CONCACAF Gold Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 1-2)

15 June 2019

Canada – Martinique
Referee: Hector Martinez (HON, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Walter Lopez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Helpys Feliz (DOM)
Fourth Official: Jose Kellys (PAN)

Mexico – Cuba
Referee: John Pittí (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Henri Pupiro (NCA)
Fourth Official: Keylor Herrera (CRC)

Gold Cup Referee Seminar 2019

This week, prior to the start of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, Concacaf is hosting a Gold Cup referee seminar in Dallas, Texas in order to make sure all its referees are fully prepared for the start of the tournament. In attendance is FIFA Referee Committee Chairman Pierluigi Collina, who remains one of the most decorated referees in world football history, including officiating the 2002 FIFA World Cup Final and the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final. There is no question that Collina is a man who holds his fellow referees to high standards, and he is pleased to see that those same high standards are being applied by Concacaf in its Gold Cup referee preparation. “The objectives of this seminar are to make sure that all of the referees are ready and prepared for the tournament, and I think Concacaf is doing a very good job at this,” said Collina in an exclusive interview with Concacaf.com. “I must give a lot of credit to the Concacaf administration and to Concacaf Director of Refereeing Brian Hall for providing tools to their referees so that they may improve. They are working hard and I’m very confident they will have a successful tournament,” added Collina. With various new laws of the game going into effect this year, Collina does not anticipate any issues in the Gold Cup stemming from those rule changes. “I’m very happy that Concacaf has already implemented the new laws of the game in their Under-17 tournament, so they have the experience. The referees in Major League Soccer are already using the new laws of the game, so it is no surprise that Concacaf is prepared for these new laws,” said Collina. One of Concacaf’s main initiatives in the last few years has been providing opportunities to female referees, some of whom have had the chance to work in Concacaf Nations League and Scotiabank Concacaf League matches. For Collina, this a great step forward. “I think it is a very positive thing to see Concacaf providing those opportunities to female referees. What Concacaf is doing on that front is a great example,” said Collina. Overall, Collina has no doubt that when the referees depart this week’s seminar in Dallas, they will be ready to ensure the matches run as smoothly as possible. “We have been focused on preparation and I think with the work being done here, we will meet that objective. Brian and his staff are committed and working hard to make sure all Gold Cup referees will be fully prepared,” concluded Collina.
At age 27, Said Martinez of Honduras has already accomplished a lot as a referee. This year, he has already officiated at the 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup and will also referee in his first ever Concacaf Gold Cup. As part of his preparation for the Gold Cup, Martinez attended the Gold Cup referee seminar in Dallas, Texas and spoke exclusively with Concacaf.com about his experience in Poland at the Under-20 World Cup and his expectations for this summer’s Gold Cup. “I am very happy. It was something very special to be at the Under-20 World Cup. It shows that Concacaf is working in stride with FIFA and I think we had very good performances in the matches we did, especially in such an important tournament,” said Martinez. On the heels of the Under-20 World Cup, Martinez is embracing the opportunity to officiate in the Gold Cup. “There has been a lot of preparation for this tournament and I feel like I have learned a lot and I am prepared. This is a great opportunity to do things well. Nothing has been given to me, there have been hours of work and sacrifice and I plan to represent my country, my family and my friends to the best of my ability,” said Martinez. Martinez also took a moment to express his sincere thanks to Concacaf for all of the support and backing he has received from the Confederation. “Without the help of Concacaf Director of Refereeing Brian Hall and everyone at Concacaf, I would not be where I am. Because of their support, I began to work harder and began to dream that things like working in a World Cup and Gold Cup would be possible,” said Martinez. In Dallas, Martinez also had the thrill of a lifetime when he was able to interact with FIFA Referee Committee Chairman Pierluigi Collina. The Italian is one of the most decorated referees in football history, and Martinez was eager to learn as much as possible from Collina. “We know what Collina represents to refereeing and to football. He motivates us to reach new heights. He motivates us to do a good job and he motivates us to improve and grow as a referee,” concluded Martinez.
For coaches and players, participating in a Concacaf Gold Cup for the first time is always a special moment. The same thing could also be said for referees, including Jamaica’s Daneon Parchment, who after 10 years of refereeing experience will get a chance to officiate for the first time ever in a Gold Cup this summer. As part of his preparation process for his first Gold Cup, Parchment attended Concacaf’s Gold Cup referee seminar in Dallas, Texas and found the experience to be very helpful. “It has been an awesome experience to be here in the classroom, getting acquainted with the new laws of the game and doing various video quizzes. In Concacaf we preach excellence, and I think with this preparation, we can all do an excellent job,” said Parchment. On a personal level, being named as a Gold Cup referee was significant for Parchment. “It means a lot to referee in the Gold Cup. It is a great achievement. The last Jamaican referee in the Gold Cup was Courtney Campbell eight years ago, so to have the chance to represent my country and my family on this stage is a great feeling,” said Parchment. He was also quick to point out that without the support and backing given to him by Concacaf, refereeing in the 2019 Gold Cup might not have been possible. “Concacaf has done so much for me. They have given me opportunities to officiate in tournament like the Concacaf Nations League and the Concacaf Champions League. That kind of exposure had helped me grow as a referee,” said Parchment. There is no doubt that this is just the beginning for Parchment. “My dream is to one day referee in a FIFA World Cup. I know I must continue to work hard but with the help of Concacaf, I know that achieving those dreams can be possible,” concluded Parchment.
Among the 16 head referees who will be at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup is Qatar’s Abdulraham Al-Jassim. His opportunity to officiate a match at the Gold Cup comes from the referee exchange agreement between Concacaf and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Earlier this year at the Asian Cup, Cesar Ramos of Mexico officiated four matches, and so now Al-Jassim will be afforded a similar opportunity in the Gold Cup. As part of his preparation, Al-Jassim attended the Gold Cup referee seminar in Dallas that took place before the start of the tournament and spoke with Concacaf.com about the experience. “This has been a very valuable seminar and I want to express my thanks to Concacaf for its hospitality,” said Al Jassim. “This is an important seminar because we all need to be on the same page and make sure we all understand the new laws of the game,” added Al-Jassim. Among the notable items on Al-Jassim’s resume are the 2019 Asian Cup quarter-final between Iran and China, the 2017 FIFA Under-20 World Cup and serving as a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Al-Jassim believes that the experience of working a Gold Cup match will make him a better referee. “Every confederation has its own style of football, the way they think about football, different cultures, so I think refereeing in Concacaf will help me improve as a referee. It will help me for future FIFA tournaments and for the next step in my career,” said Al-Jassim. Al-Jassim also praised the initiative undertaken by Concacaf and AFC to provide a referee exchange, and feels it would be beneficial for referees everywhere. “This exchange offers new challenges. You get to experience new things as a referee and I think it would be helpful for every confederation. Most important, we are all on the same page and we are united,” concluded Al-Jassim.

