CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 29-32)

1 July 2019

Kenya – Senegal
Referee: Gehad Grisha (EGY, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mahmoud Ahmed (EGY)
Assistant Referee 2: Ahmed Taha (EGY)
Fourth Official: Amin Omar (EGY)

Tanzania – Algeria
Referee: Andofetra Rakotojaona (MAD)
Assistant Referee 1: Mahamadou Yahaya (NIG)
Assistant Referee 2: Lionel Andrianantenaina (MAD)
Fourth Official: Eric Otogo-Castane (GAB)

South Africa – Morocco
Referee: Jean Ngambo (COD)
Assistant Referee 1: Olivier Safari (COD)
Assistant Referee 2: Soulaimane Amaldine (COM)
Fourth Official: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)

Namibia – Cote d’Ivoire
Referee: Peter Waweru (KEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Souru Phatsoane (LES)
Assistant Referee 2: Gilbert Cheruiyot (KEN)
Fourth Official: Joshua Bondo (BOT)

Concacaf Gold Cup 2019 – Quarter-finals (Matches 25-28)

29 June 2019
Haiti – Canada
Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Frank Anderson (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Parker (USA)
Fourth Official: Ismail Elfath (USA)

Mexico – Costa Rica
Referee: John Pitti (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Walter Lopez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Zachari Zeegelaar (SUR)
Fourth Official: Daneon Parchment (JAM)

30 June 2019
Jamaica – Panama
Referee: Mario Escobar (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gerson Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Humberto Panjoj (GUA)
Fourth Official: Juan Calderon (CRC)

USA – Curacao
Referee: Adonai Escobedo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Hector Martinez (HON)

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 25-28)

30 June 2019

Madagascar – Nigeria
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Zakhele Siwela (RSA)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Fourth Official: Issa Sy (SEN)

Zimbabwe – Congo
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG)
Assistant Referee 2: Mokrane Gourari (ALG)
Fourth Official: Ahmad Heeralall (MRI)

Burundi – Guinea
Referee: Noureddine El-Jaafari (MAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Lahcen Azgaou (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mustapha Akarkad (MAR)
Fourth Official: Youssef Essrayri (TUN)

Uganda – Egypt
Referee: Maguette N’Diaye (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Elvis Noupue (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Seydou Tiama (BFA)
Fourth Official: Helder Martins (ANG)

UEFA U-21 Euro Final 2019: Jovanovic (SRB)

To be refereeing a second European national team competition final in two years suggests that Srdjan Jovanović is making positive progress along his career path. The 33-year-old Serbian match official takes charge of Sunday’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship final between Spain and Germany in Udine – and admits that he was positively surprised by his appointment. “It came as a shock, I must tell you,” the father of three from Belgrade says. “Quite honestly, any of the other referees here in Italy would also have deserved to be appointed for the final.” Alongside Jovanović, the referee team for the game at the Stadio Friuli comprises two assistant referees and Serbian compatriots in Uroš Stojković and Milan Mihajlović, while Dutchman Serdar Gözübüyük will act as fourth official. The video assistant referee (VAR) team are from the Netherlands – Jochem Kamphuis (VAR) and Bas Nijhuis (assistant VAR), and another Dutch official, Charles Schaap, is the reserve assistant referee. Jovanović is the youngest member of the referee team at the Under-21 finals, and has gathered invaluable refereeing experience since gaining his international badge at the age of 28 in 2015. He already has a UEFA final under his belt, having officiated at the European Under-19 Championship showpiece between Portugal and England in Georgia two years ago. More recently, games in the UEFA Europa League group stage, European Qualifiers and UEFA Nations League have kept his refereeing diary full alongside domestic assignments in Serbia. Jovanović knew that refereeing was for him as a teenager – especially as he would be following in the footsteps of his uncle, Srdjan Jovanović, who himself was a top-flight official in Serbia. “My uncle didn’t even have to persuade me to be a referee,” Jovanović recalls. “I used to enjoy refereeing on small pitches in Belgrade when I was younger, so it was already my passion. I set myself three targets – to referee in the Serbian top league, to be an international referee, and to take charge of a Belgrade derby – I’m hoping that I might referee the derby one day!” Jovanović has enjoyed the Under-21 final round as part of a tightly-knit refereeing team. “Most of us have been together at UEFA’s VAR courses since last October – so we’ve become close friends – it’s been a real pleasure to work with them along with our excellent technical and fitness teams.” Preparations for Sunday’s big occasion will not take on any particularly special dimensions. “The next match is always the most important match for a referee, whether it’s a final or not,” Jovanović insists. “I’m also hoping that the referee team will find time to savour the moment – this will most likely be during the line-up and the anthems before the match, and then we will be turning on our full concentration.” Focus has never been a problem for Jovanović in any case. “Whether there are 20 people, 20,000 or 50,000 at a match, I find I’m able to block out the crowd and concentrate on my job,” he says, identifying three special characteristics that a modern top-level referee must possess to succeed – “You have to have courage, as well as a special love for football,” he explains. “And you must definitely be yourself, rather than copy others.” Nevertheless, he names three people, all former Italian referees, as special role models that have been great influences – Roberto Rosetti, Pierluigi Collina and Nicola Rizzoli. “I’d also like to give Jaap Uilenberg from the Netherlands and Juan Fernandez Marin from Spain a special mention – they were referee observers at the Under-19 finals two years ago, and their invaluable guidance and advice helped to me develop further. I took part in talent and mentor courses in Serbia, and they also stood me in good stead in terms of what UEFA expects of a referee.” Away from refereeing, Jovanović has plenty to occupy his time, thanks to his three sons, aged four, two and three months. “The oldest one is already kicking a UEFA Champions League ball around with his friends,” he says proudly. “So, they are my hobby, if you like, but I do enjoy playing tennis and other ball sports when I have the time.” Making progress at a young age as a referee means that Jovanović has time ahead to try and achieve his targets – “I’ve hopefully got a long career in front of me, and my dream is to referee in the Champions League, and to be selected for a major senior national team final tournament,” he says. And finally, what would Srdjan Jovanović tell any youngster who, like himself once upon a time, fancies the idea of taking up refereeing? “Start immediately,” he says. “To be a referee is a huge opportunity.” (Source: UEFA)


30 June 2019
Spain – Germany
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Reserve AR: Charles Schaap (NED)
VAR: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
AVAR: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 22-24)

29 June 2019

Cameroon – Ghana
Referee: Bamlak Tessema (ETH, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohammed Ibrahim (SDN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gilbert Cheruiyot (KEN)
Fourth Official: Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG)

Mauritania – Angola
Referee: Ibrahim Nour El Din (EGY)
Assistant Referee 1: Tahssen El Sadat (EGY)
Assistant Referee 2: Ahmed Taha (EGY)
Fourth Official: Gehad Grisha (EGY)

Benin – Guinea Bissau
Referee: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (BDI)
Assistant Referee 1: Mahmoud Ahmed (EGY)
Assistant Referee 2: Lionel Andrianantenaina (MAD)
Fourth Official: Eric Otogo-Castane (GAB)

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Quarter-finals (Matches 47-48)

29 June 2019

Italy – Netherlands
Referee: Claudia Umpierrez (URU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Luciana Mascarana (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Monica Amboya (ECU)
Fourth Official: Qin Liang (CHN)
Reserve AR: Fang Yan (CHN)
VAR: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
AVAR 1:
Clement Turpin (FRA)
AVAR 2:
Mariana Almeida (ARG)

Germany – Sweden
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michelle O'Neill (IRL)
Fourth Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)
Reserve AR: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
VAR: Jose Sanchez Martinez (ESP)
AVAR 1:
Christopher Beath (AUS)
AVAR 2:
Lucie Ratajova (CZE)

