Female World Cup referee Yamashita wants the game “to shine”

Japanese referee Yoshimi Yamashita agrees with Pelé or whoever it was decades ago that first described soccer as the “beautiful game.” Yamashita is one of three women picked by FIFA to be referees at the men’s World Cup in Qatar, which opens on Nov. 21. It’s the first time a woman will be in charge on soccer’s largest stage. She sees her job this way: Let the game shine, as it should. “One of the big goals as a referee is to bring out the attractiveness of soccer,” she said Monday in Tokyo in an interview with the Associated Press. “I do my best for that, and I will do what I should at that time toward that end. So, if I need to communicate with the players, I will do that. If I need to show a card, I will show a card. Rather than control, I’m thinking about what to do toward the big goal of bringing out the appeal of soccer.”
Stephanie Frappart of France and Salima Mukansanga of Rwanda are the other women who were selected. There are 36 referees in total. FIFA has also named three female assistant referees in a pool of 69: Neuza Back of Brazil, Karen Diaz Medina of Mexico, and Kathryn Nesbitt of the United States. Though it’s likely all three will be in charge of games, it’s not a given. They would also be used as so-called “fourth referees” on the sidelines. However, they cannot be used as assistants. “Each match official will be carefully monitored in the next months with a final assessment on technical, physical and medical aspects to be made shortly before the World Cup,” Massimo Busacca, FIFA’s director of refereeing, said in a statement.
Yamashita’s selection puts the focus on Japan’s low ranking on most measures of equal pay for women, and in global studies of gender equality. Only 14.3% of the seats in Japan’s national legislature are held by women – 152nd of 190 countries in a study published several months ago by the U.S. Congressional Research Service. Another study on the gender pay gap placed Japan 120th of 156 countries. “I would be very happy if women could play an active role in sports in this way, and if sports and especially soccer could lead this,” Yamashita said. “In Japan, there is still a long way to go in the world of soccer (regarding participation of women), so it would be great if this could connect to promotion of female participation in different ways, not only in soccer or in sports.” Women’s soccer has led the way in Japan. Japanese women won the 2011 women’s World Cup, were runners-up in 2015, and have been consistently among the game’s elite teams.
Yamashita went through a workout on Monday just outside Tokyo, sweltering in temperatures that reached 35 C (95 F). She laughed when she was reminded that games in Qatar – located on a tip of the Arabian Peninsula – will be much cooler, being played in the Northern Hemisphere winter and in air-conditioned stadiums. Yamashita seemed relaxed during the interview, removed from the obvious pressure. She has been a referee in Japan’s men’s J League, and has also been in charge of the Asian equivalent of the men’s Champions League. She also handled matches during last year’s Tokyo Olympics. “Of course, I think the pressure is huge,” she said, “and I think I have a lot of responsibility. But I am really happy to take this duty and pressure, so I try to take it positively and I try to be happy.” She described the excitement of leaving the waiting room just before a match. “I guess it cheers me up in that moment. I feel like that’s when I switch gears the most,” she said. She said the difference in the men’s and women’s game was, of course, speed. But not simply that some men might run faster. “It’s the speed, but not just the players’ speed,” she said. “Not the ball speed. It’s just the game speed. It means for me I have to make quicker decisions – more speed.” Yamashita conducted most of the interview in Japanese, but said she would use English and “facial gestures, body gestures” when communicating with players in Qatar. “Usually when I give a card, I say nothing,” she said, shifting to English. “But when I give a warning, I just tell them I’m not happy. They understand.”