Source: Concacaf

CONMEBOL Copa America 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 4-6)

16 June 2019
Paraguay – Qatar
Referee: Diego Haro (PER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Raez (PER)
Fourth Official: Esteban Ostojich (URU)
VAR: Raphael Claus (BRA)
AVAR 1: Victor Carrillo (PER)
AVAR 2: Byron Romero (ECU)
VAR Observer: Jorge Larrionda (URU)
Referee Assessor: Wilson Seneme (BRA)

Uruguay – Ecuador
Referee: Anderson Daronco (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kleber Gil (BRA)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Gallo (COL)
VAR: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
AVAR 1: Fernando Rapallini (ARG)
AVAR 2: Rodrigo Correa (BRA)
VAR Observer: Sergio Correa (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Enrique Caceres (PAR)

17 June 2019
Japan – Chile
Referee: Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dario Gaona (PAR)
Fourth Official: Arnaldo Samaniego (PAR)
VAR: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)
AVAR 1: Gery Vargas (BOL)
AVAR 2: Wilmar Navarro (COL)
VAR Observer: Pablo Silva (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 21-22)

15 June 2019

Netherlands – Cameroon
Referee: Casey Reibelt (AUS, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Lee Seul Gi (KOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Maiko Hagio (JPN)
Fourth Official: Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)
Reserve AR: Maria Sukenikova (SVK)
VAR: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
AVAR 1: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
AVAR 2: Mayte Chavez (MEX)

Canada – New Zealand
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Naomi Teshirogi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Makoto Bozono (JPN)
Fourth Official: Kate Jacewicz (AUS)
Reserve AR: Sanja Rodak (CRO)
VAR: Jose Sanchez Martinez (ESP)
AVAR 1: Pawel Gil (POL)
AVAR 2: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)

FIFA U-20 World Cup Final 2019: Elfath (USA)

Final
15 June 2019
Ukraine – Korea
Referee: Ismail Elfath (USA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Kyle Atkins (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Parker (USA)
Fourth Official: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)
Reserve AR: Folio Moeaki (TGA)
VAR: Alan Kelly (USA)
AVAR: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)

Match for Third Place
14 June 2019
Italy – Ecuador
Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Angel Nevado Rodriguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Fourth Official: Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG)
Reserve AR: Mahmoud Ahmed (EGY)
VAR: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP)
AVAR: Khamis Al-Marri (QAT)

UEFA U-21 Euro 2019

Italy & San Marino, 16-30 June 2019

Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE, 1985, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE, 1983)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE, 1981)

Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED, 1985)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Schaap (NED, 1977)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan de Vries (NED, 1982)

Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR, 1981)
Assistant Referee 1: Roy Hassan (ISR, 1982)
Assistant Referee 2: Idan Yarkoni (ISR, 1982)

Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB, 1986)
Assistant Referee 1: Milan Mihajlović (SRB, 1978)
Assistant Referee 2: Uroš Stojković (SRB, 1983)

Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL, 1986)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL, 1988)
Assistant Referee 2: Diyan Valkov (BUL, 1977)

Referee: Istvan Kovacs (ROU, 1984)
Assistant Referee 1: Ovidiu Artene (ROU, 1977)
Assistant Referee 2: Vasile Marinescu (ROU, 1976)

Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleh Maslianka (BLR, 1982)
Assistant Referee 2: Dzmitry Zhuk (BLR, 1986)

Referee: Robert Madden (SCO, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Connor (SCO, 1981)
Assistant Referee 2: David Roome (SCO, 1980)

Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA, 1985)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA, 1979)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA, 1981)

VARs/AVARs
Stuart Attwell - Paul Tierney (ENG)
Ricardo De Burgos - Xavier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)
Ruddy Buquet - Francois Letexier (FRA)
Christian Dingert - Tobias Stieler (GER)
Michael Fabbri - Marco Guida (ITA)
Jochem Kamphuis - Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Luis Godinho - Joao Pinheiro (POR)

Referee Observers
1. Roberto Rosetti (ITA)
2. Hugh Dallas (SCO)
3. Vladimir Sajn (SVN)
4. David Elleray (ENG)
5. Herbert Fandel (GER)
6. Lucilio Batista (POR)
7. Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 18-20)

14 June 2019

Jamaica – Italy
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Sarah Jones (NZL)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Salamasina (SAM)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)
Reserve AR: Monica Amboya (ECU)
VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED)
AVAR 1: Pawel Gil (POL)
AVAR 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)

Japan – Scotland
Referee: Lidya Tafesse Abebe (ETH)
Assistant Referee 1: Mary Njoroge (KEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Queency Victoire (MRI)
Fourth Official: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)
Reserve AR: Princesss Brown (JAM)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR 1: Drew Fischer (CAN)
AVAR 2: Oleksandra Ardasheva (UKR)

England – Argentina
Referee: Qin Liang (CHN)
Assistant Referee 1: Fang Yan (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Kim Kyoung Min (KOR)
Fourth Official: Ri Hyang Ok (PRK)
Reserve AR: Hong Kum Nyo (PRK)
VAR: Felix Zwayer (GER)
AVAR 1: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
AVAR 2: Katrin Rafalski (GER)

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – AFC (Round 1, Second Leg)

11 June 2019

Timor Leste – Malaysia
Referee: Yusuke Araki (JPN, photo)

Brunei – Mongolia
Referee: Ahmad Ibrahim (JOR)

Bangladesh – Laos
Referee: Timur Faizullin (KGZ)

Sri Lanka – Macau
Referee: Carymyrat Kurbanow (TKM)

Pakistan – Cambodia
Referee: Hanna Hattab (SYR)

Guam – Bhutan
Referee: Yu Ming Hsun (TPE)

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 16-17)

13 June 2019

Australia – Brazil
Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Sian Massey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Susanne Küng (SUI)
Fourth Official: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Reserve AR: Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (MAD)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR 1: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
AVAR 2: Lucie Ratajova (CZE)

South Africa – China
Referee: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Katalin Torok (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodak (CRO)
Fourth Official: Jana Adamkova (CZE)
Reserve AR: Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
VAR: Christopher Beath (AUS)
AVAR 1: Abdulla Mohammed (UAE)
AVAR 2: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2019

Egypt, 21 June - 19 July 2019

Referees
1. Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG)
2. Helder Martins (ANG)
3. Joshua Bondo (BOT)
4. Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (BDI)
5. Alioum Alioum (CMR, photo)
6. Amin Omar (EGY)
7. Ibrahim Nour El Din (EGY)
8. Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
9. Bakary Gassama (GAM)
10. Peter Waweru (KEN)
11. Andofetra Rakotojaona (MAD)
12. Mahamadou Keita (MLI)
13. Beida Dahane (MTN)
14. Ahmad Heeralall (MRI)
15. Noureddine El-Jaafari (MAR)
16. Redouane Jiyed (MAR)
17. Jean Ngambo (COD)
18. Louis Hakizimana (RWA)
19. Maguette N’Diaye (SEN)
20. Issa Sy (SEN)
21. Bernard Camille (SEY)
22. Victor Gomes (RSA)
23. Sadok Selmi (TUN)
24. Youssef Essrayri (TUN)
25. Haithem Guirat (TUN)
26. Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)