Concacaf referees are getting through the Gold Cup rigors at the training hub

The referee is barreling toward the penalty area of a well-manicured grass field at Andrew Brown Park. He just had to deal with a confrontation near midfield. Now he needs to get into position to see the action in the 18-yard box. As he arrives, the Malaysian defender puts his studs in - a foul. But where did it take place? Is it a penalty or not? Was the infraction committed inside or outside the area? "I'm not sure, but I think it's in," the referee says. The penalty is given. "Yes, good!" the Malaysian man says, giving the ref a high five. He is not a defender ready to bark at the official. He's hardly a defender at all. He is Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh, a referee instructor. The referee is taking part in a training session with elite Concacaf referees and young officials pushing to get to that level. In a real match, he'd show no uncertainty, point to the spot and stand behind the call.
Concacaf referees are training in Coppell and staying in Grapevine during the Gold Cup, the region's most important tournament. The day before each match, crews head to Dallas Fort Worth Airport to travel to their sites. They come back to Grapevine after their matches for more training and recovery - plus a blunt assessment of their performances and instruction on what could be done differently the next time around. The penalty-or-no-penalty drill is just one of several exercises designed to help refs spot the smallest of details while managing the movement of 22 players on the field. In another, referees run in a pattern and then are flashed a color by a trainer. "Blue!" they yell when they spot a blue object. Then they complete the pattern. Assistant referees work on their acceleration to get down the line. In an era during which every call is being looked at frame by frame, the Gold Cup is one of the last major tournaments taking place without the use of a Video Assistant Referee. That means the refs have to get everything just right the first time around. The referees will be the first to admit, though, that doesn't always happen. "We want to have a perfect game. I know it's impossible to have a perfect game, but we try to do our best to come out being fair for both teams," El Paso native Jair Marrufo said. When they don't, they'll hear about it back at referee headquarters. Peter Prendergast is out of his chair. "This is, like... wow," says the former referee, who called games at the 2002 World Cup and now has transitioned into a coaching role. "Scenes like these really get us excited." That may be true of the refs, but it probably isn't for the average fan. Clips are shown in which the intended lesson or message may not be clear to the outsider. For referees, though, the little details are critical. Positioning, how loud the whistle is blown or even how close the ref gets to a player after calling a foul all get evaluated. There are two matches every night during the Gold Cup group stage. That means two crews - comprised of a ref, two assistants and a fourth official - to analyze daily. Each game is assigned to an instructor who then brings video clips of big moments to the team of referee instructors. Together, they watch key moments of each match to determine which clips will be included during that afternoon's debriefing session when all referees gather. Even in this room there is lively discussion. Brian Hall, Concacaf Director of Refereeing, doesn't agree with the interpretation of one of the clips and the planned messaging is modified. After lunch, the referees file in for the debriefing from the previous night's two matches. There are center officials from 10 nations - nine in Concacaf and one Qatari who, like Salleh, is here as part of an exchange with the Asian Football Confederation. The lights go down and with little fanfare, the clips start playing and being stopped, run forward and back. The sessions begin largely with positive reinforcement. The first video shown is a goal that appears to have been scored by a player who was in an offside position. The assistant referee who kept his flag down is asked to stand and explain himself. After he does, a replay from a different angle reveals the player is onside by several meters. The room breaks out in applause. The instructor spotted something interesting during the game. As the ball changes possession and the referee begins the sprint, he drops his head. "It's a bad habit," the ref immediately says upon seeing the clip. Then there's another clip. And another. The instructors advise the ref to work with one of the two FIFA fitness instructors present during the camp to try and remedy this issue. The criticism seems brutal, especially for a game that all involved agree was called well and with the official sitting in the room full of his peers. Yet, it comes from a good place. The referees strive for excellence. That word, excellence, has become a one-word motto for Hall. Even the cards the referees issue have the word on it. It's incorporated onto the logo on their shirt sleeves. The head drop is a blip in time, but if an infraction occurs during that blip, it's a call the referee will miss. That culture is new in Concacaf, Prendergast said, with referees in his era struggling to find the same type of accountability. "It takes a village to raise a child, and the atmosphere we provide is this village, this family," he said. "It's a family that is dependent on trust and an open policy. The door is always open. We don't ever close the door. We're always available. It creates this environment of trust." It's a learning moment that would've been tougher before the refs started congregating in Dallas. The refs were here for the previous Gold Cup as well, but prior to that traveled in different groups. Now they all can look each other in the eye to offer feedback, a joke or a word of encouragement. "By having a referee headquarters here in Dallas, what are we able to do? We're able to, number one, provide streamlined and uniform instruction to all of our referees. I'm not hearing something in one group, another in another group That's key," Hall said. "Number two, which most people don't realize is the importance of a family environment. Because the profession of a referee is one that has real ups and some real downs, right? The importance of family is when you're down, you need people that are going to put their arm around you, pick you up when you're down." No one comes to the stadium to cheer for the referees. They cheer for each other - sometimes literally in the case of the applause and a few hollers during the debriefing session. Being together in Dallas lets them switch off. The night ends with the officials watching that night's contests either communally in the same room used for the tactical session or in other parts of the host hotel. They're rooting for their team, the referees. But they're also looking at the behavior of each team and watching certain players in case they're called upon to oversee a contest involving one of the squads in the future. "I think it's important to highlight that the Concacaf referee prepares the same way as the players." veteran official John Pitti said. "A lot of times, the people in the stands think the ref is waiting to make a call or give a message and that he has to go to just the game, that there's not preparation." After the games conclude, it's time to get to sleep, closing out a day of more than 14 hours of focus on their jobs during the Gold Cup. The bus for training leaves at 7 a.m. the next day. It's easy not to think about the officials, or have them pop into mind only when they make a call that goes against your team. They hope, though, fans remember they're trying their best to get that call right, working on training their eyes to spot the finest detail, talking about the best place to be on the field to see the action. They also hope you remember that refs are people too. "Us referees are also human beings. We've got all types of emotions too. We feel. We prepare really hard," Calderon said. "When a situation happens and we make the right decision, we also enjoy that. And unfortunately, when you commit an error, you also suffer. (I hope people) don't forget that the referee is a human being, just like those who are playing soccer and the fans who are enjoying the game. We're all playing a different role in this huge passion."

Source: Dallas News

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 19-21)

28 June 2019

Morocco – Cote d’Ivoire
Referee: Alioum Alioum (CMR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Evarist Menkouande (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Elvis Noupue (CMR)
Fourth Official: Jean Ngambo (COD)

Tunisia – Mali
Referee: Joshua Bondo (BOT)
Assistant Referee 1: Arsenio Marengula (MOZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Souru Phatsoane (LES)
Fourth Official: Peter Waweru (KEN)

South Africa – Namibia
Referee: Issa Sy (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Sidibe Sidiki (GUI)
Fourth Official: Beida Dahane (MTN)

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Quarter-finals (Matches 45-46)

27 June 2019
Norway – England
Referee: Lucila Venegas (MEX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
Fourth Official: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN)
Reserve AR: Sanja Rodak (CRO)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
AVAR 2: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)

28 June 2019
France – USA
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandra Ardasheva (UKR)
Fourth Official: Kate Jacewicz (AUS)
Reserve AR: Kim Kyoung Min (KOR)
VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED)
AVAR 1: Pawel Gil (POL)
AVAR 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)

Referees retained for final phase of FIFA Women's World Cup 2019

The FIFA Referees Committee has retained 11 referees for the final phase of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. Given the number of matches left and the teams that have qualified for the next round, the number of referees has been reduced.

AFC
1. Kate Jacewicz (AUS)
2. Qin Liang (CHN)

CONCACAF
1. Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN, photo)
2. Melissa Borjas (HON)
3. Lucila Venegas (MEX)

CONMEBOL
1. Edina Alves (BRA)
2. Claudia Umpierrez (URU)

UEFA
1. Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
2. Katalin Kulcsar (HUN)
3. Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
4. Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)

CONMEBOL Copa America 2019 – Quarter-finals

27-29 June 2019

Brazil – Paraguay
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Claudio Rios (CHI)
Fourth Official: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)
VAR: Julio Bascunan (CHI)
AVAR 1: Piero Maza (CHI)
AVAR 2: Nicolas Taran (URU)
VAR Observer: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Referee Assessor: Claudio Puga (CHI)

Argentina – Venezuela
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: John Leon (COL)
Fourth Official: Diego Haro (PER)
VAR: Andres Rojas (COL)
AVAR 1: Nicolas Gallo (COL)
AVAR 2: Richard Trinidad (URU)
VAR Observer: Jorge Larrionda (URU)
Referee Assessor: Martin Vazquez (URU)

Colombia – Chile
Referee: Nestor Pitana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Fourth Official: Anderson Daronco (BRA)
VAR: Fernando Rapallini (ARG)
AVAR 1: Gery Vargas (BOL)
AVAR 2: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
VAR Observer: Alicio Pena (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Enrique Caceres (PAR)

Uruguay – Peru
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kleber Gil (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rodrigo Correa (BRA)
Fourth Official: Arnaldo Samaniego (PAR)
VAR: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
AVAR 1: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)
AVAR 2: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
VAR Observer: Pablo Silva (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Hector Baldassi (ARG)

Referee Chenard missed in France

Canadian Carol Anne Chenard was considered an early candidate to referee the final at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup had she not been forced to miss the tournament after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Italian Pierluigi Collina, the most recognized soccer referee of all time and now chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, hopes the Canadian is able to make it to France regardless. “Carol Anne Chenard, unfortunately, is playing a very difficult game against cancer and we are very confident she will win the game,” Collina said at a media conference in Paris. “All of our thoughts are with her and, hopefully, she will join us for a few days before the final. We are really hoping she can be allowed to travel from Canada to France to stay with us, because she is part of our family, part of our team and we miss her a lot. But we are very confident she will win this match.” Chenard, 42, refereed the Olympic final in 2016 between Germany and Sweden. The 2019 Women’s World Cup featured 27 referees and 47 assistant referees from six confederations, which included two Canadians.
Collina said he was very pleased with the work of his referees so far in the tournament. Through 44 matches there have been 107 yellow cards issued and three red cards, just one was a direct sending off. There have been a record 23 penalty kicks awarded, one more than at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada with eight games left to be played. The Video Assistant Referee system, used for the first time at the tournament, has checked 441 incidents so far and there have been 29 reviews where referees have gone to the monitor at midfield. There were 20 reviews throughout the entire men’s World Cup in Russia last summer, which featured 64 games. Incidentally, VAR is not completely reliable. According to FIFA’s own numbers, there have been 25 decisions changed in the tournament and eight final decisions with VAR were deemed wrong. “It’s not 100% because VAR is used also to make an interpretation of an incident, which is not clearly black or white,” Collina said. “Depending on the interpretation there could be a mistake and we all regret, we had a few wrong decisions and certainly we will continue to work hard to make this (mistakes) number be smaller and smaller and smaller.”

