From fighting crime to flagging offside

Who would be a referee? It’s a question that has been posed innumerable times. Observers, admirers and even critics tend to acknowledge that match officials’ jobs seem, at best, unenviable and, at worst, near-impossible. Abuse, of course, is all but guaranteed from amateur level upwards, while elite referees cope with the added stresses of media scrutiny and partisan, unforgiving crowds. A thick skin is essential, and Kylie Cockburn’s – for one good reason – is thicker than most.
The 30-year-old, who officiated at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, spends her Saturdays refereeing in Scotland’s top flight. But as the rest of her week is spent serving as a police officer, pleading players and complaining coaches hold no fear whatsoever. “Abuse? As you probably can imagine, I get far worse at work!” she told FIFA.com. “The stuff you hear when you’re refereeing is nothing in comparison.” Besides enabling her to “build up a resilience” to remarks that would stop others in their tracks, Cockburn’s day job has equipped her with other transferable skills invaluable to refereeing.
“Being in the police, you learn how to speak to people and also how to de-escalate situations when things are getting tense or tempers are flaring,” she explained. “In my job, I’m dealing with problems and people who aren’t happy day in, day out. That helps a lot when you encounter issues around the football pitch.” Policing, though, wasn’t Cockburn’s first love. And nor was refereeing. In her teens, she had dreams of making it to a Women’s World Cup as a player, and pursued that objective with a passion. But competing work commitments, and a growing realisation that she lacked the ability needed to star for her country, prompted a change of course. “I was 21 when I started refereeing and at the time I had been playing in the women’s first division here in Scotland. But with the shifts I was working with the police, it was getting really difficult to make the games and three or four nights of training. I’d been in the Scotland elite squad at U-17 level but I dropped out after that and I could see at that point that I wasn’t going to make it at the highest level. But I’m the kind of person who doesn’t take these things lying down, and I just thought, ‘Right, in that case, what can I do to get to the top?’ That was when I tried to give refereeing a try and I’m glad I did.”
Trying her hand at officiating has since led to all manner of fantastic experiences, from running out at her country’s biggest stadiums to overseeing international matches in Jordan, Uruguay and across Europe. But the unrivalled highlight of Cockburn’s refereeing career came with an unexpected call-up to the recent FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. “France was always a target but it was still a surprise when the call came because, in the grand scheme of things, I’m still quite new to this level of refereeing,” said Cockburn, who arranged unpaid leave from the police in order to attend. “To then stay on to the knockout stages – and be there right until the end - was amazing. I fully expected just to get one match and be on my way, so to get the call for three games and two as a VAR was amazing and way beyond what I could have dreamed of. “I really enjoyed the VAR side of things too. It took some getting used to. But the training we’d done in Qatar had prepared us really well for that and got us in the right mindset for that. “There was scrutiny of course – that goes with the territory – but as a group we were proud of what we did over there. Women’s football has grown and improved a lot in recent years, and for me there’s no doubt that women’s refereeing has followed suit. It helped that the refs were very close – like a family really – off the field. I definitely feel I’ve come away from it with friends for life. I’m going on holiday to Australia in November, and the first thing I did after booking up was arrange to meet the two Australian referees who were there in France.” That break Down Under, given the draining nature of both Cockburn’s profession and her passion, will be well earned. But this determined Scot will return ready to refocus on her next targets: top-level men’s matches and, of course, the Women’s World Cup of 2023.

Source: FIFA

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2019 – Semi-finals

30 November 2019

Italy – Russia
Referee 1: Ebrahim Al-Mansory (UAE)
Referee 2: Sofien Benchabane (FRA, photo)
Referee 3: Alex Valdiviezo (PER)
Timekeeper: Gustavo Dominguez (PAR)
Reserve AR: Raul Gonzalez (ESP)

Japan – Portugal
Referee 1: Lukasz Ostrowski (POL)
Referee 2: Bakhtiyor Namazov (UZB)
Referee 3: Ingilab Mammadov (AZE)
Timekeeper: Vitali Gomolko (LTU)
Reserve AR: Mariano Romo (ARG)

Arabian Gulf Cup 2019

Referees

1. Ali Shaaban (KUW)
2. Ahmed Al-Kaf (OMA, photo)
3. Ali Sabbah (IRQ)
4. Khamis Al-Marri (QAT)
5. Ameen Radman (YEM)
6. Mohammed Abdulla (UAE)
7. Ali Al-Samaheeji (BHR)
8. Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)
9. Lionel Tschudi (SUI)
10. Ryuji Sato (JPN)

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2019 – Quarter-finals

28 November 2019

Italy – Switzerland
Referee 1: Mariano Romo (ARG, photo)
Referee 2: Raul Gonzalez (ESP)
Referee 3: Vitali Gomolko (LTU)
Timekeeper: Lukasz Ostrowski (POL)
Reserve AR: Bakhtiyor Namazov (UZB)

Brazil – Russia
Referee 1: Said Hachim (MAD)
Referee 2: Juan Angeles (DOM)
Referee 3: Ebrahim Al-Mansory (UAE)
Timekeeper: Bakhtiyor Namazov (UZB)
Reserve AR: Lukasz Ostrowski (POL)

Senegal – Portugal
Referee 1: Gonzalo Carballo (SLV)
Referee 2: Ivo Moraes (BRA)
Referee 3: Gustavo Dominguez (PAR)
Timekeeper: Ingilab Mammadov (AZE)
Reserve AR: Suhaimi Mat Hassan (MAS)

Japan – Uruguay
Referee 1: Sofien Benchabane (FRA)
Referee 2: Gionni Matticoli (ITA)
Referee 3: Alex Valdiviezo (PER)
Timekeeper: Suhaimi Mat Hassan (MAS)
Reserve AR: Ingilab Mammadov (AZE)

Still calling the shots at 75

At 46 years and 261 days old, Dutchman Roel Liefden is the oldest player to have featured at a FIFA tournament after reaching this remarkable milestone at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Tahiti, in 2013. Not a bad achievement, you might think. Englishman John Lewis went a step further by refereeing the final of the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament 1920 between Belgium and Czechoslovakia at the age of 65 years and 156 days. While these are undoubtedly impressive figures, Heidi Wegner has outdone them both. The 75 year old is the oldest referee still active in Germany and is still keeping players in line today, having overseen several thousand matches from juniors to veterans during her long career.
"I refereed the district championships at the Peene shipyard back in 1968", Wegner recalled a few months ago in an interview on fussball.de, the home of German amateur football. "I was in good hands there, and initially spent two years officiating without a refereeing badge. I had already overseen more than 100 matches by the time I took my exam." For the sprightly pensioner who keeps fit by cycling and hiking, the idea of hanging up her whistle is out of the question. "I have better stats than some younger referees," she explained. "I run around the pitch more than others do. Some referees only move around in the centre circle. We also officiate 90 per cent of our matches alone, so you have to be fit, get moving and keep up with the play." There is no doubting the veracity of this statement – Wegner covers several kilometres out on the pitch in a single game. The ‘Football Granny from the Peene’, as she is affectionately known, discovered her passion for football at a relatively early age. "I started going down to the playing fields with my father when I was very young," she said. "I also played football out in the street and played handball at school. My parents virtually had to drag me off the street every evening." That passion has remained undimmed ever since. Wegner has been refereeing matches in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for more than 50 years and knows the Laws of the Game inside out. Referees must sit an exam three times a year, and Wegner has never failed it. In 2014, the German Football Association (DFB) presented the athletic 75-year-old – who shares her birth year with footballers such as Sepp Maier, Jurgen Grabowski and Gunter Netzer – with its badge of merit to acknowledge her voluntary work. Wegner spent more than 30 years as a youth team coach at FC Rot-Weiss Wolgast, organising tournaments and keeping tabs on the club’s financial affairs as its treasurer. "I do it for the joy of it and to keep fit," she explained. "I go and help wherever I’m needed." Heidi Wegner is a remarkable woman who undoubtedly laid the foundation for the current generation of female referees in Germany, including Bibiana Steinhaus, who became the first woman to officiate matches in the men’s Bundesliga, and Riem Hussein, who became the second woman after Steinhaus to referee in the professional men’s game.