Assistant Referees
1. Mokrane Gourari (ALG)
2. Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG)
3. Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
4. Seydou Tiama (BFA)
5. Elvis Noupue (CMR)
6. Evarist Menkouande (CMR)
7. Issa Yaya (CHA)
8. Soulaimane Almadine (COM)
9. Tahssen Abo El Sadat (EGY)
10. Mahmoud Ahmed (EGY)
11. Ahmed Taha (EGY)
12. Berhe Tesfagiorghis (ERI)
13. Samuel Temesgin (ETH)
14. Sidibe Sidiki (GUI)
15. Gilbert Cheruiyot (KEN)
16. Souru Phatsoane (LES)
17. Attia Amsaaed (LBY)
18. Lionel Andrianantenaina (MAD)
19. Azgaou Lahcen (MAR)
20. Mustapha Akarkad (MAR)
21. Arsenio Marengula (MOZ)
22. Mahamadou Yahaya (NIG)
23. Oliver Safari (COD)
24. El Hadji Samba (SEN)
25. Zakhele Siwela (RSA)
26. Mohammed Ibrahim (SDN)
27. Waleed Ahmed (SDN)
28. Yamen Mellouchi (TUN)
29. Anouar Hmila (TUN)
30. Mark Ssonko (UGA)

CONMEBOL Copa America 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 1-3)

14 June 2019
Brazil – Bolivia
Referee: Nestor Pitana (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Fourth Official: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)
VAR: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
AVAR 1: Fernando Rapallini (ARG)
AVAR 2: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
VAR Observer: Pablo Silva (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)

15 June 2019
Venezuela – Peru
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: John Leon (COL)
Fourth Official: Carlos Orbe (ECU)
VAR: Leodan Gonzalez (URU)
AVAR 1: Andres Rojas (COL)
AVAR 2: Christian Lescano (ECU)
VAR Observer: Martin Vazquez (URU)
Referee Assessor: Claudio Puga (CHI)

Argentina – Colombia
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Claudio Rios (CHI)
Fourth Official: Alexis Herrera (VEN)
VAR: Julio Bascunan (CHI)
AVAR 1: Piero Maza (CHI)
AVAR 2: Nicolas Taran (URU)
VAR Observer: Carlos Astroza (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 13-15)

12 June 2019

Germany – Spain
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandra Ardasheva (UKR)
Fourth Official: Sandra Braz (POR)
Reserve AR: Mihaela Tepusa (ROU)
VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED)
AVAR 1: Pawel Gil (POL)
AVAR 2: Michelle O'Neill (IRL)

Nigeria – Korea
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Ekaterina Kurochkina (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)
Reserve AR: Julia Magnusson (SWE)
VAR: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
AVAR 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
AVAR 2: Leslie Vazquez (CHI)

France – Norway
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Fourth Official: Riem Hussein (GER)
Reserve AR: Lisa Rashid (ENG)
VAR: Felix Zwayer (GER)
AVAR 1: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
AVAR 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)

Chenard supported by fellow referees

It was just two days before Ottawa referee Carol Anne Chenard was set to fly to France for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. She had undergone the required three-and-a-half years of rigorous training and preparation for selected FIFA referees. Everything was settled at her job at Health Canada for her to take the time off. Most of her belongings were packed; just a few smaller items were left to be crammed into her bags. They never made it into her suitcase. 
Chenard, one of Canada’s most experienced female referees, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of May and would be unable to participate in this year’s Women’s World Cup. “Unfortunately it really was last minute… I didn’t have a lot of time to digest it, I guess, because it was two days away from leaving for the World Cup,” she said with a laugh. “It obviously creates a lot of anxiety… I’m human like everyone else, so I was scared.” After speaking to her family and doctors, she decided to sit this World Cup out. “Obviously I’m disappointed that I can’t be there, but health is the most important thing we have,” she said. “Without my health, I’ll never get back on the field again.” With an eventual return to the pitch in mind, she focused on starting the healing process as soon as possible. Luckily, her cancer was detected early, so it’s treatable. She had her first round of chemotherapy on Friday, which is a routine that will continue into the summer. “I feel good, a little bit sleepy, but other than that the side effects have been quite mild for my first treatment, so I think that’s pretty positive” she said. Though Chenard says she made the right choice, having to stay behind while her colleagues are in France is tough. “They’re doing so well… We worked so hard together for the last three-and-a-half years and you expect to be spending time with them… I was obviously devastated to not be able to go. Every international game is really exciting, but the World Cup is the pinnacle, whether you’re an athlete, a coach, a referee or volunteer. It’s the culmination of all the hard work we’ve done over the past few years,” she said. 
Chenard considers herself lucky to have been able to call matches for the 2011 and 2015 Women’s World Cups. In 2015, it was held in Canada. The first game she refereed was held in Ottawa, where she lives. “Before the game as they’re showing the pictures on the big screen, when the referee’s picture comes up, there’s usually not too much excitement in the stadium, but for that one I could hear some cheering,” she said. Fortunately, that experience doesn’t have to be her last at a FIFA World Cup. FIFA announced in 2014 it was abolishing the age limit for referees at international events. The limit was 45, and because World Cups take place every four years, the one in France would have been 42-year-old Chenard’s last. However, like always, she isn’t thinking too much about the future. “Even when you’re healthy, as a referee you can’t look too far ahead. You’re only as best as the last game you refereed, so you have to show them … every single game, that you deserve to be there,” she said. “But I think, at the age I am now, I’m taking it year by year.” And just because Chenard can’t be in France in person doesn’t mean her fellow referees aren’t giving her a front-row view of all the FIFA excitement. “(We call) the refereeing team … the third team on the field,” she said. “The referee family is strong. I’ve heard from so many people from around the world, all over Canada, all levels of refereeing. (They’re) sending me videos and I’m getting updates. I really miss them, I wish I was there to support them, but I’m doing my best from far away watching on TV”, she said. 

FIFA U-20 World Cup 2019 – Semi-finals

11 June 2019

Ukraine – Italy
Referee: Raphael Claus (BRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Manis (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Pires (BRA)
Fourth Official: Ahmed Al-Kaf (OMA)
Reserve AR: Abu Al-Amri (OMA)
VAR: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
AVAR: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)

Ecuador – Korea
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Fourth Official: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Reserve AR: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
VAR: Alan Kelly (USA)
AVAR: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 10-12)

11 June 2019

New Zealand – Netherlands
Referee: Edina Alves (BRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Neuza Back (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Tatiane Sacilotti (BRA)
Fourth Official: Maria Carvajal (CHI)
Reserve AR: Monica Amboya (EDU)
VAR: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
AVAR 1: Tiago Martins (POR)
AVAR 2: Felisha Mariscal (USA)

Chile – Sweden
Referee: Lucila Venegas (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
Fourth Official: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)
Reserve AR: Princess Brown (JAM)
VAR: Christopher Beath (AUS)
AVAR 1: Abdulla Mohammed (UAE)
AVAR 2: Kylie Cockburn (SCO)

USA – Thailand
Referee: Laura Fortunato (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Mariana Almeida (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Mary Blanco (COL)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)
Reserve AR: Luciana Mascarana (URU)
VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
AVAR 1: Jose Sanchez Martinez (ESP)
AVAR 2: Sarah Jones (NZL)

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 8-9)

