pablo Lunati (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ernesto Uziaga (ARG)
Fourth Official: Daniel Salazar (ECU)

Union Comercio – Envigado

Referee: Diego Lara (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Byron Romero (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Bustamante (ECU)
Fourth Official: Miguel Santivanez (PER)

Deportes Iquique – Nacional

Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Caceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Cesar Franco (PAR)
Fourth Official: Jorge Osorio (CHI)

Gremio – Coritiba

Referee: Ricardo Marques (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcio Santiago (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Berkenbrock (BRA)
Fourth Official: Leandro Vuaden (BRA)

Tolima – CD Lara

Referee: Henry Gambetta (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jorge Hurtado (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Braulio Cornejo (PER)
Fourth Official: Juan Restrepo (COL)

1 August 2012
Deportivo Quito – Leon Huanuco

Referee: Jose Buitrago (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wilson Berrio (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Fourth Official: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)

Goianiense – Figueirense

Referee: Pericles Cortez (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson Cavalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Paulo Oliveira (BRA)

Bahia – Sao Paulo

Referee: Marcelo Henrique (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Dibert Pedrosa (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rodrigo Joia (BRA)
Fourth Official: Francisco Nascimento (BRA)

Palmeiras – Botafogo

Referee: Heber Lopes (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Braatz (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Altemir Hausmann (BRA)
Fourth Official: Wilson Seneme (BRA)

2 August 2012
Intigas – Millionarios

Referee: Omar Ponce (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Cedeno (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Alvarado (ECU)
Fourth Official: Manuel Garay (PER)

La Equidad – Mineiros

Referee: Georges Buckley (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jorge Yupanqui (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Raul Lopez Cruz (PER)
Fourth Official: Luis Sanchez (COL)

Monagas – Liga De Loja

Referee: Imer Machado (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Abraham Gonzalez (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wilmar Navarro (COL)
Fourth Official: Mayker Gomez (VEN)

Blooming – Catolica

Referee: Julio Quintana (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dario Gaona (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Hugo Martinez (PAR)
Fourth Official: Joaquin Antequera (BOL)

Olympic Games 2012 (Men – Matchday 3)

1 August 2012
Egypt – Belarus
Referee: Roberto Garcia (MEX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Camargo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Fourth Official: Raul Orosco (BOL)

Brazil – New Zealand
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Jason Damoo (SEY)
Assistant Referee 2: Angesom Ogbamariam (ERI)
Fourth Official: Mark Geiger (USA)

Japan – Honduras
Referee: Slim Jedidi (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Bechir Hassani (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Sherif Hassan (EGY)
Fourth Official: Felix Brych (GER)

Spain – Morocco
Referee: Benjamin Williams (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Hakan Anaz (AUS)
Fourth Official: Wilmar Roldan (COL)

Mexico – Switzerland
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 2: Bakhadyr Kochkarov (KGZ)
Fourth Official: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

Korea – Gabon
Referee: Pavel Kralovec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
Fourth Official: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Senegal – UAE
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andas (NOR)
Fourth Official: Juan Soto (VEN)

Great Britain – Uruguay

Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Toru Sagara (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Toshiyuki Nagi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Peter O'Leary (NZL)

Olympic Games 2012 (Women – Matchday 3)

31 July 2012
Canada – Sweden
Referee: Hong Eun Ah (KOR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Sarah Ho (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Kim Kyoung Min (KOR)
Fourth Official: Therese Neguel (CMR)

Japan – South Africa
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Maria Luisa Villa (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Yolanda Parga Rodríguez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Kari Seitz (USA)

USA – Korea DPR
Referee: Jenny Palmqvist (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Anna Nystrom (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Helen Karo (SWE)
Fourth Official: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)

France – Colombia
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Perello (HON)
Fourth Official: Jesica Di Iorio (ARG)

New Zealand – Cameroon
Referee: Christina Pedersen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Hege Steinlund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Lada Rojc (CRO)
Fourth Official: Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN)

Great Britain – Brazil
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Stacy Greyson (JAM)
Fourth Official: Sachiko Yamagishi (JPN)

Former World Cup final referee Jack Taylor has died

Jack Taylor, the English referee who officiated the 1974 FIFA World Cup final between the Netherlands and West Germany, has died aged 82. Taylor, born in Wolverhampton, oversaw more than 1,000 club matches in a refereeing career which spanned three decades. In 1971, he was the man in the middle for the European Champion Clubs' Cup final at Wembley between AFC Ajax and Panathinaikos FC, which the Dutch side won 2-0. He also handled over 100 international fixtures, the highlight being the 1974 World Cup final in Munich, where he made history by becoming the first man to award a penalty in a global showpiece.
Former English FIFA referee Mike Riley, now General Manager of the Professional Game Match Officials (PGMOL), said: "Every referee of our generation looked up to Jack Taylor because he set the standard. His performances at the 1974 FIFA World Cup inspired a whole generation of referees in this country. I was fortunate to travel to the 2010 World Cup Final in South Africa with Jack for him to watch Howard Webb. He was incredibly proud that another Englishman had taken charge of the biggest game in world football. But then that was Jack, he was not only very well respected throughout the game by players and managers, he was also an extremely nice man and wonderful fun to be around. And he never stopped inspiring match officials. Over the last five years he has played an important role for PGMOL passing on his many years of experience to tomorrow's referees. We will miss him greatly. This is a terribly sad moment for English officiating and we send our condolences to his family and many friends.”

