CONMEBOL Copa Sudamericana – Quarter-finals (First Leg)

23-25 October 2018

Santa Fe – Deportivo Cali
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (ECU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Cristian Lescano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Byron Romero (ECU)
Fourth Official: Carlos Orbe (ECU)
VAR: Raphael Claus (BRA)
AVAR 1: Rodolpho Toski (BRA)
AVAR 2: Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Imer Machado (COL)
VAR Assessor: Carlos Torres (PAR)

Fluminense – Nacional
Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
Fourth Official: Silvio Trucco (ARG)
VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
AVAR 1: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)
AVAR 2: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Referee Assessor: Claudio Puga (CHI)
VAR Assessor: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)

Bahía – Atletico Paranaense
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gustavo Rossi (ARG)
Fourth Official: Jorge Balino (ARG)
VAR: Gerry Vargas (BOL)
AVAR 1: Nicolas Gallo (COL)
AVAR 2: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Nelson Moncao (BRA)
VAR Assessor: Francisco Mondria (CHI)

Junior – Defensa & Justicia
Referee: Ricardo Marques (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson de Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Wagner Reway (BRA)
VAR: Raphael Claus (BRA)
AVAR 1: Rodolpho Toski (BRA)
AVAR 2: Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Herrera (ECU)
VAR Assessor: Carlos Torres (PAR)

CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores – Semi-finals (First Leg)

23-24 October 2018

River Plate – Gremio
Referee: Víctor Carrillo (PER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Raez (PER)
Fourth Official: Diego Haro (PER)
VAR: Leodan Gonzalez (URU)
AVAR1: Esteban Ostojich (URU)
AVAR2: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Referee Assessor: Jose Buitrago (COL)
VAR Assessor: Enrique Osses (CHI)

Boca Juniors – Palmeiras
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Claudio Ríos (CHI)
Fourth Official: Eduardo Gamboa (CHI)
VAR: Julio Bascunan (CHI)
AVAR1: Piero Maza (CHI)
AVAR2: Carlos Astroza (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Alberto Tejada (PER)
VAR Assessor: Martin Vazquez (URU)

Concacaf referee for AFC Champions League Semi-final

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) and The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced that Mark Geiger, two-time FIFA World Cup veteran and 2014 Concacaf Referee of the Year, will lead the Concacaf referee team assigned to the AFC Champions League return-leg semi-final in Suwon, Korea Republic on October 24, 2018, between Suwon Samsung Bluewings (KOR) and Kashima Antlers (JPN).
“Concacaf is proud to continue collaborating with the AFC in the development of football and, specifically, refereeing. The exchange of referee trios for each Confederation’s Champions League semifinal is a historic achievement for the sport, as it provides new challenges for referees from each Confederation,” said Concacaf Director of Refereeing Brian Hall. “We are certain that the Concacaf team will have an exemplary performance as the AFC referee team did on our Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League.” The reciprocal referee exchange, which earlier this year saw Ravshan Irmatov from Uzbekistan officiate a Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League semifinal, is part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), established in 2017 to promote cooperation and continue the growth of the game across both regions. “The AFC is pleased to enhance our spirit of reciprocity with our sister Confederations and our MoU with Concacaf represent a valuable and strategic partnership to strengthen the refereeing standards in both Continents,” said AFC Director of Referees Shamsul Maidin. “The AFC’s Vision and Mission has underlined our ambitions to ensure our match officials excel on the biggest stages. This partnership plays an essential part in that process not only to increase the opportunities for our referees, but also to expose them in more diverse experiences, enabling a more holistic learning and development environment.” Mark Geiger, who has been a FIFA referee since 2008 and holds the honor of being the first US referee to officiate three matches and a knock-out stage match at a men’s FIFA World Cup (2014), will lead the Concacaf referee team alongside assistants Joe Fletcher (CAN) and Frank Anderson (USA).

Source: Concacaf

Youth Olympic Games 2018 – Futsal Tournament (Finals)

Sitting in a lounge on the 24th floor of a hotel in central Buenos Aires, Gelareh Nazemi conveys a certain shyness, which stands in contrast to the confidence she demonstrates when dealing with matters on a futsal court. But, contrary to being interviewed, refereeing is a passion for Nazemi, who is the first Iranian to officiate at a FIFA-run futsal tournament. A veritable trailblazer in her homeland, the 34-year-old is on the verge of reaping the rewards of choosing to break down barriers and exhibiting proficiency on the court: she has been selected to referee the final of the Women’s Youth Olympic Futsal Tournament Buenos Aires 2018 between Portugal and Japan, which takes place on Wednesday in the Main Futsal Hall. At these Youth Olympic Games in Argentina, she, as well as her five female colleagues – six of the 24 referees appointed were women – have overseen women’s and men’s matches. In fact, Nazemi was the woman in the middle during the crucial men’s Egypt-Slovakia group match which sealed the Africans’ passage to the semi-finals. chatted with the Iranian official to find out a little more about her career path, covering topics such as choosing futsal over football, the difficulties she encountered along the way, and her situation today, where she is one of many female referees working under the auspices of the Iran Football Federation. How are you enjoying your experience in Buenos Aires?
Nazemi: It’s a very important assignment: the best referees from each country are here and the level of competition is very high. I’m happy.
- Why did you want to become a referee?
- About 15 years back, I was playing football in Iran when my brother, who was a referee in the SuperLiga, urged me to give it a try. He said, “You can do it, you can be one of the first”. In Iran, the first group of female referees only got started 15 years ago.
- Why did you choose futsal over football?
- Because futsal in Iran is played to a really high standard, higher than football. To start off with, I refereed football matches, but it wasn’t enough for me. In futsal, we’re the number one team in the AFC; it’s a very good level. It was a way of improving – futsal enabled me to develop my refereeing.
- How difficult was it to break through?
- At the beginning it was hard, but just like in any other country, if you want something enough, you can do it. People, especially men, have often said that women aren’t good referees. But in order to stick with my decision, it was important to me to tell them and show them that I could do it. I used it as a motivating tool. And my brother and family were very supportive. That was very important.
- Did you ever think about giving up?
- Yes, it crossed my mind because I was worn out. I didn’t have any support in my country, but it made me stronger. You can and should do what you want to do. And I wanted to demonstrate, particularly to men, that I was able to do it. I did it alone, but I tried and succeeded.
- How did the careers of the women who started at the same time turn out?
- There were seven or eight other female referees, but they all gave up because of how difficult it was. Their families or husbands didn’t accept it, they didn’t understand why they wanted to travel around just to referee. In Iran, if you wanted to referee as a woman, you need your spouse’s permission and so many of them got left behind. Today, things have changed, and there are three different futsal divisions just for women. There are 50 referees in the top division and about 100 across the whole country.
- Do you feel like you’re a pioneer?
- I do see myself – and the other female referees back home – in that way, yes. There are a lot of them who are keen to develop. When I was called up to this tournament, perhaps at the beginning it wasn’t looked upon as a positive thing, especially by men. But after this appointment, and others within the AFC, my countrymen saw the progress I was making and accepted it. Now they believe in me and trust me. (Source: FIFA)