10 June 2019

Argentina – Japan
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michelle O'Neill (IRL)
Fourth Official: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)
Reserve AR: Sarah Jones (NZL)
VAR: Clement Turpin (FRA)
AVAR 1: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
AVAR 2: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)

Canada – Cameroon
Referee: Ri Hyang Ok (PRK)
Assistant Referee 1: Hong Kum Nyo (PRK)
Assistant Referee 2: Kim Kyoung Min (KOR)
Fourth Official: Qin Liang ( CHN)
Reserve AR: Lee Suel Gi (KOR)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR 1: Abdulla Mohammed (UAE)
AVAR 2: Sian Massey (ENG)

UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers (Matchday 4)

10 June 2019
Poland – Israel
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (GER)
Referee Observer: Marcel Vanelshocht (BEL)

Czech Republic – Montenegro
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)

Bulgaria – Kosovo
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Dennis Wollenberg (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Skytte (DEN)
Fourth Official: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)
Referee Observer: Joeri Van De Velde (BEL)

Serbia – Lithuania
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Vital Jobin (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Raffael Zeder (SUI)
Fourth Official: Fedayi San (SUI)
Referee Observer: Jens Larsen (DEN)

Ukraine – Luxembourg 
Referee: Peter Kralovič (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Milan Štrbo (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Erik Weiss (SVK)
Fourth Official: Michal Očenaš (SVK)
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

Denmark – Georgia
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Gutschi (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Kühr (AUT)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Gishamer (AUT)
Referee Observer: John Ferry (NIR)

Ireland – Gibraltar
Referee: Radu Petrescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladimir Urzică (ROU)
Fourth Official: Marcel Bîrsan (ROU)
Referee Observer: Paulius Malžinskas (LTU)

Faroe Islands – Norway
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandr Radiuš (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytis Snarskis (LTU)
Fourth Official: Manfredas Lukjančukas (LTU)
Referee Observer: Milan Karadžić (SRB)

Malta – Romania
Referee: Dennis Higler (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)

Spain – Sweden
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Walsh (SCO)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

North Macedonia – Austria
Referee: Aleksey Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitri Safyan (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vladimir Moskalev (RUS)
Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)

Latvia – Slovenia
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Jordan Stokoe (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel McFarlane (SCO)
Fourth Official: Christopher Kavanagh (ENG)
Referee Observer: Thomas Einwaller (AUT)

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Kazakhstan – San Marino
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Referee Observer: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)

Azerbaijan – Slovakia
Referee: John Beaton (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Sean Carr (SCO)
Fourth Official: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

Belarus – Northern Ireland
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Staudinger (AUT)
Fourth Official: Julian Weinberger (AUT)
Referee Observer: Kjell Alseth (NOR)

Germany – Estonia
Referee: Ali Palabiyik (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Halil Umut Meler (TUR)
Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Hungary – Wales
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Fourth Official: Nejc Kajtazovič (SVN)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

Albania – Moldova
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mika Lamppu (FIN)
Fourth Official: Petri Viljanen (FIN)
Referee Observer: Edward Foley (IRL)

Andorra – France
Referee: Fran Jović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivica Modrić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Hrvoje Radić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Mario Zebec (CRO)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

Iceland – Turkey
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Musial (POL)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

Belgium – Scotland
Referee: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivo Nádvorník (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jiří Moláček (CZE)
Fourth Official: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

Russia – Cyprus
Referee: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Giorgio Peretti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Ciro Carbone (ITA)
Fourth Official: Maurizio Mariani (ITA)
Referee Observer: Elmir Pilav (BIH)

Greece – Armenia
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Silver Koiv (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Aron Härsing (EST)
Fourth Official: Juri Frischer (EST)
Referee Observer: Rene Temmink (NED)

Italy – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Xavier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Javier Aguilar Rodriguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino Magan (ESP)
Fourth Official: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

Liechtenstein – Finland
Referee: Jens Maae (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Referee Observer: Michael Ross (NIR)

Porto swansong for proud Undiano

Alberto Undiano Mallenco will never forget his last match as a referee – Sunday's UEFA Nations League final between Portugal and the Netherlands. "I want to enjoy the experience," says the Spaniard, who hangs up his whistle after three decades of service. Refereeing three finals in a month is a wonderful way to bring the curtain down on a distinguished refereeing career – as Spanish match official Alberto Undiano Mallenco completes more than 30 years with the whistle with a major European occasion. 
The 45-year-old father-of-two from Pamplona referees his last-ever match when hosts Portugal face the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League final in Porto on Sunday. It is a memorable achievement in a life in refereeing that has brought success and recognition. It has been a hectic month for Undiano. He took charge of Spain's Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Valencia two weekends ago, while earlier in May, and by invitation of the Football Federation of Armenia (FFA), he officiated at the Armenian Cup final between Alashkert and Lori. Now comes Sunday's eagerly awaited showdown at the Estádio do Dragão, where Undiano will be determined to maintain his standards right until he blows his whistle for the very last time. "The appointment for the UEFA Nations League final is fantastic for me, just fantastic. I want to enjoy the experience," he says proudly. "But I won't be thinking at all that it's my last match – it's a big final and it's my job to be concentrated right until the end. I will have time to feel emotions after the final whistle." A Spanish team will accompany Undiano: assistants Roberto Alonso Fernandez and Juan Yuste Jimenez, plus fourth official Antonio Mateu Lahoz. With the video assistant referee (VAR) system in operation, the VAR duo are also both from Spain – Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (VAR) and Juan Martinez Munuera (assistant VAR). Another Spaniard, Raul Cabanero Martinez, is the reserve official. 
Undiano, a trained sociologist, embarked on his refereeing career by chance, at the age of 13. "I played football at school, but then I moved to a higher school where there was no football," he recalls. "I was quite sad – I loved the game and wanted to continue in it. A friend of mine was a referee and he encouraged me to referee a match. "I did so, just to see what it was like – and I found that I liked it. I discovered that it was something for me, so I kept going. A few years later a refereeing technical director said to me that I had ability and should work hard – and I began climbing the ranks." This finally led to a berth as a referee in Spain's top flight in 2000, at the tender age of 26. "It was tough at the start," he remembers, "because there were obviously players on the pitch who were older and more experienced. But I was determined, worked hard, and gradually earned their respect." The red-hot atmosphere of elite Spanish football, he says, has been crucial in honing the mental strength that is so vital for a top-level referee. "You learn very quickly how to referee, how to handle people on the field," he explains. "It's interesting to think that because I began at such a young age in La Liga, I've actually refereed fathers and their sons along the way – it's been quite a journey." Undiano's domestic success – including various national awards as the best Spanish referee – was followed by recognition beyond Spain in 2004, when he gained his international badge. He went to the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada and was assigned the final between Argentina and the Czech Republic. Three years later he was chosen as the only Spanish referee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, where he officiated at three matches. "It's one of my fondest memories in refereeing," Undiano says. "It was a marvellous feeling to go out on the field and referee in the World Cup finals, something you don't forget." Undiano prefers a calm dressing-room preparation for big games. "I think if you get too excited or nervous in the period before a match," he reflects, "it risks affecting your refereeing. It's crucial for me to be well prepared mentally. You've got to be extremely fit too, because the game is so much faster nowadays – and one of the great innovations for referees has been the opportunity to study teams and how they play. It helps you referee a game when you know these things. You also have to be ready to adapt to the unexpected if things change." Undiano finds family comforts help him relax away from the football field, especially through visits to the cinema with his wife Maria and two sons David and Javier, aged 13 and 11 respectively. "You do spend a lot of time thinking about your refereeing, so it's important to find that balance with your family," he says. "And I like other sports – for example, I'm keen on going to futsal matches. My sons are very different in their tastes – David prefers music to football, but Javier is a football fanatic. I call him my number one fan!" And what of the future? Happily, after 19 years' refereeing at Spain's highest tiers and 15 as an international official, Undiano will not be lost to the trade when he hangs up his whistle on Sunday. "I will be starting work with the Spanish FA referees committee to help and support the next generation of referees," he says. "I'm very much looking forward to this new side of being in refereeing, and giving something back by making use of my experience," Undiano concludes. "I've refereed for over 30 years – and I'll certainly remember some wonderful moments." 