Source: FIFA

UEFA Europa League 2019/2020 – Group Stage (Matchday 5)

28 November 2019

SC Braga – Wolverhampton Wanderers
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleg Maslyanko (BLR)
Fourth Official: Denis Scherbakov (BLR)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

FC Krasnodar – FC Basel
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David Roome (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Fourth Official: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Trabzonspor – Getafe CF
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)

FC Astana – Manchester United
Referee: Donatas Rumšas (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandr Radius (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
Fourth Official: Donatas Šimenas (LTU)
Referee Observer: Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)

Feyenoord – Rangers FC
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Fourth Official: Asmir Sagrković (SVN)
Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

BSC Young Boys – FC Porto
Referee: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
Fourth Official: Peter Solymosi (HUN)
Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

Ferencvárosi TC – Espanyol de Barcelona
Referee: Tiago Martins (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Luís Campos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Pedro Mota (POR)
Fourth Official: Luís Godinho (POR)
Referee Observer: Paulius Malžinskas (LTU)

CSKA Moskva – PFC Ludogorets
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sorensen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jens Maae (DEN)
Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)

FC Oleksandriya – VfL Wolfsburg
Referee: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Steinacher (AUT)
Fourth Official: Rene Eisner (AUT)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

AS Saint Étienne – KAA Gent
Referee: Irfan Peljto (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Senad Ibrisimbegović (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Davor Beljo (BIH)
Fourth Official: Admir Šehović (BIH)
Referee Observer: John Ward (IRL)

Pellets Wolfsberger – Borussia Mönchengladbach
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Schaap (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan de Vries (NED)
Fourth Official: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

Medipol Başakşehir – AS Roma
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Șovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)

Beşiktaş JK – Slovan Bratislava
Referee: Enea Jorgji (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Ridiger Çokaj (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Rejdi Avdo (ALB)
Fourth Official: Eldorjan Hamiti (ALB)
Referee Observer: Kevin Azzopardi (MLT)

AZ Alkmaar – FK Partizan
Referee: Daniel Stefański (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Igor Golis (POL)
Fourth Official: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Ferenc Székely (HUN)

F91 Dudelange – Apoel FC
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Giorgio Peretti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Giorgio Schenone (ITA)
Fourth Official: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Domagoj Vučkov (CRO)

Sevilla FC – Qarabağ FK
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Klyver (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mahbod Beigi (SWE)
Fourth Official: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Referee Observer: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

FC Lugano – FC Kobenhavn
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Pascal Garibian (FRA)

Malmö FF – Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivo Nadvornik (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomáš Mokrusch (CZE)
Fourth Official: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)

Rosenborg BK – Linzer ASK
Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 1: Zaza Menteshashvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Giorgi Elikashvili (GEO)
Fourth Official: Georgi Vadachkoria (GEO)
Referee Observer: Jan Carlsen (DEN)

Sporting CP – PSV Eindhoven
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Roy Hassan (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
Fourth Official: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)

Lazio – CFR Cluj
Referee: Ali Palabiyik (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Çem Satman (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Referee Observer: David Malcolm (NIR)

Celtic FC – Stade Rennais
Referee: Espen Eskas (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jon-Michael Knutsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oystein Ytterland (NOR)
Fourth Official: Rohit Saggi (NOR)
Referee Observer: Cyril Zimmermann (SUI)

Vitória SC – Standard de Liège
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Viktor Matyash (UKR)
Fourth Official: Yevheni Aranovskiy (UKR)
Referee Observer: Alon Yefet (ISR)

Arsenal FC – Eintracht Frankfurt
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
Fourth Official: Frank Schneider (FRA)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)

IFFHS World’s Best Referee 2019: Skomina (SVN)

Selected journalists and experts from 90 countries around the World took part at the 2019 annual election of the Top Referee, the 33th time it has been carried out by the IFFHS since 1987. Damir Skomina, the Slovenian referee (43 years old), won the Award with a little margin before Felix Brych, the winner of 2017. Skomina was the referee of the UEFA Champions League Final between FC Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspurs and realized constant performances during the year. FIFA listed since 2003, he has directed more than 530 matches in his career (301 Prva Liga games, 50 UEFA Champions League games, 17 Europa League matches, 60 international games for UEFA Euro, World Cup and Olympic Tournament). He is the 19th referee to win this Award since 1987. Italy’s Top Referee Pierluigi Collina holds the Record with 6 consecutive Awards (1998 to 2003). (Source: IFFHS)

IFFHS World’s Best Referees 2019       
1. Damir Skomina (SVN, photo) 136 p
2. Felix Brych (GER) 129 p
3. Björn Kuipers (NED) 61 p
4. Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) 58 p
5. Cuneyt Cakir (TUR) 47 p
6. Nestor Pitana (ARG) 38 p
7. Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) 23 p
8. Clement Turpin (FRA) 23 p
9. Martin Atkinson (ENG) 21 p
10. Michael Oliver (ENG) 18 p
11. Jesus Gil Manzano (ESP) 16 p
12. Alireza Faghani (IRN) 13 p
13. Danny Makkelie (NED) 10 p
14. Felix Zwayer (GER) 9 p
15. Roberto Tobar (CHI) 8 p
16. Mark Geiger (USA) 7 p
17. Alioum Alioum (CMR) 5 p
18. Mario Escobar (GUA) 5 p
19. Ravshan Irmatov (UZB) 5 p
20. Milorad Mazic (SRB) 5 p
21. Bakary Gassama (GAM) 4 p
22. Cesar Ramos (MEX) 4 p
23. Ovidiu Hategan (ROU) 3 p
24. Daniele Orsato (ITA) 3 p
25. Wilton Sampaio (BRA) 3 p
26. Anthony Taylor (ENG) 3 p
27. Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (QAT) 1 p
28. Robert Madden (SCO) 1 p
29. Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) 1 p
30. Simon Marciniak (POL) 1 p

IFFHS World’s Best Woman Referee 2019: Frappart (FRA)

90 experts and journalists from all continents crowned Stephanie Frappart to the World’s Best Woman Referee 2019 in the Annual IFFHS Awards. The French referee, already at the third place last year, succeeds to the four-time winner Bibiana Steinhaus from Germany, leaving a huge gap to the Russian Anastasia Pustovoitova, the other revelation of the year at the second place. At 35, Frappart stepped in a new area. She was the first French woman to referee a men’s Ligue 2 match in 2014, then a men’s Ligue 1 match in April 2019 and the first woman in Europe to whistle the UEFA Super Cup Final between FC Chelsea and FC Liverpool in August 2019. One month before, in July 2019, she was the referee of the Women World Cup Final between the USA and Netherlands in Lyon. What a year for Stephanie Frappart, crowned by IFFHS The Best Referee of the World Cup in July and the World’s Best Referee of the Year. (Source: IFFHS)

IFFHS World’s Best Women Referees 2019       
1. Stephanie Frappart (FRA, photo) 233 p
2. Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS) 93 p
3. Bibiana Steinhaus (GER) 75 p
4. Edina Alves (BRA) 45 p
5. Sara Persson (SWE) 35 p
6. Kateryna Monzul (UKR) 20 p
7. Riem Hussein (GER) 17 p
8. Esther Staubli (SUI) 15 p
9. Claudia Umpierrez (URU) 15 p
10. Katalin Kulcsar (HUN) 9 p
11. Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN) 8 p
12. Jana Adamkova (CZE) 6 p
13. Virginia Calderas (VEN) 3 p
14. Lina Lehtovaara (FIN) 3 p
15. Sian Massey-Ellis (ENG) 2 p
16. Lucila Venegas (MEX) 2 p
17. Salome Di Iorio (ARG) 1 p
18. Kate Jacewicz (AUS) 1 p
19. Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL) 1 p
20. Ekaterina Koroleva (USA) 1 p
21. Gladys Lengwe (ZAM) 1 p