Source: UEFA

Olympic Games 2012 (Men – Matchday 2)

29 July 2012
Brazil – Belarus
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (JPN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Toru Sagara (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Toshiyuki Nagi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Slim Jedidi (TUN)
Referee Observer: Carlos Batres (GUA)

Mexico – Gabon

Referee: Benjamin Williams (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Hakan Anaz (AUS)
Fourth Official: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB)
Referee Observer: Carlos Alarcon (PAR)

Egypt – New Zealand

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Beck (ENG)
Fourth Official: Pavel Kralovec (CZE)
Referee Observer: Carlos Batres (GUA)

Spain – Honduras

Referee: Juan Soto (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jorge Urrego (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Fourth Official: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Referee Observer: Jassim Mandi (BHR)

Senegal – Uruguay

Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Peter O'Leary (NZL)
Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)

Korea – Switzerland

Referee: Raul Orosco (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Efrain Castro (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Arol Valda (BOL)
Fourth Official: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
Referee Observer: Carlos Alarcon (PAR)

Japan – Morocco

Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andas (NOR)
Fourth Official: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Referee Observer: Jassim Mandi (BHR)

Great Britain – UAE

Referee: Roberto Garcia (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Camargo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Fourth Official: Mark Geiger (USA)
Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)

Olympic Games 2012 (Women – Matchday 2)

28 July 2012
New Zealand – Brazil
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marina Wozniak (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Fourth Official: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
Referee Observer: Celestin Ntagungira (RWA)

Japan – Sweden

Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Perello (HON)
Fourth Official: Kari Seitz (USA)
Referee Observer: Carlos Alarcon (PAR)

USA – Colombia
Referee: Efthalia Mitsi (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Maria Luisa Villa (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Yolanda Parga Rodriguez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jenny Palmqvist (SWE)
Referee Observer: Ingrid Jonsson (SWE)

Canada – South Africa
Referee: Christina Pedersen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Hege Steinlund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Lada Rojc (CRO)
Fourth Official: Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN)
Referee Observer: Carlos Alarcon (PAR)

Great Britain – Cameroon
Referee: Hong Eun Ah (KOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Sarah Ho (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Kim Kyoung Min (KOR)
Fourth Official: Sachiko Yamagashi (JPN)
Referee Observer: Celestin Ntagungira (RWA)

France – Korea DPR
Referee: Therese Neguel (CMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Tempa Ndah (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (MAD)
Fourth Official: Jesica Di Iorio (ARG)
Referee Observer: Ingrid Jonsson (SWE)

UEFA Europa League – Second Qualifying Round

Second Leg, 26 July 2012

Senica – Apoel

Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Cristian Nica (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Aurel Onita (ROU)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)

Ried – Shakhtyor
Referee: Michael Lerjeus (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Magnus Sjoblom (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Flink (SWE)
Fourth Official: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)

Lech – Xazar
Referee: Stanislav Todorov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Georgi Slavov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Kolev (BUL)
Fourth Official: Nikolai Yordanov (BUL)

Crvena Zvezda – Naftan
Referee: Said Ennjimi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frederic Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA)
Fourth Official: Sebastien Moreira (FRA)

Aktobe – Milsami
Referee: Aleksander Kostadinov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Krum Stoilov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Divan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Georgi Yordanov (BUL)

Honved – Anzhi
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicola Nicoletti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Fourth Official: Carmine Russo (ITA)

Vitesse Arnhem – Plovdiv
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Leonidas Vasileiadis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

Gomel – Renova
Referee: Jerome Efong Nzolo (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Christophe Berbiers (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Kristof Meers (BEL)
Fourth Official: Sam Loeman (BEL)

Anorthosis – Levadia
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serhii Bekker (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Natalia Rachynska (UKR)
Fourth Official: Dmytro Kutakov (UKR)

Plzen – Metalurgi
Referee: Espen Berntsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Leif Erik Opland (NOR)
Fourth Official: Dag Vidar Hafsas (NOR)

Asteras – Baki
Referee: Lars Christoffersen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Sonderby (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Derya Oguz (DEN)
Fourth Official: Henrik Kragh (DEN)

Zeta – JJK
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Primoz Arhar (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Fourth Official: Davor Drecnik (SVN)

Tromso – Olimpija
Referee: Robert Malek (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Krzysztof Myrmus (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Maciej Wierzbowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Wajda (POL)

Gent – Differdange
Referee: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Andris Treimanis (LVA)

Shirak – Bnei Yehuda
Referee: Ilias Spathas (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Dimitrios Bozatzidis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Ilias Alexeas (GRE)
Fourth Official: Anastassios Kakos (GRE)

Ordabasy – Rosenborg
Referee: Rene Eisner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Klaus Strasser (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Gerald Bauernfeind (AUT)
Fourth Official: Alexander Harkam (AUT)

Sligo – Trnava
Referee: Maksim Layushkin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Vorontsov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrey Malodorov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Evgeny Turbin (RUS)

Sarajevo – Levski
Referee: Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Zoltan Szekely (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: Teodor Craciunescu (ROU)

Skopje – Ruch
Referee: Richard Trutz (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomas Somolani (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Ondrej Bendza (SVK)
Fourth Official: Vladimir Smolak (SVK)

Dila – AGF
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sandro Pozzi (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI)
Fourth Official: Daniel Wermelinger (SUI)

Thor – Mlada Boleslav
Referee: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Simkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Juriy Paskovskij (LTU)

FH – AIK
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: John Bryn Roberts (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Gareth Wyn Jones (WAL)
Fourth Official: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)

St. Johnstone – Eskisehirspor
Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Walter Vromans (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Bleyen (BEL)
Fourth Official: Joeri van de Velde (BEL)

Aalesund – Tirana
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Storey (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: James Eakin (NIR)
Fourth Official: Mervyn Smyth (NIR)

Celik Niksic – Metalurh Donetsk
Referee: Eli Hacmon (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nisan Davidy (ISR)
Fourth Official: Shay Shirit (ISR)

Portadown – Koprivnica
Referee: Jan Valasek (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Chladek (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Dusan Kubacka (SVK)
Fourth Official: Lubomir Samotny (SVK)

Elfsborg – Dacia
Referee: Andrea De Marco (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Marzaloni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Sebastiano Peruzzo (ITA)

Admira – Zalgiris
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Soteriou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Charalambos Charalambous (CYP)
Fourth Official: Marios Tsaggaris (CYP)

Zimbru – Young Boys
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Angelo Boonman (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Fourth Official: Maarten Ketting (NED)

MyPa – Rapid Bucharest
Referee: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Dusko Miloseski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Sirilov (MKD)
Fourth Official: Marjan Markoski (MKD)

Gandzasar – Servette
Referee: Eiko Saar (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Silver Koiv (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitri Vinogradov (EST)
Fourth Official: Toomas Nommiste (EST)

Turku – Twente
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrovic (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgic (CRO)
Fourth Official: Ante Vucemilovic-Simunovic (CRO)

KuPS – Netanya
Referee: Marios Panayi (CYP)

Assistant Referee 1: Aristides Christou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Stelios Nikita (CYP)
Fourth Official: Demetris Masias (CYP)

Kalmar – Osijek
Referee: Menashe Masiah (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oren Bornshtain (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Abed Al Ramili (ISR)
Fourth Official: Daniel Natan (ISR)

