FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – Concacaf (Round 3, Matchday 9)

27 January 2022

Costa Rica – Panama
Referee: Ismail Elfath (USA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Corey Parker (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kyle Atkins (USA)
Fourth Official: Nima Saghafi (USA)
VAR: Drew Fischer (CAN)
AVAR: Chris Penso (USA)

Honduras – Canada
Referee: Daneon Parchment (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Caleb Wales (TRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jassett Kerr (JAM)
Fourth Official: Jose Torres (PUR)
VAR: Timothy Ford (USA)
AVAR: Benjamin Pineda (CRC)

USA – El Salvador
Referee: Bryan Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Humberto Panjoj (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Tipaz (GUA)
Fourth Official: Sergio Reyna (GUA)
VAR: Adonai Escobedo (MEX)
AVAR: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)

UEFA Futsal Euro 2022 – Group Stage (Matches 13-14)

25 January 2022

Croatia – Russia
Referee 1: Victor Berg-Audic (FRA, photo)
Referee 2: Cedric Pelissier (FRA)
Third Referee: Eduardo Coelho (POR)
Timekeeper: David Nissen (DEN)

Poland – Slovakia
Referee 1: Viktor Bugenko (MDA)
Referee 2: Grigori Osomkov (EST)
Third Referee: Chiara Perona (ITA)
Timekeeper: Kamil Cetin (TUR)

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2021 – Round of 16 (Matches 39-44)

24 January 2022
Guinea – Gambia
Referee: Amin Omar (EGY, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mahmoud El-Regal (EGY)
Assistant Referee 2: Ahmed Hossam (EGY)
Fourth Official: Mohamed Marouf (EGY)
VAR: Mahmoud Ashour (EGY)
AVAR 1: Ahmed El-Ghandour (EGY)
AVAR 2: Mohammed Ibrahim (SDN)

Cameroon – Comoros
Referee: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
Assistant Referee 1: Arsenio Marengula (MOZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Gilbert Cheruiyot (KEN)
Fourth Official: Bernard Camille (SEY)
VAR: Maguette N’Diaye (SEN)
AVAR 1: Peter Waweru (KEN)
AVAR 2: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)

25 January 2022
Senegal – Cape Verde
Referee: Lahlou Benbraham (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: James Emile (SEY)
Assistant Referee 2: Mahamadou Yahaya (NIG)
Fourth Official: Daniel Laryea (GHA)
VAR: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)
AVAR 1: Mahmoud El-Bana (EGY)
AVAR 2: Khalil Hassani (TUN)

Morocco – Malawi
Referee: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (BDI)
Assistant Referee 1: Elvis Noupue (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Seydou Tiama (BFA)
Fourth Official: Boubou Traore (MLI)
VAR: Haythem Guirat (TUN)
AVAR 1: Peter Waweru (KEN)
AVAR 2: Djibril Camara (SEN)

26 January 2022
Cote d’Ivoire – Egypt
Referee: Jean Ndala Ngambo (COD)
Assistant Referee 1: Olivier Safari (COD)
Assistant Referee 2: Soulaimane Amaldine (COM)
Fourth Official: Helder Martins (ANG)
VAR: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
AVAR 1: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
AVAR 2: El Hadji Samba (SEN)

Mali – Equatorial Guinea
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
Assistant Referee 2: Issa Yaya (CHA)
Fourth Official: Joshua Bondo (BOT)
VAR: Adil Zourak (MAR)
AVAR 1: Samir Guezzaz (MAR)
AVAR 2: Zakhele Siwela (RSA)

UEFA Futsal Euro 2022 – Group Stage (Matches 11-12)

24 January 2022

Italy – Slovenia
Referee 1: Juan Cordero Gallardo (ESP, photo)
Referee 2: Alejandro Martinez Flores (ESP, photo)
Third Referee: David Nissen (DEN)
Timekeeper: Miguel Castilho (POR)

Finland – Kazakhstan
Referee 1: Gabor Kovacs (HUN)
Referee 2: Vladimir Kadikov (RUS)
Third Referee: Daniel Matkovic (SUI)
Timekeeper: Admir Zahovic (SVN)

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2021 – Round of 16 (Matches 37-38)

23 January 2022

Burkina Faso – Gabon
Referee: Redouane Jiyed (MAR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Lahcen Azgaou (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mostafa Akarkad (MAR)
Fourth Official: Ahmad Heeralall (MRI)
VAR: Adil Zourak (MAR)
AVAR 1: Bouchra Karboubi (MAR)
AVAR 2: Zakaria Brinsi (MAR)

Nigeria – Tunisia
Referee: Maguette N’Diaye (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Fourth Official: Issa Sy (SEN)
VAR: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
AVAR 1: Dahane Beida (MTN)
AVAR 2: Fatiha Jermoumi (MAR)

