CAF Champions League 2021 – Group Stage (Matchday 3)

5-6 March 2021

Al Merrikh – Simba SC
Referee: Bernard Camille (SEY, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: James Emile (SEY)
Assistant Referee 2: Steve Marie (SEY)
Fourth Official: Egbert Havelock (SEY)

Al Ahly – Vita Club
Referee: Redouane Jiyed (MAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Lahcen Azgaou (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mustapha Akerkad (MAR)
Fourth Official: Samir Guezzaz (MAR)

Belouizdad – Al Hilal
Referee: Maguette N’Diaye (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Fourth Official: Alioune Sandigui (SEN)

TP Mazembe – Mamelodi Sundowns
Referee: Alioum Alioum (CMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Elvis Noupue (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Carine Atezambong (CMR)
Fourth Official: Franck Bito (CMR)

Kaizer Chiefs – Petro de Luanda
Referee: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohammed Ibrahim (SDN)
Assistant Referee 2: Temesgin Samuel (ETH)
Fourth Official: Haileyesus Bazezew (ETH)

Wydad AC – Horoya
Referee: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: Bouabdallah Omari (ALG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ali Brahim ((ALG)
Fourth Official: Lyes Bekouassa (ALG)

Teungueth – MC Alger
Referee: Beida Dahane (MTN)
Assistant Referee 1: Abderrahmane War (MTN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohamed Youssouf (MTN)
Fourth Official: Moussa Diou (MTN)

ES Tunis – Zamalek
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
Assistant Referee 2: Kabwe Chansa (ZAM)
Fourth Official: Helder Martins (ANG)

UEFA cancelled U-19 Euros 2020/21

The UEFA Executive Committee decided to cancel the 2021 UEFA Women’s and Men’s Under-19 Championships due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects on the staging of competitions. In making these decisions, the UEFA Executive Committee took note that, with the government restrictions currently in place, the travelling of teams and staging of mini-tournaments would prove very difficult. The UEFA member associations were consulted and supported the decision. Although it is unfortunate that no youth competitions can take place in the current season, the health and safety of young athletes must be prioritized in the current circumstances.

UEFA Futsal Champions League Finals 2020/21
The UEFA Executive Committee took note of the epidemiological situation in Belarus and the current travel restrictions into the country, which could prevent some teams and officials from participating in the 2020/21 UEFA Futsal Champions League finals. After consultation with the Belarus Football Federation, the committee decided to look for an alternative venue for the event. As the Croatian Football Federation declared its availability to take over the staging of the finals, the UEFA Executive Committee decided to appoint Zagreb as the host of the tournament, originally scheduled in Minsk from 28 April to 3 May.

UEFA U-21 Championship 2019/21
The UEFA Executive Committee approved the introduction of a concussion substitution trial for the 2019-21 UEFA European Under-21 Championship (final phase in Hungary and Slovenia). Each team may use one “concussion substitute” per match, regardless of the number of substitutes already used, in accordance with Protocol A as outlined by IFAB. Concussion substitutions are counted on top of the number of the normal substitution opportunities and it is irrelevant whether, at the time of the concussion substitution, all other substitutions have already been made or not by the team. However, a “concussion substitute” cannot be a player who has previously been substituted.

Source: UEFA

CONMEBOL Libertadores 2021 – Round 2 (First Leg)

9-10 March 2021

Union Espanola – Independiente Del Valle
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Guilherme Camillo (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Rocha (BRA)
Fourth Official: Raphael Claus (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Patricio Polic (CHI)
VAR Observer: Dario Ubriaco (URU)

Montevideo Wanderers – Bolivar
Referee: Cristian Garay (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Retamal (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Edson Cisternas (CHI)
Fourth Official: Eduardo Gamboa (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Roberto Silvera (URU)
VAR Observer: Paulo Silva (ARG)

Santos – Deportivo Lara
Referee: Andres Matonte (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Barreiro (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Horacio Ferreiro (URU)
Fourth Official: Gustavo Tejera (URU)
Referee Assessor: Ednilson Corona (BRA)
VAR Observer: Enrique Caceres (PAR)