CSKA Sofia – Mura
Referee: Hannes Kaasik (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Jaanus Mutli (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Neeme Neemlaid (EST)
Fourth Official: Roomer Tarajev (EST)

Legia – Liepajas
Referee: Joao Capela (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Pedro Baptista Garcia (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tiago Almeida Rocha (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Serrano Almeida (POR)

Videoton – Slovan
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Annonier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)
Fourth Official: Benoit Millot (FRA)

St. Patrick's – Siroki Brijeg
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Detlef Scheppe (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Leicher (GER)
Fourth Official: Guido Winkmann (GER)

Suduva – Vojvodina
Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Philipp Kitzmuller (AUT)
Fourth Official: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)

Skonto – Hajduk
Referee: Libor Kovarik (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Patrik Filipek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Krystof Mencl (CZE)
Fourth Official: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)

European football mourns Hrinak

Slovakian international referee and referee administrator Vladimir Hrinak, who took charge of numerous European club and national-team matches, has passed away at the age of 47.
European football is mourning the passing of the former international referee Vladimir Hriňák, who has died at the age of 47. In addition to a distinguished career as a match official, Vladimir Hrinak also held a number of positions within the Slovak Football Association (SFZ) as a much-respected referee administrator. Born on 25 February 1964, Hrinak began refereeing in the Slovak first division in the 1992/93 season. He became a FIFA referee in 1993, and officiated at more than 100 European club and national-team matches. In 2008, Vladimir Hrinak was fourth official at the UEFA Champions League final between Manchester United FC and Chelsea FC in Moscow. He ended his active career as a referee in 2009, taking charge of his last continental match between Villarreal CF and FC Salzburg in the UEFA Europa League on 17 December of that year. Hrinak went on to work in the Slovak football refereeing sector. He was chairman of the Bratislava Football Association referees committee, and initiated numerous projects and ideas as the manager for referee education and the UEFA Referee Convention.
The European football family would like to express its deepest sympathy to Vladimir Hrinak's family and friends.

Source: UEFA

Olympic Games 2012 (Men – Matchday 1)

26 July 2012
Great Britain – Senegal
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (UZB, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 2: Bakhadyr Kochkarov (KGZ)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Williams (AUS)

Referee Observer: Carlos Batres (GUA)

Spain – Japan
Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Hurd (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Joe Fletcher (CAN)
Fourth Official: Roberto Garcia (MEX)

Referee Observer: Ingrid Jonsson (SWE)

Mexico – Korea
Referee: Slim Jedidi (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Bechir Hassani (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Sherif Hassan (EGY)
Fourth Official: Juan Soto (VEN)

Referee Observer: Jassim Mandi (BHR)

Honduras – Morocco
Referee: Pavel Kralovec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
Fourth Official: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)

Referee Observer: Ingrid Jonsson (SWE)

UAE – Uruguay

Referee: Peter O'Leary (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Hendrik Hintz (NZL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ravinesh Kumar (FIJ)
Fourth Official: Felix Brych (GER)

Referee Observer: Carlos Batres (GUA)

Gabon – Switzerland

Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Humberto Clavijo (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Eduardo Diaz (COL)
Fourth Official: Raul Orosco (BOL)

Referee Observer: Jassim Mandi (BHR)

Belarus – New Zealand
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Jason Damoo (SEY)
Assistant Referee 2: Angesom Ogbamariam (ERI)
Fourth Official: Yuichi Nishimura (JPN)

Referee Observer: Carlos Alarcon (PAR)

Brazil – Egypt

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Referee Observer: Celestin Ntagungira (RWA)

Olympic Games 2012 (Women – Matchday 1)

25 July 2012
Great Britain – New Zealand
Referee: Kari Seitz (USA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Veronica Perez (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marlene Duffy (USA)
Fourth Official: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)

Referee Observer: Celestin Ntagungira (RWA)

Japan – Canada
Referee: Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Anu Jokela (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tonja Paavola (FIN)
Fourth Official: Efthalia Mitsi (GRE)

Referee Observer: Carlos Alarcon (PAR)

USA – France
Referee: Sachiko Yamagashi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Saori Takahashi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Widiya Shamsuri (MSA)
Fourth Official: Hong Eun Ah (KOR)

Referee Observer: Ingrid Jonsson (SWE)

Cameroon – Brazil

Referee: Jenny Palmqvist (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Helen Karo (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Anna Nystrom (SWE)
Fourth Official: Christina Pedersen (NOR)

Referee Observer: Celestin Ntagungira (RWA)

Sweden – South Africa
Referee: Jesica Di Iorio (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Mariana Corbo (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Rocco (ARG)
Fourth Official: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)

Referee Observer: Carlos Alarcon (PAR)

Colombia – Korea DPR
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Stacy Greyson (JAM)
Fourth Official: Therese Neguel (CMR)

Referee Observer: Ingrid Jonsson (SWE)

UEFA Champions League – Second Qualifying Round

Second Leg, 24-25 July 2012

Dinamo Zagreb – Ludogorets
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Holger Henschel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Florian Steuer (GER)
Fourth Official: Bastian Dankert (GER)

Sheriff – Ulisses

Referee: Vlado Glodjovic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Branko Pavlovic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Potocan (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dejan Dimitrijevic (SRB)

Basel – Flora

Referee: Artur Soares (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Joao Silva (POR)
Fourth Official: Cosme Machado (POR)

KR – HJK

Referee: Steven McLean (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Cryans (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew McWilliam (SCO)
Fourth Official: Allan Crawford (SCO)

Zestafoni – Neftci

Referee: Artyom Kuchin (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Evgeni Belski (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Alibek Aubakirov (KAZ)
Fourth Official: Ruslan Duzmambetov (KAZ)

Salzburg – Dudelange

Referee: Pavle Radovanovic (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Dejan Sakovic (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Dimitrije Mrgudovic (MNE)
Fourth Official: Zeljko Radunovic (MNE)

Shakhter – Liberec

Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: David Andersen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)

Kiryat Shmona – MSK Zilina

Referee: Sergii Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Fourth Official: Andrii Kuzmin (UKR)

Debrecen – Skenderbeu

Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Hannes Reinvald (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Sten Klaasen (EST)
Fourth Official: Mart Martin (EST)

Partizan – Valletta

Referee: Anastassios Sidiripoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Dimitrios Gagas (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Athanassios Giachos (GRE)