Concacaf League Final 2019 (Second Leg)

26 November 2019

Motagua – Saprissa
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Espinosa (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Michel Morales (MEX)
Fourth Official: Luis Santander (MEX)
 

UEFA Youth League 2019/2020 – Group Stage (Matchday 5)

26-27 November 2019

Real Madrid – Paris St. Germain
Referee: Antonio Nobre (POR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nuno Pereira (POR)
Fourth Official: Fernando Bueno Prieto (ESP)
Referee Observer: David Fernandez Borbalan (ESP)

Galatasaray – Club Brugge
Referee: Mykola Balakin (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Volodymyr Vysotskyi (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Valentyn Kutsev (UKR)
Fourth Official: Can Cengiz (TUR)
Referee Observer: Sabri Celik (TUR)

Tottenham – Olympiacos
Referee: Peter Kjaesgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Brixen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakob Mastrup (DEN)
Fourth Official: David Rock (ENG)
Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)

Crvena Zvezda – Bayern Munchen
Referee: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Venev (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Petar Mitrev (BUL)
Fourth Official: Lazar Lukić (SRB)
Referee Observer: Dejan Filipovic (SRB)

Atalanta – Dinamo Zagreb
Referee: Juri Frischer (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Veiko Mõtsnik (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Sander Saga (EST)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Prontera (ITA)
Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)

Manchester City – Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Bram Van Driessche (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Monteny (BEL)
Fourth Official: Anthony Backhouse (ENG)
Referee Observer: Brian Lawlor (WAL)

Lokomotiv Moskva – Bayer Leverkusen
Referee: Boris Marhefka (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Michal Tomčík (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Polacek (SVK)
Fourth Official: Evgeny Turbin (RUS)
Referee Observer: Yuri Bashkakov (RUS)

Juventus – Atlético de Mardid
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jakub Winkler (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulina Baranowska (POL)
Fourth Official: Gianluca Aureliano (ITA)
Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

Genk – Salzburg
Referee: Nicholas Walsh (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Kirkland (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Paul O'Neill (SCO)
Fourth Official: Ken Vermeiren (BEL)
Referee Observer: Ray Ellingham (WAL)

Liverpool – Napoli
Referee: Tihomir Pejin (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Tomas (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Kruno Šaric (CRO)
Fourth Official: James Oldham (ENG)
Referee Observer: John Ferry (IRL)

Slavia Praha – Internazionale
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Vella (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivan Galea (MLT)
Fourth Official: Ondřej Berka (CZE)
Referee Observer: Michal Benes (CZE)

Barcelona – Dortmund
Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Jevgenijs Morozovs (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Valdis Koritko (LVA)
Fourth Official: Victor Garcia Verdura (ESP)
Referee Observer: Bernardino Gonzalez Vazquez (ESP)

Zenit – Lyon
Referee: Zaven Hovhannisyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 1: Atom Sevgulyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 2: Artur Gdlyan (ARM)
Fourth Official: Vasili Kazartsev (RUS)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Ivanov (RUS)

Leipzig – Benfica
Referee: Bojan Pandžić (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Joakim Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Christof Günsch (GER)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

Valencia – Chelsea
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Laurent Conotte (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Romain Devillers (BEL)
Fourth Official: Sergio Escriche Guzman (ESP)
Referee Observer: Manuel Lopez Fernandez (ESP)

Lille – Ajax
Referee: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexey Stipidi (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Rashid Abusuev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Bastien Dechepy (FRA)
Referee Observer: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

UEFA Youth League 2019/2020 – Domestic Champions Path, Second Round (Second Leg)

26-27 November 2019

HSK Zrinjski – FC Midtjylland
Referee: Vitali Romanov (UKR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Zhukov (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Fourth Official: Haris Kaljanac (BIH)
Referee Observer: Elmir Pilav (BIH)

NK Domžale – FC Porto
Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Tryfon Petropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Iordanis Aptosoglou (GRE)
Fourth Official: Mitja Žganec (SVN)
Referee Observer: Darko Ceferin (SVN)

PAOK FC – Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Novak Simović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikola Djorovic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Miloš Simovic (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dimitrios Karantonis (GRE)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

Sogndal Fotball – Sheriff Tiraspol
Referee: Ivar Kristjansson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Birkir Sigurdarson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Egill Gudlaugsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Marius Hansen (NOR)
Referee Observer: Kjell Alseth (NOR)

Apoel FC – Real Zaragoza
Referee: Juxhin Xhaja (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Ilir Tartaraj (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Endrit Veseli (ALB)
Fourth Official: Chrysovalantis Theouli (CYP)
Referee Observer: Michael Argyrou (CYP)

Derby County – IA Akranes
Referee: Tim Marshall (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ryan Kelsey (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Nethery (NIR)
Fourth Official: Martin Coy (ENG)
Referee Observer: Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

Slovan Bratislava – Rangers FC
Referee: Pavel Orel (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Petr Blažej (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Kamil Hajek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Bálint Kišš (SVK)
Referee Observer: Ladislav Gadosi (SVK)

Maccabi Petah Tikva – Stade Rennais
Referee: Nikolas Neokleous (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Soteriou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Matityahu Yakobov (ISR)
Fourth Official: Aviad Shiloach (ISR)

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 17-24)

25-26 November 2019

Mexico – Italy
Referee 1: Said Hachim (MAD)
Referee 2: Juan Angeles (DOM, photo)
Referee 3: Mariano Romo (ARG)
Timekeeper: Suhaimi Mat Hassan (MAS)

Japan – Switzerland
Referee 1: Alex Valdiviezo (PER)
Referee 2: Gumercindo Batista (PAN)
Referee 3: Hugo Pado (SOL)
Timekeeper: Adil Ouchker (MAR)

Tahiti – Uruguay
Referee 1: Gonzalo Carballo (SLV)
Referee 2: Vitali Gomolko (LTU)
Referee 3: Roman Borisov (RUS)
Timekeeper: Raul Gonzalez (ESP)

USA – Paraguay
Referee 1: Ingilab Mammadov (AZE)
Referee 2: Ebrahim Al-Mansory (UAE)
Referee 3: Bakhtiyor Namazov (UZB)
Timekeeper: Lukasz Ostrowski (POL)

UAE – Senegal
Referee 1: Raul Gonzalez (ESP)
Referee 2: Sofien Benchabane (FRA)
Referee 3: Juan Angeles (DOM)
Timekeeper: Vitali Gomolko (LTU)

Oman – Portugal
Referee 1: Adil Ouchker (MAR)
Referee 2: Hany Farouk (EGY)
Referee 3: Said Hachim (MAD)
Timekeeper: Gumercindo Batista (PAN)

Russia – Belarus
Referee 1: Gionni Matticoli (ITA)
Referee 2: Suhaimi Mat Hassan (MAS)
Referee 3: Shao Liang (CHN)
Timekeeper: Ivo Moraes (BRA)

Nigeria – Brazil
Referee 1: Gustavo Dominguez (PAR)
Referee 2: Lukasz Ostrowski (POL)
Referee 3: Ingilab Mammadov (AZE)
Timekeeper: Bakhtiyor Namazov (UZB)

UEFA Champions League 2019/2020 – Group Stage (Matchday 5)

26-27 November 2019

Atalanta BC – GNK Dinamo
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR: Vitali Meshkov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