Source: AP

Concacaf U-20 Championship 2022 – Quarter-finals

28 June 2022
USA – Costa Rica
Referee: Oshane Nation (JAM, photo)

Honduras – Panama
Referee: Marco Ortiz (MEX)

29 June 2022
Dominican Republic – Jamaica
Referee: Reon Radix (GRN)

Guatemala – Mexico
Referee: Said Martinez (HON)

Rocchi inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame

Former FIFA referee and current head of first and second division referees Gianluca Rocchi has officially entered the Italian Football Hall of Fame. The award ceremony was held at the prestigious Salone dei Cinquecento of Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. “I am receiving this award with great emotion”, said Rocchi. “I want to thank all those who thought of me for this recognition”. The former international referee from Florence, as well as all the winners of each category, donated a piece to the Coverciano Football Museum that will be kept in the display cases of the Hall of Fame. The designator of the Serie A and B referees has chosen to give the uniform worn at the 2019 Europa League final, between Chelsea and Arsenal. This is the motivation of the award: "Fitness, positioning and knowledge of the game have made him one of the best modern referees. He was able to play his role with authority without ever ceasing to update and question himself. This quality allowed him to referee in a football era of profound transition, marked by the introduction of technology ".
The occasion also celebrated the awards of the ninth edition, thus recovering the ceremony that was not allowed to take place due to the pandemic restrictions. The memorial prize was then awarded to the former international referee Alberto Michelotti of Parma. His grandson Luca took the stage, donating the ball of the 1980 European Championship as a souvenir of his father. This is the reason for the award: "A giant as a man and as a referee, not only for his imposing physicality. He lived a life of romance and an international referee career that honored him and Italy in football. Maybe because, as Gianni Mura wrote in the preface of his biography, "if you weigh six kilos when you come into the world, maybe you are predestined!".
Referees inducted so far in the Italian Hall of Fame: Pierluigi Collina (2011), Luigi Agnolin (2012), Paolo Casarin (2012), Cesare Gussoni (2013), Sergio Gonella (2013), Stefano Braschi (2014), Roberto Rosetti (2015) , Nicola Rizzoli (2018), Alberto Michelotti (2020), Gianluca Rocchi (2022).

Source: AIA

UEFA Women’s U-19 Euro 2022

Czech Republic, 27 June - 9 July 2022

1. Jelena Pejković (CRO)
2. Katalin Sipos (HUN, photo)
3. Lizzy van der Helm (NED)
4. Katarzyna Lisiecka-Sęk (POL)
5. Catarina Campos (POR)
6. Ionela Peșu (ROU)

Assistant Referees
1. Erinda Kume (ALB)
2. Kristine Grigoryan (ARM)
3. Merima Homarac (BIH)
4. Despina Dimosthenous (CYP)
5. Heini Hyvönen (FIN)
6. Gerda Eidinzonaite (LTU)
7. Miroslava Obertova (SVK)
8. Sedef Aktan (TUR)

Fourth Officials
1. Veronika Kovarova (CZE)
2. Lucie Šulcova (CZE)

Referee Observers
1. Ingrid Jonsson (SWE)
2. Snježana Fočić (CRO)
3. Irina Mîrț (ROU)
4. Miroslava Migalova (SVK)

Yuste Jimenez: “The assistant referee is like the flagman of a bullfighter”