Ekranas – Shamrock

Referee: Slavko Vincic (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrej Kokolj (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Marko Stancin (SVN)
Fourth Official: Dejan Balazic (SVN)

Vardar – Bate

Referee: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Doveri (ITA)

Zeljeznicar – Maribor
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Berry Simons (NED)

Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Fourth Official: Dennis Higler (NED)


Ventspils – Molde
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Musial (POL)

Helsingborg – TNS

Referee: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Raffael Zeder (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Buhlmann (SUI)
Fourth Official: Patrick Graf (SUI)

Linfield – AEL

Referee: Martin Strombergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Andren (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Johan Hamlin (SWE)

Wroclaw – Podgorica

Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Jake Collin (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren England (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell (ENG)

Stereoscopic 3D for assistant referees

Researchers from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) are applying stereoscopic 3D to record exercises on offside position for FIFA to use as teaching material in professional training courses for assistant referees.
The objective of this innovation project is to improve the learning environment of the assistant referees with multimedia materials which offer a visual experience that is the most similar to what referees on the pitch experience, and which can train visual perception in decision-making calls on offside plays. For that purpose, researchers in the UC3M Television-Film group: memory, representation and industry (TECMERIN) are using this 3D recording technique for the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to use as teaching material in its training courses for assistant referees, within the framework of referee professional training and development all over the world. Over the course of two days, the TECMERIN research group recorded 500 simulations of offside plays in stereoscopic 3D with different types of exercises, similar to those used in professional training courses for International referees. "Among these, those most appropriate to create interactive material to be used by assistant referees all over the world will be chosen," UC3M professor Manuel Armenteros, coordinator of the project, explained. "The use of stereoscopic images will significantly improve the learning experience due to the fact that a 3D stereoscopic image learning environment generates a visual experience that is much more realistic than 2D," he asserted.
The technique of creating stereoscopic images uses two lenses, one for each eye, which obtain a greater sense of depth than 2D images. The visual perceptive systems use the differences between the images of each eye to calculate depth. In spite of the fact that stereoscopic 3D technology has been used for years, this technology could not have attained its current widespread use if it had not been for digital treatment of images. The stereoscopic 3D revolution is linked to the digital revolution, the researchers note. The overlapping of the two images necessary for the creation of stereoscopic images is simplified with the use of a computer, which eliminates the imperfections of previous techniques. The spread of stereoscopic 3D into the domestic area, including recording as well as visualization devices, portends a visual environment which represents a significant advance in the creation of images, as important as that of color, according to Professor Armenteros. Stereoscopic 3D will also influence in narrative aspects, so that a thorough reflection upon its use becomes of essence in the professional as well as the academic environment, explained UC3M professor Anto Benitez, another of the researchers participating in this research project.

Source: Science Daily

Copa Sudamericana – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

24 July 2012
O'Higgins – Cerro Porteno
Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Gustavo Rossi (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Fourth Official: Eduardo Gamboa (CHI)

Danubio – Olimpia

Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Dibert Pedrosa (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabricio Silva (BRA)
Fourth Official: Liber Prudente (URU)

Tacuary – Cobreloa

Referee: Oscar Maldonado (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wilson Arellano (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Humberto Paz (BOL)
Fourth Official: Carlos Amarilla (PAR)

Liverpool – Universitario de Sucre

Referee: Julio Bascunan (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Julio Diaz (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Barraza (CHI)
Fourth Official: Hector Martinez (URU)

Deportivo Tachira – Barcelona SC

Referee: Adrian Velez (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Rivas (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Fourth Official: Marlon Escalante (VEN)

Guarani – Oriente Petrolero

Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Popovits (URU)
Fourth Official: Julio Quintana (PAR)

Aurora – Cerro Largo

Referee: Ulises Mereles (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dario Gaona (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Cesar Franco (PAR)
Fourth Official: Jose Jordan (BOL)

UEFA Europa League – Second Qualifying Round

First Leg, 19 July 2012

Shakhtyor – Ried
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Cristian Nica (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)

Xazar Lankaran – Lech
Referee: Robert Schorgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Matthias Winsauer (AUT)
Fourth Official: Dominik Ouschan (AUT)

Naftan – Crvena Zvezda
Referee: Tony Asumaa (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jonas Turunen (FIN)
Fourth Official: Jari Jarvinen (FIN)

Milsami – Aktobe
Referee: Lorenc Jemini (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Ridiger Cokaj (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Egin Doda (ALB)
Fourth Official: Ditmar Jubica (ALB)

Anzhi – Honved
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Nisan Davidy (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Fourth Official: Meir Levi (ISR)

Lokomotiv Plovdiv – Vitesse Arnhem
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Jon Nunez Fernandez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)

Renova – Gomel
Referee: Hubert Siejewicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Konrad Sapela (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
Fourth Official: Pawel Pskit (POL)

Levadia – Anorthosis
Referee: Marco Fritz (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Rene Kunsleben (GER)
Fourth Official: Peter Gagelmann (GER)

Metalurgi – Plzen
Referee: Emir Aleckovic (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Senad Ibrisimbegovic (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Goran Dujak (BIH)
Fourth Official: Elmir Pilav (BIH)

Inter Baki – Asteras
Referee: Mihaly Fabian (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Zsolt Varga (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tibor Vamos (HUN)
Fourth Official: Adam Radvanyi (HUN)

JJK – Zeta
Referee: Neil Doyle (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Ciaran Delaney (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wayne McDonnell (IRL)
Fourth Official: Derek Tomney (IRL)

Olimpija – Tromso
Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Victoriano Diaz Casado (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Torre Cimiano (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jose Gonzalez Gonzalez (ESP)

Differdange – Gent
Referee: Mark Whitby (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Philip Thomas (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Dyson (WAL)
Fourth Official: John Dean (WAL)

Bnei Yehuda – Shirak
Referee: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Wilco Lobbert (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Dave Goossens (NED)
Fourth Official: Rogier Honig (NED)

Rosenborg – Ordabasy
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Laurent Stien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Fourth Official: Wilfried Bien (FRA)

Spartak Trnava – Sligo
Referee: Tommy Skjerven (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Svein Wiken (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Erik Midthjell (NOR)
Fourth Official: Anders Johansen (NOR)