Galatasaray – Club Brugge KV
Referee: Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaš Somolani (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Branislav Hancko (SVK)
Fourth Official: Filip Glova (SVK)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR: Stefano Alassio (ITA)
Referee Observer: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Lokomotiv Moskva – Bayer Leverkusen
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Fourth Official: David Coote (ENG)
VAR: Christopher Kavanagh (ENG)
AVAR: Lee Betts (ENG)
Referee Observer: Boško Jovanetić (SRB)

Real Madrid – Paris Saint Germain
Referee: Artur Soares Dias(POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: Fábio Veríssimo (POR)
VAR: Tiago Martins (POR)
AVAR: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)

Crvena Zvezda – Bayern München
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Dennis Higler (NED)
VAR: Pol van Boekel (NED)
AVAR: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
Referee Observer: Kaj Ostergaard (DEN)

Tottenham Hotspur – Olympiakós FC
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Divan Vilkov BUL)
Fourth Official: Nikola Popov (BUL)
VAR: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
AVAR: Davide Massa (ITA)
Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)

Manchester City – Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Rade Obrenovič (SVN)
VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED)
AVAR: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Medved (SVK)

Juventus FC – Atlético de Madrid
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson (ENG)
VAR: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
AVAR: Paul Tierney (ENG)
Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)

FC Zenit – Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
VAR: Marco Guida (ITA)
AVAR: Ciro Carbone (ITA)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

Valencia – Chelsea
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Fourth Official: Harm Osmers (GER)
VAR: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
AVAR: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Referee Observer: Michalis Koukoulakis (GRE)

Liverpool FC – SSC Napoli
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Munuera Montero (ESP)
VAR: José Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
AVAR: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoechea (ESP)
Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

KRC Genk – Red Bull Salzburg
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Fourth Official: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
VAR: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
AVAR: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

FC Barcelona – Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos /(FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Karim Abed (FRA)
VAR: François Letexier (FRA)
AVAR: Jérôme Brisard (FRA)
Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Slavia Praha – Internazionale Milano
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Musial (POL)
VAR: Pawel Gil (POL)
AVAR: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

RB Leipzig – SL Benfica
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Xavier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
VAR: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
AVAR: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

Lille OSC – AFC Ajax
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Tobias Stieler (GER)
VAR: Christian Dingert (GER)
AVAR: Marco Fritz (GER)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)

FIFA Club World Cup 2019

Qatar, 12-22 December 2019

AFC
Referee: Abdulrahman Al Jassim (QAT, 1987, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Taleb Al Marri (QAT, 1988)
Assistant Referee 2: Saoud Al-Maqaleh (QAT, 1988)

VAR: Fu Ming (CHN, 1983)

CAF
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG, 1985)
Assistant Referee 1: Mahmoud Ahmed (EGY, 1984)
Assistant Referee 2: Mokrane Gourari (ALG, 1982)

VAR: Bakary Gassama (GAM, 1979)

CONCACAF
Referee: Ismail Elfath (USA, 1982)
Assistant Referee 1: Kyle Atkins (USA, 1986)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Parker (USA, 1986)

VAR: Alan Kelly (USA, 1975)

CONMEBOL
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Schiemann (CHI, 1977)
Assistant Referee 2: Claudio Rios (CHI, 1977)

VAR: Esteban Ostojich (URU, 1982)

OFC
Support Referee: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH, 1981)

UEFA
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (ROU, 1980)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU, 1976)

VAR 1: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP, 1982)
VAR 2: Benoît Millot (FRA, 1982)

Hansson: The firefighter, handball and its real impact

For Martin Hansson and his team of officials, the enormity of the failure to spot Thierry Henry's handball in the 2009 World Cup play-off arrived a little over five minutes after reaching the sanctity of the Paris dressing room that fateful November night. Under normal circumstances, the referee observer would be in immediately to address the team, but on that dramatic night in Saint-Denis, there was a noticeable delay. Eventually when the FIFA official did arrive, Hansson was told his team enjoyed a fine night up to the point where William Gallas scored in extra-time, with the extra-time 1-1 draw enough to send Raymond Domenech's side through. The only blemish on the copybook, and it was a significant blot, was the failure to spot Henry's handball in the lead-up to the decisive goal. It shouldn't have stood. "I broke down completely. At that moment everything felt helpless," he admitted in the Swedish documentary Rättskiparen (The Referee) released the following year. And helpless is perhaps the key word. Officials stationed on the goal line had yet to be fully rolled out, while goal line technology and video assistant referees (VAR) were still some years away. FIFA reluctantly backed Hansson. His positioning for the incident was not deemed to be incorrect and he was selected for the 2010 World Cup, but tellingly was never given a game. The Swede would retire as a professional referee in 2013, but it marked the end of his career at the elite level. 
In 2009, the Swedish FA broke new ground by appointing five full-time referees for the first time. Former professional player and now documentary maker Mattias Löw took a particular interest in one of the officials. Martin Hansson had been involved in a couple of controversial moments – death threats courtesy of irate Atletico Madrid fans in 2008 after awarding Liverpool an injury-time penalty to salvage a draw in the Champions League and he was criticized for failing to award Brazil a goal in the 2009 Confederations Cup final when the ball had crossed the line – and Löw decided to follow the 38-year-old for the year. "I almost expected something to happen with Martin," he tells RTÉ Sport 10 years later. The documentary is revealing. Hansson, who had divorced from his wife in 2008 and saw his kids every second week, outlined what football meant in his life. "I had to choose between family, football and work. Football always comes first," he said. "When you are a referee on this level of football, football controls your life completely." While the positioning of the linesman, rather than where Hansson was standing, was arguably a bigger factor in failing to blow the whistle, the burden of responsibility seemed to lie with the Swede. Certainly the majority of the abuse landed on his front door. In a frank and somber exchange, the documentary shows Hansson speaking to Low the next day to discuss the incident. "The phone call was the dramatic moment of the documentary," Löw says today. "Everything led up to that. His career ended with that match, even if the World Cup appeared to prolong it." 
Damien Duff was among the many on the pitch who saw Henry control the ball by foul means. "He handled it twice, but I saw one of the moments clearly. I didn't need a replay," he says, remembering how the players huddled around team analyst Brian McCarthy's laptop in the dressing-room in disbelief. A bit like France themselves, Hansson's World Cup dream was largely underwhelming. Les Bleus were sent packing at the group stages without winning a game, Hansson was deemed fit to only operate in the capacity as a fourth official. He returned to home and operated in the domestic league before hanging up the whistle. Duff remains philosophical about the subsequent downward spiral in Hansson's career. "That's life," he offers. "That could happen in any job. In football any decision can lead to a crossroads in your career." All of that of course is of little consolation to Hansson, who bowed out as a full-time referee in 2013 to return to be a full-time firefighter in southern Sweden. "He's the perfect firefighter," says Löw. "There was something about him, he was so structured and so organized. He was always ready to throw himself into a challenge. He'd be the kind of person who would save others before he'd save himself. He's a guy you'd want in a situation if you were in trouble." 