Universidad Catolica – Libertad
Referee: Bruno Arleu (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabricio Vilarinho (BRA)
Fourth Official: Flavio Souza (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Juan Albarracin (ECU)
VAR Observer: Jose Buitrago (COL)

Universidad de Chile – San Lorenzo
Referee: Raphael Claus (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Rocha (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Guilherme Camilo (BRA)
Fourth Official: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Jorge Osorio (CHI)
VAR Observer: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)

Preparations for FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 – “Road to Lithuania”

The Road to Lithuania 2021 has become a reality thanks to the vision, and commitment of FIFA Referee Committee Chairman Pierluigi Collina and FIFA Director of Refereeing Massimo Busacca. Their leadership has empowered a group of Futsal refereeing specialists (one from each Confederation) to develop a strategic plan to develop, train, and prepare the top Futsal refereeing prospects for the opportunity to work the pinnacle of the sport – a FIFA World Cup.
Over a year ago, this group of specialists started the process by revamping the Futsal Laws of the Game in order to make them more player and referee friendly. It is therefore important to underline that a competent group of futsal experts (coaches and players) were involved in this process too. This rewrite led to hours upon hours of meetings and analysis of match situations so that there could be a uniform and consistent interpretation of the Futsal Laws. The final part of the 'Road to Lithuania 2021' has been the engagement of the 76 FIFA Futsal Referee Candidates (10 women and 66 men) from 52 different countries and from all Confederations. Despite the obstacles presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, FIFA has been able to offer virtual courses to the cross-Confederation referee candidates with the objective to ensure correct and consistent application of the Laws. Using an extensive catalogue of video clips, the expert instructors have begun the process of providing the candidate referees with the most up-to-date date training and information thereby ensuring they excel if they are called upon to blow the whistle in Lithuania later this year. Numerous and extensive courses (both virtually and in-person) are scheduled over the months preceding the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021. The objective: To ensure the selected referees are perfectly prepared and provide elite performances on the world’s stage. “The Road to Lithuania 2021 is a first in the preparation of FIFA’s best Futsal referees and speaks highly of FIFA’s focus to provide the highest quality officials for their top Futsal competition”, says Brian Hall, member of FIFA’s Referees Committee supervising Futsal. “It highlights FIFA’s commitment to provide only the best referees for the Futsal World Cup. Every effort is being made to engage the pool of referee candidates almost nine months prior to the first match. As the referees begin their journey on the Road to Lithuania, they will be challenged both mentally and physically and they will need to earn the right to step on the pitch in Lithuania. The aim is to reach uniformity and consistency in their way of officiating games and in taking decisions”, underlines Hall. In August, 38 referees will then be selected. Those match officials will officiate games during the most important Futsal competition in the world. The FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021 will be played from 12 September to 3 October 2021 in the cities of Kaunas, Klaipeda and Vilnius.

Source: FIFA

UEFA Futsal Euro 2022 Qualifying Round – Group Stage (Matchday 5)

7-10 March 2021

Russia – France
Referee 1: Vlad Ciobanu (ROU, photo)
Referee 2: Bogdan Hanceariuc (ROU, photo)
Third Referee: Irina Velikanova (RUS)
Timekeeper: Alexei Ivanov (RUS)

Ukraine – Croatia
Referee 1: Kirill Naishouler (FIN)
Referee 2: Paavo Komppa (FIN)
Third Referee: Yaroslav Vovchok (UKR)
Timekeeper: Anton Noiev (UKR)

Greece – Slovakia
Referee 1: Moshe Bohbot (ISR)
Referee 2: Idan Berenshtein (ISR)
Third Referee: Antonios Adamopoulos (GRE)
Timekeeper: Nikolaos Pachakis (GRE)

Finland – Montenegro
Referee 1: Josip Barton (MKD)
Referee 2: Marjan Mladenovski (MKD)
Third Referee: Arttu Kyynaeraeinen (FIN)
Timekeeper: Janne Määttänen (FIN)