Levski – Sarajevo
Referee: Bruno Paixao (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Venancio Tome (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nuno Conceicao (POR)
Fourth Official: Bruno Esteves (POR)

Apoel – Senica
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Piotr Sadczuk (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)

Ruch – Skopje
Referee: Huseyin Gocek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Orkun Aktas (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)

AGF – Dila
Referee: Bosko Jovanetic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Srdan Milutinovic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladimir Cadenovic (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dragan Krstic (SRB)

Mlada Boleslav – Thor
Referee: Marco Borg (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Camilleri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Sammy Attard (MLT)
Fourth Official: Fyodor Zammit (MLT)

AIK – FH
Referee: Wim Smet (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Gregory Crotteux (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dirk Gilon (BEL)
Fourth Official: Peter Vervecken (BEL)

Eskisehirspor – St. Johnstone
Referee: Ante Vucemilovic-Simunovic (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Goran Pataki (CRO)
Fourth Official: Domagoj Ljubicic (CRO)

Tirana – Aalesund
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrei Getikov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Fourth Official: Denis Shcherbakov (BLR)

Metalurg Donetsk – Celik Niksic
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jakob Bille (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Dennis Rasmussen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Mads Kristoffersen (DEN)

Koprivnica – Portadown
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabio Galloni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Romeo (ITA)

Dacia – Elfsborg
Referee: Carlos Xistra (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Nuno Pereira (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose Braga (POR)

Fourth Official: Vasco Santos (POR)

Zalgiris – Admira
Referee: Mark Courtney (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eamonn Shanks (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Gareth Eakin (NIR)
Fourth Official: Tim Marshall (NIR)

Young Boys – Zimbru
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondrej Pelikan (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Emanuel Marek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Radek Matejek (CZE)

Rapid Bucharest – MyPa
Referee: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Grigorios Panou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Karsiotis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

Servette – Gandzasar
Referee: Raymond Crangle (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Neeson (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: James Eakin (NIR)
Fourth Official: Ross Dunlop (NIR)

Twente – Inter Turku
Referee: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Bruno Zurbrugg (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sladan Josipovic (SUI)
Fourth Official: Stephan Klossner (SUI)

Netanya – KuPS
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleg Tselovalnikov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Ildar Zaripov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksandr Egorov (RUS)

Osijek – Kalmar
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Birkir Sigurdarsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Gylfi Sigurdsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Gunnar Jonsson (ISL)

Mura – CSKA Sofia
Referee: Lee Probert (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Adam Watts (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Fourth Official: Lee Mason (ENG)

Liepajas – Legia
Referee: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
Fourth Official: Tero Nieminen (FIN)

Slovan Bratislava – Videoton
Referee: Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Ilya Baryshnikov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Eduard Maliy (RUS)

Siroki Brijeg – St. Patrick's
Referee: Istvan Kovacs (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Valentin Avram (ROU)
Fourth Official: Robert Dumitru (ROU)

Vojvodina – Suduva
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: William Conquer (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Fourth Official: Kevin Clancy (SCO)

Hajduk Split – Skonto
Referee: Anastassios Kakos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Dimitris Tatsis (GRE) 

Fourth Official: Anastassios Sidiripoulos (GRE)

UEFA Champions League – Second Qualifying Round

First Leg, 17-18 July 2012

MSK Zilina – Kiryat Shmona
Referee: Cesar Muniz Fernandez (ESP, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Fernandez Miranda (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Enrique Andres Samper (ESP)
Fourth Official: Carlos Delgado Ferreiro (ESP)

Ulisses – Sheriff
Referee: Tamas Bognar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Kispal (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyan (HUN)
Fourth Official: Roland Veizer (HUN)

Flora – Basel
Referee: Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Domenico Celi (ITA)

HJK – KR
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Alain Hoxha (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Fourth Official: Markus Hameter (AUT)

Neftci – Zestafoni
Referee: Marius Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Miklos Nagy (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: Dragos Istrate (ROU)

Dudelange – Salzburg
Referee: Anar Salmanov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehman Mahmudov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)

Liberec – Shakhter
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Viacheslav Semenov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)


TNS – Helsingborg
Referee: Sebastien Delferiere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Frank Bleyen (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Cedric Waroux (BEL)
Fourth Official: Christof Dierick (BEL)

Skenderbeu – Debrecen
Referee: Nikolai Yordanov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Ventsislav Gavrilov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivaylo Milkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Kalin Lyudmilov (BUL)

Valletta – Partizan
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Biton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oren Bornshtein (ISR)
Fourth Official: Roy Reinshreiber (ISR)

Shamrock – Ekranas
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matti Heininen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Marko Hanninen (FIN)
Fourth Official: Dennis Antamo (FIN)

AEL – Linfield
Referee: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Geir Age Holen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
Fourth Official: Svein Edvartsen (NOR)

Bate – Vardar
Referee: Olivier Thual (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredji Harchay (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Lompre (FRA)
Fourth Official: Bartolomeu Varela (FRA)

Ludogorets – Dinamo Zagreb
Referee: Radek Prihoda (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Patrik Filipek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Nadvornik (CZE)
Fourth Official: Pavel Orel (CZE)

Maribor – Zeljeznicar
Referee: Thorsten Kinhofer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Patrick Ittrich (GER)
Fourth Official: Gunter Perl (GER)

Podgorica – Wroclaw
Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Husseyin Ocak (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Fourth Official: Jean-Charles Cailleux (FRA)

Molde – Ventspils
Referee: Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Erik Weiss (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Ondrej Brendza (SVK)
Fourth Official: Roman Matus (SVK)

