Referee Kim gunning for 2018 World Cup appearance

South Korea's national football team has qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but there's one other thing the country is looking to achieve: sending its referees to the sport's showpiece event. The Korea Football Association (KFA) is pushing for the refereeing trio of Kim Jong-hyeok, Yoon Kwang-yeol and Kim Young-ha to officiate matches at the World Cup in Russia. In order to become World Cup referees, they must earn a recommendation from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) before FIFA makes its final decision. Kim Jong-hyeok, 34, has been working as the main referee and is the youngest of the three. If his group earns selection, he will be the first South Korean to serve as a head referee at the top FIFA competition on foreign soil. "If you're a football referee, you want to officiate matches at the World Cup," Kim said to Yonhap News Agency on Thursday at KFA House in Seoul. "People say World Cup referees are chosen from heaven. I just hope I hear good news later." FIFA will announce the match officials for the 2018 World Cup when the group draw takes place at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on 1 December 2017.
The history of South Korean officials at the World Cup started in 1994 when Park Hae-yong worked as an assistant referee at the tournament in the United States. He was followed by Jeon Young-hyun, who also served as a linesman at the 1998 World Cup in France. At the 2002 World Cup, which was co-hosted by South Korea and Japan, Kim Young-joo became first Korean head referee for a World Cup match in a group stage contest between Brazil and Turkey in Ulsan. South Korea then produced Kim Dae-young and Jeong Hae-sang as assistant referees for the 2006 and the 2010 World Cups, respectively. South Korea, however, failed to send a World Cup referee to Brazil in 2014 after FIFA started selecting match officials as a team. "I don't know exactly when, but after we failed to produce referees for the 2014 World Cup, the KFA President Chung Mong-gyu pointed out that we should have one for the next World Cup," Kim said. "The KFA then started a so-called 'future World Cup referee' project and six members were selected. But one group quit and now there are only three." Kim's group has been gradually building up its reputation. The three South Koreans were one of the 22 refereeing trios at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea earlier this year. They have also officiated matches in the 2018 World Cup qualifying competition. The trio will take charge of the AFC Champions League semifinal between Al Hilal and Persepolis in the United Arab Emirates next week. "In domestic league matches, even if you commit mistakes, you can recover in the next match, but on the international stage, every match is critical," he said. "A single mistake can cause people to file letters of complaint against us, but so far, we haven't received any."
Kim started his refereeing career 16 years ago. When he began playing football at age 11, Kim wanted to become a professional player, but a series of knee injuries prevented him from pursuing his dream. His high school coach Ki Young-ok, father of Swansea City midfielder Ki Sung-yueng and now general manager of K League Classic side Gwangju FC, then suggested Kim pursue a refereeing career. "I didn't like it at first when Ki told me that I would be fit for a referee job," he said. "But I found out that refereeing is fun. While I was taking referee classes, I realized that I could work internationally and decided to pursue a career in refereeing." Kim said he watches match videos for at least four to five hours a week to study various situations that can happen during a game. Maintaining good fitness and studying English are also important since he needs to run up and down the field with pro players and communicate with them. "Since I was once a player, I thought I would do well in refereeing, but applying the rules is different from playing football," he said. "I found out that once you know the team's tactics, the key players and personalities of each player, it really helps in refereeing." Kim, who won the KFA's top referee award last year, said he doesn't think there's a set standard for good refereeing. "Even if I thought I had refereed a match well, I always feel some regret after reviewing my performance," he said. "So I just try to minimize my mistakes as much as possible." Kim, a father of two children, said it would be a great honor for him and his family if he were to referee at the upcoming World Cup. And he also hopes his selection can further change negative perceptions of football referees, who have been tainted by match-fixing and bribery scandals in the past. He added that it's time for referees to go out and prove that they're doing good for football. "I hope people will have a positive view of referees," he said. "Personally, I want to recommend this job to my son, because being a referee really is a wonderful job."

Source: Yonhap

Anti-racism group angry as refereeing MP escapes SFA action

A leading anti-racism group has slammed the Scottish FA' decision not to refer assistant referee Douglas Ross to a disciplinary panel for comments about "gypsies and travellers". Ross, a prominent assistant referee who has officiated at cup finals and matches at international level, is also the Conservative MP for Moray. During an interview, he was asked what he would do if he were prime minister for one day. His answer, that he would "like to see tougher enforcement against gypsies and travellers", was brought to the attention of Scottish football's governing body. The matter was referred to the Scottish FA's compliance officer who reviewed the comments and decided there was no case for a potential rule breach to be referred to an independent disciplinary panel. Show Racism The Red Card have written to the governing body and to UEFA protesting the decision, saying that Ross' remarks were "racist" and "irresponsible". The group said that the Scottish FA was showing a failure of leadership by deciding not to act. As a professional assistant referee, Ross is subject to the same rules as players, managers and others who hold an official position within the game. The governing body's regulations include a rule on "comments of a discriminatory or offensive nature". Though no formal action was taken, Ross was warned that he should pay attention to his language. Following the compliance officer's decision, Scottish FA spokesperson said: "Mr. Ross had been reminded by the Compliance Officer that he should give careful regard to the Scottish FA's disciplinary rules whilst under its jurisdiction." In the House of Commons Register of Members' Interests, Ross declared earnings of more than £2700 for his work as an assistant referee in Scotland and Europe. The payments included £1305 from the Scottish FA and £1436.65 from UEFA.
Show Racism The Red Card statement in full: "Show Racism the Red Card has written to both the Scottish Football Association as well as the Union of European Football Associations regarding the SFA not finding sufficient evidence that Douglas Ross breached the rule prohibiting officials from making comments of a discriminatory nature based on race or ethnicity. Ross' comments are a blatant display of racism and only serve to entrench divides and create a culture of intolerance toward Gypsy and Travelling communities: 'Illegal and unauthorised gypsy traveller encampments are a significant problem with the settled community continually complaining that gypsy travellers receive preferential treatment'. Ross would only have to read the recently published 'Is Scotland Fairer' report to know that Gypsy and Travelling Communities are the most disenfranchised groups across all indicators and Ross' comments are irresponsible and only serve to further marginalise Gypsy and Travelling community members. Moreover, under the McPherson definition of racism, Show Racism the Red Card perceives Ross' comments to be racist. So while the SFA may not consider it to be a breach of Policy, we deem this to be a racist incident under the law. Similarly, Amnesty International and a number of organisations have contacted us regarding this along with concerned community members as they too perceive it to be a racist incident. To this end, just like all leaders, the SFA are in a position of power and its actions as an organisation set a precedent to communities throughout Scotland and we are disappointed that the SFA are not using its powers to set an example based on Rights respecting values and equality for all. Moreover, if the Conservative Party has recognised the need for Equality and Diversity training for Douglas Ross, the S.F.A. should take a stand too. In the same breath however, we do need to recognise all of the in-kind support that the SFA give our organisation but we feel in this instance, it is irresponsible to overlook Ross' divisive comments."