Juan Carlos Yuste Jimenez, "Juanqui", the veteran assistant referee has just retired after 23 years in the elite of Spanish football. He is the European assistant referee with the most appearances in major international tournaments: four Euros and two World Cups. He has more than 800 games as an assistant referee and has participated in five Copa del Rey finals and five Spanish Super Cups.
- Is the assistant referee well valued in football?
- The assistant referee is well valued, but he is still the "flagman" of a bullfighter. It is very important, but we must know our role. The referee is the boss, but a good assistant, like the banderillero, must know when he can help him and even save a game. A penalty that nobody sees and that can save the match. The role we have is secondary. The referee is the boss on and off the field.
- Why is your work so important?
- Because, at the end, an assistant, even being in the background, is essential. A good assistant, today with the intercoms, is giving instructions to the referee for the improvement of the match. An assistant can help a referee a lot in directing the match.
- Don't you think that VAR has taken away some functions?
- No, the VAR is doing justice. I have been going to "life or death" matches for 20 years, where you directed a match and only because of a mistake you could condition the future of a team. With the VAR you have the peace of mind that if there is something big and you make a mistake, the VAR will save you. Well used, it does justice to the world of football.
- How does an assistant prepare for a match?
- Just like a referee does. The assistants study the two teams, you know what their players are like, whether they are likely to fall into the penalty area, or if they play with the advanced defense, etc. This is something common in recent years, but when I started, I went directly to the matches. Now everything is studied to the millimeter.
- You always used the same AR flag?
- I have used the same flag for 15 years. In each game, we have a set of two flags and another one for emergency. I remember a game in Baku, in the Europa League, where I broke two flags and the fourth official told me that if I break another one, there would be no more! In the World Cup, in South Africa, I broke another flag. In addition, since the fourth official and the benches were not in front of me, the match had to be stopped to give me another flag. More than once I have had to run with a broken flag.
- Are you the assistant with the most major tournaments in Europe?
- In my 18 years I have been lucky that, when I had a big mistake, it was in the local league, in Spain. Because if you make a serious mistake in a World Cup or a big event, when you come back, there have even been cases where referees or assistants have had to leave refereeing. Obviously, my resume is there, but I don't deny that I've been lucky enough not to make big mistakes in big games because, of course, I've had many in my career.
- With which referee were you closer among those you have been working with: Megia Davila, Mejuto Gonzalez, Undiano Mallenco, Velasco Carballo or Del Cerro Grande?
- With Carlos Megia Davila, without a doubt. I was with him for eight and a half years. Carlos knew how to understand a young man who was then 23 years old, who had just risen to the First Division, being just a child. I have to thank him for knowing how to educate me. I owe him a lot because suddenly I found myself with money that I didn't have before... there were many things. I owe him half of my life.
- What was the competition that you remember most fondly?
- The World Cup in Brazil was very nice because of what it meant to be in a country considered to be the cradle of football and where we refereed the quarter-final match between Brazil and Colombia. And also Poland-Greece, the opening match of Euro 2012. Making an opening match is the most beautiful, along with the final. I was not able to make a final, but was part of this inaugural match.
- And the match?
- Without a doubt, the Cup finals. It does not matter whether it is the Champions League or the World Cup... all the Cup finals are special. And I've done five, the last one in 2018. Every time when the Spanish anthem plays, I cry. I remember the one from 2018 when Gil Manzano looked at me and said: "What's wrong with you?" I was crying like a child with emotion because I knew that it was my last cup final. Cup finals have a very special scope. It is the only event that, on the same day of the game, I go around the city to feel that atmosphere, while usually I don't go out of the hotel.
- How did a kid become an assistant referee?
- First of all, you must want to be a referee. And I started being a referee, but then in 1997 a group of assistants was created, and I decided to try it out. Initially, I didn't like it. But the things went well and, suddenly, I saw myself going from Third Regional to Second B. When I got promoted to Second Division, what I remember the most is the amount of equipment they gave me. There were days that I even went out with my friends in the tracksuit they gave me. Proud to have it.
- This last season you almost had to retire early due to a stroke. What happened?
- I remember that, when I was in the ICU, I told the doctor: "I have a game on Saturday" and he told me that he couldn't allow me to go, in addition to warning me that "I couldn't even referee again." But my body responded in an extraordinary way and what was initially a minimum of six months off ended up being only six weeks. Those were hard days, but my body reacted in an unexpected way; as the referees told me: "Your body is not normal."
- Does the age limit of 45 seem logical to you?
- Actually, there is no age limit. And I sincerely believe that if a referee is physically fit and well on the field, it doesn't matter if he is 46 or 47 years old. You have to take advantage of that experience. But I also understand that it is necessary to give opportunities to the younger referees. Look at my case, I was about to go to the World Cup and now, in just two days, I have to retire. But I understand perfectly.
- You were about to go to your third World Cup.
- Yes, we have lived through a last month of great tension waiting for FIFA to announce the final list. We went to Seville without knowing whether it was the farewell game, as it was, or the party to celebrate going to the World Cup. Sport is like that, and FIFA has decided that it should be Mateu Lahoz and not Carlos Del Cerro. And there is no other way but to accept it.