Howard Webb – From Officer to Whistleblower

There are few jobs in the world where over billion people watch every decision you take and treat them as a matter of national pride. Yet South Yorkshire Police Sergeant Howard Webb, who is known worldwide as the FIFA World Cup 2010 final referee, knows the feeling extremely well.
Webb officiated over his most prestigious game ever in Soccer City, Johannesburg, and used the skills gained as an officer to take charge of a match in which passions ran high and tempers flared among the players on the pitch. But policing was the first passion of Rotherham-based Howard (40), the son of a Yorkshire miner, who had wanted to serve as a youngster and left school in the middle of studying for his A-levels to work until he was old enough to join his local force. It was while the would-be officer was employed at a bank that his father, himself a football referee, inspired his son to don black and take to the pitch. It was not lost on him, officiating at his first ever football match on the fields next to Orgreave Coking Plant, that he had witnessed the clashes on the same fields between police and miners during the bitter strike of the early 1980s. Speaking exclusively to PoliceOracle.com, Howard pointed to the industrial dispute as being one of the key factors which inspired him to become an officer, realising that he had a passion to both serve and keep order. When he achieved his dream 1993 he had already progressed through the FA ranks and had become an assistant referee in the Northern Counties East League. His journey would ultimately take him into the Premiership 10 years later, and onto the international scene in 2005.
“Police officers make good football referees and referees make really good police officers due to the similarities in the qualities needed to do both roles,” said Howard. "Things are happening quickly in front of you – you have to stay calm, analyse lots of information and act decisively but be aware of personal safety and watch your back." Howard recalled that there had been a number of occasions when his football and policing careers had collided. In one memorable instance, he was sat outside a stadium at Sheffield in a prisoner transport van during an FA Cup semi-final – and had asked a passer-by what the match score was. When the man curtly asked why he wanted to know he replied: “It is because I refereed the other semi-final in Liverpool.” In his police uniform Howard had not been recognised despite his distinctive appearance and on-pitch presence.
The pressures of balancing policing and refereeing commitments prompted Howard to later consider his options as he did not want to compromise either role. Having already reduced his policing hours, a colleague on a Safer Neighbourhood Team suggested he considered taking a career break. “I looked into the options and saw that one of the criteria was ‘to pursue sporting ambition’, so I spoke with a senior officer, submitted my request and it was approved,” he recalled. “South Yorkshire Police has been great with me. They allowed me to work part-time for five years and the chief constable also sent me a message of good luck when I left on the five-year break to pursue my refereeing." The conscientious officer felt that he had made the right decision for both policing and for football. “I was finding it hard to juggle both roles and do them justice,” he admitted. “I could be away for up to four days at a time refereeing, I would come back to loads of emails and was always playing catch-up. I had worked hard to get promotion early in my career and so I did not want to risk losing my stripes. I was losing touch and as a supervisor it was my job to be in touch.” Since going full-time as a football referee, Howard has been recognised for his achievements with an MBE for services to football. In addition, he now is the holder of two honorary degrees, most recently from York St. John University.
The pinnacle of Webb’s refereeing career undoubtedly came in July 2010 when he officiated in the World Cup Final between the Netherlands and Spain. Speaking at the time, South Yorkshire Police’s ACC Andy Holt – the ACPO lead for Football – said: "It's a great achievement and we are delighted for him. He has a good reputation as a sergeant and you can spot some policing traits in the games that he handles. Intervening in heated situations and separating people and calming them down is not too dissimilar to policing on a Friday or Saturday night. He's not afraid to take tough decisions either. He's considered as firm but fair.” Most recently, Howard has been on TV screens again as a referee at the Euro 2012 football finals held in Poland and the Ukraine. He officiated in three matches and was the fourth official for the Germany and Italy semi-final in Warsaw. He was hotly tipped to be the referee for the final this year, but narrowly missed out to the Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca. Had he been selected he would have been the first referee to have taken charge of both the World Cup and Euro Finals. But Howard’s career has seen other moments of drama away from the international football scene. Earlier this year, his skills as a referee and an emergency responder were tested to the full as he refereed the FA Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers. Bolton defender Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch and Howard won acclaim for the clear-headed and professional way he dealt with a life-or-death situation.
So what next for Webb? His career break comes to end within the next 12 months and so decisions will need to be made as to where his future lies – policing or elsewhere. But there is no question at all that he has demonstrated immense passion, commitment, integrity and personal determination over his time as a professional referee. All of these qualities still remain key to policing should he ultimately return to pounding the street he loves in South Yorkshire.

Source: Police Oracle

UEFA U-19 Euro Final 2012: Makkelie (NED)

Danny Makkelie of the Netherlands has been chosen to referee the UEFA European Under-19 Championship final between Spain and Greece at the Lilleküla Stadium in Tallinn. Speaking to UEFA.com ahead of Sunday's showpiece, the part-time policeman said the appointment was the realisation of an important ambition in his career. "When you are chosen to go to a tournament like this your goal is to referee the final," he said. "I have been presented with an opportunity to show those who have placed their trust in me that I can successfully referee a match of such importance and that my aim is to be a top referee in the near future. "I know that Portugal's Pedro Proença refereed the 2004 UEFA European Under-19 Championship final and he went on to take charge of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA EURO 2012 showpieces, so that is all the inspiration I need." Explaining that refereeing was "a calling" in his life, the 29-year-old from Dordrecht in the Netherlands said that he has had a whistle in his hand from a young age. "When I was ten years old at school, the teachers used to ask us to referee games of football or volleyball and I liked doing that," he said. "It was a similar situation when I started to play for my local club. Sometimes there was a shortage of referees for amateur matches so I would volunteer. As the years passed, I saw that the players began to accept me in my role and one day somebody suggested I apply to referee with the KNVB [Royal Netherlands Football Association]." Makkelie accepted the advice and went on to become the youngest official to referee an Eredivisie game on 19 September 2009 as Heracles Almelo took on Sparta Rotterdam. He continued to make progress and officiated at UEFA Europa League qualifying round games between FC Salzburg and SK Liepājas Metalurgs and Club Atlético de Madrid and Strømsgodset IF. So far, at this year's U19s Makkelie has taken charge of the group stage encounters between hosts Estonia and Greece and England versus France and he said that his time at the finals has presented an excellent opportunity to learn and hone his skills. "I have enjoyed the tournament and have learned so much from the observers and also from my colleagues here," he said. "The final will be one of the biggest games of my career so far. The level of the players competing here is very high and the final teams – Greece and Spain – are fantastic. Both teams play with passion and are physically very strong so I think it will be a very good game”. (Source: UEFA
15 July 2012 
Spain – Greece
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)

UEFA U-19 Women’s Euro Final 2012: Frappart (FRA)