Source: STV

Brizio: “Women referees are not ready for Liga MX”

Arturo Brizio, the chairman of the FMF Referee Committee, admitted that the possibility of a woman refereeing a game of the MX League is far, because there is no one who can compete at that level and meet expectations. "At this moment I see it distant because it will be too complicated for our current women referees and the ones we have on the rise; we will need to find a woman athlete, because I insist is not a gender issue, but capacity", he said. He pointed out that "modern football requires an impressive physical preparation to compete at that level, which, at this time, our current women referees do not have. But the door will be open that if one or several girls with such abilities appear, to emulate what Vicky Tovar did in the First Division and Quetzalli Alvarado in the MX Ascenso", he said. Interviewed at the end of the forum "Football without discrimination", the leader stressed that the goal in the MX Women's League is that in the near future the games are only refereed by women. "It seems to me that the most logical thing is that the women’s games are refereed by women; it would be a minimum achievement for the women's league, which has been successful, to have the best female referees, that is my dream and my obligation", said Brizio.
Looking ahead to what will be the 2018 World Cup Russia, he hoped that the Mexican refereeing will have representation, something that will be known in November. "At the last meeting I had with people from FIFA, they spoke well of our three teams led by Roberto Garcia, Cesar Ramos and Fernando Guerrero". Arturo Brizio explained that "Mexico has three referees competing and that should be an honor; we support them. They referee as teams and in November we will have white smoke and hopefully at least a Mexican trio".

Source: Radio Formula

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 Qualifiers – UEFA (Matchday 2)

14-19 September 2017

Faroe Islands – Czech Republic
Referee: Simona Ghisletta (SUI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Susann Küng (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Emilie Aubry (SUI)
Fourth Official: Sandra Strub (SUI)

Albania – Switzerland
Referee: Amy Rayner (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Sian Massey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Natalie Aspinall (ENG)
Fourth Official: Emanuela Rusta (ALB)

Norway – Northern Ireland
Referee: Olga Zadinová (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajová (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikol Šafránková (CZE)
Fourth Official: Elisabeth Thoresen (NOR)

Poland – Belarus
Referee: Tanja Subotič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Helena Buh (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Staša Špur (SVN)
Fourth Official: Katarzyna Wojs (POL)

Ukraine – Croatia
Referee: Florence Guillemin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Solenne Bartnik (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Elodie Coppola (FRA)
Fourth Official: Oleksandra Vdovina (UKR)

Italy – Moldova
Referee: Zuzana Kováčová (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Slavomira Majkuthová (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Miroslava Pastoreková (SVK)
Fourth Official: Lucia Abruzzese (ITA)

Germany –Slovenia
Referee: Volha Tsiareshka (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Alena Karas (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Anna Ilyankova (BLR)
Fourth Official: Christine Weigelt (GER)

Kazakhstan – Wales
Referee: Ruzanna Petrosyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 1: Hasmik Gharibyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 2: Liana Grigoryan (ARM)
Fourth Official: Kristina Yanushkevich (KAZ)

Iceland – Faroe Islands
Referee: Sara Persson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Sandra Österberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Josefin Aronsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Briet Bragadottir (ISL)

Romania – Italy
Referee: Monika Mularczyk (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Kinga Seniuk-Mikulska (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Katarzyna Wojs (POL)
Fourth Official: Catalina Nan (ROU)

Belarus – Albania
Referee: Paula Brady (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michelle O'Neill (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Olivia Sneyd (IRL)
Fourth Official: Alena Karas (BLR)

Norway – Slovakia
Referee: Sofia Karagiorgi (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Polyxeni Irodotou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Dora Myrianthea (CYP)
Fourth Official: Elisabeth Thoresen (NOR)

Czech Republic – Germany
Referee: Marta Huerta De Aza (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Rocio Puente Pino (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Belinda Castilla Mesa (ESP)
Fourth Official: Zuzana Špindlerová (CZE)

Hungary – Denmark
Referee: Ewa Augustin (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Anna Dabrowska (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Katarzyna Wasiak (POL)
Fourth Official: Brigitta Makkosne Petz (HUN)

Croatia – Sweden
Referee: Eleni Lampadariou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Panagiota Koutsoumpou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Sofia Athanasopoulou (GRE)
Fourth Official: Maja Petravic (CRO)

Switzerland – Poland
Referee: Eleni Antoniou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Georgia Komisopoulou (GRE)
Fourth Official: Susann Küng (SUI)

England – Russia
Referee: Stéphanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christina Biehl (GER)
Fourth Official: Lindsey Robinson (ENG)

Serbia – Austria
Referee: Sandra Braz Bastos (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Cátia Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Teresa Oliveira (POR)
Fourth Official: Svetlana Bilić (SRB)

Belgium – Moldova
Referee: Ezther Urban (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Judit Kulcsár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Katalin Török (HUN)
Fourth Official: Viki De Cremer (BEL)

Northern Ireland – Ireland
Referee: Vesna Budimir (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sanja Rodjak Karšić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Gordana Katušic (CRO)
Fourth Official: Vikki Allan (SCO)

Libya demands World Cup replay after referee’s wife is found to be Tunisian

The Libyan Football Federation has reportedly demanded that FIFA order and replay of their World Cup qualifier against Tunisia as the Kenyan referee Davies Omweno (photo) who officiated the game is married to a Tunisian woman.
According to a report in the English-language Libya Observer, “The Libyan Football Federation lodged a request to the sports court of the FIFA asking for a rematch with the Tunisian team as part of the second round of the World Cup qualifiers, as the Kenyan referee was proved to be married to a Tunisian woman and is living in there”. The refereeing of the match, held on 11 November 2016, was controversial, with an early Libyan goal being wrongly disallowed for off-side, the Libyan captain being sent off early in the second half and the Tunisians scoring the winner from the penalty spot. Libya’s coach, Jalal Damja blamed the loss on “poor officiating”. Both the referee, Davies Omweno (who is considered the best referee in Kenya) and his assistant Berhe O’Michael from Eritrea, were handed three-month suspensions by CAF following the match. The CAF referees committee cited poor performance, wrong positioning and movement, incorrect identification of fouls and failure to administer some disciplinary sanctions as the reasons for Omweno’s suspension. O’Michael was found guilty of poor performance in identifying offside decisions including one that denied Libya a valid goal. In the aftermath, Omweno received less than fulsome support from Kenyan referees chief GMT Ottieno who said it is always a difficult assignment for Kenyan referees in the ‘Arab world’ and that “If Omweno is guilty of the said offences, then he only has himself to blame”. In defence of Omweno, Ottieno added, “However, it is always good to understand that officiating in the Arab world is so tempting in terms of bribes and if one fails to accept them, life will never be the same”.
Referee bias towards players of one’s own nationality has been well documented by research into UEFA Champions League football where it has been found players officiated by a referee of the same nationality receive a 10% uplift in beneficial foul calls. This percentage rises for national team players and in the later stages of a tournament. However, there has been no research done on the influence of referee’s wives. Common sense indicates that the degree of influence would be dependent on the state of the marital relationship, and it is obviously possible to imagine circumstances in which the wife could exert a decisive influence. 