Boys (U-18)
Brazil – Russia
Referee 1: Mohamed Hassan (EGY)
Referee 2: Hiroyuki Kobayashi (JPN)
Third Official: Lance VanHaitsma (USA)
Timekeeper: Jose Barrera (SLV)
Reserve Official: Victor Berg Audic (FRA)

Girls (U-18)
Portugal – Japan
Referee 1: Gelareh Nazemi (IRN)
Referee 2: Chiara Perona (ITA)
Third Official: Tayana Moreno (VEN)
Timekeeper: Liang Qingyun (CHN)

Concacaf Women’s Championship Final 2018: Venegas (MEX)

17 October 2018

USA – Canada
Referee: Lucila Venegas (MEX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Princess Brown (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Mijensa Rensch (SUR)
Fourth Official: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)

Match for Third Place
Jamaica – Panama
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)

FIFA Club World Cup 2018

UAE, 12-22 December 2018

Referee: Ryuji Sato (JPN, 1977, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Toru Sagara (JPN, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiroshi Yamauchi (JPN, 1979)

VAR: Abdulla Mohammed (UAE, 1978)

Referee: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG, 1980)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG, 1981)
Assistant Referee 2: Anouar Hmila (TUN, 1974)

Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Frank Anderson (USA, 1975)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Rockwell (USA, 1974)

VAR: Mark Geiger (USA, 1974)

Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA, 1981)
Assistant Referee 1: Rodrigo Figueiredo (BRA, 1983)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Boschilia (BRA, 1983)

VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG, 1975)

Referee: Matthew Conger (NZL, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Tevita Makasini (TGA, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Rule (NZL, 1981)

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA, 1973)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA, 1973)

VAR 1: Pawel Gil (POL, 1976)
VAR 2: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA, 1979)
VAR 3: Danny Makkelie (NED, 1983)

Youth Olympic Games 2018 – Futsal Tournament (Semi-finals)

Boys (U-18)

Egypt – Russia
Referee 1: Khalid Hnich (MAR)
Referee 2: Victor Berg Audic (FRA, photo)
Third Official: Rafael Villalba (PAR)
Timekeeper: Diego Molina (CRC)

Brazil – Argentina
Referee 1: Nikola Jelic (CRO)
Referee 2: Po Fu Lee (TPE)
Third Official: Ovidiu Curta (ROU)
Timekeeper: Miguel Oliveira (POR)

Girls (U-18)

Portugal – Bolivia
Referee 1: Roberto Sanchez (CUB)
Referee 2: Hussain Al Bahhar (BHR)
Third Official: Mohamed Hassan (EGY)
Timekeeper: Qingyun Liang (CHN)

Spain – Japan
Referee 1: Lance VanHaitsma (USA)
Referee 2: Anthony Riley (NZL)
Third Official: Tayana Moreno (VEN)
Timekeeper: Jose Barrera (SLV)

Concacaf Nations League – Qualifying Stage (Matchday 2)

11-16 October 2018

Puerto Rico – Martinique
Referee: Hector Rodriguez (HON, photo)

Suriname – British Virgin Islands
Referee: Walter Lopez (GUA)

French Guyana – St. Vincent & Grenadines
Referee: Ismael Cornejo (SLV)

US Virgin Islands – Curacao
Referee: Jamar Springer (BRB)

Bahamas – Antigua & Barbuda
Referee: Raul Castro (HON)

Bermuda – St. Marteen
Referee: Daneon Parchment (JAM)

Dominican Republic – Cayman Islands
Referee: Carl Elie (HAI)

Grenada – Cuba
Referee: Juan Calderon (CRC)

Turks & Caicos – Guyana
Referee: Oliver Vergara (PAN)

El Salvador – Barbados
Referee: Gladwin Johnson (GUY)

St. Martin – St. Kitts & Nevis
Referee: William Anderson (PUR)

Montserrat – Belize
Referee: Edgar Rangel (MEX)

Bonaire – Jamaica
Referee: Sherwin Moore (GUY)

Nicaragua – Anguilla
Referee: German Martínez (SLV)

Martinique – British Virgin Islands
Referee: Jorge Perez (MEX)

Canada – Dominica
Referee: Oscar Macias (MEX)

Guadeloupe – Aruba
Referee: Nima Saghafi (USA)

Santa Lucia – Haiti
Referee: Trevester Richards (SKN)

UEFA U-21 Euro 2019 Qualifiers (Matchday 16)

15-16 October 2018

Czech Republic – Moldova
Referee: Glenn Nyberg (SWE, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mahbod Beigi (SWE)
Fourth Official: Victor Wolf (SWE)
Referee Observer: Boško Jovanetić (SRB)

Greece – Belarus
Referee: Nejc Kajtazovič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomislav Pospeh (SVN)
Fourth Official: Mitja Žganec (SVN)
Referee Observer: Brian Lawlor (WAL)

San Marino – Croatia
Referee: Juxhin Xhaja (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Ermal Barushi (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Denis Agaraj (ALB)
Fourth Official: Klajdi Kola (ALB)
Referee Observer: Are Habicht (EST)

FYR Macedonia – Gibraltar
Referee: Christophe Martins (LUX)
Assistant Referee 1: David Santos (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Gilles Becker (LUX)
Fourth Official: Alex Krueger (LUX)
Referee Observer: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)

Montenegro – Kazakhstan
Referee: Petri Viljanen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Riku Vihreävuori (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mika Lamppu (FIN)
Fourth Official: Joni Hyytiä (FIN)
Referee Observer: António Almeida (POR)

Israel – Kosovo
Referee: Michal Očenáš (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Michal Tomčík (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Kováč (SVK)
Fourth Official: Pavol Chmura (SVK)
Referee Observer: Marco Borg (MLT)

Malta – Cyprus
Referee: Admir Šehović (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Senad Ibrišimbegović (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Sreten Udovičić (BIH)
Fourth Official: Irfan Peljto (BIH)
Referee Observer: Yuri Baskakov (RUS)

Estonia – Albania
Referee: Yigal Frid (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Matityahu Yakobov (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rotem Waizman (ISR)
Fourth Official: Daniel Bar Natan (ISR)
Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen (FRO)

Denmark – Faroe Islands
Referee: Christopher Jäger (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Kühr (AUT)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Gishamer (AUT)
Referee Observer: Luc Wilmes (LUX)

Poland – Georgia
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Gareth Eakin (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Georgios Argyropoulos (NIR)
Fourth Official: Steven Gregg (NIR)
Referee Observer: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Finland – Lithuania
Referee: Ioánnis Papadópoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Trỳfon Petrópoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Konstantínos Nikolaidis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Athanássios Tzílos (GRE)
Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)

Serbia – Armenia
Referee: Espen Eskås (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Øystein Ytterland (NOR)
Fourth Official: Kai Steen (NOR)
Referee Observer: Jiří Ulrich (CZE)

Austria – Russia
Referee: Juri Frischer (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Silver Kõiv (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Veiko Mõtsnik (EST)
Fourth Official: Kristo Külljastinen (EST)
Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)