Source: RTE

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 9-16)

23-24 November 2019

USA – Japan
Referee 1: Sofien Benchabane (FRA, photo)
Referee 2: Gionni Matticoli (ITA)
Referee 3: Alex Valdiviezo (PER)
Timekeeper: Aecio Fernandez (URU)

Tahiti – Mexico
Referee 1: Lukasz Ostrowski (POL)
Referee 2: Sergio Gomes (POR)
Referee 3: Vitali Gomolko (LTU)
Timekeeper: Ingilab Mammadov (AZE)

Uruguay – Italy
Referee 1: Hany Farouk (EGY)
Referee 2: Ebrahim Al-Mansory (UAE)
Referee 3: Adil Ouchker (MAR)
Timekeeper: Said Hachim (MAD)

Paraguay – Switzerland
Referee 1: Suhaimi Mat Hassan (MAS)
Referee 2: Juan Angeles (DOM)
Referee 3: Gumercindo Batista (PAN)
Timekeeper: Gonzalo Carballo (SLV)

Russia – UAE
Referee 1: Mariano Romo (ARG)
Referee 2: Hugo Pado (SOL)
Referee 3: Gonzalo Carballo (SL)
Timekeeper: Alex Valdiviezo (PER)

Nigeria – Oman
Referee 1: Roman Borisov (RUS)
Referee 2: Raul Gonzalez (ESP)
Referee 3: Gionni Matticoli (ITA)
Timekeeper: Sofien Benchabane (FRA)

Belarus – Senegal
Referee 1: Ivo Moraes (BRA)
Referee 2: Aecio Fernandez (URU)
Referee 3: Juan Angeles (DOM)
Timekeeper: Gustavo Dominguez (PAR)

Brazil – Portugal
Referee 1: Shao Liang (CHN)
Referee 2: Bakhtiyor Namazov (UZB)
Referee 3: Ebrahim Al-Mansory (UAE)
Timekeeper: Hany Farouk (EGY)

Former FIFA referee Undiano awarded the Gold Medal for Sports 2019

Former FIFA referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco has been awarded the 2019 Gold Medal for Sports Merit as “the highest representative of refereeing in our community and one of our greatest exponents at national and international level, with an impeccable and exemplary career”.
Undiano Mallenco has been a football referee for 30 years, from the 1989/90 season to this year, 19 of them in the First Division, and a FIFA referee since 2004. In addition, he established three records in his career: the most matches (348) in Primera Division, the youngest referee (26) to ascend to First Division, and the most appointments to “El Clasico” Real Madrid - FC Barcelona. He was also a Spanish representative at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, where he refereed three games. Undiano also refereed semi-finals and finals in several UEFA and FIFA competitions, Champions League and Europa League matches, as well as three Copa del Rey finals and three Spanish Super Cups.

UEFA Referee Development Panel 2019-2023

1. Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium, photo)
2. David Elleray (England, photo)
3. Herbert Fandel (Germany)
4. Jose Fontelas Gomes (Portugal)
5. Lutz Fröhlich (Germany)
6. Pascal Garibian (France)
7. Bo Karlsson (Sweden)
8. Nikolai Levnikov (Russia)
9. Jenny Palmqvist (Sweden)
10. Michael Riley (England)
11. Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
12. Jaap Uilenberg (Netherlands)
13. Kyros Vassaras (Greece)
14. Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2019 – Group Stage (Matches 1-8)

21-22 November 2019

Italy – Tahiti
Referee 1: Ivo Moraes (BRA, photo)
Referee 2: Mariano Romo (ARG)
Referee 3: Suhaimi Mat Hassan (MAS)
Timekeeper: Juan Angeles (DOM)

Swizerland – USA
Referee 1: Aecio Fernandez (URU)
Referee 2: Shao Liang (CHN)
Referee 3: Hany Farouk (EGY)
Timekeeper: Ebrahim Al-Mansory (UAE)

Uruguay – Mexico
Referee 1: Bakhtiyor Namazov (UZB)
Referee 2: Hugo Pado (SOL)
Referee 3: Lukasz Ostrowski (POL)
Timekeeper: Sergio Gomes (POR)

Paraguay – Japan
Referee 1: Raul Gonzalez (ESP)
Referee 2: Roman Borisov (RUS)
Referee 3: Sofien Benchabane (FRA)
Timekeeper: Gionni Matticoli (ITA)

Senegal – Russia
Referee 1: Gustavo Dominguez (PAR)
Referee 2: Alex Valdiviezo (PER)
Referee 3: Aecio Fernandez (URU)
Timekeeper: Shao Liang (CHN)

Portugal – Nigeria
Referee 1: Gumercindo Batista (PAN)
Referee 2: Gonzalo Carballo (SLV)
Referee 3: Bakhtiyor Namazov (UZB)
Timekeeper: Hugo Pado (SOL)

Belarus – UAE
Referee 1: Adil Ouchker (MAR)
Referee 2: Said Hachim (MAD)
Referee 3: Ivo Moraes (BRA)
Timekeeper: Mariano Romo (ARG)

Brazil – Oman
Referee 1: Vitali Gomolko (LTU)
Referee 2: Ingilab Mammadov (AZE)
Referee 3: Raul Gonzalez (ESP)
Timekeeper: Roman Borisov (RUS)

Female assistant referees take first steps on road to Women’s Euro 2021

UEFA has given an unprecedented opportunity to Europe’s leading female assistant referees to stake their claim for a place in the team that will run the line at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 tournament. The 38 candidates gathered at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon to attend the first-ever FIFA women’s assistant referee course. All have high hopes of figuring among the 24 assistant referees who will be selected for the eagerly-awaited Euro final round, scheduled to take place in England in two summers’ time.
UEFA organised the course not only to kick off assistant referees’ preparations for Euro 2021 – but also to ensure that more European assistants benefit from the experience of colleagues who have already officiated at FIFA Women’s World Cup and UEFA Women’s Euro tournaments. “We asked our member associations to send us female assistant referees who are officiating at matches in the top two domestic men’s divisions in their countries,“ said UEFA refereeing officer Dagmar Damkovà. While we know the experienced assistants, there are still some assistants in Europe whose qualities we need to see at first hand – and if they are officiating in their two top men’s divisions, it obviously means they have certain qualities.” The Nyon course featured sessions dealing with key areas for assistant referees including offside, reading the game, match situations, and concentration and awareness. Participants were also given a thorough insight into the video assistant referee (VAR) system supporting the referee’s decision-making process, which has gradually been introduced in various UEFA competitions this year. “Some people may think that the Women’s Euro is a long way away, but time passes quickly,” said Damkovà. “We want to ensure that both UEFA and the assistants are prepared properly. We’re asking them to work hard, seek constant improvement and prove that they are good enough to be in the Euro team.” Unlike the men’s game, major international women's football matches do not require the ‘trios’ of referees and assistants to represent the same country. “We do not want high-quality female assistant referees to be at a disadvantage because of this”, Damkovà explained. “It gave us another reason to bring some of them to Nyon and involve them in the Euro pathway.”
UEFA's overall refereeing program is placing particular emphasis on female refereeing - part of the organisation's efforts to ensure that women's refereeing keeps pace with the overall progress of women's football. “We want to invest in women’s refereeing,” said UEFA Referees Committee chairman Roberto Rosetti, “and the course for the assistant referees is another very good step for the future.” History was made in August, when French referee Stéphanie Frappart led a team of predominately female officials overseeing the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC in Istanbul. Frappart was the first female referee to take charge of a major European men's showpiece occasion. Female assistant referees are also being appointed to officiate at UEFA Europa League matches – demonstrating UEFA’s firm belief in the calibre of its female officials. Belgian referee fitness expert Jean-Baptist Bultynck led a fitness session designed for the specific demands of running the line. “There is a clear difference between training for referees and training for assistant referees,” he said. “The main difference for assistant referees concerns short distances, sharpness and speed in the first 5-10 metres, as well as sideways movement. We concentrated in the session on checking the assistants’ sideways movement and sprinting capacity, as well as looking at their decision-making. “The aim is for them to always search for improvement in the lead-up to the Women’s Euro”.