UEFA Europa League – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

14 September 2017

Austria Wien – AC Milan
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Dave Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas Van Dongen (NED)
Additional AR 1: Dennis Higler (NED)
Additional AR 2: Jeroen Manschot (NED)
Fourth Official: Jan De Vries (NED)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

Villarreal – Astana
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Additional AR 1: Lazar Lukić (SRB)
Additional AR 2: Zoran Siroki (SRB)
Fourth Official: Bojan Banović (SRB)
Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)

Slavia Praha – Maccabi Tel Aviv
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Gutschi (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Riedel (AUT)
Additional AR 1: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Additional AR 2: Rene Eisner (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT)
Referee Observer: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Dynamo Kyiv – Skënderbeu
Referee: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Additional AR 1: Wim Smet (BEL)
Additional AR 2: Nathan Verboomen (BEL)
Fourth Official: Frédéric Godelaine (BEL)
Referee Observer: Marcin Borski (POL)

Young Boys – Partizan
Referee: István Kovács (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Artene (ROU)
Additional AR 1: Marius Avram (ROU)
Additional AR 2: Horatiu Fesnic (ROU)
Fourth Official: Alexandru Cerei (ROU)
Referee Observer: Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

Hoffenheim – Sporting Braga
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Greg Aitken (SCO)
Fourth Official: Francis Connor (SCO)
Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

İstanbul Başakşehir – Ludogorets
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Additional AR 1: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Additional AR 2: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Joakim Nilsson (SWE)
Referee Observer: Goran Mihaljević (MNE)

HNK Rijeka – AEK Athens
Referee: John Beaton (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Sean Carr (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Alan Muir (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Euan Anderson (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Luc Wilmes (LUX)

Atalanta – Everton
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Additional AR 1: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Additional AR 2: Igor Fedotov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Lunev (RUS)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)

Apollon Limassol – Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Paták (CZE)
Additional AR 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional AR 2: Jan Jilek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Petr Blažej (CZE)
Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)

FC København – Lokomotiv Moskva
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Arda Kardeşler (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)

Fastav Zlín – Sheriff Tiraspol
Referee: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Nicholas Walsh (SCO)
Fourth Official: Joseph Lawson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)

Hapoel Beer Sheva – FC Lugano
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bertrand Jouannaud (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Frank Schneider (FRA)
Additional AR 2: Karim Abed (FRA)
Fourth Official: Eric Danizan (FRA)
Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)

FCSB – Viktoria Plzeň
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Additional AR 1: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Additional AR 2: Edgars Malcevs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Raimonds Tatriks (LVA)
Referee Observer: Asim Khudiyev (AZE)

Arsenal – FC Köln
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
Fourth Official: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)

Crvena Zvezda – Bate Borisov

Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
Additional AR 1: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Additional AR 2: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Fourth Official: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

Olympique de Marseille – Konyaspor
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Additional AR 1: Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
Additional AR 2: Robertas Valikonis (LTU)
Fourth Official: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)

Vitória SC – FC Salzburg
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Rza Mammadov (AZE)
Additional AR 1: Rahim Hasanov (AZE)
Additional AR 2: Orkhan Mammadov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Mubariz Hashimov (AZE)
Referee Observer: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Hertha BSC – Athletic Club

Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1:Martin Balko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaš Somolani (SVK)
Additional AR 1: Filip Glova (SVK)
Additional AR 2: Mário Vlk (SVK)
Fourth Official: Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)
Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)

Zorya – Östersunds
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Zürcher (SUI)
Additional AR 1: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Additional AR 2: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Fourth Official: Jan Köbeli (SUI)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Vitesse – Lazio
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Biton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Additional AR 1: Erez Papir (ISR)
Additional AR 2: Menashe Masiah (SR)
Fourth Official: Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Zulte Waregem – OGC Nice
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Çem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Halil Meler (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Serkan Tokat (TUR)
Fourth Official: Kerem Ersoy (TUR)
Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)

Real Sociedad – Rosenborg
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Marco Guida (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Fourth Official: Giorgio Peretti (ITA)
Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Vardar – Zenit
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Additional AR 1: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)
Additional AR 2: Jens Maee (DEN)
Fourth Official: Lars Rix (DEN)
Referee Observer: René Temmink (NED)

Silvia Regina: First woman referee in a top men’s division (2003)

Last weekend, Bibiana Steinhaus (Germany) and Lorraine Wilson (Scotland) made their debut as the first female referees in their country’s top division. However, the very first woman referee appointed to a men’s match in the highest national division was Silvia Regina de Oliveira, 14 years ago, in Brazil.
Silvia Regina de Oliveira, former FIFA referee, arrived in the first division of the Brazilian Championship in 2003, debuting with a female trio in the match between Guarani and São Paulo, assisted by Ana Paula de Oliveira and Aline Lambert. It was a historical day for the Brazilian and international refereeing. She made important appearances and remained at the highest level until 2005, including a classic match between Sao Paulo and Corinthians, played in front of a huge crowd at the Morumbi stadium. A success never achieved by another woman in the country. Silvia participated in the Olympic Games and currently she is a FIFA Referee Instructor, working in the Referee Department of the Paulista Football Federation (Brazil).

Source: Refnews

Copa Libertadores – Quarter-finals

First Leg, 13-14 September 2017

San Lorenzo – Lanús
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Leon (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dionisio Ruiz (COL)
Fourth Official: Andres Rojas (COL)
Referee Assessor: Ana Paula Oliveira (BRA)

Barcelona – Santos
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Popovits (URU)
Fourth Official: Esteban Ostojich (URU)
Referee Assessor: Claudio Puga (CHI)

Botafogo – Grêmio
Referee: Jose Argote (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Murillo (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Fourth Official: Alexis Herrera (VEN)
Referee Assessor: Joel Ruiz (PAR)

Jorge Wilstermann – River Plate
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson De Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Dewson Freitas (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Herrera (ECU)


Second Leg, 20-21 September 2017

Santos – Barcelona
Referee: Victor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Raul Lopez (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Raez (PER)
Fourth Official: Henry Gambetta (PER)
Referee Assessor: Paulo Silva (ARG)

Grêmio – Botafogo
Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
Fourth Official: Jorge Baliño (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Roberto Silvera (URU)

River Plate – Jorge Wilstermann
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Raul Orellana (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Astroza (CHI)
Fourth Official: Patricio Polic (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Victor Rivera (PER)

Lanús – San Lorenzo
Referee: Enrique Cáceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: Julio Quintana (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Jose Buitrago (COL)

UEFA Youth League – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

12 September 2017
Celtic FC – Paris SG
Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Kühr (AUT)
Fourth Official: Barry Cook (SCO)
Referee Observer: Edward Foley (IRL)