Just 28, Stephanie Frappart is set to cap a season that has seen her scale new heights in France by taking charge of the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship final. For someone going places so fast, French referee Stephanie Frappart cuts a relaxed figure ahead of the biggest game of her short international career. On Saturday she will oversee the final of the 2012 UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship, the culmination of a season that has seen her raise the bar time and again. Last August she became the first woman to referee in the Championnat National, the third tier of French men's football, ending the season with 16 impressive games under her belt. Now the 28-year-old is poised to round off her maiden international finals in unanticipated style. "I'm very happy to get this opportunity," she said on the eve of the game. "It's my first final tournament so to get this appointment was a real surprise. I arrived without expectations but after the group stage, when eight officials went home and I stayed, I thought, 'Oh, I have a chance'." Indeed, and a glance at her career to date confirms that when a chance arises she tends to take it, as she has swiftly advanced both domestically and in the international game. Frappart is not ready to halt her rise yet, either. Having broken through the Championnat National barricades she is already setting sights on Ligue 2, even Ligue 1, though she accepts that will be "very difficult, another huge step up." This tournament in Antalya, she stresses, has helped her progress. "It's been very nice to work with the other referees, from so many countries. You learn a lot. It's a great way of developing. We arrived as referees and, after 17 days, we will leave as friends." First, though, there is the not insignificant matter of Saturday's meeting between Sweden and Spain and the easy-going Frappart, who combines refereeing with a full-time job for a federation involved in encouraging walking, is typically taking it all in her stride. "I hope it's a normal game, with nothing too out of the ordinary. Spain and Sweden are both very good teams, playing at a high level; it will be interesting. Hopefully there won't be extra time!" The energy-sapping climate is partly behind that wish but it is also about a sense of fairness, a sense that victory over 90 minutes is a more definitive result, better for both sides. It is a viewpoint perhaps emphasised during a former life: "I played football for five years before I had to choose between playing and refereeing. I felt I had more chance of reaching the top level as a referee so I went for that." As Frappart gears up to complete a landmark season with an international final, it seems an astute choice. (Source: UEFA)
14 July 2012
Spain – Sweden

Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Anne Cheron (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Michelle O’Neill (IRL)
Fourth Official: Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)

Studious Hussein shining in Antalya

A pharmacist by day and referee by night, Riem Hussein is currently flourishing under the spotlight at the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship in Antalya. Far from feeling the heat in southern Turkey, German referee Riem Hussein is thriving under the spotlight at the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship finals. The 31-year-old pharmacist possesses an impressive CV, but, as she explained to UEFA.com with palpable charisma, she is thrilled to be broadening her experience.
"I have enjoyed the tournament very much," she said. "Until now, I've had the chance to learn a lot from very experienced observers, and the work the referees and assistants do is great. We have also had a very good time with great weather here in Turkey." The ex-MTV Wolfenbüttel forward retired in 2005 and she found the transition from playing to refereeing to be effortlessly smooth. "At the beginning, inside your mind you are still a player to some extent," she explained. "But the longer you referee, the easier it becomes. It took time but it was easy because you have to focus on your work and your duties. I'm always saying that having played the game is a very big advantage. You immediately recognise a foul, and you understand the reaction of the players. It helps a lot." Hussein is no stranger to the big occasion after taking charge of the women's German Cup final in 2010, an honour she rates as one of her proudest accomplishments. "We had more than 26,000 people in the stadium," she said. "That's not very usual – not even in Germany, and it was shown live on TV. The game went really well and it is a moment I shall never forget." With intense scrutiny and analysis always inevitable, officiating is a grave test of anyone's character, but Hussein is confident she has developed the necessary coping methods. "I think it's a matter of mental preparation. Awarding a corner, forming a wall – these things have to be automatic. Things have to run without you thinking about them. In women's football, we don't have many matches with a lot of public interest, but concentrating and believing in yourself and your skills helps you deal with the pressure."
Diversely talented, Hussein juggles her refereeing duties with a job as a pharmacist outside the game, having studied at the prestigious Braunschweig University of Technology. "I act as a consultant for customers and at home my father is the owner in a family business," she said. "My brother and my sister work there too and we have a lot of contact with people. We face them every day. You need to have a lot of scientific knowledge about what's going on in your body. It helps me to be fit and healthy because I try to look after myself."

Source: UEFA

UEFA U-19 Euro 2012 – Semi-finals

12 July 2012
Spain – France

Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Kolev (BUL)
Fourth Official: Danny Makkelie (NED)

England – Greece

Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)

UEFA Europa League – First Qualifying Round

12 July 2012

Celje – Dacia
Referee: Gerhard Grobelnik (AUT, photo)

Floriana – Elfsborg
Referee: Nikola Popov (BUL)

Grevenmacher – Tirana
Referee: Domagoj Vuckov (CRO)

Kalju – Xazar Lankaran

Referee: Dag Vidar Hafsas (NOR)

Portadown – Shkendija

Referee: Michael Johansen (DEN)

Zhetysu – Lech

Referee: Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR)

Ordabasy – Jagodina

Referee: Yunus Yildirim (TUR)

Metalurgi Rustavi – Teuta

Referee: Vladimir Vnuk (SVK)

Shirak – Rudar Pljevlja

Referee: Nerijus Dunauskas (LTU)

Aktobe – Torpedo Kutaisi

Referee: Adam Lyczmanski (POL)

Metalurg Skopje – Birkirkara

Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT)

Gandzasar – Streymur

Referee: Pavel Saliy (KAZ)

Celik Niksic – Borac

Referee: Nikolaj Hanni (SUI)

Gomel – Vikingur

Referee: Dennis Antamo (FIN)

Liepajas Metalurgs – La Fiorita

Referee: Lasha Silagava (GEO)

Jeunesse Esch – Olimpija Ljubljana

Referee: Petur Reinert (FRO)

Siauliai – Levadia

Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)

Daugava – Suduva

Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)

Inter Baki – Trans

Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)

Zimbru – Bangor
Referee: Ognjen Valjic (BIH)

MyPa – Cefn Druids

Referee: Ioannis Anastasiou (CYP)

Stabaek – JJK

Referee: Elmir Pilav (BIH)

Rosenborg – Crusaders

Referee: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)

Kalmar – Clifftonville

Referee: Peter Kralovic (SVK)

Senica – MTK

Referee: Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)

SE Santa Coloma – Twente

Referee: Chris Reisch (LUX)

Llanelli – KuPS

Referee: Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL)

NSI – Differdange

Referee: Milenko Vukadinovic (SRB)

Hibernians – Sarajevo

Referee: Adam Nemeth (HUN)

Eschen/Mauren – FH

Referee: Clayton Pisani (MLT)

Zeta – Pyunik

Referee: Aleksandr Gauzer (KAZ)

Mura – Baki

Referee: Athanassios Giachos (GRE)