Germany – Ireland
Referee: Karim Abed (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikaël Berchebru (FRA)
Fourth Official: Florent Batta (FRA)
Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

Norway – Azerbaijan
Referee: Volen Chinkov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Deniz Sokolov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Miroslav Maksimov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Nikolay Yordanov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)

Andorra – Latvia
Referee: Vitaliy Romanov (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ihor Alokhin (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andriy Skrypka (UKR)
Fourth Official: Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR)
Referee Observer: Kevin Azzopardi (MLT)

Netherlands – Ukraine
Referee: Marius Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Valentin Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mircea Orbuleț (ROU)
Fourth Official: Iulian Călin (ROU)
Referee Observer: Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)

Scotland – England
Referee: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Pasquale De Meo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Fabrizio Pasqua (ITA)
Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Sweden – Belgium
Referee: Frank Schneider (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertrand Jouannaud (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Djemel Zitouni (FRA)
Fourth Official: Thomas Léonard (FRA)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Hungary – Turkey
Referee: Duje Strukan (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Goran Perica (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Mario Pepur (CRO)
Fourth Official: Marin Vidulin (CRO)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Ivanov (RUS)

Iceland – Spain
Referee: George Găman (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vladimir Urzică (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Mitruți (ROU)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Colțescu (ROU)
Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)

France – Slovenia
Referee: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mikael Hallin (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Söderqvist (SWE)
Fourth Official: Robert Daradic (SWE)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

Wales – Switzerland
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Karel De Rocker (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Fourth Official: Nathan Verboomen (BEL)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

Luxembourg – Bulgaria
Referee: Nicolas Walsh (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Sean Carr (SCO)
Fourth Official: Steven Reid (SCO)
Referee Observer: Ferenc Székely (HUN)

Romania – Liechtenstein
Referee: Besfort Kasumi (KVX)
Assistant Referee 1: Edmond Zeqiri (KVX)
Assistant Referee 2: Fatmir Sekiraqa (KVX)
Fourth Official: Genc Nuza (KVX)
Referee Observer: Aleksandr Gvardis (RUS)

Portugal – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Paul Tierney (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Harry Lennard (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Robathan (ENG)
Fourth Official: Simon Hooper (ENG)
Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)

Northern Ireland – Slovakia
Referee: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Sagy Metzamber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dan Ucenic (ISR)
Fourth Official: Idan Leiba (ISR)
Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

UEFA Nations League – Group Stage (Matchday 4)

14-16 October 2018

League A
Poland – Italy
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Fourth Official: Grega Kordež (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Rade Obrenovič (SVN)
Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)

Iceland – Switzerland
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Additional AR 1: Kaspar Sjöberg (SWE)
Additional AR 2: Magnus Lindgren (SWE)
Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)

Spain – England
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Myrmus (POL)
Additional AR 1: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Additional AR 2: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)
Referee Observer: Kýros Vassáras (GRE)

France – Germany
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Fourth Official: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
Additional AR 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional AR 2: Igor Stojilković (SRB)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

League B
Russia – Turkey
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michał Obukowicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Fourth Official: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Additional AR 1: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
Additional AR 2: Jarosław Przybył (POL)
Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Northern Ireland
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Fourth Official: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
Additional AR 1: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Additional AR 2: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)

Ukraine – Czech Republic
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
Additional AR 1: Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
Additional AR 2: Robertas Valikonis (LTU)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Ireland – Wales
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Jan de Vries (NED)
Additional AR 1: Dennis Higler (NED)
Additional AR 2: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Referee Observer: Gylfi Þór Orrason (ISL)

League C
Romania – Serbia
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Additional AR 1: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Additional AR 2: Siemen Mulder (NED)
Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)

Israel – Albania
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Giorgio Peretti (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Davide Massa (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Piero Giacomelli (ITA)
Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)

Lithuania – Montenegro
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Gutschi (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Riedel (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT)
Additional AR 1: René Eisner (AUT)
Additional AR 2: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)
Referee Observer: Dragutin Poljak (CRO)

Estonia – Hungary
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Hakan Yemişken (TUR)
Fourth Official: Kerem Ersoy (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Ümit Öztürk (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Koray Gençerler (TUR)
Referee Observer: Vasyl Melnychuk (UKR)

Finland – Greece
Referee: Paweł Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Konrad Sapela (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Adam Kupsik (POL)
Additional AR 1: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Additional AR 2: Piotr Lasyk (POL)
Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

Norway – Bulgaria
Referee: John Beaton (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Connor (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Alan Newlands (SCO)
Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)

Slovenia – Cyprus
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Dennis Rasmussen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Fourth Official: Christian Brixen (DEN)
Additional AR 1: Jørgen Daugbjerg (DEN)
Additional AR 2: Morten Krogh (DEN)
Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

League D
Faroe Islands – Kosovo
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Paták (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)
Fourth Official: Kamil Hájek (CZE)
Additional AR 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional AR 2: Emanuel Marek (CZE)
Referee Observer: Igor Șațchii (MDA)

Azerbaijan – Malta
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Goran Pataki (CRO)
Additional AR 1: Mario Zebec (CRO)
Additional AR 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Referee Observer: Ioánnis Tsachilídis (GRE)

Belarus – Moldova
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Additional AR 2: David Munro (SCO)
Referee Observer: Joeri Van De Velde (BEL)

Luxembourg – San Marino
Referee: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Jevgeņijs Morozovs (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Raimonds Tatriks (LVA)
Fourth Official: Aleksejs Spasjonņikovs (LVA)
Additional AR 1: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Additional AR 2: Edgars Maļcevs (LVA)
Referee Observer: Rusmir Mrković (BIH)

Kazakhstan – Andorra
Referee: Serhiy Boyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Fourth Official: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Additional AR 1: Yevhen Aranovskyy (UKR)
Additional AR 2: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Referee Observer: Edward Foley (IRL)

Armenia – FYR Macedonia
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Amri Nilsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Additional AR 1: Bojan Pandzic (SWE)
Additional AR 2: Johan Hamlin (SWE)
Referee Observer: David Malcolm (NIR)

Latvia – Georgia
Referee: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivo Nádvorník (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakub Hrabovský (CZE)
Fourth Official: Tomáš Mokrusch (CZE)
Additional AR 1: Zbyněk Proske (CZE)
Additional AR 2: Karel Hrubeš (CZE)
Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

Gibraltar – Liechtenstein
Referee: Vasílis Dimitríou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Charalambos Charalambous (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Pavlos Georgiou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Stelios Nikita (CYP)
Additional AR 1: Timotheos Christofi (CYP)
Additional AR 2: Kostas Psevdiotis (CYP)
Referee Observer: Gaetano De Gabriele (MLT)

UEFA VAR Seminar 2018

Preparing the referees for the introduction of VAR in UEFA competitions, the first VAR seminar for took place at the KNVB Replay Center in Netherlands, from 8-11 October 2018. UEFA selected 7 instructors and 24 referees for this VAR seminar. "It's perfect for our training, the technology is really great and we would like to thank KNVB for the opportunity to be here. This is very important, not just for referees, but for all football; our goal is to eliminate obvious mistakes from football and this training will help us to speak a better technical language", said Roberto Rosetti, UEFA Chief Refereeing Officer.