Source: UEFA

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 5-7)

9 June 2019

Australia – Italy
Referee: Melissa Borjas (HON, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Shirley Perello (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Fourth Official: Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)
Reserve AR: Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
VAR: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
AVAR 1: Jose Sanchez Martinez (ESP)
AVAR 2: Luciana Mascarana (URU)

Brazil – Jamaica
Referee: Riem Hussein (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Kylie Cockburn (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihaela Tepusa (ROU)
Fourth Official: Kateryna Monzul ( UKR )
Reserve AR: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER )
AVAR 1: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
AVAR 2: Maryna Striletska (UKR)

England – Scotland
Referee: Jana Adamkova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Sukenikova (SVK)
Fourth Official: Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)
Reserve AR: Sanja Rodak (CRO)
VAR: Felix Zwayer (GER)
AVAR 1: Pawel Gil (POL)
AVAR 2: Ekaterina Kurochkina (RUS)

UEFA Nations League Final 2019: Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

9 June 2019

Final
Portugal – Netherlands
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernandez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Yuste Jimenez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Reserve AR: Raul Cabanero Martinez (ESP)
VAR: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP)
AVAR: Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP)
Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)


Match for Third Place
Switzerland – England
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
VAR: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
AVAR: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Referee Observer: Manuel Diaz Vega (ESP)

UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers (Matchday 3)

7 June 2019
Denmark – Ireland
Referee: Cüneyt Çakir (TUR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Referee Observer: Laszlo Vagner (HUN)

Georgia – Gibraltar
Referee: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Turkka Joonas Valjakka (FIN)
Fourth Official: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Referee Observer: Gaetano De Gabriele (MLT)

Montenegro – Kosovo
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Giorgio Peretti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

Czech Republic – Bulgaria
Referee: Tamas Bognar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balazs Buzas (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Kobor (HUN)
Fourth Official: Istvan Vad (HUN)
Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)

Ukraine – Serbia
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Perez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jose Munuera Montero (ESP)
Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)

Lithuania – Luxembourg
Referee: Adam Farkas (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Balazs Szert (HUN)
Fourth Official: Balazs Berke (HUN)
Referee Observer: Kevin Azzopardi (MLT)

Sweden – Malta
Referee: Robert Harvey (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wayne McDonnell (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Gavin (IRL)
Fourth Official: Paul Mclaughlin (IRL)
Referee Observer: Emil Božinovski (MKD)

Norway – Romania
Referee: Sergey Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksei Lunev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vitali Meshkov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE

Faroe Islands – Spain
Referee: Enea Jorgji (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Ridiger Çokaj (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Rejdi Avdo (ALB)
Fourth Official: Juxhin Xhaja (ALB)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

Latvia – Israel
Referee: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Usachev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Egor Bolkhovitin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
Referee Observer: Vlado Svilokos (CRO)

North Macedonia – Poland
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Ciro Carbone (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefano Alassio (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Gylfi Orrason (ISL)

Austria – Slovenia
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleg Maslyanko (BLR)
Fourth Official: Denis Scherbakov (BLR)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

8 June 2019
Croatia – Wales
Referee: Istvan Kovacs (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Fourth Official: Marius Avram (ROU)
Referee Observer: Kostas Kapitanis (CYP)

Iceland – Albania
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: David Roome (SCO)
Fourth Official: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)

Estonia – Northern Ireland
Referee: Fabio Veríssimo (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Paulo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rui Martins (POR)
Fourth Official: João Capela (POR)
Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

Azerbaijan – Norway
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Johan Balder (NED)
Fourth Official: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Referee Observer: Aleh Chykun (BLR)

Moldova – Andorra
Referee: Bojan Pandzic (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Joakim Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Kaspar Sjöberg (SWE)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Russia – San Marino
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Fredrik Klyver (SWE)
Fourth Official: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Referee Observer: Marian Ružbarsky (SVK)

Armenia – Liechtenstein
Referee: Nikola Popov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Georgi Todorov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Kolev (BUL)
Fourth Official: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Salustia Cipres (AND)

Finland – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Daniel Stefański (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Golis (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Referee Observer: Michalis Argyrou (CYP)

Belarus – Germany
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Novak Simović (SRB)
Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Turkey – France
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Fourth Official: Rade Obrenovič (SVN)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

Belgium – Kazakhstan
Referee: Irfan Peljto (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Senad Ibrišimbegović (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Davor Beljo (BIH)
Fourth Official: Admir Šehović (BIH)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

Scotland – Cyprus
Referee: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Tom Grønevik (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Geir Isaksen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Hagenes (NOR)
Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)

Greece – Italy
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 2-4)

8 June 2019

Germany – China
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Princess Brown (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
Fourth Official: Lucila Venegas (MEX)
Reserve AR: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
AVAR 2: Sarah Jones (NZL)

Spain – South Africa
Referee: Maria Carvajal (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Leslie Vasquez (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Loreto Toloza (CHI)
Fourth Official: Laura Fortunato (ARG)
Reserve AR: Mary Blanco (COL)
VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
AVAR 1: Tiago Martins (POR)
AVAR 2: Mariana Almeida (ARG)

Norway – Nigeria
Referee: Kate Jacewicz (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
Fourth Official: Casey Relbelt (AUS)
Reserve AR: Maiko Hagio (JPN)
VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED)
AVAR 1: Mohammed Abdulla (UAE)
AVAR 2: Sian Massey (ENG)

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – AFC (Round 1, First Leg)

6-7 June 2019

Mongolia – Brunei
Referee: Pranjal Banerjee (IND, photo)

Laos – Bangladesh
Referee: Ho Wai Sing (HKG)

Macau – Sri Lanka
Referee: Kim Dae-yong (KOR)

Cambodia – Pakistan
Referee: Shaun Evans (AUS)

Bhutan – Guam
Referee: Omar Al-Yaqoubi (OMA)

Malaysia – Timor Leste
Referee: Sherzod Kasimov (UZB)

FIFA U-20 World Cup 2019 – Quarter-finals

7 June 2019
Colombia – Ukraine
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mahmud Ahmed (EGY)
Assistant Referee 2: Mokrane Gourari (ALG)
Fourth Official: Adham Makhadmeh (JOR)
Reserve AR: Ahmad Al-Roalle (JOR)
VAR: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
AVAR: Khamis Al-Marri (QAT)