UEFA U-19 Euro 2022 – Semi-finals

28 June 2022

England – Italy
Referee: Goga Kikacheishvili (GEO, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Davit Gabisonia (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Edgaras Bučinskas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Manfredas Lukjančukas (LTU)
Referee Observer: Jorn West Larsen (DEN)

France – Israel
Referee: Morten Krogh (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Steffen Beck (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Luke Portelli (MLT)
Fourth Official: Matthew De Gabriele (MLT)
Referee Observer: Vitor Melo Pereira (POR)

FIFA U-20 World Cup Play-off

Slovakia – Austria
Referee: Nathan Verboomen (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Hillaert (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Pedro Martins (POR)
Fourth Official: Antonio Nobre (POR)
Referee Observer: Björn Kuipers (NED)

Webb to become EPL's Chief Refereeing Officer as Riley steps down

Mike Riley, the head of Premier League referees, will step down from his role next season, with Howard Webb set to replace him. It was already reported that a host of Premier League sides were pushing for a change in command, as they believed too many mistakes were made during games in the 2021-22 season.
In a statement from the Professional Game Match Officials Board, it has now been confirmed that Riley will leave his role next season - one which he had held since 2009, when he replaced Keith Hackett. Riley's role is set to be split after his departure with PGMOL, aiming to appoint a chief refereeing officer, in charge of developing match officials, and a chief operating officer, who will manage the organisation. Speaking after his departure was confirmed, Riley said: “I am proud of the contribution our match officials have made to the professional game and have enjoyed working with such a dedicated, professional and high-quality group at all of the levels that PGMOL manages. As the Elite Referee Development Plan begins to take shape, now is the right time to plan for the future and allow the new leadership team to build on the strong foundations that we have in place. I look forward to working with the new team over the next season and giving them my support before I step down.”
It had previously been reported that the Premier League are planning to bring Howard Webb back into the fold. According to reports, Webb has been in London this week at meetings with the PGMOL and is likely to step into the role at the end of the year. A succession plan will be phased in over the course of the coming season as Webb currently remains under contract in a similar role with Major League Soccer. His contract in the States runs until December, but Webb's profile and reputation in the game has seen a number of clubs put him forward as the ideal candidate to be Riley's successor. His wife, the former Bundesliga referee Bibiana Steinhaus-Webb, is already PGMOL's select group director for the women's game which leaves her husband in a good position to secure the role.

Source: Daily Mail

CONMEBOL Libertadores 2022 – Round of 16 (First Leg)

28-30 June 2022

Emelec – Atletico Mineiro
Referee: Fernando Rapallini (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Fourth Official: Andres Merlos (ARG)
VAR: Victor Carrillo (PER)
AVAR: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Referee Assessor: Sabrina Lois (ARG)
Video Supervisor: Patricio Polic (CHI)

Athletico Paranaense – Libertad
Referee: Alexis Herrera (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Lubin Torrealba (VEN)
Fourth Official: Jose Argote (VEN)
VAR: John Perdomo (COL)
AVAR: John Leon (COL)
Referee Assessor: Jairo Romero (VEN)
Video Supervisor: Wilson Lamoureux (COL)

Corinthians – Boca Juniors
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Claudio Rios (CHI)
Fourth Official: Felipe Gonzalez (CHI)
VAR: Juan Soto (VEN)
AVAR: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Pastorino (URU)
Video Supervisor: Roberto Silvera (URU)

Talleres – Colon
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Bruno Pires (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
Fourth Official: Flavio de Souza (BRA)
VAR: Rodolpho Toski (BRA)
AVAR: Rodrigo Guarizo (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)
Video Supervisor: Ednilson Corona (BRA)