VAR Instructors
1. David Elleray (ENG)
2. Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
3. Werner Helsen (BEL)
4. Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
5. Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
6. Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
7. Gianvito Piglionica (ITA)

- Referees with limited VAR experience:
1. Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
2. Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
3. Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
4. Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
5. Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
6. Orel Grinfeeld (ISR)
7. Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
8. Andris Treimanis (LVA)
9. Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
10. Istvan Kovacs (ROU)
11. William Collum (SCO)
12. Robert Madden (SCO)
13. Srdjan Jovanovic (SRB)
14. Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
15. Matej Jug (SVN)
16. Slavco Vincic (SVN)
17. Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
- Referees with some VAR experience:
18. Craig Pawson (ENG)
19. Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
20. Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
21. Tobias Stieler (GER)
22. Davide Massa (ITA)
23. Serdar Gozubuyuk (TUR)
24. Pawel Raczkowski (POL)

Source: KNVB/TFF

FIFA Futsal and Beach Soccer referee roles become gender neutral

The deadline to nominate international referees for the upcoming year was 1 October 2018. In the circular no. 1648 that was sent to the member associations on 5 September 2018, FIFA indicated, for the first time ever, that "the futsal and beach soccer referee roles are now gender neutral. Both men and women can be nominated to these roles since separate roles for women no longer exist in these categories. The futsal and beach soccer fitness test applies equally to both men and women.” 
Requirements for 2019 nominations:
1. The proposed referees shall be at least 25 years old (23 years old in the case of assistant referees) on 1 January of the year for which they have been nominated. For 2019, referees must be born no later than 31 December 1993 and assistant referees must be born no later than 31 December 1995 in order to ensure a minimum level of experience. FIFA reserves the right to require referees over the age of 45 (born in 1974 or before) to undergo additional technical assessments as well as specific medical examinations and fitness testing on a case-by-case basis. 
2. Each candidate must be ranked based on the marks obtained for officiating games at the national level during the 12 months prior to being nominated to the list of international referees; not in alphabetical order. 
3. At a minimum, all nominated referees must pass a FIFA-approved fitness test and a medical examination on or after 2 June 2018. 
The FIFA Referees Committee will carefully consider all nominations submitted by each member association before deciding who will be named on the upcoming international lists. 

Source: FIFA

UEFA U-21 Euro 2019 Qualifiers (Matchday 15)

11-12 October 2018

Israel – Ireland
Referee: Lawrence Visser (BEL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Karel De Rocker (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Fourth Official: Wesley Alen (BEL)
Referee Observer: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Belarus – Czech Republic
Referee: Anders Poulsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Nørgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Elvis Boric (DEN)
Fourth Official: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Referee Observer: Vladimír Medved (SVK)

Liechtenstein – Portugal
Referee: Aleksey Matyunin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksey Vorontsov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikolay Yeremin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Yevgeniy Turbin (RUS)
Referee Observer: Jari Maisonlahti (FIN)

Iceland – Northern Ireland
Referee: Jens Maae (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)

Albania – Spain
Referee: João Pinheiro (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bruno Rodrigues (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Álvaro Mesquita (POR)
Fourth Official: Vítor Ferreira (POR)
Referee Observer: Kostadin Gerginov (BUL)

England – Andorra
Referee: Urs Schnyder (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Raffael Zeder (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Köbeli (SUI)
Fourth Official: Nikolaj Hänni (SUI)
Referee Observer: Michális Koukoulákis (GRE)

Montenegro – Luxembourg
Referee: Lionel Tschudi (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Stéphane Almeida (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Vital Jobin (SUI)
Fourth Official: Stefan Horisberger (SUI)
Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)

Malta – Hungary
Referee: Eldorjan Hamiti (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Egin Doda (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Ilir Tartaraj (ALB)
Fourth Official: Olsid Ferataj (ALB)
Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)

Finland – Georgia
Referee: Milovan Milačić (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Milutin Djukić (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivan Bogdanović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Miloš Novović (MNE)
Referee Observer: Kjell Alseth (NOR)

Croatia – Greece
Referee: José Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: José Gallego García (ESP)
Fourth Official: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias (ESP)
Referee Observer: László Vágner (HUN)

Faroe Islands – Lithuania
Referee: Rohit Saggi (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Morten Jensen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Isaak Bashevkin (NOR)
Fourth Official: Tore Hansen (NOR)
Referee Observer: Patrițiu Abrudan (ROU)

Denmark – Poland
Referee: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Esat Sancaktar (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Süleyman Özay (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Çınar (TUR)
Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)

Ukraine – Scotland
Referee: Bojan Pandzic (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Allheim (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Ekman (SWE)
Fourth Official: Patrik Eriksson (SWE)
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

Serbia – Austria
Referee: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Cook (ENG)
Fourth Official: David Coote (ENG)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

Russia – FYR Macedonia
Referee: Kristoffer Hagenes (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Reidar Gundersen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Geir Isaksen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Trygve Kjensli (NOR)
Referee Observer: Asim Khudiyev (AZE)

Romania – Wales
Referee: Boris Marhefka (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomáš Vorel (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrej Hrmo (SVK)
Fourth Official: Patrik Hrčka (SVK)
Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

Slovenia – Bulgaria
Referee: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Zsolt Varga (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Oszkár Lémon (HUN)
Fourth Official: Balázs Berke (HUN)
Referee Observer: Ján Fašung (SVK)

Latvia – Netherlands
Referee: Nicolas Laforge (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Laurent Conotte (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Florian Lemaire (BEL)
Fourth Official: Wim Smet (BEL)
Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)

Germany – Norway
Referee: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Viacheslav Semenov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrei Vereteshkin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Roman Galimov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Lucílio Batista (POR)

Slovakia – Estonia
Referee: Igor Pajač (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivica Modrić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Zobenica (CRO)
Fourth Official: Fran Jović (CRO)
Referee Observer: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