Source: UEFA

AFC Champions League Final 2019 (Second Leg)

24 November 2019

Urawa Red Diamonds – Al Hilal
Referee: Valentin Kovalenko (UZB, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrei Tsapenko (UZB)
Assistant Referee 2: Timur Gaynulin (UZB)
Additional AR 1: Aziz Asimov (UZB)
Additional AR 2: Ilgiz Tantashev (UZB)
Fourth Official: Ruslan Serazitdinov (UZB)

UEFA Futsal Champions League 2019/2020 – Elite Round

19-24 November 2019

Group A, Moscow
1. Marc Birkett (ENG, photo)
2. Kamil Cetin (TUR)
3. Miguel Castilho (POR)
4. Eduardo Fernandes (POR)

Group B, Tyumen
1. Juan Cordero Gallardo (ESP)
2. Alejandro Martinez Flores (ESP)
3. Admir Zahovič (SVN)
4. Borislav Kolev (BUL)

Group C, Almaty
1. Nikola Jelić (CRO)
2. Saša Tomić (CRO)
3. Ondřej Černý (CZE)
4. Cédric Pelissier (FRA)

Group D, Minsk
1. Angelo Galante (ITA)
2. Alessandro Malfer (ITA)
3. Balázs Farkas (HUN)
4. Gábor Kovács (HUN)

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – AFC (Round 2, Matchday 6)

19 November 2019

Uzbekistan – Palestine
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Yaser Tulefat (BHR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohamed Salman (BHR)
Fourth Official: Ammar Mahfoodh (BHR)

Iraq – Bahrain
Referee: Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Koh Min Kiat (SIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdul Hasim (SIN)
Fourth Official: Ahmad Ibrahim (JOR)

Jordan – Chinese Taipei
Referee: Abdulla Mohammed (UAE)
Assistant Referee 1: Hasan Al-Mahri (UAE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohamed Al-Hammadi (UAE)
Fourth Official: Khalid Al Shaqsi (OMA)

Maldives – Guam
Referee: Hussein Yehia (LIB)
Assistant Referee 1: Samer Badr (LIB)
Assistant Referee 2: Adnan Abdallah (LIB)
Fourth Official: Ali Reda (LIB)

Syria – Philippines
Referee: Rowan Arumughan (IND)
Assistant Referee 1: Kennedy Sapam (IND)
Assistant Referee 2: Arun Pillai (IND)
Fourth Official: Pranjal Banerjee (IND)

Nepal – Kuwait
Referee: Omar Al Yaqoubi (OMA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hamed Al Ghafri (OMA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nasser Ambusaidi (OMA)
Fourth Official: Qasim Al Hatmy (OMA)

Hong Kong – Cambodia
Referee: Ali Shaban (KUW)
Assistant Referee 1: Humoud Al Sahli (KUW)
Assistant Referee 2: Abbas Gholoum (KUW)
Fourth Official: Ahmad Al Ali (KUW)

Yemen – Singapore
Referee: Minoru Tojo (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Takumi Takagi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Osamu Nomura (JPN)
Fourth Official: Hiroyuki Kimura (JPN)

Afghanistan – Qatar
Referee: Timur Faizullin (KGZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Sergei Grishchenko (KGZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Ismailzhan Talipzhanov (KGZ)
Fourth Official: Dmitri Mashentsev (KGZ)

Oman – India
Referee: Nivon Gamini (SRI)
Assistant Referee 1: Iran Kasthotage (SRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Ong Chai Lee (SIN)
Fourth Official: Ali Ismaeel (BHR)

Myanmar – Mongolia
Referee: Muhammad Nazmi (MAS)
Assistant Referee 1: Zairul Khalil (MAS)
Assistant Referee 2: Arif Shamil (MAS)
Fourth Official: Suhaizi Bin Shukri (MAS)

Kyrgyzstan – Tajikistan
Referee: Abdulrahman Al Jassim (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Taleb Al Marri (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Saoud Al Maqaleh (QAT)
Fourth Official: Tejas Nagvenkar (IND)

Malaysia – Indonesia
Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohammadreza Mansouri (IRN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammadreza Abolfazli (IRN)
Fourth Official: Mooud Bonyadifard (IRN)

Vietnam – Thailand
Referee: Ahmed Al Kaf (OMA)
Assistant Referee 1: Abu Al Amri (OMA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rashid Al Ghaithi (OMA)
Fourth Official: Mahmood Al Majarafi (OMA)

Turkmenistan – Sri Lanka
Referee: Saoud Al Adba (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Yousef Al Shamari (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Zahy Al Shmari (QAT)
Fourth Official: Zhang Lei (CHN)

Lebanon – Korea DPR
Referee: Yaqoob Abdul Baki (OMA)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdullah Al Jardani (OMA)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdullah Al Shammakhi (OMA)
Fourth Official: Songkran Gulmurodi (THA)

UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers (Matchday 10)

17-19 November 2019

Kosovo – England
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Konrad Sapela (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Daniel Stefanski (POL)
Referee Observer: Christer Fällström (SWE)

Bulgaria – Czech Republic
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Sergey Ivanov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Stávros Tritsónis (GRE)

Serbia – Ukraine
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David Roome (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Fourth Official: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Luxembourg – Portugal
Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Referee Observer: Rien Koopman (NED)

Albania – France
Referee: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Nejc Kajtazovič (SVN)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Ivanov (RUS)

Andorra – Turkey
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomáš Somoláni (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Branislav Hancko (SVK)
Fourth Official: Peter Královič (SVK)
Referee Observer: Draženko Kovačić (CRO)

Moldova – Iceland
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivo Nádvorník (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomáš Mokrusch (CZE)
Fourth Official: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Gibraltar – Switzerland
Referee: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bertrand Jouannaud (FRA)
Fourth Official: Frank Schneider (FRA)
Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)

Ireland – Denmark
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Fritz (GER)
Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

Malta – Norway
Referee: Aliyar Ağayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Akif Amirali (AZE)
Fourth Official: Rauf Cabarov (AZE)
Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

Spain – Romania
Referee: Aleksei Kuĺbakoŭ (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dzmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alieh Maslianka (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dzianis Ščarbakoŭ (BLR)
Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)

Sweden – Faroe Islands
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Grega Kordež (SVN)
Fourth Official: Rade Obrenovič (SVN)
Referee Observer: Ferenc Székely (HUN)

Greece – Finland
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

Italy – Armenia
Referee: Tiago Martins (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Luís Campos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Pedro Mota (POR)
Fourth Official: António Nobre (POR)
Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)

Liechtenstein – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Fourth Official: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)

Germany – Northern Ireland
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Referee Observer: Gylfi Orrason (ISL)

Netherlands – Estonia
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefano Alassio (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)

Slovakia – Azerbaijan
Referee: Serhiy Boyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Fourth Official: Vitaliy Romanov (UKR)
Referee Observer: Kevin Azzopardi (MLT)

Wales – Hungary
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Șovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Colțescu (ROU)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

North Macedonia – Israel
Referee: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
Referee Observer: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

Latvia – Austria
Referee: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

Poland – Slovenia
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (GER)
Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold (NOR)

Scotland – Kazakhstan
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Johan Balder (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Davie Goossens (NED)
Fourth Official: Kevin Blom (NED)
Referee Observer: Karel Vidlák (CZE)

San Marino – Russia
Referee: Thorvaldur Arnason (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jóhann Gudmundsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Andri Vigfússon (ISL)
Fourth Official: Ívar Kristjánsson (ISL)
Referee Observer: John Ferry (NIR)

Belgium – Cyprus
Referee: Jorgen Daugbjerg (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jesper Dahl (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Niels Hog (DEN)
Fourth Official: Peter Kjaersgaard (DEN)
Referee Observer: Edward Foley (IRL)

Concacaf Nations League – Group Stage (Matchday 6)

17-19 November 2019

League A

Honduras – Trinidad and Tobago
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Tipaz (GUA)
Fourth Official: German Martinez (SLV)

Costa Rica – Haiti
Referee: Hector Martinez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Walter Lopez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Fourth Official: Raul Castro (HON)

Cuba – USA
Referee: John Pitti (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ronald Bruna (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Camarena (PAN)
Fourth Official: Jose Kellys (PAN)