SL Benfica – CSKA Moskva

Referee: Petr Ardeleánu (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Jakub Hrabovský (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomáš Mokrusch (CZE)
Fourth Official: Rui Piteira Rodrigues (POR)
Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)

Manchester United – Basel
Referee: Keith Kennedy (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Georgios Argyropoulos (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ryan Kelsey (NIR)
Fourth Official: Anthony Backhouse (ENG)
Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)

Bayern München – RSC Anderlecht
Referee: Mykola Balakin (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Viktor Matyash (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Valentyn Kutsev (UKR)
Fourth Official: Florian Badstübner (GER)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

Chelsea – Qarabag
Referee: Robert Hennessy (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Darragh Keegan (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren Carey (IRL)
Fourth Official: John Busby (ENG)
Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)

AS Roma – Atlético de Madrid
Referee: Rade Obrenovič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Grega Kordež (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomislav Pospeh (SVN)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Di Paolo (ITA)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

FC Barcelona – Juventus

Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Sønderby (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ole Kronlykke (DEN)
Fourth Official: David Medié Jiménez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Olympiakós – Sporting
Referee: Alan Sant (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Mitchell Scerri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Duncan Sultana (MLT)
Fourth Official: Aristotelis Diamantopoulos (GRE)
Referee Observer: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

13 September 2017
NK Maribor – Spartak Moskva
Referee: Ferenc Karakó (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Szert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gergő Vígh-Tarsonyi (HUN)
Fourth Official: Marko Lackovič (SVN)
Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Liverpool – Sevilla

Referee: Thorvaldur Árnason (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Birkir Sigurdarson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Andri Vigfússon (ISL)
Fourth Official: Scott Oldham (ENG)
Referee Observer: Brian Lawlor (WAL)

Shakhtar Donetsk – SSC Napoli
Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Romāns Platonovs (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Griščenko (LVA)
Fourth Official: Vitaliy Romanov (UKR)
Referee Observer: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)

Feyenoord Rotterdam – Manchester City

Referee: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Klyver (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mahbod Beigi (SWE)
Fourth Official: Siemen Mulder (NED)
Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)

RB Leipzig – AS Monaco
Referee: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Kamil Wójcik (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Bartosz Heinig (POL)
Fourth Official: Alexander Sather (GER)
Referee Observer: Helmut Fleischer (GER)

FC Porto – Beşiktaş JK
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Vital Jobin (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sertac Kurnazca (SUI)
Fourth Official: João Borlido Matos (POR)
Referee Observer: Lucílio Cardoso (POR)

Real Madrid – Apoel
Referee: Laurent Kopriwa (LUX)
Assistant Referee 1: Claude Ries (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Joaquim Da Silva (LUX)
Fourth Official: Valentín Pizarro Gómez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)

Tottenham Hotspur – Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Harry Hendricks (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ashley Davis (WAL)
Fourth Official: John Brooks (ENG)
Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)

UEFA Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

12 September 2017
FC Barcelona – Juventus
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)

Manchester United – FC Basel
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Additional AR 2: François Letexier (FRA)
Fourth Official: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

SL Benfica – CSKA Moskva
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Additional AR 2: José Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)

Bayern München – RSC Anderlecht
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)

Celtic FC – Paris SG
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Davide Massa (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Crispo (ITA)
Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)

Chelsea – Qarabag

Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Additional AR 1: Charalambos Kalogeropoulos (GRE)
Additional AR 2: Alexandros Aretopoulos (GRE)
Fourth Official: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
Referee Observer: Paulius Malžinskas (LTU)

AS Roma – Atlético de Madrid
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional AR 1: Nenad Djokić (SRB)
Additional AR 2: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Fourth Official: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

Olympiacos – Sporting
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional AR 1: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Additional AR 2: Sándor Szabó (HUN)
Fourth Official: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

13 September 2017
Liverpool – Sevilla
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Additional AR 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
Additional AR 2: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Fourth Official: Joost Van Zuilen (NED)
Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

NK Maribor – Spartak Moskva
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Borsch (GER)
Additional AR 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional AR 2: Benjamin Brand (GER)
Fourth Official: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

Feyenoord – Manchester City
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional AR 1: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Additional AR 2: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Fourth Official: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

Shakhtar Donetsk – SSC Napoli
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional AR 1: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Additional AR 2: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Fourth Official: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)

RB Leipzig – AS Monaco
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Robert Madley (ENG)
Fourth Official: Harry Lennard (ENG)
Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

FC Porto – Beşiktaş JK
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
Referee Observer: Lutz Fröhlich (GER)

Real Madrid – Apoel FC
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Additional AR 2: Jérôme Miguelgorry (FRA)
Fourth Official: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

Tottenham Hotspur – Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional AR1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)

Steinhaus to make Bundesliga history

It is confirmed: FIFA referee Bibiana Steinhaus will be the first woman to referee a Bundesliga match. The 38-year-old ex-policewoman from Hanover will oversee the match between Hertha BSC and SV Werder Bremen, on Sunday, in Berlin. Christof Günsch and Thomas Stein will be her assistants for the game, while the fourth official will be Robert Schröder and Harm Osmers will be the VAR.
The German football federation announced that the 38-year-old police officer is to take charge of Hertha Berlin's home game against Werder Bremen, confirming her place among the league's elite group of 24 referees. "She deserves it through her great performances," Bremen coach Alexander Nouri said. Hoffenheim's Julian Nagelsmann added, "I'm happy. It's all the same to me if a man or a woman is refereeing - the main thing is that they do the job well." Steinhaus has already spent a decade refereeing in Germany's second division and she has plenty of experience with many of the country's top stars from taking charge of German Cup games, too. Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has already showed she may be treated differently to her male colleagues when he played a trick on her during the side's cup tie at Chemnitzer FC in August. Ribery untied one of her bootlaces as he pretended to put the ball in place for a free kick. Steinhaus passed it off by giving Ribery a couple of playful punches in response, but it is debatable whether the French forward would have attempted the same trick had he been dealing with a male referee.
The daughter of a referee, Steinhaus began by officiating women's games for the DFB in 1999. She then became a FIFA referee in 2005 and earned her place in the second division in 2007, as the first female referee in German professional football. Steinhaus has handled women's World Cups and European Championships, along with the 2012 Olympic women's final between the United States and Japan. Last June, she took charge of the women's Champions League final between Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain. The former swimmer will become the first female referee in any of Europe’s top five leagues and has worked with a fitness coach to make sure she can cope with the tempo of the Bundesliga. Steinhaus was in the headlines last year when it emerged she was in a relationship with former top referee Howard Webb. But she does not see herself as a trailblazer. “I never planned to break new grounds of emancipation,” she said at a referee’s training camp in July. “I am only doing what I love”. However, the 38-year-old police officer hopes to stay out of the headlines. “I don’t want any, then everything will have gone well”, she said in an interview before her appointment was announced. “My anticipation for the first game in the Bundesliga is, of course, huge”, said Steinhaus. “I am delighted that this great challenge, for my team and I, will finally get going,” she added having sat out the first two rounds of German league games this season. Male players have mostly treated Steinhaus with respect, but any incidents involving her receive greater attention. Defender Peter Niemeyer, who was playing for Hertha at the time, accidentally swiped her breast when he meant to pat her on the shoulder during a game in 2010. In 2015, after Steinhaus sent off Kerem Demirbay, the then-Fortuna Dusseldorf midfielder reportedly told her: “Women have no place in men's football”, Demirbay was roundly criticized for the remark and handed a three-game ban with two further games suspended. Dusseldorf also made Demirbay referee a girls' game to ensure he understood the message. Demirbay apologized both publicly and to Steinhaus directly for his comment, and said he was "very happy that she accepted my apology". The two will likely meet again this season if Steinhaus takes charge of any games involving his current club, Hoffenheim.