Belgium: FIFA referees influenced by player agent

Top Belgian FIFA referees Sebastien Delferière and Bart Vertenten had close ties with player agent Dejan Veljkovic. The newspapers of the group Mediahuis learned on Thursday about these intimate relations and the gifts that ensued. Delferière and Vertenten have been suspended with immediate effect, said Johan Verbist, the boss of the Belgian referees.
The judicial investigation that triggered an earthquake in the Belgian football community, will determine whether it is corruption. But according to the newspapers, Dejan Veljkovic's telephone conversations indicate that the agent tried to influence matches in favor of FC Malines. The investigators listened to the conversations of agents Mogi Bayat and Dejan Veljkovic for several months, according to De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad. They discovered that Veljkovic frequently spoke with two high level referees. The Serbian agent let them know that he considered them the best by far. 
In particular, Sébastien Delferière, through Veljkovic, obtained a significant discount when he bought a car from a garage in Aalst. Veljkovic also provided him with an invitation to the gala Soulier d'Or via the newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws who organized the event. The agent invested in the football school of Mr. Delferière, now charged with participation in a criminal organization through active and passive corruption, but released under certain conditions.
Referee Bart Vertenten, meanwhile, often joined the agent's table after the matches. Veljkovic calls him his "friend". The two matches that are suspected of falsification during the 2017-2018 season are Antwerp - Eupen and FC Malines - Waasland/Beveren for which there is evidence of private corruption to rescue Malines. The investigation indicates that Dejan Veljkovic, in consultation with 4 members of the board of directors of Malines, directly or through friendly contacts, would have influenced the results of these two matches, which seems to include agreements with referee Bart Vertenten and various members of the Waasland/Beveren Board of Directors. The match between Antwerp and Eupen of the second-last matchday was mentioned, refereed by Bart Vertenten. While the Eupen were competing against Malines to avoid relegation from the first division, the referee awarded a penalty kick to Antwerp although the fault had occurred outside the penalty area. A contentious decision that allowed Antwerp to win 2-0. A week later, on the final day of the championship, decisive for the maintenance, the match Malines – Waasland/Beveren would also have been falsified. Het Laatste Nieuws also points out the contact of the agent with sports editorials of the newspaper and Het Nieuwsblad, asking journalists to offer good marks to the two referees (his "friends") in their articles. The interview of two journalists by the investigators would fit into this context.
Belgian prosecutors charged 19 people, including two referees, player agents and the coach of champions Club Bruges, with fraud or match-fixing. The offences ranged from criminal organisation to money laundering and corruption, federal prosecutors said. Nine of the 19 remained in custody, including soccer agents Dejan Veljkovic and Mogi Bayat, charged with having set up schemes to hide fees paid to themselves and to players, and referee Bart Vertenten.

Source: La Libre

UEFA Nations League – Group Stage (Matchday 3)

11-13 October 2018

League A
Poland – Portugal 

Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (E)
Fourth Official: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Santiago Jaime Latre (ESP)
Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)

Belgium – Switzerland
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)

Fourth Official: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Additional AR 2: José González González (ESP)
Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Croatia – England
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Dominik Schaal (GER)
Additional AR 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional AR 2: Harm Osmers (GER)
Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)

Netherlands – Germany
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarık Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Halil Umut Meler (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)

League B
Russia – Sweden
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Marco Guida (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Ilkka Koho (FIN)

Austria – Northern Ireland
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Diyan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Georgi Todorov (BUL)
Additional AR 1: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
Additional AR 2: Nikolay Yordanov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)

Slovakia – Czech Republic
Referee: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Nejc Kajtazovič (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

Ireland – Denmark
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Fourth Official: Íñigo Prieto López (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
Additional AR 2: José Munuera Montero (ESP)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)

League C
Israel – Scotland
Referee: Daniel Stefański (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Golis (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Myrmus (POL)
Additional AR 1: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Additional AR 2: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)
Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)

Lithuania – Romania
Referee: François Letexier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehdi Rahmouni (FRA)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Additional AR 2: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

Montenegro – Serbia
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)

Greece – Hungary
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Additional AR 1: Christian Dingert (GER)
Additional AR 2: Patrick Ittrich (GER)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

Estonia – Finland
Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Lee Betts (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Hussin (ENG)
Fourth Official: Edward Smart (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Christopher Kavanagh (ENG)
Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Norway – Slovenia
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Fourth Official: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Additional AR 1: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Additional AR 2: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Referee Observer: Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

Bulgaria – Cyprus
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dragan Bogićević (SRB)
Additional AR 1: Lazar Lukić (SRB)
Additional AR 2: Zoran Široki (SRB)
Referee Observer: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)

League D
Kosovo – Malta
Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Fourth Official: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
Additional AR 1: Ferenc Karakó (HUN)
Additional AR 2: Péter Solymosi (HUN)
Referee Observer: Michális Argyroú (CYP)

Faroe Islands – Azerbaijan
Referee: Aleksey Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Additional AR 1: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Additional AR 2: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Salustià Ciprés (AND)

Belarus – Luxembourg
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serkan Çimen (TUR)
Fourth Official: İbrahim Uyarcan (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Yaşar Uğurlu (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Serkan Tokat (TUR)
Referee Observer: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)

Moldova – San Marino
Referee: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Beckett (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Gareth Jones (WAL)
Fourth Official: Lewiss Edwards (WAL)
Additional AR 1: Huw Jones (WAL)
Additional AR 2: Nicholas Pratt (WAL)
Referee Observer: Dejan Filipović (SRB)

Georgia – Andorra
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Soteriou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Petros Petrou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Pavlos Georgiou (CYP)
Additional AR 1: Vasilis Dimitriou (CYP)
Additional AR 2: Nikolas Neokleous (CYP)
Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)

Latvia – Kazakhstan
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Staudinger (AUT)
Additional AR 1: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Additional AR 2: Markus Hameter (AUT)
Referee Observer: Oğuz Sarvan (TUR)

Armenia – Gibraltar
Referee: Fedayi San (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sladan Josipovic (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Zürcher (SUI)
Fourth Official: Bekim Zogaj (SUI)
Additional AR 1: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Additional AR 2: Lukas Fähndrich (SUI)
Referee Observer: Nicolae Grigorescu (ROU)

FYR Macedonia – Leichtenstein
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: David Biton (ISR)
Fourth Official: Amihay Mozes (ISR)
Additional AR 1: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Additional AR 2: Ziv Adler (ISR)
Referee Observer: Pavel Saliy (KAZ)

Concacaf Women’s Championship 2018

USA, 4-17 October 2018


1. Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN, photo)
2. Melissa Borjas (HON)
3. Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
4. Francia Gonzalez (MEX)
5. Tatiana Guzman (NCA)
6. Odette Hamilton (JAM)
7. Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)
8. Mirian Leon (SLV)
9. Crystal Sobers (TRI)
10. Lucila Venegas (MEX)

Assistant Referees
1. Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
2. Princess Brown (JAM)
3. Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
4. Mayte Chavez (MEX)
5. Felisha Mariscal (USA)
6. Kimberly Moreira (CRC)
7. Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
8. Shirley Perello (HON)
9. Mijensa Rensch (SUR)
10. Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 Qualifiers – Play-offs

First Leg, 5 October 2018

Netherlands – Denmark
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihaela Tepusa (ROU)
Fourth Official: Lina Lehtovaara (FIN)

Belgium – Switzerland
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Ekaterina Kurochkina (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Kylie McMullen (SCO)
Fourth Official: Monika Mularczyk (POL)

Second Leg, 9 October 2018

Denmark – Netherlands
Referee: Sara Persson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Julia Magnusson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Sandra Österberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Pernilla Larsson (SWE)

Switzerland – Belgium
Referee: Jana Adamkova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajová (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Katalin Török (HUN)
Fourth Official: Katalin Kulcsár (HUN)