Mexico – Bermuda
Referee: Ismael Cornejo (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Henri Pupiro (NCA)
Assistant Referee 2: Geovany Garcia (SLV)
Fourth Official: Melvin Matamoros (HON)

League B

Grenada – Belize
Referee: Jose Torres (PUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jairo Morales (PUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roney Salinas (HON)
Fourth Official: William Anderson (PUR)

French Guiana – St. Kitts and Nevis
Referee: Oscar Macias (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Martinez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Pablo Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Marco Ortiz (MEX)

Dominica – St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Referee: Ricangel De Leca (ARU)
Assistant Referee 1: Kedlee Powell (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Clenton Daniel (GRN)
Fourth Official: Reon Radix (GRN)

Aruba – Antigua and Barbuda
Referee: Jorge Perez (Mexico)
Assistant Referee 1: Michel Morales (Mexico)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Espinosa (Mexico)
Fourth Official: Cesar Ramos (Mexico)

Jamaica – Guyana
Referee: Keylor Herrera (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Fernandez (CRC)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Montero (CRC)

Nicaragua – Suriname
Referee: Patrick Senecharles (HAI)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean Moreau (HAI)
Assistant Referee 2: Nesly Dorceus (HAI)
Fourth Official: Benbito Celima (HAI)

El Salvador – Dominican Republic
Referee: Benjamin Pineda (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Emmanuel Alvarado (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose Montes (CRC)
Fourth Official: Nelson Salgado (HON)

St. Lucia – Montserrat
Referee: Oshane Nation (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Damian Williams (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Ojay Duhaney (JAM)
Fourth Official: Daneon Parchment (JAM)

League C

Bonaire – Bahamas
Referee: Walter Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gerson Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kevon Clarke (BRB)
Fourth Official: Tristley Bassue (SKN)

Guadeloupe – Turks and Caicos Islands
Referee: Nima Saghafi (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Ian Anderson (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Wienckowski (USA)
Fourth Official: Theodore Unkel (USA)

Puerto Rico – Anguilla
Referee: Ariel Sanchez (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Denroy Barker (VIN)
Fourth Official: Oliver Vergara (PAN)

US Virgin Islands – Saint Martin
Referee: Moeth Gaymes (VIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Helpys Feliz (DOM)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Ake (BLZ)
Fourth Official: Kevin Morrison (JAM)

Barbados – Cayman Islands
Referee: Kimbell Ward (SKN)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Browne (SKN)
Assistant Referee 2: Wasnah Barnarde (ATG)
Fourth Official: Trevester Richards (SKN)

UEFA U-21 Euro 2021 Qualifying (Matchday 8)

17-19 November 2019

Italy – Armenia
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehdi Rahmouni (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)
Fourth Official: Willy Delajod (FRA)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

Slovakia – Georgia
Referee: Eldorjan Hamiti (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Nertil Bregasi (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Denis Agaraj (ALB)
Fourth Official: Kreshnik Cjapi (ALB)
Referee Observer: Kjell Alseth (NOR)

Germany – Belgium
Referee: Fábio Veríssimo (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Álvaro Mesquita (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nuno Pereira (POR)
Fourth Official: Hélder Malheiro (POR)
Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)

Croatia – Czech Republic
Referee: Espen Eskas (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oystein Ytterland (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Morten Jensen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Rohit Saggi (NOR)
Referee Observer: Albano Janku (ALB)

Wales – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Geórgios Komínis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Chrístos Akrívos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Ráinhard Boúxbaoum (GRE)
Fourth Official: Aristoménis Koutsiáftis (GRE)
Referee Observer: René Temmink (NED)

Andorra – Turkey
Referee: Dragan Petrović (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Sreten Udovičić (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Damir Lazić (BIH)
Fourth Official: Zoran Grbić (BIH)
Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)

Faroe Islands – North Macedonia
Referee: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Raimonds Tatriks (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Romāns Platonovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Edgars Maļcevs (LVA)
Referee Observer: Michal Beneš (CZE)

Denmark – Malta
Referee: Luís Teixeira (AND)
Assistant Referee 1: Hugo Pereira (AND)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Fernandes (AND)
Fourth Official: Joan Serra (AND)
Referee Observer: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)

Israel – Spain
Referee: Duje Strukan (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Goran Perica (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Mario Pepur (CRO)
Fourth Official: Fran Jović (CRO)
Referee Observer: Robert Małek (POL)

Norway – Portugal
Referee: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Usachev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksei Lunev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen (FRO)

Northern Ireland – Romania
Referee: Kai Erik Steen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Engan (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tom Gronevik (NOR)
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Hagenes (NOR)
Referee Observer: Jens Larsen (DEN)

Switzerland – France
Referee: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Edward Smart (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Harry Lennard (ENG)
Fourth Official: David Coote (ENG)
Referee Observer: Michális Koukoulákis (GRE)

Serbia – Russia
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Fourth Official: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (ESP)
Referee Observer: Vlado Svilokos (CRO)

Gibraltar – Belarus
Referee: Bram Van Driessche (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Monteny (BEL)
Fourth Official: Kevin Van Damme (BEL)
Referee Observer: João Ferreira (POR)

Ireland – Sweden
Referee: Karim Abed (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aurélien Berthomieu (FRA)
Fourth Official: Florent Batta (FRA)
Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)

FIFA U-17 World Cup Final 2019: Treimanis (LVA)

17 November 2019

Final
Brazil – Mexico
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonņikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Christopher Beath (AUS)
Reserve AR: Anton Shchetinin (AUS)
VAR: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
AVAR: Dennis Higler (NED)


Match for Third Place
Netherlands – France
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Redouane Jiyed (MAR)
Reserve AR: Lahcen Azgaou (MAR)
VAR: Drew Fischer (CAN)
AVAR: Craig Pawson (ENG)

Concacaf Nations League – Group Stage (Matchday 5)

14-16 November 2019

League A

USA – Canada
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Espinosa (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Michel Morales (MEX)
Fourth Official: Jorge Perez (MEX)

Panama – Mexico
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Fernandez (CRC)
Fourth Official: Keylor Herrera (CRC)

Martinique – Honduras
Referee: Theodore Unkel (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Ian Anderson (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Wieckowski (USA)
Fourth Official: Nima Saghafi (USA)

Curacao – Costa Rica
Referee: Marco Ortiz (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Pablo Hernandez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose Martinez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Oscar Macias (MEX)

League B

St. Kitts and Nevis – Grenada
Referee: Daneon Parchment (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Ojay Duhaney (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Damian Williams (JAM)
Fourth Official: Oshane Nation (JAM)

Belize – French Guiana
Referee: Erick Lezama (NCA)
Assistant Referee 1: Keytzel Corrales (NCA)
Assistant Referee 2: Emmanuel Aguirre (NCA)
Fourth Official: Nitzar Sandoval (NCA)

St. Vincent and the Grenadines – Nicaragua
Referee: Reon Radix (GRN)
Assistant Referee 1: Clenton Daniel (GRN)
Assistant Referee 2: Kedlee Powell (JAM)
Fourth Official: Rocangel De Leca (ARU)

Antigua and Barbuda – Jamaica
Referee: Randy Encarnation (DOM)
Assistant Referee 1: Walter Cid (DOM)
Assistant Referee 2: Dwight Cummings (CAY)
Fourth Official: Diego Montano (MEX)

Suriname – Dominica
Referee: Sherwin Johnson (GUY)
Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Peters (ATG)
Assistant Referee 2: Iroots Appleton (ATG)
Fourth Official: Gladwyn Johnson (GUY)

Guyana – Aruba
Referee: Kevin Morrison (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Washington (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Jermaine Yee Sing (JAM)
Fourth Official: Jamar Springer (BRB)

St. Lucia – Dominican Republic
Referee: Jaime Herrera (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Mangandi (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Jesus Tabora (HON)
Fourth Official: Ismael Cornejo (SLV)