Belarus – Kazakhstan
Referee 1: Vladimir Kadikov (RUS)
Referee 2: Ivan Shabanov (RUS)
Third Referee: Volha Pauliuts (BLR)
Timekeeper: Mikhail Prokhorov (BLR)

Poland – Norway
Referee 1: Besar Beqiri (KOS)
Referee 2: Besart Ismajli (KOS)
Third Referee: Tomasz Frak (POL)
Timekeeper: Marcin Muszynski (POL)

Switzerland – Slovenia
Referee 1: Julien Lang (FRA)
Referee 2: Aurelien Uzan (FRA)
Third Referee: Daniel Matkovic (SUI)
Timekeeper: Darko Boskovic (SUI)

Denmark – Albania
Referee 1: Haris Curovac (SWE)
Referee 2: Ademir Avdic (SWE)
Third Referee: Arlind Subashi (ALB)
Timekeeper: Kreshnik Hakrama (ALB)

Czech Republic – Portugal
Referee 1: David Nissen (DEN)
Referee 2: Martin Koster (DEN)
Third Referee: Tomasz Frak (POL)
Timekeeper: Marcin Muszynski (POL)

Latvia – Spain
Referee 1: Petar Radojcic (SRB)
Referee 2: Nikola Rabrenovic (SRB)
Third Referee: Jurijs Ivušins (LVA)
Timekeeper: Kiazo Leladze (LVA)

Moldova – Azerbaijan
Referee 1: Damian Grabowski (POL)
Referee 2: Dominik Cipinski (POL)
Third Referee: Viktor Bugenko (MDA)
Timekeeper: Valeri Minciuna (MDA)

North Macedonia – Serbia
Referee 1: Murat Colak (TUR)
Referee 2: Ugur Cakmak (TUR)
Third Referee: Done Ristovski (MKD)
Timekeeper: Dejan Dimitrijevik (MKD)

Italy – Belgium
Referee 1: Martin Matula (SVK)
Referee 2: Peter Budac (SVK)
Third Referee: Giulio Colombin (ITA)
Timekeeper: Chiara Perona (ITA)

Armenia – Georgia
Referee 1: Grigori Ošomkov (EST)
Referee 2: Jagnar Jakobson (EST)
Third Referee: Mihran Kudoyan (ARM)
Timekeeper: Gevorg Yeghoyan (ARM)

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Romania
Referee 1: Dejan Veselic (SVN)
Referee 2: Arman Alaberkyan (ARM)
Third Referee: Igor Puzović (BIH)
Timekeeper: Alem Bajrovic (BIH)

Israel – Hungary
Referee 1: Hikmat Qafarli (AZE)
Referee 2: Petek Jernej (SVN)
Third Referee: Raafat Al-Hamola (ISR)
Timekeeper: Or Lugasi (ISR)

UEFA Women’s Champions League 2020/2021 – Round of 16 (First Leg)

3-9 March 2021

FC Barcelona – Fortuna Hjorring
Referee: Shona Shukrula (NED, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Franca Overtoom (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Diana Snoeren (NED)
Fourth Official: Lizzy van der Helm (NED)
Referee Observer: Antonia Kokotou (GRE)

Manchester City WFC – ACF Fiorentina
Referee: Monika Mularczyk (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Anna Dabrowska (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulina Baranowska (POL)
Fourth Official: Michalina Diakow (POL)
Referee Observer: Hilda McDermott (IRL)

FC Rosengard – SKN St. Pölten
Referee: Riem Hussein (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Sina Diekmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Karoline Wacker (GER)
Referee Observer: Gitte Holm (DEN)

VfL Wolfsburg – LSK Kvinner
Referee: Desiree Grundbacher (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Linda Schmid (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sabrina Keinersdorfer (SUI)
Fourth Official: Laura Mauricio (SUI)
Referee Observer: Ingrid Jonsson (SWE)

Chelsea FCW – Atletico de Madrid
Referee: Tess Olofsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Josefin Aronsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Emelie Elfstrand (SWE)
Fourth Official: Lovisa Johansson (SWE)
Referee Observer: Emilia Wnuk (POL)