Top Belgian FIFA referees investigated in corruption scandal

Police carried out raids in seven countries on Wednesday as Belgian prosecutors targeted the country's biggest football clubs as part of an investigation into fraud and match-fixing. Top referees Sebastien Delferiere (photo) and Bart Vertenten are also speaking to police amid claims of match fixing, according to De Standaard. Belgian referee boss Johan Verbist follows the investigation of the federal prosecutor's office: "I am currently following everything through the media, so I cannot confirm the news", said Verbist. “I have not yet been able to contact the referees whose names are being circulated, and if they have actually been picked up, it is logical that they cannot answer any phone calls”.
A total of 220 police officers carried out 44 house searches across Belgium as well as in France, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Montenegro, Serbia and Macedonia, Belgian prosecutors said. "A great number of persons have been deprived of their liberty and taken in for a thorough interrogation", said a statement from investigators. Federal prosecutors told AFP that the arrests included well-known football agent Mogi Bayat, the former manager of Sporting Charleroi, who had been arrested in his home. Bayat, a 44-year-old Belgian-Iranian, was the main target of the probe, Belgian media reports said, along with another agent, Dejan Veljkovic, and clubs with which they did business. Club Brugge coach Ivan Leko, whose team is playing in the Champions League, was also arrested on Wednesday. The headquarters of Club Brugge, Standard Liege, Anderlecht and KRC Genk, the current leader of the Belgian Premier League, were searched in the operation. "During the investigation there were indications of possible influencing of matches in the 2017-2018 season", the prosecutors said. Some of the house searches were carried out at the homes of club directors, soccer agents, referees, a former lawyer, a trainer, journalists and at an accounting office. The searches abroad were chiefly at offices and residences of people used to set up the suspect transactions, the prosecutors said. "I am asking for full transparency and cooperation from the football world to this investigation," said Philippe Muyters, Belgium's sports minister. "The athletes and especially the numerous supporters are entitled to a fair sport", he said.

International Friendly Matches

October 2018

Wales – Spain
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Fourth Official: Iwan Griffith (WAL)

Turkey – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksei Lunev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Halis Özkahya (TUR)

Saudi Arabia – Brazil
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Dennis Higler (NED)
VAR: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)

Iraq – Argentina
Referee: Jarred Gillett (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Ashley Beecham (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Owen Goldrick (AUS)
Fourth Official: Peter Green (AUS)
VAR: Christopher Beath (AUS)

Brazil – Argentina
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Fritz (GER)
VAR: Günter Perl (GER)
AVAR: Robert Hartmann (GER)

Albania – Jordan
Referee: Genc Nuza (KVX)
Assistant Referee 1: Fatlum Berisha (KVX)
Assistant Referee 2: Bujar Selimaj (KVX)
Fourth Official: Juxhin Xhaja (ALB)

Italy – Ukraine
Referee: Rade Obrenovič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Fourth Official: Marco Di Bello (ITA)

Scotland – Portugal
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
Fourth Official: Clément Turpin (FRA)

Belgium – Netherlands
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Barbosa (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: Tiago Martins (POR)

Croatia – Jordan
Referee: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Zsolt Varga (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Oszkár Lémon (HUN)
Fourth Official: Fran Jović (CRO)

Sweden – Slovakia
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Brixen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Fourth Official: Anders Poulsen (DEN)

Denmark – Austria
Referee: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Tom Grønevik (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Geir Isaksen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Rohit Saggi (NOR)

France – Iceland
Referee: Tiago Martins (POR)

UAE – Honduras
Referee: Joao Capela (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Godinho (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Santos (POR)

Mexico – Costa Rica
Referee: Oscar Moncada (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Walter Lopez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Melvyn Cruz (HON)
Fourth Official: Roberto García (MEX)
Referee Assessor: Jorge Gasso (MEX)

USA – Colombia
Referee: John Pitti (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Fourth Official: Hector Martinez (HON)

Peru – Chile
Referee: Armando Villarreal (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Adam Wienckowski (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kyle Atkins (USA)
Fourth Official: Ted Unkel (USA)

Costa Rica – Colombia
Referee: Ismail Elfath (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Morgante (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Wienckowski (USA)
Fourth Official: Ted Unkel (USA)

USA – Peru
Referee: Ivan Barton (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Geovany Garcia (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: David Moran (SLV)
Fourth Official: Ismael Cornejo (SLV)

Mexico – Chile
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Bermudez (SLV)
Fourth Official: Francisco Chacon (MEX)
Referee Assessor: Julio Escobar (MEX)

Borjas: “I hope to once again represent Concacaf at the World Cup”

The 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship is off and running with three teams looking to qualify directly for the 2018 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. The tournament is also being used to evaluate the performances of referees, including Honduran Melissa Borjas, who was one of six female referees to represent Concacaf at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Borjas is happy to be back refereeing matches at the highest level in Concacaf and hopes to be selected to once again represent the region at a World Cup. “It’s always exciting to participate in all of the Concacaf World Cup qualifiers, above all in the senior team tournament, where not only teams can qualify for the World Cup but also referees,” said Borjas in an exclusive interview with “My place at the 2019 World Cup in France is not assured but my preparation is being based on winning myself a place and once again representing Concacaf. It’s an arduous technical, physical and mental process day after day, month after month, but being at another World Cup is worth it,” added Borjas. Also serving as an incentive for Borjas was her time in Canada four years ago. There is no doubt that the experience served as an important lesson in her career. “To referee my first senior World Cup match was a great blessing and it allowed me to realize that what I was doing in my preparation was not sufficient to keep myself at that level and that I should work harder,” said Borjas. She also took a moment to praise the support that female referees have received from Concacaf, which has included the use of female referees in the Concacaf League and Concacaf Nations League. “I think more than an initiative, it’s a show of support for the arduous work that we do daily and above all it shows that women are capable of refereeing men’s matches,” said Borjas. Refereeing a men’s match is nothing new for Borjas, however. The 31-year-old has been on the whistle for matches in Honduran Liga Nacional, which she feels has improved her refereeing skills. “Refereeing men’s matches allows me to strengthen my personality and broaden my knowledge in regards to style of play or tactics of teams and preparing myself for each match. The truth is that calling men’s matches has a great physical demand but now it is no longer very different than women’s football because it has developed and advanced very quickly,” said Borjas. “FIFA is working very closely with each one of the confederations so that they support women’s referees on all levels. Kari Seitz has visited the most important tournaments or qualifiers of each confederation to get to know and follow up on referees and so that shows the direct support that FIFA has for women’s refereeing”, concluded Borjas.

Source: Concacaf

Copa do Brasil: 18 people appointed to referee-related duties during the final

The introduction of VAR will definitely increase the costs associated with a match. According to a document published by Arbitro Internacional, the Brazilian FA (CBF) appointed 18 people to referee-related duties for the 2018 Brazil Cup Final.