Cerro Porteno – Palmeiras
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wilmar Navarro (COL)
Fourth Official: Carlos Ortega (COL)
VAR: Mauro Viglian (ARG)
AVAR: Fernando Espinoza (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Miguel Nievas (URU)
Video Supervisor: Dario Ubriaco (URU)

Deportes Tolima – Flamengo
Referee: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jorge Urrego (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tulio Moreno (VEN)
Fourth Official: Yender Herrera (VEN)
VAR: Andres Cunha (URU)
AVAR: Gustavo Tejera (URU)
Referee Assessor: Luis Sanchez (VEN)
Video Supervisor: Wilson Avila (ECU)

Velez Sarsfield – River Plate
Referee: Raphael Claus (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Manis (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rodrigo Correa (BRA)
Fourth Official: Wagner Magalhaes (BRA)
VAR: Wagner Reway (BRA)
AVAR: Rodrigo D’Alonso (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Oscar Ruiz (COL)
Video Supervisor: Emerson de Carvalho (BRA)

Fortaleza – Estudiantes La Plata
Referee: Andres Matonte (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Soppi (URU)
Fourth Official: Jose Burgos (URU)
VAR: Nicolas Gallo (COL)
AVAR: David Rodriguez (COL)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Pastorino (URU)
Video Supervisor: Roberto Silvera (URU)

CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2022 – Round of 16 (First Leg)

28-30 June 2022

Colo Colo – Internacional
Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Facundo Rodriguez (ARG)
Fourth Official: Fernando Echenique (ARG)
VAR: German Delfino (ARG)
AVAR: Salome Di Iorio (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Cynthia Franco (PAR)
Video Supervisor: Juan Cardellino (URU)

Nacional – Union
Referee: Cristian Garay (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Retamal (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Rocha (CHI)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Gamboa (CHI)
VAR: Carlos Orbe (ECU)
AVAR: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Fredy Arellanos (PER)
Video Supervisor: Barbra Bastias (CHI)

The Strongest – Ceara
Referee: Esteban Ostojich (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Barreiro (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Pablo Llarena (URU)
Fourth Official: Augusto Aragon (ECU)
VAR: Eber Aquin (PAR)
AVAR: Jose Cuevas (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Manuel Bernal (PAR)
Video Supervisor: Henry Gambetta (PER)

Deportivo Cali – Melgar
Referee: Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Milciades Saldivar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Canete (PAR)
Fourth Official: Juan Lopez (PAR)
VAR: Carlos Benitez (PAR)
AVAR: Fernando Lopez (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Pedro Saucedo (BOL)
Video Supervisor: Rodolfo Otero (ARG)

Deportivo Tachira – Santos
Referee: Gery Vargas (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Antelo (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Edwar Saavedra (BOL)
Fourth Official: Ivo Mendez (BOL)
VAR: Derlis Lopez (PAR)
AVAR: Ulises Mereles (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Oscar Maldonado (BOL)
Video Supervisor: Martin Vasquez (URU)

Independiente Del Valle – Lanus
Referee: Kevin Ortega (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Orue (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jesus Sanchez (PER)
Fourth Official: Michael Espinoza (PER)
VAR: Julio Bascunan (CHI)
AVAR: Rodrigo Carvajal (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Cesar Escano (PER)
Video Supervisor: Patricio Polic (CHI)

Universidad Catolica – Sao Paulo
Referee: Christian Ferreyra (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Andres Nievas (URU)
Fourth Official: Diego Riveiro (URU)
VAR: Leodan Gonzalez (URU)
AVAR: Yadir Acuna (COL)
Referee Assessor: Abraham Gonzalez (COL)
Video Supervisor: Juan Cardellino (URU)

Olimpia – Atletico Goianiense
Referee: Piero Maza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Alejandro Molina (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Claudio Urrutia (CHI)
Fourth Official: Luis Quiroz (ECU)
VAR: Juan Lara (CHI)
AVAR: Angelo Hermosilla (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Jose Buitrago (COL)
Video Supervisor: Carlos Astroza (CHI)