Italy – Mali
Referee: Ismail Elfath (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kyle Atkins (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Parker (USA)
Fourth Official: Ahmed Al-Kaf (OMA)
Reserve AR: Abu Al-Amri (OMA)
VAR: Alan Kelly (USA)
AVAR: Ammar Al-Jeneibi (UAE)

8 June 2019
USA – Ecuador
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frederic Haquette (FRA)
Fourth Official: Abdelkhader Zitouni (TAH)
Reserve AR: Folio Moeaki (TGA)
VAR: Paulus van Boekel (NED)
AVAR: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)

Korea – Senegal
Referee: Leodan Gonzalez (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Martín Soppi (URU)
Fourth Official: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
Reserve AR: Pablo Hernandez (MEX)
VAR: Julio Bascunan (CHI)
AVAR: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)

CAF Champions League final to be replayed at neutral venue

Esperance have been ordered to return the African Champions League trophy and to replay the second leg of the final. The Tunisian side led 1-0 in Saturday's second leg but Moroccan opponents Wydad Casablanca left the pitch after an equaliser they scored was disallowed. Wydad wanted the video assistant referee to check if the goal should stand but the system was not working. 
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said the second leg will be replayed at a neutral venue. The 1-1 draw from the first leg in Morocco stands. The replay will be after the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, which ends on 19 July. A CAF statement said "conditions of game and safety were not met" in the second leg and made clear Esperance players must return their winners' medals as well as the trophy. Play in the second leg was halted after Wydad thought they had equalised on 59 minutes through Walid El Karti's header. It was disallowed for an infringement. The VAR system was visible on the side of the pitch but the players had not been told it was not in use because of a malfunction. The referee eventually awarded the victory to three-time champions Esperance after a 95-minute delay. Wydad's president said the club was "the victim of a scandal" and Caf subsequently called an Executive Committee meeting where the decision to replay the game was made. 

Source: BBC

FIFA replaces Confederations Cup with revamped Club World Cup

In the FIFA’s Key Achievements document presented today at the 69th Congress in France, FIFA confirmed that the Confederations Cup will be replaced by a revamped, 24-team FIFA Club World Cup, the pilot edition of which will be held in June and July 2021. The decision was taken with 25 votes in favour of and seven against the proposal. The revamped FIFA Club World Cup will be played during the international match calendar slot that corresponded to the FIFA Confederations Cup. In the 2021 pilot edition, the 24 teams will be split into eight groups of three teams each, with the group winners to qualify for the quarter-finals in a knockout format. Further details − such as the proposed match schedule and the slot allocation for representatives of each confederation − will be discussed further and decided at a later stage.
The decision to overhaul the FIFA Club World Cup comes after a thorough consultation process that started in 2016 and involved the FIFA Council, the Football Stakeholders Committee, the Organising Committee for FIFA Competitions, the member associations at the Executive Football Summits, as well as bilateral discussions with professional football stakeholders. The consultation process culminated in the work of a dedicated task force formed by FIFA and the six confederations. The task force held four meetings between November 2018 and February 2019 and, prior to the FIFA Council meeting, provided the members of FIFA’s decision-making body with a detailed report on the technical and sporting elements linked to the organisation of a revamped FIFA Club World Cup. The subject was also at the centre of constructive dialogue between FIFA and UEFA, which will continue over the course of the upcoming months. The task force was also asked to look into the various possibilities surrounding the introduction of a worldwide Nations League. In this regard, the task force’s assessment is that there is still more work to be done before it can come to any conclusions and potentially make concrete proposals. Therefore, the FIFA Council agreed to extend the mandate of the FIFA Task Force for Future Competitions to continue exploring the idea of a worldwide Nations League, with no specific time frame having been set at this stage.

Source: FIFA

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Match 1)

7 June 2019

France – Korea
Referee: Claudia Umpierrez (URU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Luciana Mascarana (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Monica Amboya (ECU)
Fourth Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)
Reserve AR: Mariana Almeida (ARG)
VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
AVAR 1: Jose Sanchez Martinez (ESP)
AVAR 2: Felisha Mariscal (USA)

Two match officials selected for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 pull out

As a speaker blasts out the song High Hopes – part of a warm-up playlist chosen by the referees themselves – a smile plays across the fitness coach’s face. The match officials have high hopes that they can meet the expectations and requirements demanded of them once the FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 starts in three days’ time. They have been working intensively towards this moment for the last three-and-a-half years, and continued to work hard at the referees’ media day on Tuesday 4 June. The 26 referees and 47 assistant referees from 42 different countries gathered on two pitches at the Institut National du Sport (INSEP) in Paris for a series of intense training sessions, including coaching on how to use VAR. "We have been given the best possible training in this short period about how to use VAR technology," said German referee Riem Hussein. "I’m not worried about it; on the contrary, it’s reassuring to know that there is now someone who can protect you from potentially making big mistakes – even though I obviously hope that I’m better than the technology and won’t need to use VAR." As the training sessions drew to a close, the chairman of FIFA’s Referees' Committee, Pierluigi Collina, announced the team of match officials assigned to the opening match between hosts France and Korea Republic on Friday 7 June (21:00 local time). Uruguay’s Claudia Umpierrez will sound her whistle to kick off this summer’s Women’s World Cup. "I’m incredibly happy to have been given this opportunity," the delighted South American told FIFA.com while wiping a tear of joy from her cheek. "All the hard work has paid off. It’s the biggest match of my life. I got a taste of the World Cup at Canada 2015, but this tops everything."
At the subsequent press conference, the FIFA Referees’ Committee – represented by Collina, Head of FIFA’s Referees Department Massimo Busacca, and Kari Seitz, FIFA’s Senior Manager of Refereeing – announced with regret that experienced Canadian referee Carol Anne Chenard and Chinese assistant referee Yongmei Cui will no longer be able to take part in the Women’s World Cup for health reasons. Chenard has been diagnosed with breast cancer, while Cui has been advised not to participate by doctors due to heart problems. The two officials will not be replaced. Chenard’s two assistant referees, Chantal Boudreau and Kathryn Nesbitt, will be in France and will feature regularly in matches. FIFA and its Referees' Committee wish Carol Anne Chenard and Yongmei Cui a full and quick recovery and hope that they will both be back out on the pitch again soon.

Pierluigi Collina, Chairman of the FIFA Referees' Committee:
"Here we are. This is what we worked towards for three-and-a-half years. These referees are here because they earned the right to be here – they are the best. We started out with 300 officials from six confederations and now we have chosen the best 73. We selected them based on just one criterion: quality. After all, our goal of making this World Cup the best World Cup of all time will come down to the quality of the match officials. Unfortunately two referees are not with us as they are unable to take part for health reasons. This news came as a shock to us, but we wish them both the best and hope they will be back and working with us again soon."

Massimo Busacca, Head of FIFA’s Referees' Department:
"We have worked hard for four years, just like the national teams striving for success at this World Cup. It is just as important for us referees to feel and live out our passion for football as it is for players, so that we can enhance and protect the sport’s image."