Source: The Guardian

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 16-18)

27 June 2019

Senegal – Algeria
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Waleed Ahmed (SDN)
Assistant Referee 2: Berhe Tesfagiorghis (ERI)
Fourth Official: Bernard Camille (SEY)

Madagascar – Burundi
Referee: Haithem Guirat (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Attia Amsaaed (LBY)
Fourth Official: Sadok Selmi (TUN)

Kenya – Tanzania
Referee: Ahmad Heeralall (MRI)
Assistant Referee 1: Seydou Tiama (BFA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mahamadou Yahaya (NIG)
Fourth Official: Louis Hakizimana (RWA)

Concacaf Gold Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 23-24)

26 June 2019

Trinidad and Tobago – Guyana
Referee: Juan Calderon (CRC, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: William Arrieta (CRC)
Fourth Official: Walter Lopez (GUA)

Panama – USA
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Taleb Al-Marri (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Saoud Al-Maqaleh (QAT)
Fourth Official: Reon Radix (GRN)

UEFA Regions Cup Final 2019: Coltescu (ROU)

26 June 2019

Bavaria – Dolny Slask
Referee: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: S. Ibrisimbegović (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Namik Huseynov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Georgi Vadachkoria (GEO)

Referee Qin Liang ignored VAR advice to prevent walkout from Cameroon

The referee of England’s last-16 victory twice overruled VAR late on to prevent Cameroon players from abandoning the match, The Telegraph can reveal. Qin Liang was concerned Cameroon would walk off the pitch when she rejected advice on a Fran Kirby penalty claim and refused to dismiss Alexandra Takounda for a scraped challenge on Steph Houghton. It is understood that FIFA has backed Liang's decisions, too, given the ugly incidents that preceded the two decisions in a match that threatened to spiral out of control. Augustine Ejangue had spat on Toni Duggan and the whole Cameroon team twice seemingly threatened to leave the field when two earlier VAR calls went against them. Football's governing body is conducting a priority investigation into the unsavoury scenes during England's 3-0 win on Sunday, compiling reports from match officials and the match commissioner, Alexandro Benado of Chile. FIFA has studied Liang’s performance - officially ruled as “good” in the report to FIFA - finding “every decision and the use of VAR correct, using the protocols” and that she tried to get the Cameroon players to restart the game promptly following each flashpoint.
Isha Johansen, chair of the women’s football committee for the African Football Confederation (CAF), had earlier vowed her body would open an inquiry but it is thought CAF is unable to take action because the World Cup is a FIFA event. Johansen, who is also president of the Sierra Leone FA, earlier said in a statement: “Whilst remaining proud of our African teams that participated in the World Cup, the match between England and Cameroon reflected badly, not only on African women’s football but African football on the whole. It is an issue which will be addressed and dealt with at the appropriate levels of governance." Generally, FIFA cannot take retrospective disciplinary action unless it is recommended in either the referee’s or commissioner’s report, with the referee’s in-game disciplinary decisions usually considered final. However, the organisation’s disciplinary committee is able to sanction “serious infringements which have escaped the match officials’ attention”, “rectify obvious errors in the referee’s disciplinary decisions” and “extend the duration of a match suspension incurred automatically by an expulsion [... or] pronounce additional sanctions, such as a fine.” It could, then, ban or fine Takounda for her foul on Houghton. The England head coach Phil Neville condemned the “shameful” behaviour of Cameroon’s players, saying that their actions were “so bad for the image of the game that I’ve fallen in love with in the past 18 months. I sat through 90 minutes of football and felt ashamed,” he said. “Proud of my own players’ performances, proud of my own players’ behaviour under circumstances that I’ve never seen on a football field before, and completely and utterly ashamed of the behaviour of the opposition. It takes you back to the times when you were a kid and you lost and you went home crying with your ball.”
The first delay followed England's opening goal, with Cameroon enraged by the image on the big screen inside the stadium. It showed Nikita Parris in an offside position but not interfering with play. Ellen White was onside and the goal correctly stood but it is understood Cameroon falsely claimed the flag was raised before White shot. Video evidence proved otherwise. Cameroon then thought they had pulled a goal back until VAR showed Gabrielle Aboudi Onguene had come back from an offside position before crossing for Ajara Nchout’s finish, sparking tears, more delays and further protests. A peak UK television audience of 6.9 million with a 40.5 per cent audience share watched England set up a quarter-final against Norway, making it the UK’s most-watched women’s football game of all time - beating England's 2-1 win over Scotland in the opening group game of this tournament.

Source: The Telegraph

UEFA U-21 Euro 2019 – Semi-finals

27 June 2019

Germany – Romania
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Roy Hassan (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
Fourth Official: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
VAR: Marco Guida (ITA)
AVAR: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Spain – France
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Divan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
VAR: Joao Pinheiro (POR)
AVAR: Luis Godinho (POR)
Referee Observer: Lucilio Batista (POR)

Referee Otogo-Castane cleared by FIFA and added to CAN 2019

Absent among the 26 referees retained on 6 June 2019 for the African Cup of Nations (CAN) in Egypt, Eric Otogo-Castane has just been cleared by the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA). The decision was notified to him on 18 June by the president of the Gabonese football federation (Fegafoot).The Gabonese will referee in the Africa Cup of Nations, scheduled for July 21 to 13 in Egypt.
Eric Otogo-Castane was not among the referees retained on 6 June 2019 by CAF. Some had presented this absence as the consequence of the controversy surrounding the match of the first leg between Horoya and WAC Casablanca, in the quarter-finals of the Champions League last May. The leaders of the Guinean club had asked CAF for sanctions against Eric Otogo-Castane and his assistants. They accused them of making unfair refereeing decisions. The request seems to have failed as suggested by the Gabonese referee. However, neither FIFA nor Fegafoot have justified the integration of Eric Otogo-Castane on the referees list, only three days before the start of CAN 2019.

Source: Gabon Review

UEFA Europa League – Preliminary Round (First Leg)

27 June 2019

UE Sant Julia – Europa FC
Referee: Dragan Petrović (BIH, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Sreten Udovičić (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Damir Lazić (BIH)
Fourth Official: Zoran Grbić (BIH)
Referee Observer: Igor Șațchii (MDA)

Ballymena United – NSI Runavík
Referee: Athanasios Tzilos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Chasan Koula (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Vasilios Nikolakis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ioannis Papadopoulos (GRE)
Referee Observer: John Ward (IRL)

FC Progres Niederkorn – Cardiff Metropolitan
Referee: Luis Teixeira (AND)
Assistant Referee 1: Hugo Pereira (AND)
Assistant Referee 2: Joan Serra (AND)
Fourth Official: Pedro Carvalho (AND)
Referee Observer: Jari Maisonlahti (FIN)

Barry Town United – Cliftonville FC
Referee: Jason Barcelo (GIB)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Parody (GIB)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Gordillo (ESP)
Fourth Official: Patrick Canepa (GIB)
Referee Observer: Nicolae Grigorescu (ROU)

Klaksvíkar Itrottarfelag – SP Tre Fiori
Referee: Robert Jenkins (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Ian Bird (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Roberts (WAL)
Fourth Official: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)
Referee Observer: Pavel Saliy (KAZ)

SP La Fiorita – UE Engordany
Referee: Christophe Martins (LUX)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Da Costa (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Joaquim Da Silva (LUX)
Fourth Official: Frank Bourgnon (LUX)
Referee Observer: Plarent Kotherja (ALB)

FC Prishtina – St. Joseph's FC
Referee: Helgi Jonasson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Birkir Sigurdarson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Bryngeir Valdimarsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Thorvaldur Arnason (ISL)
Referee Observer: John Ferry (NIR)