FIFA replaced Garrido from the 1982 World Cup semi-final France-Germany

Portuguese Antonio Garrido (1932-2014) refereed France three times as part of the 1982 World Cup cycle, including the qualifying phase. The name of Antonio Garrido inevitably brings back memories of the French team at the 1982 World Cup, where he refereed the first and the last match: France-England, in Bilbao and France-Poland, in Alicante.
Antonio da Silva Garrido was born on 3 December 1932, in Marinha Grande, a town of some 12,000 inhabitants located 130 km north of Lisbon. He became an international referee in 1973. While continuing to work as an accountant, he refereed 29 European Cup matches and 13 matches between national teams. He refereed his first World Cup match on 2 June 1978 in the supercharged atmosphere of the Monumental in Buenos Aires, where Argentina started their tournament against Hungary. The Portuguese referee will be strongly criticized by the press, accusing him of having been too permissive with the local team against the Hungarians who had opened the score very early. The Argentinians won the match (2-1) by scoring the winning goal in the last 10 minutes. The match was influenced by the sending-off of the two stars of the Hungarian team, Andras Törőcsik and Tibor Nyilasi, which destroyed their hopes. This match will remain the black point of the Portuguese referee, but that will not prevent him from achieving a good international career. In 1980, he was the first Portuguese appointed to referee the Champions Cup final. In Madrid, Nottingham Forest won 1-0 against Hamburg. Garrido had already refereed the German club in 1977 on the occasion of the first leg of the European Super Cup against Liverpool. Twenty days after the European final, we find Garrido in Naples for a match of the first round of Euro 1980, where the Squadra Azzurra is held in check (0-0) by Belgium, which prevents them from qualifying for the final. Five players have been cautioned: two Italians and three Belgians. In May 1981, he refereed the final of the Festival Espoirs de Toulon, where Brazil defeated Czechoslovakia.
On 18 November 1981, Antonio Garrido refereed the decisive match France-Netherlands to win a ticket for the Spanish World Cup. At the start of the second half, he awarded a free kick for France following a foul by Neeskens on Platini. The French captain shoots it with the right foot, twenty meters from Van Breukelen's goal, but the ball is pushed back by the wall. The Dutch emerge, but the Portuguese referee whistles a free kick again, in the same place. Dutchman Van de Korput controlled the ball with his hand. Platini's new attempt, this time, is the right one. The ball goes around the orange wall and surprises the Dutch goalkeeper. Antonio Garrido is therefore at the origin of the Spanish adventure of the French team. We find him in Bilbao, at the San Mames, where the Blues, in white, face the England team. A bad memory for Michel Hidalgo's men who conceded a goal after 27 seconds and who largely lost the match (3-1), overwhelmed on all counts. Garrido issues a warning to Englishman Terry Butcher on the half hour mark. He is then scheduled to referee the Seville semi-final where France must face West Germany. But the tournament's referees committee wants to avoid the same referee leading the same team twice. It is ultimately Charles Corver, the Dutchman, who will be the referee for Sevilla. The Portuguese referee will see again the French team despite everything since he is appointed to referee the match for third place, which opposes the losers of the semi-finals. This match, played in Alicante, is a farewell gift from FIFA to Antonio Garrido who, aged 50, is ending his career at the end of the tournament. Mainly made up of its substitutes, the France B team faces a full Polish team, but a little tired. However, they won 3-2. Gerard Soler will be the last player to whom the Portuguese referee will have given a caution, after having sanctioned the Poles Buncol and Wojcicki. Antonio da Silva Garrido died in September 2014 at the age of 81. At the end of his career as a referee, he remained in the world of football as a member of the Refereeing Council of the Portuguese federation, FIFA referee instructor, commissioner of refereeing at the World Cup and UEFA observer. In 1983, he was decorated with the title of Officer of the Order of Infante Dom Henri, one of the highest honours in Portugal.