Source: AP

Derrien – Layec: Refereeing in court

These two former top referees were not always enemies. When they were 20 years old, at the end of the 80s, Bruno Derrien and Bertrand Layec appreciated each other to the point of spending weekends together. The two young referees, born at 15 months apart in the mid-1960s, one (Derrien) in Brest, the other (Layec) in Vannes, formed a group of friends, together with other brilliant referees, such as Améziane Khendek and Stéphane Bré. They were old friends, but their friendship turned into vinegar. And when a war broke out in the French refereeing in the early 2000s, the two former friends, promoted in the meantime in D1, did not play on the same team. Bertrand Layec, manager of the French referees since July 2009 and number 2 of the French Refereeing Department (DNA) led by Marc Batta, incarnates the power in place. Bruno Derrien, who bitterly left the refereeing in 2007, a year after being relegated to L2, represents the devil personified for the DNA. In the media to which he collaborates regularly or in the book “A bas l’arbitre!” published in January 2009, he fired red balls on the referees. The publication of this book, in which Bertrand Layec was mentioned in the column "those whom I do not thank", and where many former colleagues are attacked under the belt, provoked the ire of many referees and at least two strong reactions: an action in defamation by Marc Batta that was rejected by the court and an anonymous letter against Derrien. Bertrand Layec was accused in 2009 of having sent an abusive e-mail about Bruno Derrien to more than 100 recipients, from his professional e-mail address. The investigation revealed that the anonymous letter had been circulated on a large scale within the refereeing community from a computer to which only Bertrand Layec and the league secretary had access.
Two days after the publication of the book “A bas l’arbitre!”, Matthieu Rabby, administrative assistant at the DNA, wrote at night the e-mail incriminated and sent it, anonymously, from the address he created "merci-derrien@yahoo.fr" to the L'Equipe magazine under the title "Right of reply". In two pages, Matthieu Rabby insulted the ex-referee. "If you retired in the anonymity and vulgarity of an L2 match, it was probably because you deserved nothing else”, one could read in the letter attributed to Matthew Rabby. On March 26, Bertrand Layec had transferred the anonymous mail to 126 contacts from his address book, inviting his interlocutors to do the same, thus creating a cascading reaction and making a large publicity to the letter of insult. Allegedly signed by "a good hundred injured people", the e-mail was also sent in copy to the leaders of the FFF. "A spontaneous reflex", he said in court, "a way of responding to this book and Bruno Derrien's provocations in the media". I was a referee, it was a personal referee's suffering. "This wide distribution gave an incredible publicity to the letter and even caused, according to Bruno Derrien, the loss of his job at the communication service of the French Poste, partner of the referees’ organization. Bruno Derrien's lawyer denounced the "method" used by Matthieu Rabby and then Bertrand Layec to answer to the book: "The civilized method is to address the concerns with the court when one is targeted in a book", as DNA's boss Marc Batta did, and his complaint was rejected in December 2009. The defendants pleaded the response to the "provocation" contained in Bruno Derrien's book. Layec’s lawyer asked the court not to be "influenced in this settlement of accounts", stating that the publicity around the letter was the act of the victim himself, "who widely circulated it to the press".
Bertrand Layec received a 500 euro suspended sentence and was ordered to pay 1,000 euro of damages to the plaintiff. Mathieu Rabby received a 1,000 euro suspended sentence, in addition to 2,000 euro in damages. "I am particularly pleased with the decision that puts an end to a case where I was the victim and deeply hurt. I hope that the French refereeing will regain its serenity before Euro 2012", said Derrien when the sentence was announced.

CONCACAF: PORE Certification Course

Following the introductory course held in February, the certification part of the Program of Refereeing Excellence (PORE) is taking place from 4 to 27 September 2017 in Mexico. The 13 referees who participate in this program will work in double sessions at the FMF facilities, in addition to nutrition talks, psychology and English classes, all under the supervision of Brian Hall, CONCACAF Director of Refereeing and Shamsul Maidin, AFC Director of Referees. During this training period, the referees may be appointed at Mexican tournament matches in the U-20 and U-17 categories.
"This course is very important for us and the Member Associations because it is an opportunity for referee talents to learn from FIFA instructors in a very professional environment, with the assistance of the Mexican Football Federation. This is a great opportunity to work and educate, to prepare referees so that in the future they participate in FIFA competitions and when they return to their country of origin they have an opportunity to contribute more strongly in their associations", said Hall. "It is a certification course, the referees will return to their countries with new ideas and ways to handle the games, and with a professional mentality, because in CONCACAF now we work on changing the way of thinking of referees, since we need a new attitude, new ways of working and a different thinking. For this reason, the results of this program is to change the way of refereeing the games, with a professional mentality, as modern referees, with new working tools. All referees have one or two games and it is an opportunity for the instructors to see their work on the field; after the match they will be able to analyze on video the activity of each one of them. Also, many of them, do not have the opportunity of video review in their country, since there are no videos or matches on television and is very important, because they need to look at their decisions, their personality, body language and that helps change their skills, in addition to the experience of handling the game, since in the Caribbean players play differently than the United States or other countries”. Brian Hall also commented that a referee comes from the Asian Confederation. "Jaime Herrera will manage this program for the referees and we also have a FIFA instructor, in addition to having an exchange with Asia and the United Arab Emirates, which is the first time it has taken place. It is very important, as it is an opportunity in the future that a CONCACAF referee will go to Asia and can participate in a course, referee some game and that will help them to improve in their career". Finally, Brian Hall gave his point of view regarding the refereeing in the region: "The CONCACAF referees work hard both on and off the pitch. I am very happy with this group, as it is a very close family, we continue with a very strong job because we are looking for excellence in everything. The results of the referees in the Gold Cup were very high and, in the opinion of many people, it has been the best competition on the subject of refereeing”.