10 October 2018
Cruzeiro – Corinthians
Referee: Anderson Daronco
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Rocha
Assistant Referee 2: Fabricio Villarinho
Fourth Official: Bruno Araujo
Reserve AR: Rafael Alves
Field Analyst: Claudio Cerdeira
Referee Assessor: Alicio Pena
VAR: Wilton Sampaio
AVAR: Heilton Nunes
Reserve VAR: Braulio Machado
VAR Supervisor 1: Marcel Serapiao
VAR Supervisor 2: Sergio Correa
Technical Supervisor: Claudio Freitas
TV Replay Operator 1: Gutemberg Rangel
TV Replay Operator 2: Thiago Imbroisi
TV Replay Operator 3: Marcelo Castra
TV Review Assistant 1: Claudio Santos
TV Review Assistant 2: Romulo Jesus

Schörgenhofer: Dispatcher by day, FIFA referee by night

More than 100 international football matches were led by FIFA referee Robert Schörgenhofer, who is a civil service officer at the Wolfurt freight depot in ÖBB. Most recently, he whistled the match Germany-Peru. The sympathetic Vorarlberger, born in 1973, always has the full overview on the rails and on the lawn. Robert Schörgenhofer started at the ÖBB in 1988 and has been the dispatcher since 1993. We interviewed our athletic colleague and asked him about both responsible jobs.
- What is your daily work routine?
- Together with my colleagues, I ensure a safe, smooth train service/shunting in the Wolfurt freight depot and the associated remote control of the routes at the Wolfurt Central Substation. Added to this is the customer information at the stations and stops on the route.
- Mr. Schörgenhofer, how did you get into football?
- I grew up next to a sports field and I preferred to spend every free minute on the football field since kindergarten. Later I played with the club FC Sulz, from juniors to the main team.
- What motivated you to become a referee?
- Certainly, it was a wrongly received red card. By the way, the only one in my footballing career. Since we had a referee who was totally overwhelmed, I thought to myself: I can do that better. And that was the beginning of my refereeing career.
- Tell us something about your work as a referee?
- A most interesting and exciting task! In addition, an outstanding personality training. Managerial skills are as much in demand as those of a conflict solver. It is actually the best school of life. I would immediately recommend this hobby to young people. A special addition are the international assignments. If you referee games of the best footballers in the world, then you can see that as a reward for all your effort.
- As a referee you are very much in the spotlight. What attracts you to this activity?
- Every game is different, so it never gets boring. The goal is to make as few mistakes as possible. Being free of mistakes is an impossible task, but the will to do it has something of its own. On top of that, you have to keep calm in difficult situations and not let the rush of players and spectators make you feel insecure.
- Which levels have you completed since then? National, international?
- Almost all. Starting with junior games and all levels in the local association. Since 1995 assistant referee in the Bundesliga, then from 2000 referee in the 2nd Bundesliga and since 2004 referee in the 1st Bundesliga. From 2007 as FIFA referee. Among others, I participated at the U-21 European Championship in Denmark 2011 and the U-20 World Cup in Colombia, also in 2011. In addition, countless international matches, Europa League matches and three Champions League games.
- For how many years?
- I passed my referee exam in March 1991.
- Which game did you referee most recently?
- Germany – Peru.
- What does ÖBB have in common with football?
- Both move the masses. The ÖBB also acts as a sponsor of the ÖFB.
- How do you bring together two such responsible functions - that of the dispatcher and the referee?
- At this time, I can only thank the colleagues! Short-term business interruptions are compensated by them. From work, one benefits from the other. In hectic exceptional situations, I am used to keeping calm and composed. This is a win-win situation for me.
- What experience in your referee career will remain unforgettable?
- For one, the England - Wales match at the Wembley Stadium. When 80,000 people sing "God save the queen", you will inevitably get goose bumps. But also the city derby in Cairo was unique. Five hours before the start of the match, the stadium was already full and no more spectators were admitted. Officially there were 90,000 spectators, unofficially sure some more in the stadium. Unbelievable how excited the Egyptians are in terms of football.
- What is the number of matches you refereed?
- I do not have statistics about it. In the 1st Bundesliga I am at almost 200, international at 100 games.
- What were your biggest and most important games?
- I already mentioned some. Amongst others, the first Champions League match at Chelsea, a Europa League match at Liverpool, an international match of England at the Wembley Stadium, a city derby in Cairo in front of 90,000 spectators and of course the U-20 World Cup in Colombia. That's just an excerpt - the list is much longer.
- Is there personal contact with Ronaldo and Co. before or after the games?
- No. You see the players 1.5 hours before the game, in the stadium, or at the latest when warming up.
- How do you charge your batteries? Is there a special powerhouse in your home country?
- Jogging is the best "medicine" for me, since I can switch off and get the head free. Positive side effect, it is also a training session.
- What makes a good dispatcher? And which of these qualities should a referee have?
- To keep calm and overview in case of incidents or extraordinary events. Do not rush into hustle and bustle. Be capable of multi-tasking. It is no different as a referee. A situation can trigger something that requires exactly these qualities.
- One more question at the end: in professional circles you are referred to as the top referee, No. 1 in Austria. How do you deal with that?
- I think I am still the same as years ago. It does not suit my nature to put myself on a pedestal or to brag about my games. Personally, I am proud of what I already achieved as a referee. But a lot of my ambition is owed here. There is no giving up for me!

Source: OBB

Collina: FIFA is happy to help growth of VAR

At the end of the first-ever VAR Instructor course put on by FIFA in Madrid this past week, legendary referee and current Chairman of FIFA’s Refereeing Committee Pierluigi Collina spoke with about the importance of the event, the state of VAR and where the technology might go in the future.
- Mr. Collina, can you describe why this seminar was organised?
- It came about because FIFA received many requests from Member Associations after the success of VAR at the FIFA World Cup in Russia, and they were interested in the implementation process for their domestic competitions. At the moment it’s quite difficult to have VAR instructors because VAR is something very new. We decided to create a panel of instructors that could help implement VAR around the world. The VAR Instructor seminar was arranged this week in Madrid with some former referees and some active referees who had experience with VAR in their countries or were with us during the preparation of the 2018 World Cup.
- What did that training look like?
- Some of 40 candidates who went through the programme. It included theoretical lessons and also practical sessions with the VAR simulator, which reproduces exactly the VOR – the Video Operation Room, which is used during the match – using clips of matches already played. Then we had a practical sessions on the field with players creating planned incidents with decisions taken by the referee, who is in touch with the VOR where our instructor candidates were, so they learned how the VAR operates in a variety of situations and will be able to coach and instruct others to use the system in the future.
- Is this likely to be repeated in the future?
- At the moment, related to the specific matter of VAR, there are very few instructors capable, and we wanted to make that group bigger. In terms of the future, VAR should become even more popular, so it’s possible we will do it again based on the needs. There are several Member Associations who clearly say they are keen to start, plus Confederations, including AFC who said they will use VAR in the Asian Cup in January next year, and UEFA have said they will use it in the next Champions League. So where there is a need to prepare the referees for these competitions, we as FIFA are happy to provide support and help.
- Beyond training referees, what are the challenges for VAR?
- The Technical Innovation Department at FIFA also give support in terms of the technology. VAR has two different parts: one is the human part, and that is the referees, and one is concerning technology. And of course we are not an expert in that, and so whenever an MA wants to implement something, the Technology Innovation Department can give knowledge and expertise and advise how to deal with the challenges the MA can face Also it’s important to note that VAR is not something that works in the same way for everyone. At the World Cup we had four video match officials in the VOR while most domestic competitions use only two. There are also decentralised and centralised versions. In Russia we had one VOR in Moscow, which is similar to how it is run in Germany and Spain where it is also centralised. On the other hand, in Italy they have a decentralised version with one VOR, one room, in each venue. Also, in Russia we had more than 40 TV cameras. There are some leagues with just 12 or 13, so for the former you need more people to analyse all the angles quickly. With less cameras, you need less people. It’s something that is flexible and adaptable depending on the needs to the competition.
- How do you see VAR moving forward in terms of helping referees? Could it be expanded further?
- We have just completed an experiment this past March when the IFAB decided to include VAR in in the Laws of the Game so the history is quite short. The first time we discussed about a video technology which could have assisted referees was in November 2014, so less than four years ago. VAR is very, very young. Based on the experience we have had and continue to have, we can certainly think about amendments and adjustments in certain details, though I don’t see the big picture changing.
- What are you looking for in these instructors?
- Every instructor has to be able to communicate something which has to be understood. We are very pleased because the vast majority of the people we had at this seminar were very, very good. The quality of the people, who were pre-selected to attend, was high. The challenge for them is that VAR is still a new tool and it is still something that needs to be learned and known about at a deeper level. But at the end of the seminar, the feeling I have is very positive.