BIIK Kazygurt – Bayern München
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Svitlana Grushko (UKR)
Fourth Official: Anastasiya Romanyuk (UKR)
Referee Observer: Dilan Gökcek (TUR)

Olympiqye Lyonnais – Brondby IF
Referee: Henrikke Nervik (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Monica Lokkeberg (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Elisabeth Thoresen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Ingvild Aarland (NOR)
Referee Observer: Anja Kunick (GER)

Paris Saint Germain – Sparta Praha
Referee: Frida Klarlund (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Sidsel Dall (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Fie Bruun (DEN)
Fourth Official: Frederikke Sokjær (DEN)
Referee Observer: Blaženka Logarušić (CRO)

UEFA Futsal Euro 2022 Qualifying Round – Group Stage (Matchday 4)

2-6 March 2021

Slovenia – Spain
Referee 1: Nikola Jelić (CRO, photo)
Referee 2: Vedran Babic (CRO)
Third Referee: Dejan Veselic (SVN)
Timekeeper: Azra Ahmetovic (SVN)

Kazakhstan – Belarus
Referee 1: Iuri Neverov (RUS)
Referee 2: Tatiana Boltneva (RUS)
Third Referee: Turekhan Tursumbayev (KAZ)
Timekeeper: Valeri Salimov (KAZ)

Hungary – Israel
Referee 1: Nicola Manzione (ITA)
Referee 2: Chiara Perona (ITA)
Third Referee: Gabor Kovacs (HUN)
Timekeeper: Norbert Szilagyi (HUN)

Albania – Denmark
Referee 1: Talgat Kosmukhambetov (KAZ)
Referee 2: Aslan Galayev (KAZ)
Third Referee: Arlind Subashi (ALB)
Timekeeper: Kreshnik Hakrama (ALB)

Croatia – Ukraine
Referee 1: Stefan Vrijens (BEL)
Referee 2: Juan Boelen (BEL)
Third Referee: Nikola Jelić (CRO)
Timekeeper: Mislav Džeko (CRO)

Azerbaijan – Moldova
Referee 1: Giulio Colombin (ITA)
Referee 2: Daniele D'Adamo (SMR)
Third Referee: Ali Jabrayilov (AZE)
Timekeeper: Knyaz Amiraslanov (AZE)

Slovakia – Greece
Referee 1: Sarunas Tamulynas (LTU)
Referee 2: Mantas Pomeckis (LTU)
Third Referee: Peter Budac (SVK)
Timekeeper: Lukaš Peško (SVK)

Montenegro – Belgium
Referee 1: Michael Christofides (CYP)
Referee 2: Yiangos Yiangou (CYP)
Third Referee: Drazen Vukcevic (MNE)
Timekeeper: Vukic Femic (MNE)

Romania – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee 1: Denys Kutsyi (UKR)
Referee 2: Sviatoslav Kliuchnyk (UKR)
Third Referee: Vlad Ciobanu (ROU)
Timekeeper: Bogdan Hanceariuc (ROU)

Norway – Poland
Referee 1: Ingo Heemsoth (GER)
Referee 2: Jacob Pawlowski (GER)
Third Referee: Tomasz Frak (POL)
Timekeeper: Marcin Muszynski (POL)

Georgia – Armenia
Referee 1: Trayan Enchev (BUL)
Referee 2: Ivo Tsenov (BUL)
Third Referee: Zviad Bliadze (GEO)
Timekeeper: Grigol Bliadze (GEO)

Finland – Italy
Referee 1: Marc Birkett (ENG)
Referee 2: Gordon McCabe (SCO)
Third Referee: Arttu Kyynaeraeinen (FIN)
Timekeeper: Janne Määttänen (FIN)

Serbia – North Macedonia
Referee 1: Maksim Dzeikala (BLR)
Referee 2: Anatoli Ustyuzhanin (BLR)
Third Referee: Oliver Nikolic (SRB)
Timekeeper: Branislav Pesic (SRB)