Osijek – Santa Coloma

Referee: Vasilis Dimitriou (CYP)

Honved – Flamurtari

Referee: Vusal Aliyev (AZE)

Libertas – Renova

Referee: Robert Rogers (IRL)

Thor – Bohemians

Referee: Igor Pristovnik (CRO)

IBV – St. Patrick's

Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA)

UEFA Champions League – First Qualifying Round

First Leg, 3 July 2012

Linfield – B36 Torshavn
Referee: Wim Smet (BEL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Kristof Meers (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Christophe Berbiers (BEL)
Fourth Official: Christof Virant (BEL)

Valletta – Lusitans

Referee: Johnny Casanova (SMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Massimo Zanotti (SMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Guidi (SMR)
Fourth Official: Leonardo Guidi (SMR)

Dudelange – Tre Penne

Referee: Alan Sant (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Edward Spiteri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Christopher Francalanza (MLT)
Fourth Official: Malcolm Spiteri (MLT)

Second Leg, 10 July 2012

B36 Torshavn – Linfield
Referee: Suren Baliyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 1: Mesrop Ghazaryan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 2: Vanik Simonyan (ARM)
Fourth Official: Arman Ghushchyan (ARM)

Lusitans – Valletta

Referee: Huw Jones (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: John Roberts (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Alun Boore (WAL)
Fourth Official: Nick Pratt (WAL)

Tre Penne – Dudelange

Referee: Thorvaldur Arnason (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Gunnar Gunnarsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Frosti Gunnarsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Erlendur Eiriksson (ISL)

UEFA U-19 Euro 2012 – Group Stage (Matches 9-12)

9 July 2012
Portugal – Greece
Referee: Alain Bieri (SUI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Kolev (BUL)
Fourth Official: Kenn Hansen (DEN)

Spain – Estonia
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Anatolie Bodean (MDA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)

Croatia – Serbia
Referee: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Tropeano (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Fourth Official: Eiko Saar (EST)

France – England
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Johann Gudmundsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Fourth Official: Kristo Tohver (EST)

UEFA Women’s U-19 Euro 2012

Turkey, 2-14 July 2012

Referees
1. Knarik Grigoryan (ARM)
2. Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
3. Riem Hussein (GER)
4. Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS, photo)
5. Simona Ghisletta (SUI)
6. Zuzana Kovacova (SVK)

Assistant Referees

1. Agnes Sirrka Prammer (AUT)
2. Anne Cheron (BEL)
3. Gergana Vidova (BUL)
4. Niki Karagiorgi (CYP)
5. Tiina Hyttinen (FIN)
6. Michelle O'Neill (IRL)
7. Viola Raudzina (LVA)
8. Vesna Spirkoska Tofiloska (MKD)

Fourth Officials

1. Tuba Tosun Ayer (TUR)
2. Dilan Deniz Gokcek (TUR)

UEFA U-19 Euro 2012 – Group Stage (Matches 5-8)

6 July 2012
Portugal – Spain
Referee: Paolo Valeri (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Tropeano (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Kristo Tohver (EST)

Estonia – Greece

Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Johann Gudmundsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)

France – Croatia

Referee: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivo Kolev (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Anatolie Bodean (MDA)
Fourth Official: Arnold Hunter (NIR)

Serbia – England

Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Fourth Official: Eiko Saar (EST)

IFAB approved both GLT and AAR

The International Football Association Board (IFAB) convened today at the Home of FIFA in Zurich for a Special Meeting regarding the goal-line technology, additional assistant referees and headscarves.
The first item on the agenda was goal-line technology (GLT). Following the conclusion of a nine-month test process that began in August 2011, led by EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology), the IFAB unanimously decided to approve in principle both companies that took part in Test Phase 2: GoalRef and Hawk-Eye. This approval is subject to a final installation test at each stadium before the systems can be used in “real” football matches, in accordance with the FIFA Quality Programme for GLT. The IFAB was keen to stress that technology will only be utilised for the goal line and for no other areas of the game.Revisions to the wording of specific Laws of the Game will now consequently be made, relating to: Law 1 (The Field of Play); Law 2 (The Ball); Law 5 (The Referee); and Law 10 (The Method of Scoring).
The second decision of the IFAB concerned additional assistant referees (AAR) following a two-year experiment in the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and EURO 2012, as well as the AFC President’s Cup and competitions in Brazil, France, Morocco and Qatar. Following a presentation by the AAR Experiment Coordinator, Donald McVicar, the IFAB again unanimously agreed that the use of two additional assistant referees be approved, acknowledging the support they can provide in officiating football matches. As a result of this decision, an amendment will be made to the Laws of the Game, with a separate section concerning additional assistant referees. It was also approved that communication equipment be permitted between match officials in the Laws of the Game.
The third main topic for discussion concerned Law 4 – The Players’ Equipment, and specifically the “headscarf”. The IFAB agreed to unanimously approve – temporarily, during a trial period – the wearing of headscarves. The design, colour and material permitted will be defined and confirmed following the IFAB Annual Business Meeting in Glasgow in October. Currently there is no medical literature concerning injuries as a result of wearing a headscarf, and therefore the decision taken today will be reviewed at the IFAB Annual General Meeting in 2014.
In other matters, the IFAB confirmed that the Annual Business Meeting will further discuss the issue of “triple punishment”, currently detailed in Law 12 (Fouls and Misconduct; Sending-off Offences), and also agreed to discuss further how the IFAB can improve consultation with the game.
The decisions concerning the Laws of the Game taken today by the IFAB regarding GLT and AAR will come into effect immediately.

Source: FIFA

Copa Libertadores Final 2012 (Second Leg)

4 July 2012

Corinthians Sao Paulo – Boca Juniors
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL, photo)
Assistant Referee1: Abraham Gonzalez (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Humberto Clavijo (COL)
Fourth Official: Jose Buitrago (COL)

UEFA U-19 Euro 2012 – Group Stage (Matches 1-4)

3 July 2012
Estonia – Portugal
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Tropeano (LUX)
Fourth Official: Danny Makkelie (NED)

Greece – Spain

Referee: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Kolev (BUL)
Fourth Official: Paolo Valeri (ITA)

England – Croatia

Referee: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Johann Gudmundsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Anatolie Bodean (MDA)
Fourth Official: Eiko Saar (EST)

Serbia – France

Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Kristo Tohver (EST)