Kari Seitz, head of the refereeing project for FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019:
"We place great importance on fitness, understanding the rules and good match awareness, as this enables referees to read a game and develop an instinct for different situations. We have been working together for a long time now and have become a family. That’s why the news of Carol Anne Chenard and Yongmei Cui’s withdrawals came as such a shock to us, and we wish both of them all the very best for a full and speedy recovery."

Bibiana Steinhaus, referee (Germany):
"The atmosphere at a World Cup is unique. We work extremely hard for the opportunity to lead the teams into the stadiums, hear the national anthems and be part of the puzzle as referees. Of course, the new challenge for this year is working with the video assistants. We have thoroughly prepared for this in our recent seminars and training courses to ensure that we communicate and use the technology seamlessly. I can assure you that we are ready."

Stephanie Frappart, referee (France):
"This World Cup in my homeland is an absolute highlight for me. I’m incredibly proud and happy to be able to be here. We have all worked very hard to be as prepared as possible. Of course, I will give my all to represent my country well."

Source: FIFA

UEFA Nations League – Semi-final 2

6 June 2019

Netherlands – England
Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
VAR: François Letexier (FRA)
AVAR: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)

UEFA Nations League – Semi-final 1

5 June 2019

Portugal – Switzerland
Referee: Felix Brych (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
VAR: Christian Dingert (GER)
AVAR: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Referee Observer: Sandor Piller (HUN)

VAR ready for UEFA Nations League finals

For the first time in a UEFA National Team competition, Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will be used at the upcoming UEFA Nations League finals in Portugal. The coaches of the four finalist teams received a briefing and share their views on the benefits of VAR.
After successful technological testing and the training of referees, Video Assistant Referees (VAR) have been used in the UEFA Champions League knock-out stages and the UEFA Europa League final. The same principles will be applied for the inaugural UEFA Nations League Finals, which kick-off on 5 June and will feature England, Portugal, Switzerland and the Netherlands. To get the coaches accustomed to the introduction of VAR, UEFA held a briefing for the coaches of the finalists in April, where they were given detailed instructions of how the system works by UEFA’s chief refereeing officer, Roberto Rosetti.
Ronald Koeman, the head coach of the Netherlands said: “The VAR is a good help to make football fairer and most of the mistakes will be corrected. That of course is a good thing. We must realize, however, that discussions will continue to exist, because you can often interpret actions in multiple ways. I am in favour of the VAR tackling the big, obvious issues only, rather than to search endlessly for potential errors.”
Vladimir Petković, the head coach of Switzerland said: “I am very positive about the introduction of the VAR. If we have the technical means to support the referees in their work, we should make the best possible use of them. It is important, however, that in the end it is still a man who decides, not a machine".
Fernando Santos, the head coach of Portugal said: “I believe that the introduction of VAR in the UEFA Nations League represents a step forward for all people who love football and fair play. VAR is a fantastic tool for all referees, players and coaches and it should be extended to all UEFA competitions.”
Gareth Southgate, the head coach of England said: “We had a good briefing in Porto recently and had positive experiences of VAR in the World Cup. My feeling both internationally and domestically is that, in the main, the big decisions have been right. The purpose of using VAR is to help the referees so I think it has been a help. You will never get a system that is 100 per cent fail-safe but the key decisions that are clear and obvious have been rectified. For me, that is a positive.”
• A VAR team – a video assistant referee, an assistant video assistant referee, and two video operators – will be located at each stadium and will support the decision-making process of the referee.
• The VAR team will constantly check for clear and obvious errors related to the following four match-changing situations:
a. Goals
b. Incidents in the penalty area
c. Red cards
d. Mistaken identity
• The VAR team will check all match-changing situations, but will only intervene for clear and obvious mistakes. The referee can hold up play while a decision is being reviewed.
• If the VAR review provides clear evidence for a serious mistake in one of the game-changing situations, the VAR can then ask the referee to conduct an on-field review (by viewing replay footage in the review area). The final decision can only be taken by the referee.
• The VAR is also able to take into account any infringement that could have taken place in the immediate build-up to the incident (the attacking phase of play). 
• For 'factual' decisions (e.g. offside, fouls in or outside the penalty area), the VAR can simply inform the referee of those facts and the on-field view screen isn't needed, but it is always the referee who takes the final decision.
• The on-field review process will be communicated within the stadium using either the stadium screens or the public announcement system.
• Because VAR is being used, there will be no additional assistant referees.

Source: UEFA

FIFA U-20 World Cup 2019 – Round of 16

2 June 2019
Italy – Poland
Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano (ESP, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Angel Nevado Rodriguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Fourth Official: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
VAR: Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP)
AVAR: Gery Vargas (BOL)

Colombia – New Zealand
Referee: Ahmed Al-Kaf (OMA)
Assistant Referee 1: Abu Al-Amri (OMA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rashid Al-Ghaithi (OMA)
Fourth Official: Fu Ming (CHN)
VAR: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP)
AVAR: Khamis Al-Marri (QAT)

3 June 2019
Senegal – Nigeria
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
VAR: Marco Guida (ITA)
AVAR: Ammar Al-Jeneibi (UAE)

Uruguay – Ecuador
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Fourth Official: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
VAR: Alan Kelly (USA)
AVAR: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)

Ukraine – Panama
Referee: Leodan Gonzalez (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Soppi (URU)
Fourth Official: Daniel Siebert (GER)
VAR: Julio Bascunan (CHI)
AVAR: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)

4 June 2019
Japan – Korea
Referee: Maguette N'Diaye (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Elvis Noupue (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Seydou Tiama (BFA)
Fourth Official: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)
Reserve AR: Folio Moeaki (TGA)
VAR: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
AVAR: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)

France – USA
Referee: Raphael Claus (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Manis (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Pires (BRA)
Fourth Official: Fernando Rapallini (ARG)
Reserve AR: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
VAR: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
AVAR: Andres Rojas (COL)

Argentina – Mali
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Pablo Hernandez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose Martinez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Ismail Elfath (USA)
Reserve AR: Kyle Atkins (USA)
VAR: Paulus van Boekel (NED)
AVAR: Adonai Escobedo (MEX)

Ri Hyang-ok bids farewell at FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019