Source: FIFA

UEFA Futsal Champions League – Main Round

3-6 October 2018

Group 1, Halle
1. Ondřej Černý (CZE, photo)
2. Christos Christou (CYP)
3. Balázs Farkas (HUN)
4. Vladimir Kadykov (RUS)

Group 2, Kragujevac
1. Josip Barton (MKD)
2. Juan Boelen (BEL)
3. Timo Onatsu (FIN)
4. Vitali Rakutski (BLR)

Group 3, Podcetrtek
1. Marc Birkett (ENG)
2. Trayan Enchev (BUL)
3. Javier Moreno Reina (ESP)
4. Vladan Radulović (SRB)

Group 4, Pristina
1. Juan Cordero Gallardo (ESP)
2. Alessandro Malfer (ITA)
3. Cédric Pelissier (FRA)
4. Elchin Samadli (AZE)

Group 5, Nicosia
1. Vasilios Christodoulis (GRE)
2. Gábor Kovács (HUN)
3. Alejandro Martinez Flores (ESP)
4. Dejan Veselic (SVN)

Group 6, Makarska
1. Tomasz Frak (POL)
2. Angelo Galante (ITA)
2. Jan Kliner (CZE)
3. Costas Nicolaou (CYP)

Group 7, Jelgava
1. Moshe Bohbot (ISR)
2. Eduardo Fernandes (POR)
3. Borislav Kolev (BUL)
4. Grigori Zelentsov (RUS)

Group 8, Lucenec
1. Kamil Çetin (TUR)
2. Swen Eichler (GER)
3. David Schaerli (SUI)
4. Ivan Shabanov (RUS)

UEFA Europa League – Group Stage (Matchday 2)

4 October 2018

Fenerbahçe SK – Spartak Trnava
Referee: Tobias Welz (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Fourth Official: Dominik Schaal (GER)
Additional AR 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional AR 2: Patrick Ittrich (GER)
Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)

FC Zenit – Slavia Praha
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yılmaz (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Referee Observer: Vlado Svilokos (CRO)

FC Astana – Stade Rennais
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Fourth Official: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
Additional AR 1: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Additional AR 2: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Referee Observer: Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)

Bayer Leverkusen – AEK Larnaca
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskyy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Fourth Official: Oleh Pluzhnyk (UKR)
Additional AR 1: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Additional AR 2: Vitaliy Romanov (UKR)
Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)

FC Zürich – PFC Ludogorets
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional AR 2: José Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Johan Verbist (BEL)

Rosenborg BK – RB Leipzig
Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Maurizio Mariani (ITA)
Referee Observer: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

Red Bull Salzburg – Celtic FC
Referee: Serhiy Boyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ihor Alokhin (UKR)
Fourth Official: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Additional AR 1: Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)
Additional AR 2: Mykola Balakin (UKR)
Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)

Girondins de Bordeaux – FC København
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Amihay Mozes (ISR)
Fourth Official: David Biton (ISR)
Additional AR 1: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
Additional AR 2: Daniel Natan (ISR)
Referee Observer: Kýros Vasáras (GRE)

RSC Anderlecht – GNK Dinamo
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Dimitri Mosyakin (RUS)
Additional AR 1: Aleksey Eskov (RUS)
Additional AR 2: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen (FRO)

Vorskla Poltava – Sporting CP
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Veselin Radunović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Djordjije Ražnatović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Aleksandar Djikanović (MNE)
Additional AR 1: Milovan Milačić (MNE)
Additional AR 2: Miloš Savović (MNE)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)

Qarabağ – Arsenal
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

Real Betis – F91 Dudelange
Referee: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Fourth Official: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Nicolas Walsh (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Euan Anderson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)

AC Milan – Olympiakós FC
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Connor (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Fourth Official: Sean Carr (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Steven McLean (SCO)
Referee Observer: Boško Jovanetić (SRB)

Spartak Moskva – Villarreal CF
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Additional AR 1: Harm Osmers (GER)
Additional AR 2: Benjamin Cortus (GER)
Referee Observer: Draženko Kovačić (CRO)

Rangers FC – Rapid Wien
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
Fourth Official: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional AR 1: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Additional AR 2: François Letexier (FRA)
Referee Observer: Christer Fällström (SWE)

Apollon Limassol – Olympique de Marseille
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Staudinger (AUT)
Additional AR 1: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Additional AR 2: Julian Weinberger (AUT)
Referee Observer: Robert Małek (POL)

Eintracht Frankfurt – Lazio
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Fourth Official: Jan de Vries (NED)
Additional AR 1: Dennis Higler (NED)
Additional AR 2: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Malmö FF – Beşiktaş JK
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Fourth Official: Nikola Karakolev (MKD)
Additional AR 1: Dimitar Mečkarovski (MKD)
Additional AR 2: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)

Sarpsborg FF – KRC Genk
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Goran Pataki (CRO)
Additional AR 1: Mario Zebec (CRO)
Additional AR 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)

FC Krasnodar – Sevilla FC
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Nilsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Additional AR 1: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Additional AR 2: Bojan Pandzic (SWE)
Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

Standard de Liège – Akhisarspor
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Steinacher (AUT)
Fourth Official: Stefan Kühr (AUT)
Additional AR 1: Oliver Drachta (AUT)
Additional AR 2: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)
Referee Observer: Michális Koukoulákis (GRE)

FK Jablonec – Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Sébastien Delférière (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jo De Weirdt (BEL)
Fourth Official: Kevin Monteny (BEL)
Additional AR 1: Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)
Additional AR 2: Erik Lambrechts (BEL)
Referee Observer: Michális Argyroú (CYP)

Bate Borisov – PAOK
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Gutschi (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Riedel (AUT)
Fourth Official: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT)
Additional AR 1: Markus Hameter (AUT)
Additional AR2: René Eisner (AUT)
Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)

Chelsea – Mol Vidi
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Paták (CZE)
Fourth Official: Jakub Hrabovský (CZE)
Additional AR 1: Zbyněk Proske (CZE)
Additional AR 2: Emanuel Marek (CZE)
Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)