UEFA Champions League – Preliminary Round

Semi-finals (25 June 2019)

KF Feronikeli – Lincoln Red Imps FC
Referee: Fedayi San (SUI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Bekim Zogaj (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jonas Erni (SUI)
Fourth Official: Lukas Fähndrich (SUI)
Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)

SP Tre Penne – FC Santa Coloma
Referee: Ian McNabb (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Paul Robinson (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Bell (NIR)
Fourth Official: James Robinson (NIR)
Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)

Final (28 June 2019)

Feronikeli/Lincoln Red Imps – Tre Penne/Santa Coloma
Referee: Emmanouíl Skoulas (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Tryfon Petropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Renchard Bouksbaoum (GRE)
Fourth Official: Aristotelis Diamandopoulos (GRE)
Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 11-15)

25 June 2019
Cameroon – Guinea Bissau
Referee: Noureddine El-Jaafari (MAR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Lahcen Azgaou (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mustapha Akarkad (MAR)
Fourth Official: Redouane Jiyed (MAR)

Ghana – Benin
Referee: Youssef Essrayri (TUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Yamen Mellouchi (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ahmed Taha (EGY)
Fourth Official: Amin Omar (EGY)

26 June 2019
Nigeria – Guinea
Referee: Helder Martins (ANG)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
Assistant Referee 2: Arsenio Marengula (MOZ)
Fourth Official: Beida Dahane (MTN)

Uganda – Zimbabwe
Referee: Eric Otogo Castane (GAB)
Assistant Referee 1: Issa Yaya (CHA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lionel Andrianantenaina (MAD)
Fourth Official: Mahamadou Keita (MLI)

Egypt – Congo
Referee: Victor Gomes (RSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Zakhele Siwela (RSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Souru Phatsoane (LES)
Fourth Official: Joshua Bondo (BOT)

Concacaf Gold Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 19-22)

24 June 2019
Haiti – Costa Rica
Referee: Ismail Elfath (USA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Corey Parker (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kyle Atkins (USA)
Fourth Official: Oshane Nation (JAM)

Bermuda – Nicaragua
Referee: Adonai Escobedo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Barwegen (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Zachari Zeegelaar (SUR)
Fourth Official: Jose Torres (PUR)

25 June 2019
Jamaica – Curacao
Referee: Marco Ortiz (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Humberto Panjoj (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Caleb Wales (TRI)
Fourth Official: Olivier Vergara (PAN)

Honduras – El Salvador
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Fourth Official: Mario Escobar (GUA)

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Round of 16 (Matches 43-44)

25 June 2019

Italy – China
Referee: Edina Alves (BRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Neuza Back (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Tatiane Sacilotti (BRA)
Fourth Official: Laura Fortunato (ARG)
Reserve AR: Mary Blanco (COL)
VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
AVAR 1: Tiago Martins (POR)
AVAR 2: Mariana Almeida (ARG)

Netherlands – Japan
Referee: Melissa Borjas (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Shirley Perello (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
Fourth Official: Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)
Reserve AR: Sian Massey (ENG)
VAR: Christopher Beath (AUS)
AVAR 1: Clement Turpin (FRA)
AVAR 2: Kylie Cockburn (SCO)

CONMEBOL Copa America 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 17-18)

24 June 2019

Chile – Uruguay
Referee: Raphael Claus (BRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kleber Gil (BRA)
Fourth Official: Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR)
VAR: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
AVAR 1: Arnaldo Samaniego (PAR)
AVAR 2: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
VAR Observer: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Hector Baldassi (ARG)

Ecuador – Japan
Referee: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Murillo (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Rodrigo Correa (BRA)
Fourth Official: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
VAR: Fernando Rapallini (ARG)
AVAR 1: Nicolas Gallo (COL)
AVAR 2: John Leon (COL)
VAR Observer: Sergio Correa (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Enrique Caceres (PAR)

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 8-10)

24 June 2019

Cote d’Ivoire – South Africa
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG)
Assistant Referee 2: Mokrane Gourari (ALG)
Fourth Official: Beida Dahane (MTN)

Tunisia – Angola
Referee: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
Assistant Referee 1: Waleed Ahmed (SDN)
Assistant Referee 2: Samuel Temesgin (ETH)
Fourth Official: Peter Waweru (KEN)

Mali – Mauritania
Referee: Jean Ngambo (COD)
Assistant Referee 1: Olivier Safari (COD)
Assistant Referee 2: Soulaimane Amaldine (COM)
Fourth Official: Andofetra Rakotojaona (MAD)

Concacaf Gold Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 17-18)

23 June 2019

Canada – Cuba
Referee: Armando Villarreal (USA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Frank Anderson (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Anderson (USA)
Fourth Official: Jair Marrufo (USA)

Martinique – Mexico
Referee: Ivan Barton (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: David Moran (SLV)
Fourth Official: Jose Kellys (PAN)

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Round of 16 (Matches 41-42)

24 June 2019

Spain – USA
Referee: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Katalin Török (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodak (CRO)
Fourth Official: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)
Reserve AR: Sarah Jones (NZL)
VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED)
AVAR 1: Pawel Gil (POL)
AVAR 2: Lucie Ratajova (CZE)

Sweden – Canada
Referee: Kate Jacewicz (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
Fourth Official: Sandra Braz (POR)
Reserve AR: Lisa Rashid (ENG)
VAR: Jose Sanchez Martinez (ESP)
AVAR 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
AVAR 2: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)

UEFA U-21 Euro 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 17-18)

24 June 2019

England – Croatia
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Roy Hassan (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
Fourth Official: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
VAR: Joao Pinheiro (POR)
AVAR: Luis Godinho (POR)
Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

France – Romania
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Divan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Robert Madden (SCO)
VAR: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
AVAR: Xavier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 5-7)

23 June 2019

Senegal – Tanzania
Referee: Sadok Selmi (TUN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Attia Amsaaed (LBY)
Fourth Official: Haithem Guirat (TUN)

Morocco – Namibia
Referee: Louis Hakizimana (RWA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gilbert Cheruiyot (KEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Ssonko (UGA)
Fourth Official: Issa Sy (SEN)

Algeria – Kenya
Referee: Mahamadou Keita (MLI)
Assistant Referee 1: Issa Yaya (CHA)
Assistant Referee 2: Sidibe Sidiki (GUI)
Fourth Official: Andofetra Rakotojaona (MAD)

UEFA Regions Cup 2019

Germany, 18-26 June 2019

Referees
1. Sebastian Coltescu (ROU, photo)
2. Neil Doyle (IRL)
3. Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
4. Roomer Tarajev (EST)
5. Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR)
6. Georgi Vadachkoria (GEO)

Assistant Referees
1. Ilias Alexeas (GRE)
2. Aleksandar Djikanović (MNE)
3. Manuel Fernandes (AND)
4. Namik Huseynov (AZE)
5. Senad Ibrisimbegović (BIH)
6. Sladjan Josipović (SUI)
7. Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
8. Salvatore Tuttifrutti (SMR)