Participants
1. Edgar Rangel (MEX)
2. Steven Madrigal (CRC)
3. Hector Salazar (SLV)
4. Erick Lezama (NCA)
5. Modesto Hierrezuelo (CUB)
6. Jose Torres (PUR)
7. Oshane Nation (JAM)
8. Ivan Barton (SLV)
9. Reon Radix (GRN)
10. Nikolai Nyron (TRI)
11. Oliver Vergara (PAN)
12. Jamar Springer (BRB)
13. Rubiel Vazquez (USA)

Guest referee (AFC)
Ahmed Darwish (UAE)

Source: FMF

Marisa Villa: First female referee assessor in Spain

Maria Luisa Villa Gutierrez is the first woman that will evaluate the performance of referees in the Spanish professional football. A former FIFA assistant referee, Marisa Villa had the privilege to participate in major tournaments, such as the Women’s World Cup or the Olympic Games in Athens, Beijing and London, among other tournaments. She rose to fame on 14 July 2007 by becoming the first woman assistant referee in the First Division. After she decided to retire in 2013, Marisa has continued to work for refereeing, both in the Spanish Football Federation and FIFA. Villa is currently the coordinator of the new female referee organization that has just been set up so that the women's soccer league will be refereed by women, as is the case in other major European women's leagues. Since 2014, she is an UEFA referee assessor and a FIFA referee instructor.
This season will give her one more role within the Spanish refereeing. Last week, Maria Luisa Villa Gutierrez, known as Marisa Villa, attended the course for first and second division delegates/assessors that took place in Madrid. Marisa joins the people in charge to mark the referees, becoming thus the first woman included in this group, currently composed of 54 members. They are traveling every weekend to the first and second division matches to evaluate the performance of the referees in all 21 professional football matches. Not only that, as Article 174 of the General Regulation of the RFEF establishes, it is also the duties of the delegate to deal with the acts of racism, xenophobia and intolerance that occur in the stadiums; assist the referee and other parties in the decision to suspend provisional or definitive a match when there are public incidents or report on the conditions of the ground or sports facilities. Along with her were also newly retired referees Clos Gómez, Pérez Montero, López Amaya and Duro Gil, who will replace Jimenez Hidalgo, Lesma López and Buergo Fernandez. Delegates must send an extensive report on a template provided by the CTA, within 48 hours of the match. At the end of it, the mark of the referee is included. That same report, containing strengths and areas for improvement, is sent to the referee, excluding the mark. So, from now on, the first or second division players will see a woman near the dressing room of the match officials. It is Marisa Villa, the first female referee assessor of Spanish football.

Source: AS

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – UEFA (Matchday 8)

3-5 September 2017

Greece – Belgium
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Referee Assessor: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Estonia – Cyprus
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Vital Jobin (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Raffael Zeder (SUI)
Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Referee Assessor: Miroslav Vitkovic (CRO)

Faroe Islands – Andorra
Referee: Alan Sant (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Vella (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Jurgen Spiteri (MLT)
Fourth Official: Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT)
Referee Assessor: Edward Foley (IRL)

Belarus – Sweden
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Seidel (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (GER)
Referee Assessor: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)

Netherlands – Bulgaria

Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)
Referee Assessor: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)

Gibraltar – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Thorvaldur Arnason (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Gunnar Gudmundsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Gylfi Sigurdsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Gunnar Jónsson (ISL)
Referee Assessor: Leif Sundell (SWE)

Latvia – Switzerland
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Fourth Official: Dennis Higler (NED)
Referee Assessor: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Hungary – Portugal
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Kevin Blom (NED)
Referee Assessor: Michael Riley (ENG)

France – Luxembourg
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Referee Assessor: Antonio Almeida (POR)

Azerbaijan – San Marino
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Djukić (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jovica Tatar (MNE)
Fourth Official: Pavle Radovanović (MNE)
Referee Assessor: Kaj Ostergaard (DEN)

Armenia – Denmark
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Fourth Official: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Referee Assessor: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Slovenia – Lithuania
Referee: István Kovács (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Fourth Official: Marius Avram (ROU)
Referee Assessor: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

Scotland – Malta
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sorensen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)
Referee Assessor: Laszlo Vagner (HUN)

England – Slovakia
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Referee Assessor: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

Northern Ireland – Czech Republic
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Fourth Official: Marco Guida (ITA)
Referee Assessor: Sandor Piller (HUN)

Germany – Norway
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Manfredas Lukjancukas (LTU)
Referee Assessor: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)

Montenegro – Romania
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Fourth Official: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Referee Assessor: Nikolai Ivanov (RUS)

Poland – Kazakhstan
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Referee Assessor: William Young (SCO)

Kosovo – Finland
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Kühr (AUT)
Fourth Official: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Referee Assessor: Aleh Chikun (BLR)

Turkey – Croatia
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: György Ring (HUN)
Fourth Official: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
Referee Assessor: Markus Nobs (SUI)

Iceland – Ukraine
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Connor (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Fourth Official: John Beaton (SCO)
Referee Assessor: Miroslav Liba (CZE)

Liechtenstein – Spain
Referee: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivo Kolev (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Petar Dzhuganski (BUL)
Fourth Official: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Referee Assessor: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

FYR Macedonia – Albania
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Fourth Official: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Referee Assessor: Johannes Reijgwart (NED)

Italy – Israel
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Fourth Official: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Referee Assessor: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Moldova – Wales
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michal Obukowicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Fourth Official: Pawel Gil (POL)
Referee Assessor: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)

Ireland – Serbia
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Referee Assessor: Manuel Mejuto Gonzalez (ESP)

Austria – Georgia
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Amihay Mozes (ISR)
Fourth Official: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
Referee Assessor: Elmir Pilav (BIH)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – CONMEBOL (Matchday 16)

5 September 2017

Bolivia – Chile
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian De la Cruz (COL)
Fourth Official: Andres Rojas (COL)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Herrera (ECU)

Colombia – Brazil
Referee: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jorge Urrego (VEN)
Fourth Official: Marlon Escalante (VEN)
Referee Assessor: Hector Baldassi (ARG)

Ecuador – Peru
Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: Eber Aquino (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Juan Lugones (BOL)

Argentina – Venezuela
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcelo Barazza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Claudio Rios (CHI)
Fourth Official: Eduardo Gamboa (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Amelio Andino (PAR)

Paraguay – Uruguay
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson De Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Wagner Reway (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Miguel Buitrago (VEN)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – CONCACAF (Round 5, Matchday 8)

5 September 2017

Honduras – USA
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zumba (SLV) 

Assistant Referee 2: William Torres (SLV)
Fourth Official: Mario Escobar (GUA)

Costa Rica – Mexico

Referee: Mark Geiger (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Joe Fletcher (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Morgante (USA)
Fourth Official: Armando Villarreal (USA)

Referee Assessor: David Meikle (JAM)

Panama – Trinidad & Tobago
Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Fernandez (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Osvaldo Luna (CRC)
Fourth Official: Juan Calderon (CRC)

Referee Assessor: Hector Vergara (CAN)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – OFC (Final, Second Leg)