Ri Hyang-ok, from DPR Korea, will be one of the 12 Asian referees and assistant referees selected to officiate in the FIFA Women’s World Cup which begins in France next week. And for the former DPR Korea player and experienced referee, it will be her final bow from refereeing duties after officiating in her first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada in 2015. Ri, who also represented her country as a player in two FIFA Women’s World Cup - in 1999 and 2003 - said: “As a player, I represented my country in two FIFA Women’s World Cup, but I didn’t qualify from the group stage. That’s why I decided to become a referee, so my dream is to officiate in the Finals. At the same time, I’m also sad because this will be my final World Cup. I want to retire after this. I love football so I want to stay in football by coaching young referees. I want to see Asian referees improve and become the best referees. I have experience as a player playing in the World Cup so I’m not afraid when I’m on the football field. In my first World Cup, I officiated in four difficult matches, but I was never afraid. I took it as a challenge and I was comfortable because I knew where to run and to be in the right positions.”
Ri will be joined by Qi Liang of China, who will also be a main referee for the second time in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, alongside first-timers Yoshimi Yamashita of Japan and Australian duo Kate Jacewicz and Casey Reibelt. Qi was delighted to be selected again and welcomed the inclusion of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in this year’s showpiece. “We’ve attended a lot of seminars to prepare for VAR. I’m comfortable with the inclusion of VAR because it is very useful and it can help us in difficult situations. But we are also very confident in our own abilities.” The preparations have been challenging for debutants Jacewicz and Yamashita but they believe it has helped them prepare for the biggest stage in women’s football. Jacewicz said: “AFC have a very strong team going to the Women’s World Cup. It is humbling to be part of a strong and experienced team. They look after us, especially the ones who are first timers. That’s something that you can’t learn in a classroom. It is valuable experience working and training with all of them.” Yamashita is confident of putting on another strong showing after becoming the first all-female cast to officiate an AFC Cup match earlier this month with assistant referees Makoto Bozono and Naomi Teshigori, who are also part of the AFC officials in France. “The preparations have not been easy because you have to train and prepare yourself physically and mentally. I want to do my best in every match and it is very nice to see so many referees from the AFC being selected. We are always supporting each other, and I believe we perform at our best when we work together.” Other assistant referees representing the AFC in France are Yan Fang of China, Maiko Hagio of Japan, Hong Kum-nyo of DPR Korea and Kim Kyoung-min and Lee Seul-gi of Korea Republic. Male referees Christopher Beath, from Australia, and Mohammed Mohamed Abdulla, of the United Arab Emirates, will also assist them in VAR.

Source: AFC

CAF Champions League Final abandoned due to VAR controversy

The African Champions League final was abandoned due to a row over the Video Assisted Referee (VAR) system. Play was halted for over an hour after Wydad Casablanca refused to play when VAR was unavailable to judge a disallowed equaliser. VAR had been set up on the side of the pitch, but the players had not been told it was not working, although officials were aware. The referee then awarded the victory to three-time former champions Esperance. 
The Tunisian side were leading 1-0 (2-1 on aggregate) in Saturday's final, which was played over two legs. VAR had been used in last week's first leg. But in the second leg, Walid El Karti's header for Wydad was disallowed for an infringement. Wydad players protested to the Gambian referee, demanding VAR be used, and Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Ahmad Ahmad spent almost 30 minutes in discussions with officials in a bid to get the game restarted. The 60,000 spectators inside the stadium waited for an update for 95 minutes, before the referee awarded the victory to the home team, who retained the title. 
In a statement, CAF confirmed it will hold a meeting of their executive committee on Tuesday to discuss the incident. It is the first time in the 55-year history of the elite African club competition that a match in the home-and-away final series has not been completed. Last week's first leg in Morocco saw CAF hand Egyptian referee Gehad Grisha a six-month ban after complaints from the Moroccans. Esperance were unbeaten all season, equalling the achievement of the 1994 squad, becoming the first club to win the competition twice without losing a match. Wydad could now face a two-year ban from competing in continental club competition. 

Source: BBC

Proud "treble" for 2019 Champions League Final referee Skomina

Damir Skomina will reach an historic milestone when he referees Saturday's UEFA Champions League final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool – and the Slovenian says there are still targets to be achieved. Skomina didn't set fixed goals for himself when he started out on his refereeing journey as a teenager – but his road has now brought him a prestigious 'treble' at European club level.
When the 42-year-old Slovenian takes charge of Saturday's UEFA Champions League final in Madrid between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, Skomina will complete a full set of major European club final appointments. An international referee since 2002, Skomina officiated at the UEFA Europa League final between Ajax and Manchester United in 2017, as well as the UEFA Super Cup match between Chelsea and Atletico de Madrid in 2012. He also acted as fourth official at the 2013 UEFA Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. "I didn't set myself these targets," says Skomina, a father of two from Koper, on Slovenia's Adriatic coast, close to the borders with Italy and Croatia. "But I feel I've worked very hard over the years to get this far. I'm hugely proud of being chosen for this match." Skomina began refereeing in 1992 at the age of 15. "I played football, but was told by doctors at the time to stop because they thought I had a health problem. So, I started refereeing as a way of staying in football. A few years later, I had another medical exam, and was told that everything was fine – so I was free to continue refereeing." His path now leads him to the eagerly anticipated all-English encounter at Madrid's Estadio Metropolitano, where he will be assisted by his compatriots Jure Praprotnik and Robert Vukan. The fourth official is Antonio Mateu Lahoz from Spain. Skomina says that he never had any idols – "you must be yourself," he insists – but cites UEFA refereeing officer and fellow Slovenian Vlado Šajn and Italy's distinguished former referee Pierluigi Collina as people who have given him special guidance along the way. Strong focus and self-belief are characteristics that have helped Skomina enjoy such a successful career. That focus will switch on in the run-up to the match. "By the time we line up with the teams, I'll be totally concentrated on the game," he says. "In fact, it won't be until I look at the match the next day that I'll finally fully notice all of the pre-match activities." The experience gathered over the years will doubtless stand Skomina in good stead. "I won't put too much pressure on myself ahead of the game; it's important for us as a referee team not to stress. We'll have some music playing in the background in the dressing-room, and we'll all go through our normal preparations." Skomina says that the changes in top-class football have made it essential for today's top referees to live, prepare and train like athletes. "The players are getting quicker, the speed of the game is faster," he reflects. "And each season, referees get older by another year – so you must be ready to adapt and work hard. I'm grateful to [UEFA referee fitness expert] Werner Helsen for his help and guidance in preparing me for matches like this." Living on the Adriatic coast gives Skomina and his family, including his two sons of 13 and 10 – who will be attentive spectators at the final – plenty of scope for rest and recreation. "I like the sea, and our surroundings help me to relax," he says. Nor does getting the European club final 'treble' as a referee mean that Skomina will rest on his laurels, satisfied with his achievements. "The next game is this final on 1 June – and then comes an assignment in the European Qualifiers soon afterwards – and that match will then become my next 'final'," he emphasises. "I still have a few years in front of me as a referee – there are still targets and hard work ahead. There's no way that after the match in Madrid, I could ever think to myself: 'I've done it all now'."

Source: UEFA

FIFA U-20 World Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 33-36)

31 May 2019

Mali – France
Referee: Hector Martinez (HON, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Walter Lopez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Helpys Feliz (DOM)
Fourth Official: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
VAR: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ES)
AVAR: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)

Saudi Arabia – Panama
Referee: Ndala Ngambo (COD)
Assistant Referee 1: Olivier Safari (COD)
Assistant Referee 2: Soulaimane Amaldine (COM)
Fourth Official: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
VAR: Alan Kelly (USA)
AVAR: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)

South Africa – Portugal
Referee: Alexis Herrera (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jorge Urrego (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tulio Moreno (VEN)
Fourth Official: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (BDI)
VAR: Julio Bascunan (CHI)
AVAR: Gery Vargas (BOL)

Korea – Argentina
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frederic Haquette (FRA)
Fourth Official: Ivan Barton (SLV)
VAR: Benoît Millot (FRA)
AVAR: Khamis Al-Marri (QAT)