Collina talks VAR, penalties and refereeing at France 2019

With the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 at its halfway point, everyone connected with the tournament has been taking stock and reflecting on the achievements and challenges thus far. The match officials and those overseeing them are no different, and Pierluigi Collina, Chairman of FIFA’s Refereeing Committee, has been addressing some of the questions and criticism that arose during the group phase.
- The group stage of this Women’s World Cup is now over. What are your impressions so far?
- Absolutely positive. The interest the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 has generated is very high, even in countries where women football is not very popular. If the objective was ‘Dare to Shine’, I can say it has been achieved.
- How happy are you with the performance of the referees so far?
- The overall assessment is in line with our expectations. The FIFA Refereeing department and in particular Kari Seitz, our project leader at France 2019, have worked very hard with the match officials during recent years. Twenty-four different teams of referees from all six confederations were appointed in the group phase and they showed a high level of commitment and good qualities.
- On 2 March, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) decided on a number of changes to the Laws of the Game. These changes came into force a few days before the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and are therefore being used for the first time in a FIFA competition. Has everything gone well so far or have there been any misunderstandings or misinterpretations of these new Laws?
- Although the changes came into force on June 1st, all the 24 teams were informed immediately after the decision taken on March 2nd. Furthermore, they were given the permission to use the new Laws in the friendly matches they played between March and June. Lastly, upon arrival at their respective HQs, every team received a visit from a member of FIFA Refereeing’s department, who offered coaches and players any clarification they needed. Therefore it’s not a surprise that these changes were well understood and received by everybody. The new goal kick procedure made the restart of play more fluid as well, and with the new substitution procedure time losses were reduced. Not having attackers in the defensive wall avoided some of the problems we faced in the past, and so far the behaviour of team officials has been very good. And penalties are finally being taken in a correct way because, in the past, goalkeepers often saved them by being off the goal line.
- You mention penalty kicks, which are perhaps the most discussed and criticised topic in relation to the use of VAR. The rule itself has also been criticised. How can the concept be made clear to everyone?
- First of all, I would remind everyone that, for a long time, goalkeepers had to keep both feet on the goal line until a penalty kick was taken. This made it very difficult for a goalkeeper to save a penalty and also for the referees to enforce what the law dictates. Having understood that, we discussed this matter with players and coaches and eventually decided to help goalkeepers by allowing them to have only one foot on the goal line instead of two. Since that change their job is definitely easier than before, and it is also easier for them to respect the current law than the previous version. Then, if a law exists, referees must enforce it - particularly when tools like VAR or GLT are available. For factual decisions, the number of centimetres doesn’t matter. If a ball is over the goal line by few centimetres, a goal must be still awarded. And if a foul is committed within the penalty area by few centimetres, a penalty kick must be given. It is the same for offside as there is not a ‘small’ or a ‘big’ offside - there is simply an offside. Today referees cannot justify a mistake by saying they couldn’t see because VAR and GLT are there to support their decision-making. Therefore if a goalkeeper commits an offence like encroaching before the penalty kick is taken, the VAR cannot do anything but intervene and inform the referee that the penalty kick must be retaken and the goalkeeper cautioned. It is a different situation with the encroachment of other players that remain under the control of the referee. VAR cannot intervene there unless the players who encroached become directly involved in play – if the penalty kick rebounds from the goalpost, crossbar or goalkeeper. As I already said, all the teams were duly informed at the beginning of March and goalkeepers had enough time to get used to it. And as mentioned, the recent change actually makes the goalkeeper’s job easier than it was before.
- And so the referees are simply doing their job by enforcing this law?
- Enforcing the laws is the referees’ task and they cannot refrain from doing it. However, I have to say referees are doing something extra too as before every penalty kick is taken they are providing a very clear reminder to the goalkeeper what she can do and what she cannot.
- But if the referees are to follow this law, what will happen if a game has to be decided by a penalty shootout after 120 minutes? Is there the risk that a goalkeeper will be red carded if she encroaches more than once?
- FIFA has requested and received from IFAB a temporary dispensation concerning the kicks from the penalty mark - in other words, the kicks from the penalty mark taken at the end of the match to determine the result. The caution for a goalkeeper who commits an offence was introduced in the laws as a deterrent. But what better deterrent than the VAR? It’s not possible that a goalkeeper moves both her feet off the goal line without being noticed. In addition we felt that the risk for a second caution was too high considering the number of penalties that are taken. Therefore during the knockout phase of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, when a match will be decided by kicks from the penalty mark, an encroachment of the goalkeeper will result in the retaking of the penalty kick, but not a caution for the keeper. After the end of the tournament the disciplinary sanction for offences committed by the goalkeeper at the kicks from the penalty mark might be further discussed within IFAB’s panels.
- Let’s speak about VAR in general. How happy are you with its use here in France and what, if any, have been the challenges?
- I am very pleased that VAR worked very well so far. Our referees started only after the FIFA World Cup 2018 to practise with this tool and they went through an intensive preparation process to be ready for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. I have to admit though that a few mistakes were committed, and although this is understandable, it should not have happened, and I regret that.
- What are your expectations for the knockout stage?
- Referees will continue to work very hard to be ready for the next rounds of the Women’s World Cup, when matches will become more important and difficult. I am confident that they will succeed.

Source: FIFA

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Round of 16 (Matches 37-40)

22 June 2019
Germany – Nigeria
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (JPN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Naomi Teshirogi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Makoto Bozono (JPN)
Fourth Official: Casey Reibelt (AUS)
Reserve AR: Maiko Hagio (JPN)
VAR: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
AVAR 1: Jose Sanchez Martinez (ESP)
AVAR 2: Mayte Chavez (MEX)

Norway – Australia
Referee: Riem Hussein (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Kylie Cockburn (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihaela Tepusa (ROU)
Fourth Official: Jana Adamkova (CZE)
Reserve AR: Maria Sukenikova (SVK)
VAR: Felix Zwayer (GER)
AVAR 1: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
AVAR 2: Katrin Rafalski (GER)

23 June 2019
England – Cameroon
Referee: Qin Liang (CHN)
Assistant Referee 1: Fang Yan (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Hong Kum Nyo (PRK)
Fourth Official: Ri Hyang Ok (PRK)
Reserve AR: Kim Kyoung Min (KOR)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR 1: Abdulla Mohammed (UAE)
AVAR 2: Michelle O’Neill (IRL)

France – Brazil
Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Princess Brown (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
Fourth Official: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Reserve AR: Susanne Kung (SUI)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR 1: Christopher Beath (AUS)
AVAR 2: Oleksandra Ardasheva (UKR)

IFAB temporary dispensation: no cautions for goalkeeper encroachment during Kicks from the Penalty Mark

The IFAB Board of Directors today approved a request from FIFA for a temporary dispensation relating to Kicks from the Penalty Mark (KFPM) in Law 10 – Determining the Outcome of a Match at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019. The Law currently states that “if the goalkeeper commits an offence and, as a result, the kick is retaken, the goalkeeper must be cautioned”. The purpose of the caution (yellow card) is to act as a deterrent to the goalkeeper to not infringe the Laws of the Game, in particular by not encroaching from the goal line before the kick is taken. However, in matches where Video Assistant Referees (VARs) are being used, the presence of the VARs acts as an even greater deterrent to goalkeepers as they know that any encroachment will be detected by the VARs if it is not detected by the on-field match officials.
The IFAB fully supports goalkeepers being penalized for not conforming with the Laws of the Game and gaining an unfair advantage. However, for any KFPM during the knockout stages of the on-going FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 in France, a temporary dispensation has been given to FIFA from the requirement to caution a goalkeeper who is penalized for an offence which results in a kick being retaken.The main reasons for this temporary dispensation include:
- the presence of VARs acts as a far greater deterrent than the caution
- the presence of VARs greatly increases the likelihood of any offence being detected and, as goalkeepers are likely to face a number of kicks during KFPM, there is a higher risk that a goalkeeper will be sent off for receiving a second caution if already cautioned in normal time, or two cautions during the KFPM
- unlike during ‘normal time’, when a sent-off goalkeeper can usually be 'replaced' by the team substituting an outfield player for a specialist reserve goalkeeper, substitutions are not allowed in KFPM so an outfield player would have to become the goalkeeper.
Both FIFA and The IFAB therefore believe that the requirement to caution an offending goalkeeper in KFPM in matches with VARs is not necessary and risks unfairly distorting the KFPM if a goalkeeper is sent off. The IFAB confirms that this temporary dispensation does not apply to penalty kicks during ‘normal time’ because goalkeepers have already received cautions for this offence during the tournament and it would be unfair to change at this point of the competition. In contrast, KFPM are only introduced for the forthcoming knockout stages. The IFAB believes that this request could bring greater fairness to the FIFA Women’s World Cup; the experience gathered will enable further consideration of the impact of VARs on penalty kicks, and especially KFPM, in the future. 

Source: IFAB

UEFA U-21 Euro 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 15-16)

23 June 2019

Denmark – Serbia
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakou (BLR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Dzmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alieh Maslianka (BLR)
Fourth Official: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
VAR: Marco Guida (ITA)
AVAR: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Lucilio Batista (POR)

Austria – Germany
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
VAR: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
AVAR: Paul Tierney (ENG)
Referee Observer: David Elleray (ENG)

CONMEBOL Copa America 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 15-16)

23 June 2019

Qatar – Argentina
Referee: Julio Bascunan (CHI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Claudio Rios (CHI)
Fourth Official: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)
VAR: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
AVAR 1: Gery Vargas (BOL)
AVAR 2: Christian Lescano (ECU)
VAR Observer: Martin Vazquez (URU)
Referee Assessor: Claudio Puga (CHI)

Colombia – Paraguay
Referee: Victor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Raez (PER)
Fourth Official: Alexis Herrera (VEN)
VAR: Anderson Daronco (BRA)
AVAR 1: Diego Haro (PER)
AVAR 2: Byron Romero (ECU)
VAR Observer: Alicio Pena (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Henry Gambetta (ECU)

Concacaf Gold Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 13-16)

21 June 2019
El Salvador – Jamaica
Referee: John Pitti (PAN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Gerson Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Henri Pupiro (NCA)
Fourth Official: Diego Montano (MEX)

Honduras – Curacao
Referee: Juan Calderon (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Parker (USA)
Fourth Official: Keylor Herrera (CRC)

22 June 2019
Guyana – Panama
Referee: Daneon Parchment (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicholas Anderson (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Kedlee Powell (CAY)
Fourth Official: Marco Ortiz (MEX)