5 September 2017

Solomon Islands – New Zealand
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (QAT, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Taleb Al-Marri (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Saoud Al-Maqaleh (QAT)
Fourth Official: Khamis Al-Kuwari (QAT)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – CAF (Round 3, Matchday 4)

4-5 September 2017

Cameroon – Nigeria
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean Birumushahu (BDI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marwa Range (KEN)
Fourth Official: Maudo Jallow (GAM) 

Referee Assessor: Jerome Damon (RSA)

Libya – Guinea

Referee: Abou Coulibaly (CIV)
Assistant Referee 1: Marius Tan (CIV)
Assistant Referee 2: Seydou Tiama (CIV)
Fourth Official: Bienvenu Sinko (CIV)

Congo – Ghana
Referee: Redouane Jiyed (MAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mouhib Filali (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Youssef Mabrouk (MAR)
Fourth Official: Adil Zourak (MAR)

Cote d’Ivoire – Gabon
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Fourth Official: Maguette N’Diaye (SEN)

Burkina Faso – Senegal

Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
Assistant Referee 2: Olivier Safari (COD)
Fourth Official: Wisdom Chewe (ZAM)

Mali – Morocco

Referee: Hamada Nampiandraza (MAD)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohammed Ibrahim (MAD)
Assistant Referee 2: Velomanana Jinoro (MAD)
Fourth Official: Andofetra Rakotojaona (MAD)

Congo DR – Tunisia

Referee: Daniel Bennett (RSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Zakhele Siwela (RSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Johannes Moshidi (RSA)
Fourth Official: Kulasande Qongqo (RSA)

South Africa – Cape Verde Islands

Referee: Ferdinand Udoh (NGA)
Assistant Referee 1: Abel Baba (NGA)
Assistant Referee 2: Soulaimane Amaldine (NGA)
Fourth Official: Ali Adelaid (NGA)

Egypt – Uganda
Referee: Victor Gomes (RSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Berhe Tesfagiorghis (ERI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sandile Dilikane (RSA)
Fourth Official: Christopher Harrison (RSA)

Algeria – Zambia
Referee: Mahamadou Keita (MLI)
Assistant Referee 1: Drissa Niare (MLI)
Assistant Referee 2: Moriba Diakite (MLI)
Fourth Official: Boubou Traore (MLI)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – AFC (Round 3, Matchday 10)

5 September 2017

Qatar – China
Referee: Ahmed Al Kaf (OMA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Hamed Al Mayahi (OMA)
Assistant Referee 2: Abu Al Amri (OMA) 

Fourth Official: Omar Al Yaqoubi (OMA)

Iran – Syria
Referee: Ryuji Sato (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Toru Sagara (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiroshi Yamauchi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Hiroyuki Kimura (JPN)

Iraq – UAE

Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (JOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ahmad Al-Roalle (JOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Issa Al-Amawi (JOR)
Fourth Official: Murad Al-Zawareh (JOR)

Australia – Thailand
Referee: Liu Kwok Man (HKG)
Assistant Referee 1: Chow Chun Kit (HKG)
Assistant Referee 2: Cheng Oi Cho (HKG)
Fourth Official: Yu Ming-Hsun (HKG)

Uzbekistan – Korea
Referee: Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tzu Liang Lee (SIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Min Kiat Koh (SIN)
Fourth Official: Chuan Hui Foo (SIN)

Saudi Arabia – Japan
Referee: Valentin Kovalenko (UZB)
Assistant Referee 1: Mamur Saidkasimov (UZB)
Assistant Referee 2: Husniddin Shodmonov (UZB)
Fourth Official: Dmitri Pislegin (UZB)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – UEFA (Matchday 7)

31 August - 2 September 2017

France – Netherlands
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Fourth Official: Luca Banti (ITA)
Referee Assessor: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

Belgium 
 Gibraltar
Referee: Neil Doyle (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Clarke (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wayne McDonnell (IRL)
Fourth Official: Rob Harvey (IRL)
Referee Assessor: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Cyprus – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Lee Betts (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Referee Assessor: Gaetano De Gabriele (MLT)

Greece – Estonia
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Biton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Fourth Official: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Referee Assessor: Salustia Chato Cipres (AND)

Hungary – Latvia
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskyy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
Fourth Official: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Referee Assessor: Jari Maisonlahti (FIN)

Switzerland – Andorra
Referee: Tore Hansen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jon Knutsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oystein Ytterland (NOR)
Fourth Official: Espen Eskås (NOR)
Referee Assessor: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Portugal – Faroe Islands
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Fourth Official: Bojan Nikolić (SRB)
Referee Assessor: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Luxembourg – Belarus
Referee: Clayton Pisani (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Camilleri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Edward Spiteri (MLT)
Fourth Official: Trustin Farrugia (MLT)
Referee Assessor: Michael Ross (NIR)

Bulgaria – Sweden
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Referee Assessor: Charles Agius (MLT)

Kazakhstan – Montenegro
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Fourth Official: Lawrence Visser (BEL)
Referee Assessor: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

Malta – England
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: João Pinheiro (POR)
Referee Assessor: Ilkka Koho (FIN)

Lithuania – Scotland
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Referee Assessor: Igor Ishchenko (UKR)

Slovakia – Slovenia
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
Fourth official: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Referee Assessor: Alain Hamer (LUX)

San Marino – Northern Ireland
Referee: Enea Jorgji (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Rejdi Avdo (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Ridiger Çokaj (ALB)
Fourth Official: Genz Nuza (KOS)
Referee Assessor: Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)

Norway – Azerbaijan
Referee: Daniel Stefański (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Golis (POL)
Fourth Official: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Referee Assessor: Peter Jones (ENG)

Czech Republic – Germany
Referee: Sergey Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Sergey Ivanov (RUS)
Referee Assessor: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Denmark – Poland
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Fourth Official: Nenad Djokić (SRB)
Referee Assessor: Eugen Strigel (GER)

Romania – Armenia
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Duje Strukan (CRO)
Referee Assessor: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)

Finland – Iceland
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Nadvornik (CZE)
Fourth Official: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Referee Assessor: Rodger Gifford (WAL)

Albania – Liechtenstein
Referee: Sergey Lapochkin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksei Lunev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Referee Assessor: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)

Georgia – Ireland
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Balko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)
Fourth Official: Michal Ocenáš (SVK)
Referee Assessor: Michel Piraux (BEL)

Serbia – Moldova
Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Fourth Official: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
Referee Assessor: Marinus Koopman (NED)

Croatia – Kosovo
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Referee Assessor: Uno Tutk (EST)

Ukraine – Turkey
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Fourth official: José Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Referee Assessor: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

Israel – FYR Macedonia
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Demeschko (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Matyunin (RUS)
Referee Assessor: Vladimir Medved (SVK)

Spain – Italy
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Referee Assessor: Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Wales – Austria
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Șovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Colțescu (ROU)
Referee Assessor: Jorn West Larsen (DEN)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – CONMEBOL (Matchday 15)