Portugal – Czech Republic
Referee 1: Ibrahim El Jilali (NED)
Referee 2: Jacob Van Dijke (NED)
Third Referee: Slawomir Steczko (POL)
Timekeeper: Marcin Muszynski (POL)
Switzerland – Latvia
Referee 1: Radim Cep (CZE)
Referee 2: Filip Nesnera (CZE)
Third Referee: David Schaerli (SUI)
Timekeeper: Adrian Tschopp (SUI)

France – Russia
Referee 1: David Urdanoz Apezteguia (ESP)
Referee 2: Javier Moreno Reina (ESP)
Third Referee: Cedric Pelissier (FRA)
Timekeeper: Victor Berg-Audic (FRA)

AFC Refereeing STAR Program

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) reinforced its commitment towards building on and maintaining the high standards of match officials on the Continent by launching the AFC Refereeing STAR Program – a remote education initiative that provides Member Associations (MAs) with exclusive and customisable refereeing resources.
Available to all 47 AFC MAs, the AFC Refereeing STAR Program aims to provide match officials with a range of unique courses to be delivered online, which will enable the AFC to enhance the delivery of its education program by embracing the latest technological advances. The program adds to the AFC’s comprehensive refereeing education agenda which includes a wide range of ground-breaking initiatives launched by the AFC, including the AFC Referee Academy, the AFC MA Refereeing Administration Project and access to unlimited teaching resources through the AFC Refereeing 360 Online Platform.
The innovative education system was created on the pillars of the acronym ‘STAR’:
· Support MAs with access to high-quality education and expert advice;
· Transform learning into an engaging and customisable experience;
· Adapt to the rapidly changing environment with sustainable solutions;
· Rise by building resilience and turning challenges into opportunities.
The program will offer courses covering insightful topics in world refereeing within the categories of technical, fitness, teaching resources and administration which will be conducted by a pool of trained coaches including referee instructors as well as retired and active referees.

Source: AFC

UEFA U-21 Euro 2021 (Group Stage)

Hungary & Slovenia, 24-31 March 2021

Referee: Lawrence Visser (BEL, 1989, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)

Referee: Irfan Peljto (BIH, 1984)
Assistant Referee 1: Senad Ibrisimbegović (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Davor Beljo (BIH)

Referee: François Letexier (FRA, 1989)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehdi Rahmouni (FRA)

Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO, 1986)
Assistant Referee 1: Levan Varamishvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Zaza Pipia (GEO)

Referee: Harm Osmers (GER, 1985)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Dominik Schaal (GER)

Referee: Maurizio Mariani (ITA, 1982)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniele Bindoni (ITA)

Referee: Dennis Higler (NED, 1985)
Assistant Referee 1: Johan Balder (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Joost van Zuilen (NED)

Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL, 1986)
Assistant Referee 1: Jakub Winkler (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dawid Golis (POL)

Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP, 1986)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Naranjo Perez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Inigo Prieto Lopez (ESP)

Referee: Sandro Schärer (SUI, 1988)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephane De Almeida (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Bekim Zogaj (SUI)

Referee: Glenn Nyberg (SWE, 1988)
Assistant Referee 1: Mahbod Beigi (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Söderqvist (SWE)

Referee: Halil Meler (TUR, 1986)
Assistant Referee 1: Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ibrahim Uyarcan (TUR)

Fourth Officials
1. Adam Farkas (HUN, 1982)
2. Espen Eskas (NOR, 1988)
3. Horatiu Fesnic (ROU, 1989)
4. Rade Obrenovic (SVN, 1990)

Referee Observers
1. Roberto Rosetti (ITA) 
2. Marc Batta (FRA)
3. Hugh Dallas (SCO)
4. Vladimir Sajn (SVN)

First ever all-female referee team in Colombian professional football

Maria Daza, Mary Blanco, Nataly Arteaga and Vanessa Ceballos made history in Colombian refereeing since they are the first all-female referee team to have directed a men's professional football match in Colombia.
It happened last week, in the First Category B match between Barranquilla and Atletico Huila, at the Romelio Martinez Olympic Stadium. Before the game, both teams celebrated them by giving them a bouquet of flowers.