USA – Trinidad and Tobago
Referee: Hector Martinez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Walter Lopez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Helpys Feliz (DOM)
Fourth Official: Ismael Cornejo (SLV)

Concacaf referees in 3 of the last 4 FIFA finals

Concacaf referees continue to show that they are among the world’s best after earning another assignment in a FIFA World Cup Final. Last week, a Concacaf refereeing trio was selected to officiate the 2019 FIFA Men’s Under-20 World Cup Final in Poland, in which Ukraine defeated South Korea, 3-1. Referee Ismail Elfath (photo) of the United States was joined by countrymen and Assistant Referees Kyle Atkins and Corey Parker to officiate the Final played on June 15. It marked the third time in the last calendar year that a Concacaf team of referees was chosen to oversee a FIFA World Cup Final.
Last December in the Final of the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup, United States Referee Jair Marrufo was joined by Assistant Referees Corey Rockwell and Frank Anderson, both of the United States. That same month a Concacaf crew also officiated the 2018 FIFA Women’s Under-17 World Cup Final in Uruguay, with Canada’s Marie-Soleil Beaudoin serving as Referee and Jamaica’s Princess Brown and Stephanie Yee Sing as Assistant Referees. Those two Final assignments were also in addition to the crew that officiated last August’s 2018 FIFA Women’s Under-20 World Cup Semi-final, led by Referee Melissa Borjas of Honduras, along with Assistant Referees Shirley Perello of Honduras and Yudilia Briones of Mexico. These four assignments are a clear reflection of the work put in by those in Concacaf’s referee program. “Over the last four FIFA World Cups, Concacaf refereeing has been in the forefront. The excellent level of our referees, both female and male, has been recognized by FIFA through our appointment to three of the last four FIFA finals,” said Concacaf Director of Refereeing Brian Hall. “This speaks highly of the referee program within our Confederation as well as the work ethic, skill set, and preparation of each individual match official. We owe a big thanks to our instructors, staff and Member Associations for providing the foundation for our referees to excel,” concluded Hall.

Source: Concacaf

World Cup final referee Pitana set to join politics

Argentinian referee Nestor Pitana, who worked the 2018 World Cup final, will start in politics after his participation at Copa America in Brazil. The 44-year-old Pitana will run for federal deputy in October's general elections in Argentina, a source close to the referee told The Associated Press. The source asked not to be named because the announcement is yet to be made.
Pitana refereed the World Cup final won by France and also the opening match of Copa America last week, ending in a 3-0 win of Brazil against Bolivia. The referee will be among the candidates running for office in a local party of his province of Misiones, 620 miles (about 1,000 kilometers) northeast of Buenos Aires. Pitana's party is in control of the local government. Argentinians will go to the polls on 27 October 2019 to vote for president, governors and Congress. Another Argentinian referee that worked in a World Cup, Hector Baldassi, currently holds the office of federal deputy.

Source: USA Today

UEFA U-21 Euro 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 11-14)

21 June 2019
England – Romania
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
VAR: Joao Pinheiro (POR)
AVAR: Luis Godinho (POR)
Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)

France – Croatia
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Schaap (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan de Vries (NED)
Fourth Official: Tobias Stieler (GER)
VAR: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
AVAR: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

22 June 2019
Spain – Poland
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Connor (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: David Roome (SCO)
Fourth Official: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
VAR: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
AVAR: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Sajn (SVN)

Belgium – Italy
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Istvan Kovacs (ROU)
VAR: Christian Dingert (GER)
AVAR: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 1-4)

21 June 2019
Egypt – Zimbabwe
Referee: Alioum Alioum (CMR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Evarist Menkouande (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Fourth Official: Maguette N’Diaye (SEN)

22 June 2019
DR Congo – Uganda
Referee: Redouane Jiyed (MAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Lahcen Azgaou (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mustapha Akarkad (MAR)
Fourth Official: Noureddine El-Jaafari (MAR)

Nigeria – Burundi
Referee: Bernard Camille (SEY)
Assistant Referee 1: Berhe Tesfagiorghis (ERI)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammed Ibrahim (SDN)
Fourth Official: Ahmad Heeralall (MRI)

Guinea – Madagascar
Referee: Amin Omar (EGY)
Assistant Referee 1: Mahmoud Abu El Regal (EGY)
Assistant Referee 2: Tahssen Abo El Sadat (EGY)
Fourth Official: Ibrahim Nour El Din (EGY)

VARs in Premier League will not order penalty re-take

Video assistant referees in the Premier League next season will not rule on the goalkeeper’s position at penalties with those decisions being left to the judgment of on-field officials, it can be revealed.
VARs will be used in England’s top flight for the first time from August but referees chiefs have decided they will not be involved in decisions on the goalkeeper’s position at penalty kicks. A new law requiring goalkeepers to have at least one foot on the line came into force before the women’s World Cup and has already proved hugely controversial. Premier League officials do not want to see situations where every saved penalty is re-taken.PL don’t want to see situation where every saved penalty is re-taken

Source: The Times

CONMEBOL Copa America 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 13-14)

22 June 2019

Peru – Brazil
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Fourth Official: Arnaldo Samaniego (PAR)
VAR: Andres Rojas (COL)
AVAR 1: Nicolas Gallo (COL)
AVAR 2: Wilmar Navarro (COL)
VAR Observer: Pablo Silva (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)

Bolivia – Venezuela
Referee: Esteban Ostojich (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Fourth Official: Carlos Orbe (ECU)
VAR: Nestor Pitana (ARG)
AVAR 1: Piero Maza (CHI)
AVAR 2: Alexander Guzman (COL)
VAR Observer: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Referee Assessor: Rodolfo Otero (ARG)

Concacaf Gold Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 11-12)

20 June 2019

Nicaragua – Haiti
Referee: Mario Escobar (GUA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Humberto Panjoj (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Zachari Zeegelaar (SUR)
Fourth Official: Armando Villarreal (USA)

Costa Rica – Bermuda
Referee: Yadel Martinez (CUB)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Kyle Atkins (USA)
Fourth Official: Oliver Vergara (PAN)

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 33-36)

20 June 2019

Netherlands – Canada
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michelle O'Neill (IRL)
Fourth Official: Salima Mukansanga (RWA)
Reserve AR: Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
VAR: Felix Zwayer (GER)
AVAR 1: Sascha Stegmann (GER)
AVAR 2: Neuza Back (BRA)

Cameroon – New Zealand
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandra Ardasheva (URK)
Fourth Official: Sandra Braz (POR)
Reserve AR: Julia Magnusson (SWE)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR 2: Lisa Rashid (ENG)

Sweden – USA
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Ekaterina Kurochkina (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Reserve AR: Susanne Kung (SUI)
VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED)
AVAR 1: Christopher Beath (AUS)
AVAR 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)

Thailand – Chile
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: Sarah Jones (NZL)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Salamasina (SAM)
Fourth Official: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)
Reserve AR: Bernadettar Kwimbira (MWI)
VAR: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
AVAR 1: Drew Fischer (CAN)
AVAR 2: Mihaela Tepusa (ROU)

UEFA U-21 Euro 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 9-10)

20 June 2019

Denmark – Austria
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Diyan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
VAR: Marco Guida (ITA)
AVAR: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
Referee Observer: David Elleray (ENG)

Germany – Serbia
Referee: Istvan Kovacs (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Fourth Official: Paul Tierney (ENG)
VAR: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
AVAR: Xavier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Lucilio Batista (POR)

CONMEBOL Copa America 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 11-12)

20 June 2019
Uruguay – Japan
Referee: Andres Rojas (COL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wilmar Navarro (COL)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Gallo (COL)
VAR: Diego Haro (PER)
AVAR 1: Nestor Pitana (ARG)
AVAR 2: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
VAR Observer: Sergio Correa (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Enrique Caceres (PAR)

21 June 2019
Ecuador – Chile
Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
Fourth Official: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)
VAR: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
AVAR 1: Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR)
AVAR 2: John Leon (COL)
VAR Observer: Alicio Pena (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Henry Gambetta (ECU)

Concacaf Gold Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 9-10)

19 June 2019

Mexico – Canada
Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: William Arrieta (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Helpys Feliz (DOM)
Fourth Official: Randy Encarnacion (DOM)

Cuba – Martinique
Referee: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Taleb Al-Marri (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Saoud Al-Maqaleh (QAT)
Fourth Official: Ismail Elfath (USA)

UEFA Referee Categories – first half of the season 2019/2020

Men

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Deniz Aytekin (GER), Benoit Bastien (FRA), Felix Brych (GER), Cüneyt Cakir (TUR), William Collum (SCO), Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP), Jesus Gil Manzano (ESP), Ovidiu Hategan (ROU), Sergei Karasev (RUS), Viktor Kassai (HUN), Pavel Kralovec (CZE), Ivan Kruzliak (SVK), Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR), Björn Kuipers (NED), Danny Makkelie (NED), Szymon Marciniak (POL), Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP), Michael Oliver (ENG), Daniele Orsato (ITA), Gianluca Rocchi (ITA), Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE), Damir Skomina (SVN), Artur Soares Dias (POR), Anthony Taylor (ENG), Clement Turpin (FRA), Felix Zwayer (GER).