31 August 2017

Uruguay – Argentina
Referee: Víctor Carrillo (PER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Coty Carrera (PER)
Fourth Official: Miguel Santivanez (PER)
Referee Assessor: Oscar Ruiz (COL)

Brazil – Ecuador
Referee: Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Milciades Saldivar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rodney Aquino (PAR)
Fourth Official: Julio Quintana (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Jorge Larrionda (URU)

Venezuela – Colombia

Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kleber Gil (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
Fourth Official: Anderson Daronco (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Alberto Tejada (PER)

Peru – Bolivia
Referee: Andres Cunha (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Fourth Official: Leodan Gonzalez (URU)
Referee Assessor: Hugo Munoz (CHI)

Chile – Paraguay
Referee: Nestor Pitana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Fourth Official: Fernando Rapallini (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Claudio Cerdeira (BRA)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – CONCACAF (Round 5, Matchday 7)

1 September 2017

USA – Costa Rica
Referee: John Pitti (PAN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ronald Bruna (PAN)

Fourth Official: Jose Kellys (PAN)

Mexico – Panama

Referee: Walter Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gerson Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Hermenerito Leal (GUA)

Fourth Official: Yadel Martinez (CUB)
Referee Assessor: Brian Hall (USA)

Trinidad & Tobago – Honduras
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)

Assistant Referee 1: Marcos Quintero (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Andres Hernandez (MEX)

Fourth Official: Luis Santander (MEX)
Referee Assessor: Livingston Bailey (CAY)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – OFC (Final, First Leg)

1 September 2017

New Zealand – Solomon Islands
Referee: Norbert Hauata (TAH, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Philippe Revel (TAH)
Assistant Referee 2: Bertrand Brial (NCL)
Fourth Official: Joel Hopken (VAN)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – CAF (Round 3, Matchday 3)

31 August - 2 September 2017

Nigeria – Cameroon
Referee: Ghead Grisha (EGY, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Redouane Achik (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Waleed Ahmed (SDN)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Zakaria (EGY)
Referee Assessor: Felix Tangawarima (ZIM)

Uganda – Egypt

Referee: Ali Lemghaifry (MTN)
Assistant Referee 1: Aboubacar Doumbouya (GUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Abderahmane Warr (MTN)
Fourth Official: Sekou Toure (GUI)

Guinea – Libya
Referee: Souleiman Ahmed (DJI)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdillahi Mahamoud (DJI)
Assistant Referee 2: Moriba Diakite (MLI)
Fourth Official: Hassan Mohamed (SOM)

Ghana – Congo
Referee: Youssef Essrayri (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Faouzi Jridi (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Marwene Saad (TUN)
Fourth Official: Nasrallah Jaouadi (TUN)

Cape Verde Islands – South Africa
Referee: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG)
Assistant Referee 2: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
Fourth Official: Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG)

Morocco – Mali
Referee: Alioum Alioum (CMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Evarist Menkouande (CMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Elvis Noupue (CMR)
Fourth Official: Henry Mouandjo (CMR)

Tunisia – Congo DR
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (GAB)
Assistant Referee 1: Yahaya Mahamadou (NIG)
Assistant Referee 2: Issa Yaya (CHA)
Fourth Official: Marc Mihindou (GAB)

Zambia – Algeria
Referee: Helder Martins (ANG)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivanildo Lopes (ANG)
Assistant Referee 2: Julio Da Silva (ANG)
Fourth Official: Joao Goma (ANG)

Gabon – Cote d’Ivoire
Referee: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
Assistant Referee 1: Hassan Egueh (DJI)
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Ssonko (UGA)
Fourth Official: Haileyesus Bazezew (ETH)

Senegal – Burkina Faso
Referee: Joshua Bondo (BOT)
Assistant Referee 1: Arsenio Marengula (MOZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Souru Phatsoane (LES)
Fourth Official: Kutlwano Leso (BOT)

FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers – AFC (Round 3, Matchday 9)

29-31 August 2017

UAE – Saudi Arabia

Referee: Kim Jong-Hyeok (KOR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Yoon Kwang-Yeol (KOR) 

Assistant Referee 2: Kim Young-Ha (KOR)
Fourth Official: Ko Hyung-Jin (KOR)

Japan – Australia
Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN)
Assistant Referee 1: Reza Sokhandan (IRN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammadreza Mansouri (IRN)
Fourth Official: Mooud Bonyadifard (IRN)

China – Uzbekistan
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (SRI)
Assistant Referee 1: Priyanga Palliya (SRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Palitha Hemathunga (SRI)
Fourth Official: Kuttiappa Prashanthrajakrishna (SRI)

Syria – Qatar
Referee: Ali Al Qaysi (IRQ)
Assistant Referee 1: Ameer Hussein (IRQ)
Assistant Referee 2: Hayder Ubaydee (IRQ)
Fourth Official: Zaid Mohammed (IRQ)

Thailand – Iraq
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yaser Tulefat (BHR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ebrahim Saleh (BHR)
Fourth Official: Isa Ali (BHR)

Korea – Iran
Referee: Peter Green (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: David Walsh (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Nathan MacDonald (AUS)
Fourth Official: Dmitri Mashentsev (KGZ)

Copa Sudamericana – Round of 16 (Second Leg)

12 September 2017
Independiente – Atletico Tucuman
Referee: Andres Cunha (URU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Nievas (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Horacio Ferreiro (URU)
Fourth Official: Cristian Ferreyra (URU)
Referee Assessor: Angel Sanchez (ARG)

14 September 2017
Santa Fe – Libertad
Referee: Diego Haro (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Coty Carrera (PER)
Fourth Official: Joel Alarcon (PER)
Referee Assessor: Rodolfo Otero (ARG)

19 September 2017
Estudiantes – Nacional
Referee: Raphael Claus (BRA)
Asistente 1Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kleber Gil (BRA)
Fourth Official: Wagner Reway (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Dario Ubriaco (URU)

Junior – Cerro Porteño
Referee: Dario Herrera (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Cristian Navarro (ARG)
Fourth Official: Fernando Espinoza (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Sandro Vera (ECU)

20 September 2017
Racing Club – Corinthians
Referee: Leodan Gonzalez (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Fourth Official: Oscar Rojas (URU)
Referee Assessor: Jorge Jaimes (PER)

Flamengo – Chapecoense 

Referee: Michael Espinoza (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Atoche (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Orue (PER)
Fourth Official: Luis Garay (PER)
Referee Assessor: Claudio Cerdeira (BRA)

Ponte Preta – Sport Recife
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Byron Romero (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Macias (ECU)
Fourth Official: Omar Ponce (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Ednilson Corona (BRA)

21 September 2017
LDU Quito – Fluminense
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabriel Chade (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ariel Scime (ARG)
Fourth Official: Diego Abal (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Candelario Andarcia (VEN)