Yolanda Parga, new head of women’s refereeing in Spain

Yolanda Parga Rodriguez (La Coruna, 1978) joins the Spanish Technical Committee of Referees as Head of Women's Refereeing. In this way, the former FIFA assistant referee, with extensive experience both on the field of play and in sports management, becomes part of the working group headed by Luis Medina Cantalejo as president of the CTA. 
At the national level, Yolanda reached the Second Division of Spanish football in the 2006/2007 season. As a FIFA AR, her first great achievement was the UEFA Women's Champions League final played in Sweden in 2007. In addition, she attended two FIFA Women's World Cups: Germany 2011 and Canada 2015, where she was in the referee trio of the final. She was also selected for two Olympic Games: London 2012 and Brazil 2016. Since 2017 she has been responsible for women's refereeing at the Madrid Football Federation. In addition, since 2018 she has also acted as an advisor both for the First Division women referees, for whom she will now be responsible, and for the RFEF Technical Committee of Referees itself, which she now joins. This Sunday she will be present at the Ciudad del Futbol in Las Rozas at the final of the Women’s Super Cup where FC Barcelona will face Atletico de Madrid.

Source: RFEF

UEFA Futsal Euro 2022 – Group Stage (Matches 9-10)

23 January 2022

Serbia – Ukraine
Referee 1: David Nissen (DEN, photo)
Referee 2: Gabor Kovacs (HUN)
Third Referee: Cedric Pelissier (FRA)
Timekeeper: Admir Zahovic (SVN)
Reserve AR: Victor Berg-Audic (FRA)

Portugal – Netherlands
Referee 1: Vedran Babic (CRO)
Referee 2: Kamil Cetin (TUR)
Third Referee: Grigori Osomkov (EST)
Timekeeper: Nicola Manzione (ITA)

AFCON referee Waweru goes viral for bizarre running style

The Africa Cup of Nations has served up no end of drama to our TV screens since it started on January 9. From referees blowing up for full-time early to the wrong national anthems being played, it's been quite the spectacle. The football has also been entertaining, with plenty of shocks, including current holders Algeria's departure in the Group Stage.
During Nigeria's win against Guinea-Bissau on Wednesday, another moment of gold was served up in the shape of referee Peter Waweru. The Kenyan, who is also a Professor of Pure Mathematics at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya, went viral for his bizarre, yet brilliant running technique towards the closing stages of the game. As Guinea-Bissau began to launch a counter-attack, Waweru used his unorthodox style to keep up with the play. With high knees, a straight back and arms swinging back, he raced to keep up with the action. Whether you criticise it or not, it proved to be effective for the Kenyan.
Supporters had also picked up another moment as Waweru blew up for the full-time whistle in a rather emphatic style. As he blew the full-time whistle, he raised his left arm in the air, then his right, before pointing them both towards the tunnel as a signal to end the game.
His actions caught the eye of the internet, with one Twitter user suggesting that he should be offered a role in the Premier League: "I don’t care how you do it, but this man must referee in the Premier League." Another person meanwhile said that they enjoyed his dedication to the job. "I like that tbh, man looks like he is trying to be a true professional," they tweeted. Whichever game the Kenyan is reffing next, be sure that he is now likely to have his own little fan club looking out for more of this wild, yet brilliant scenes.

Source: SportsJoe

FP World’s Best Futsal Referee 2021: Cordero Gallardo (ESP)

1. Juan Cordero Gallardo (ESP, photo) - 282p
2. Alejandro Martinez Flores (ESP) - 223p
3. Chiara Perona (ITA) - 182p
4. Maria Pinto (ARG) - 142p
5. Irina Velikanova (RUS) - 141p
6. Nurdin Bukuev (KGZ) - 125p
7. Gelareh Nazemi (IRN) - 98p
8. Valeria Palma (CHI) - 84p
9. Mohamed Hassan (EGY) - 45p
10. Antony Riley (NZL) - 43p

UEFA Referees Committee 2019-2023 (updated December 2021)

Chairman
Roberto Rosetti (ITA/UEFA Chief Refereeing Officer)

Deputy Chairman
Hugh Dallas (SCO/UEFA Refereeing Officer)

Members
Dagmar Damkova (CZE/UEFA Refereeing Officer)
Björn Kuipers (NED/UEFA Refereeing Officer)
Vladimir Sajn (SVN/UEFA Refereeing Officer)
Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP, photo)


Referee Development Panel
Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
David Elleray (ENG)
Herbert Fandel (GER)
Jose Fontelas Gomes (POR)
Lutz-Michael Fröhlich (GER)
Pascal Garibian (FRA)
Bo Karlsson (SWE)
Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)
Jenny Palmqvist (SWE)
Michael Riley (ENG)
Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Referee Convention Panel
Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
Neale Barry (ENG)
Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
Nuno Castro (POR)
Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)
Gyöngyi Gaal (HUN)
Terje Hauge (NOR)
Peter Hegyi (HUN)
Werner Helsen (BEL)
Sokol Jareci (ALB)
Michael Johansen (DEN)
Leonid Kaloshin (RUS)
Costas Kapitanis (CYP)
Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
Alain Sars (FRA)
Charles Schaack (LUX)
Yariv Teper (ISR)
John Ward (IRL)
Rainer Werthmann (GER)
Alan Snoddy (NIR/UEFA Appointment)

Source: UEFA