First Category
Aliyar Aghayev (AZE), Ievgenii Aranovskyi (UKR), Petr Ardeleanu (CZE), John Beaton (SCO), Ivan Bebek (CRO), Kevin Blom (NED), Tamas Bognar (HUN), Sergii Boiko (UKR), Ruddy Buquet (FRA), Nikola Dabanovic (MNE), Andreas Ekberg (SWE), Aleksei Eskov (RUS), Javier Estrada Fernandez (ESP), Mattias Gestranius (FIN), Pawel Gil (POL), Serdar Gözübüyük (NED), Orel Grinfeeld (ISR), Marco Guida (ITA), Sergei Ivanov (RUS), Srdjan Jovanovic (SRB), Matej Jug (SVN), Georgi Kabakov (BUL), Jakob Kehlet (DEN), Istvan Kovacs (ROU), Harald Lechner (AUT), Francois Letexier (FRA), Robert Madden (SCO), Tiago Martins (POR), Davide Massa (ITA), Gediminas Mazeika (LTU), Bas Nijhuis (NED), Halis Özkahya (TUR), Ali Palabiyik (TUR), Craig Pawson (ENG), Irfan Peljto (BIH), Radu Petrescu (ROU), Pawel Raczkowski (POL), Jose Sanchez Martinez (ESP), Sandro Schärer (SUI), Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT), Daniel Siebert (GER), Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD), Daniel Stefanski (POL), Tobias Stieler (GER), Kristo Tohver (EST), Andris Treimanis (LVA), Istvan Vad (HUN), Slavko Vincic (SVN).

Second Category
Karim Abed (FRA), Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE), Thorvaldur Arnason (ISL), Stuart Attwell (ENG), Marius Avram (ROU), Mykola Balakin (UKR), Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS), Alain Bieri (SUI), Alexandre Boucaut (BEL), Jerome Brisard (FRA), Jörgen Burchardt (DEN), Kevin Clancy (SCO), Fabio Costa Verissimo (POR), Bastian Dankert (GER), Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP), Amaury Delerue (FRA), Marco Di Bello (ITA), Christian Dingert (GER), Daniele Doveri (ITA), Neil Doyle (IRL), Alain Durieux (LUX), Espen Eskas (NOR), Michael Fabbri (ITA), Adam Farkas (HUN), Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT), Horatiu Fesnic (ROU), Bartosz Frankowski (POL), Juri Frischer (EST), Marco Fritz (GER), Filip Glova (SVK), Hüseyin Göcek (TUR), Iwan Griffith (WAL), Tore Hansen (NOR), Alexander Harkam (AUT), Robert Harvey (IRL), Robert Hennessy (IRL), Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP), Dennis Higler (NED), Arnold Hunter (NIR), Massimiliano Irrati (ITA), Adrien Jaccottet (SUI), Krzysztof Jakubik (POL), Enea Jorgji (ALB), Fran Jovic (CRO), Mete Kalkavan (TUR), Christopher Kavanagh (ENG), Stephan Klossner (SUI), Georgios Kominis (GRE), Peter Kralovic (SVK), Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN), Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO), Artyom Kuchin (KAZ), Sergei Lapochkin (RUS), Jonathan Lardot (BEL), Kirill Levnikov (RUS), Jens Maae (DEN), Maurizio Mariani (ITA), Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP), Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD), Vitaly Meshkov (RUS), Benoît Millot (FRA), Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR), Jose Munuera Montero (ESP), Dumitru Muntean (MDA), Antti Munukka (FIN), Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR), Glenn Nyberg (SWE), Pavel Orel (CZE), Bojan Pandzic (SWE), Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE), Joao Pinheiro (POR), Roi Reinshreiber (ISR), Donald Robertson (SCO), Donatas Rumsas (LTU), Alan Sant (MLT), Frank Schneider (FRA), Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT), Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR), Manuel Sousa (POR), Sascha Stegemann (GER), Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL), Martin Strömbergsson (SWE), Duje Strukan (CRO), Paul Tierney (ENG), Vilhjalmur Thorarinnsson (ISL), Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR), Michael Tykgaard (DEN), Halil Umut Meler (TUR), Paolo Valeri (ITA), Pol van Boekel (NED), Lawrence Visser (BEL), Tobias Welz (GER), Miroslav Zelinka (CZE).

Third Category
Kari a Hovdanum (FRO), Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA), Stefan Apostolov (BUL), Furkat Atazhanov (KAZ), Suren Baliyan (ARM), Veaceslav Banari (MDA), Luca Barbeno (SMR), Jason Barcelo (GIB), Balazs Berke (HUN), Marcel Bîrsan (ROU), Luis Branco Godinho (POR), Antonio Carvalho Nobre (POR), Volen Chinkov (BUL), Timotheos Christofí (CYP), Sebastian Coltescu (ROU), Matthew De Gabriele (MLT), Aristotelis Diamantopoulos (GRE), Vasilis Dimitriou (CYP), Nenad Djokic (SRB), Milos Djordjic (SRB), Luis Do Nascimento Teixeira (AND), Yigal Frid (ISR), Sebastian Gishamer (AUT), Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA), Danilo Grujic (SRB), Kristoffer Hagenes (NOR), Kaarlo Hämäläinen (FIN), Eldorjan Hamiti (ALB), Rahim Hasanov (AZE), Zaven Hovhannisyan (ARM), Arman Ismuratov (KAZ), Rauf Jabarov (AZE), Christopher Jäger (AUT), Dejan Jakimovski (MKD), Robert Jenkins (WAL), Helgi Jonasson (ISL), Nejc Kajtazovic (SVN), Jovan Kaludjerovic (MNE), Ferenc Karako (HUN), Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE), Besfort Kasumi (KVX), Keith Kennedy (NIR), Peter Kjaersgaard (DEN), Laurent Kopriwa (LUX), Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR), Ivar Kristjansson (ISL), Morten Krogh (DEN), Mykola Kryvonosov (UKR), Irakli Kvirikashvili (GEO), Nicolas Laforge (BEL), Erik Lambrechts (BEL), Gal Leibovitz (ISR), Manfredas Lukjancukas (LTU), Boris Marhefka (SVK), Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL), Tim Marshall (NIR), Aleksei Matiunin (RUS), Paul McLaughlin (IRL), Ian McNabb (NIR), Hugo Miguel (POR), Milovan Milacic (MNE), Vladimir Moskalev (RUS), Tomasz Musial (POL), Nikolas Neokleous (CYP), Ville Nevalainen (FIN), Genc Nuza (KVX), Rade Obrenovic (SVN), Michal Ocenas (SVK), Ümit Öztürk (TUR),Igor Pajac (CRO), Ioannis Papadopoulos (GRE), Erez Papir (ISR), Ondrej Pechanec (CZE), Tihomir Pejin (CRO), Dragan Petrovic (BIH), Christophe Pires Martins (LUX), Nikola Popov (BUL), Zbynek Proske (CZE), Nicolas Rainville (FRA), Vitaly Romanov (UKR), Rohit Saggi (NOR), Daniyar Sakhi (KAZ), Fedayi San (SUI), Joao Santos Capela (POR), Emmanouíl Skoulas (GRE), Urs Schnyder (SUI), Admir Sehovic (BIH), Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR), Denys Shurman (UKR), Kaspar Sjöberg (SWE), Emmanouíl Skoulas (GRE), Loukas Sotiriou (CYP), Kai Steen (NOR), Roomer Tarajev (EST), Alexandru Tean (MDA), Stanislav Todorov (BUL), Alex Troleis (FRO), Lionel Tschudi (SUI), Athanasios Tzílos (GRE), George Vadachkoria (GEO), Bram Van Driessche (BEL), Nathan Verboomen (BEL), Petri Viljanen (FIN), Nick Walsh (SCO), Julian Weinberger (AUT), Juxhin Xhaja (ALB), Fyodor Zammit (MLT), Mario Zebec (CRO).

Women

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Jana Adamkova (CZE), Sandra Braz Bastos (POR), Stephanie Frappart (FRA), Florence Guillemin (FRA), Riem Hussein (GER), Katalin Kulcsar (HUN), Pernilla Larsson (SWE), Lina Lehtovaara (FIN), Ivana Martincic (CRO), Kateryna Monzul (UKR), Sara Persson (SWE), Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS), Esther Staubli (SUI), Bibiana Steinhaus (GER), Lorraine Watson (SCO), Olga Zadinova (CZE).