El Salvador – Montserrat
Referee: Oliver Vergara (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Moises McKenzie (PAN)
Fourth Official: Ariel Sanchez (PAN)

League C

Turks and Caicos Islands – Sint Maarten
Referee: William Anderson (PUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jairo Morales (PUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roney Salinas (HON)
Fourth Official: Jose Torres (PUR)

Bahamas – British Virgin Islands
Referee: Tristley Bassue (SKN)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Parry (SKN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ike Inniss (GUY)
Fourth Official: Walter Lopez (GUA)

Saint Martin – Barbados
Referee: Bryan Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Diaz (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Julian Mendez (GUA)
Fourth Official: Sergio Reyna (GUA)

Cayman Islands – US Virgin Islands
Referee: Jose Kellys (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ronald Bruna (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Camarena (PAN)
Fourth Official: John Pitti (PAN)

Guatemala – Puerto Rico
Referee: Nelson Salgado (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Emmanuel Alvarado (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose Montes (CRC)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Pineda (CRC)

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – AFC (Round 2, Matchday 5)

14 November 2019

Uzbekistan – Saudi Arabia
Referee: Ryuji Sato (JPN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Hiroshi Yamauchi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jun Mihara (JPN)
Fourth Official: Yudai Yamamoto (JPN)

Iraq – Iran
Referee: Hettikamkanamge Perera (SRI)
Assistant Referee 1: Palitha Hemathunga (SRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanjeewa Wellabada (SRI)
Fourth Official: Yaqoob Abdul Baki (OMA)

Maldives – Philippines
Referee: Ahmed Al-Ali (JOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mahmoud Abu-Thaher (JOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Abed Aqel (JOR)
Fourth Official: Mohammad Arafah (JOR)

Syria – China
Referee: Kim Dae-Yong (KOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Park Kyun-Yong (KOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Jang Jong-Pil (KOR)
Fourth Official: Chae Sang-Hyeop (KOR)

Jordan – Australia
Referee: Fu Ming (CHN)
Assistant Referee 1: Huo Weiming (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Wang Dexin (CHN)
Fourth Official: Shen Yinhao (CHN)

Kuwait – Chinese Taipei
Referee: Mohd Yaacob (MAS)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohd Yusri (MAS)
Assistant Referee 2: Muazi Zainal (MAS)
Fourth Official: Razlan Ali (MAS)

Hong Kong – Bahrain
Referee: Kim Dong-Jin (KOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yoon Kwang-Yeol (KOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Park Sang-Jun (KOR)
Fourth Official: Kim Hee-Gon (KOR)

Yemen – Palestine
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (JOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ahmad Al-Roalle (JOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammad Al-Kalaf (JOR)
Fourth Official: Omar Al Ali (UAE)

Afghanistan – India

Referee: Yu Ming-Hsun (TPE)
Assistant Referee 1: Kuo Chan Yu (TPE)
Assistant Referee 2: Chen Howard (TPE)
Fourth Official: Chen Hsin-Chuan (TPE)

Oman – Bangladesh
Referee: Hanna Hattab (SYR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ali Ahmad (SYR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mazen Zazfoun (SYR)
Fourth Official: Seyed Kazemi (IRN)

Myanmar – Tajikistan
Referee: Masoud Tufaylieh (SYR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohamad Kazzaz (SYR)
Assistant Referee 2: Fadi Mahmoud (SYR)
Fourth Official: Clifford Daypuyat (PHI)

Kyrgyzstan – Japan
Referee: Mohammed Al Hoish (KSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Fahad Al-Umri (KSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Hesham Al-Refaei (KSA)
Fourth Official: Shukri Al-Hunfush (KSA)

Malaysia – Thailand
Referee: Ali Sabah (IRQ)
Assistant Referee 1: Hayder Abdulhasan (IRQ)
Assistant Referee 2: Manoj Kalwani (SIN)
Fourth Official: Turki Al-Khudair (KSA)

Vietnam – UAE
Referee: Jumpei Iida (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Akane Yagi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Satoshi Karakami (JPN)
Fourth Official: Yusuke Araki (JPN)

Turkmenistan – Korea DPR
Referee: Sivakorn Pu-Udom (THA)
Assistant Referee 1: Rawut Nakarit (THA)
Assistant Referee 2: Tanate Chuchuen (THA)
Fourth Official: Mongkolchai Pechsri (THA)

Lebanon – Korea
Referee: Mohanad Sarray (IRQ)
Assistant Referee 1: Watheq Al-Swaiedi (IRQ)
Assistant Referee 2: Maytham Abdulzahra (IRQ)
Fourth Official: Zaid Mohammed (IRQ)

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2019 – Semi-finals

14 November 2019

Mexico – Netherlands
Referee: Guillermo Guerrero (ECU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Macias (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Baren (ECU)
Fourth Official: Claudia Umpierrez (URU)
Reserve AR: Luciana Mascarana (URU)
VAR: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
AVAR: Piero Maza (CHI)

France – Brazil
Referee: Ivan Barton (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: David Moran (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Zachari Zeegelaar (SUR)
Fourth Official: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Reserve AR: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
VAR: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoechea (ESP)
AVAR: Nicolas Gallo (COL)

UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers (Matchday 9)

14-16 November 2019

Czech Republic – Kosovo
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Ciro Carbone (ITA)
Fourth Official: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

Turkey – Iceland
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

England – Montenegro
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Xavier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

Portugal – Lithuania
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
Fourth Official: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

Serbia – Luxembourg
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Schaap (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan de Vries (NED)
Fourth Official: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)

Albania – Andorra
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Silver Koiv (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Aron Härsing (EST)
Fourth Official: Roomer Tarajev (EST)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)

France – Moldova
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vyteniz Kazlauskas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Manfredas Lukjančukas (LTU)
Referee Observer: Brian Lawlor (WAL)

Norway – Faroe Islands
Referee: Fran Jović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivica Modrić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Hrvoje Radić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Igor Pajač (CRO)
Referee Observer: Nicolae Grigorescu (ROU)

Armenia – Greece
Referee: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michał Obukowicz (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Fourth Official: Daniel Stefański (POL)
Referee Observer: Ladislav Gádoši (SVK)

Finland – Liechtenstein
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Fourth Official: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Referee Observer: Kaj Ostergaard (DEN)

Denmark – Gibraltar
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Péter Berettyán (HUN)
Fourth Official: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
Referee Observer: Pascal Garibian (FRA)

Switzerland – Georgia
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Kevin Blom (NED)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

Romania – Sweden
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)

Spain – Malta
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Fourth Official: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Referee Observer: Sabri Çelik (TUR)

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Italy
Referee: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Stéphane De Almeida (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Bekim Zogaj (SUI)
Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Referee Observer: Yuri Baskakov (RUS)

Cyprus – Scotland
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Fourth Official: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Referee Observer: Rusmir Mrković (BIH)

Azerbaijan – Wales
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (GER)
Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)

Slovenia – Latvia
Referee: Radu Petrescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mircea Grigoriu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Marcel Bîrsan (ROU)
Referee Observer: Peter Sippel (GER)

Russia – Belgium
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Referee Observer: Paulius Malžinskas (LTU)

San Marino – Kazakhstan
Referee: Ali Palabiyik (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Referee Observer: Dejan Filipović (SRB)

Germany – Belarus
Referee: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Roi Hasan (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
Fourth Official: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)

Northern Ireland – Netherlands
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Musial (POL)
Referee Observer: Kóstas Kapitanís (CYP)

Croatia – Slovakia
Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: François Letexier (FRA)
Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)

Austria – North Macedonia
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Fourth Official: Paul Tierney (ENG)
Referee Observer: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Israel – Poland
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Fourth Official: Kaarlo Hämäläinen (FIN)
Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)