First Category
Eleni Antoniou (GRE), Ewa Augustyn (POL), Amy Fearn (ENG), Marta Frias Acedo (ESP), Cheryl Foster (WAL), Desiree Grundbacher (SUI), Marta Huerta De Aza (ESP), Zuzana Kovacova (SVK), Monika Mularczyk (POL), Elvira Nurmustafina (KAZ), Tess Olofsson (SWE), Melis Ozcigdem (TUR), Petra Pavlikova (SVK), Ivana Projkovska (MKD), Silvia Rosa Domingos (POR), Eszter Urban (HUN), Rebecca Welch (ENG).

Second Category
Paula Brady (IRL), Sabina Bolic (CRO), Vesna Budimir (CRO), Aleksandra Cesen (SVN), Tinna Christensen (DEN), Iuliana Demetrescu (ROU), Galiya Echeva (BUL), Tania Fernandes Morais (LUX), Sarah Garratt (ENG), Simona Ghisletta (SUI), Hristiana Guteva (BUL), Frida Klarlund Nielsen (DEN), Justina Lavrenovaite (LTU), Maria Marotta (ITA), Maria Martinez Madrona (ESP), Henrikke Nervik (NOR), Vera Opeikina (RUS), Lois Otte (BEL), Vivian Peeters (NED), Graziella Pirriatore (ITA), Barbara Poxhofer (AUT), Viola Raudzina (LVA), Shona Shukrula (NED), Angelika Soeder (GER), Tanja Subotic (SVN), Lucie Sulcova (CZE), Volha Tsiareshka (BLR), Reelika Turi (EST), Zuzana Valentova (SVK).

Third Category
Ainara Acevedo Dudley (ESP), Ioanna Allaylotou (CYP), Marina Aufschnaiter (AUS), Victoria Beyer (FRA), Briet Bragadottir (ISL), Abigail Byrne (ENG), Merima Celik (BIH), Jelena Cvetkovic (SRB), Viki De Cremer (BEL), Michalina Diakow (POL), Emilie Dokset (NOR), Catarina Ferreira Campos (POR), Maria Ferrieri Caputi (ITA), Valentina Finzi (ITA), Chryso Georgiou (CYP), Zulema Gonzalez Gonzalez (ESP), Yuliya Gurbanova (AZE), Lizzy van der Helm (NED), Rasa Imanalijeva (LTU), Jeļena Jermolajeva (LVA), Veronika Kovarova (CZE), Marina Krupskaya (RUS), Ifeoma Kulmala (FIN), Triinu Laos (EST), Katarzyna Lisiecka-Sek (POL), Jurgita Macikunyte (LTU), Minna Maenpaa (FIN), Dimitrina Milkova (BUL), Neslihan Muratdagi (TUR), Vera Onica (MDA), Hannelore Onsea (BEL), Jelena Pejkovic (CRO), Tamara Petric (SRB), Ruzanna Petrosyan (ARM), Alina Pesu (ROU), Alexandra Ponomareva (RUS), Tanja Racic (BIH), Laura Rapp (SWE), Anastasiya Romanyuk (UKR), Emanuela Rusta (ALB), Araksya Saribekyan (ARM), Michele Schmolzer (SUI), Meitar Shemesh (ISR), Katalin Sipos (HUN), Tatyana Sorokopudova (KAZ), Sandra Strub (SUI), Liudmyla Telbukh (UKR), Cristina Trandafir (ROU), Cansu Tryak (TUR), Andromachi Tsiofliki (GRE), Irina Turovskaya (BLR), Kateryna Usova (UKR), Lizzy Van der Helm (NED), Irena Velevackoska (MKD), Marina Visnjic (SRB), Karoline Wacker (GER), Sarah Zangeneh (NOR).

Futsal

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Marc Birkett (ENG), Ondrej Cerni (CZE), Kamil Cetin (TUR), Juan Cordero Gallardo (ESP), Eduardo Fernandes Coelho (POR), Angelo Galante (ITA), Nikola Jelic (CRO), Borislav Kolev (BUL), Gabor Kovacs (HUN), Alessandro Malfer (ITA), Alejandro Martinez Flores (ESP), Cedric Pelissier (FRA), Vladimir Kadykov (RUS), Ivan Shabanov (RUS), Sasa Tomic (CRO), Admir Zahovic (SVN).

First Category
Josip Barton (MKD), Victor Berg Audic (FRA), Moshe Bohbot (ISR), Vasileios Christodoulis (GRE), Trayan Enchev (BUL), Balazs Farkas (HUN), Nicola Manzione (ITA), Daniel Matkovic (SUI), Kirill Naishouler (FIN), Costas Nicolaou (CYP), Miguel Oliveira (POR), Lukas Pesko (SVK), Petar Radojcic (SRB), Ozan Soykan (TUR), Simon Todorovic (SVN), David Urdanoz Apezteguia (ESP), Stefan Vrijens (BEL), Grigori Zelentsov (RUS).

Second Category
Vedran Babic (CRO), Gerald Bauernfeind (AUT), Juan Boelen (BEL), Veljko Boskovic (MNE), Viktor Bugenko (MDA), Cristiano Cardoso (POR), Michalis Christofides (CYP), Vlad Ciobanu (ROU), Daniele Di Resta (ITA), Ibrahim El Jilali (NED), Raquel Gonzalez Ruano (ESP), Hennadii Hora (UKR), Damian Jaruchiewicz (POL), Tarik Keco (BIH), Kalin Kinov (BUL), Jan Kresta (CZE), Julien Lang (FRA), Marjan Mladenovski (MKD), Ales Mocnik (SVN), Javier Moreno Reina (ESP), Iuri Neverov (RUS), Fredric Nilholt (SWE), David Nissen (DEN), Arsen Nonikashvili (GEO), Peter Nurse (ENG), Yusif Nurullayev (AZE), Grigori Osomkov (EST), Chiara Perona (ITA), Dario Pezzuto (ITA), Patrik Porkert (AUT), Ingus Purins (LVA), Damir Radovic (SRB), Vladan Radulovic (SRB), Omar Rafiq (NOR), Vitali Rakutski (BLR), Simon Rogers (IRL), Filipe Santos (POR), David Schaerli (SUI), Slawomir Steczko (POL), Adrian Tschopp (SUI), Irina Velikanova (RUS), Yaroslav Vovchok (UKR), 

Third Category
Antonios Adamopoulos (GRE), Yasin Alageyik (BEL), Raafat Al Hamola (ISR), Ademir Avdic (SWE), Alem Bajrovic (BIH), David Balzan (MLT), Mario Belavy (SVK), Rastislav Behancin (SVK), Besar Beqiri (KVX), Idan Berenshtein (ISR), David Berry (IRL), Mario Bohun (SVK), Tatiana Boltneva (RUS), Ugur Cakmak (TUR), Clinton Cassar (MLT), Radim Cep (CZE), Christos Christou (CYP), Vasilica Ciuplea (WAL), Murat Colak (TUR), Haris Curovac (SWE), Ovidiu Curta (ROU), Daniele D’Adamo (SMR), Danijel Darandik (GER), Daniel Deca (ROU), Josip Dujmic (CRO), Maksim Dzeikala (BLR), Eduards Fatkulins (LVA), Ekrem Franca (KVX), Aslan Galayev (KAZ), David Glavonjic (SWE), Damian Grabowski (POL), Christian Gundler (GER), Kreshnik Hakrama (ALB), Bogdan Hanceariuc (ROU), Ingo Heemsoth (GER), Tom-Joran Henriksen (NOR), Yevhen Hordiienko (UKR), Carl Hughes (WAL), Besart Ismajli (KVX), Jagnar Jakobson (EST), Farik Keco (BIH), Shota Khukhilava (GEO), Kaloyan Kirilov (BUL), Talgat Kosmukhambetov (KAZ), Martin Koster (DEN), Mihran Kudoyan (ARM), Denys Kutsyi (UKR), Gordon McCabe (SCO), Ramil Namazov (AZE), Filip Nesnera (CZE), Olli Niemela (FIN), Panagiotis Ntalas (GRE), Nebojsa Panic (SRB), Volha Pauliuts (BLR), Jacob Pawlowski (GER), Djordje Petrovic (SRB), Mantas Pomeckis (LTU), Igor Puzovic (BIH), Hikmat Qafarli (AZE), Gerard Ramirez (AND), Done Ristovski (MKD), Sylvester Rodrigues (NED), Marco Rothenfluh (SUI), Norbert Szilagyi (HUN), Sarunas Tamulynas (LTU), Annamaria Tolnay (HUN), Ivo Tsenov (BUL), Turekhan Tursumbayev (AZE), Fatma Tursun (TUR), Aurelien Uzan (FRA), Jacob Van Dijke (NED), Lars Van Leeuwen (NED), Yiangos Yiangou (CYP).