Concacaf U-20 Women’s Championship 2020

Dominican Republic, 22 February – 1 March 2020

Referees
1. Myriam Marcotte (CAN)
2. Suleimy Linares (CUB)
3. Astrid Gramajo (GUA)
4. Melissa Borjas (HON, photo)
5. Karitza Guerra (HON)
6. Odette Hamilton (JAM)
7. Priscila Perez (MEX)
8. Tatiana Guzman (NCA)
9. Marjorie Ponce (NCA)
10. Sandra Benitez (SLV)
11. Crystal Sobers (TRI)
12. Karen Abt (USA)

Assistant Referees
1. Krystal Evans (BAH)
2. Tonia Deane (BRB)
3. Marie-Han Gagnon (CAN)
4. Stephanie Fortin (CAN)
5. Melissa Snedden (CAN)
6. Nereyda Diaz (CUB)
7. Ivett Santiago (CUB)
8. Lesbia Tzul (GUA)
9. Iris Vail (GUA)
10. Falone Dieurisma (HAI)
11. Anne-Marie Joseph (HAI)
12. Lesly Gutierrez (HON)
13. Lourdes Noriega (HON)
14. Jassett Kerr (JAM)
15. Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
16. Yudilia Briones (MEX)
17. Mayra Mora (MEX)
18. Sandra Ramirez (MEX)
19. Mayling Chavarria (NCA)
20. Rosa Garcia (NCA)
21. Lidia Ayala (SLV)
22. Carissa Douglas-Jacob (TRI)
23. Jennifer Garner (USA)
24. Alicia Messer (USA)

Referee Assessors
1. Sandra Serafini (USA)

UEFA Europa League 2019/2020 – Round of 32 (Second Leg)

26-27 February 2020

SC Braga – Rangers FC

Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)
VAR: Danny Makkelie (NED)
AVAR: Kevin Blom (NED)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

RCD Espanyol – Wolverhampton Wanderers
Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Giorgio Peretti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Fabio Maresca (ITA)
VAR: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
AVAR: Maurizio Mariani (ITA)
Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)

İstanbul Başakşehir – Sporting Clube de Portugal
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Diaz Perez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jose Munuera Montero (ESP)
VAR: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP)
AVAR: Inigo Prieto Lopez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)

FC Porto – Bayer Leverkusen
Referee: Istvan Kovacs (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Artene (ROU)
Fourth Official: Marius Avram (ROU)
VAR: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
AVAR: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

FC Basel – Apoel FC
Referee: Pavel Kralovec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivo Nadvornik (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomas Mokrusch (CZE)
Fourth Official: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
VAR: Pawel Gil (POL)
AVAR: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

LASK – AZ Alkmaar
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Novak Simović (SRB)
VAR: Joao Pinheiro (POR)
AVAR: Luis Godinho (POR)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Malmö FF – VfL Wolfsburg
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Connor (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: David McGeachie (SCO)
Fourth Official: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
VAR: Christopher Kavanagh (ENG)
AVAR: Robert Madden (SCO)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)

KAA Gent – AS Roma
Referee: Jose Sanchez Martinez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raul Cabanero Martinez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Alonso Fernandez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Pablo Gonzalez Fuertes (ESP)
VAR: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
AVAR: Javier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)

Sevilla FC – CFR Cluj
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
VAR: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
AVAR: Lee Betts (ENG)
Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

Celtic FC – FC Copenhagen
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Barbosa (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: Hugo Ferreira (POR)
VAR: Tiago Martins (POR)
AVAR: Bruno Rodrigues (POR)
Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)

AFC Ajax – Getafe CF
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ioannis Papadopoulos (GRE)
VAR: Felix Zwayer (GER)
AVAR: Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)
Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

Arsenal – Olympiacos
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Piero Giacomelli (ITA)
VAR: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
AVAR: Stefano Alassio (ITA)
Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)

Manchester United – Club Brugge
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Schaap (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan de Vries (NED)
Fourth Official: Allard Lindhout (NED)
VAR: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
AVAR: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Referee Observer: Lutz Fröhlich (GER)

Internazionale Milano – PFC Ludogorets
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Fourth Official: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)

FC Salzburg – Eintracht Frankfurt
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Fourth Official: Karim Abed (FRA)
VAR: Benoît Millot (FRA)
AVAR: Jerôme Brisard (FRA)
Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)

SL Benfica – Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Jeroen Manschot (NED)
VAR: Pol van Boekel (NED)
AVAR: Dennis Higler (NED)
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

Concacaf Champions League 2020 – Round of 16 (Second Leg)

25-27 February 2020

Atlanta – Motagua
Referee: Keylor Herrera (CRC, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Keytzel Corrales (NCA)
Fourth Official: Walter Lopez (GUA)

Cruz Azul – Portmore United
Referee: Drew Fischer (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Christopher Wattam (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Philippe Briere (CAN)
Fourth Official: David Gantar (CAN)

New York City – AD San Carlos
Referee: John Pitti (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Ronald Bruna (PAN)
Fourth Official: Ariel Sanchez (PAN)

Tigres UANL – Alianza FC
Referee: Said Martinez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Walter Lopez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Henri Pupiro (NCA)
Fourth Official: Nelson Salgado (HON)

Montreal Impact – Deportivo Saprissa
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Michel Morales (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Andres Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Marco Ortiz (MEX)

Club America – Comunicaciones FC
Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Fernandez (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Jairo Morales (PUR)
Fourth Official: German Martinez (SLV)

Seattle Sounders – CD Olimpia
Referee: Ivan Barton (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: David Moran (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Zachari Zeegelaar (SUR)
Fourth Official: Jaime Herrera (SLV)

Los Angeles FC – Club Leon
Referee: Mario Escobar (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Humberto Panjoj (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rene Ochoa (GUA)
Fourth Official: Melvin Matamoros (HON)

CONMEBOL Libertadores 2020 – Round 3 (Second Leg)

25-27 February 2020

Atletico Tucuman – Independiente Medellin
Referee: Alexis Herrera (VEN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Murillo (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Lubin Torrealba (VEN)
Fourth Official: Juan Soto (VEN)
Referee Assessor: Dario Ubriaco (URU)

Cerro Porteno – Barcelona
Referee: Anderson Daronco (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Rodrigo Correa (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kleber Gil (BRA)
Fourth Official: Rodolpho Toski (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Jorge Osorio (CHI)

Internacional – Deportes Tolima
Referee: Guillermo Guerrero (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Baren (ECU)
Fourth Official: Luis Quiroz (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Enrique Caceres (PAR)

Guarani – Palestino
Referee: Victor Carrillo (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jonny Bossio (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Orue (PER)
Fourth Official: Diego Haro (PER)
Referee Assessor: Sergio Viola (ARG)

CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2020 – Round 1 (Second Leg, II)

25-27 February 2020

Goias – Sol de America
Referee: Andres Cunha (URU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Horacio Ferreiro (URU)
Fourth Official: Gustavo Tejera (URU)
Referee Assessor: Fredy Arellanos (PER)

River Plate – Atletico Grau
Referee: Jose Mendez (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Darío Gaona (PAR)
Fourth Official: Zulma Quinonez (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Olga Miranda (PAR)

Sport Huancayo – Argentinos Juniors
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Soppi (URU)
Fourth Official: Andres Matonte (URU)
Referee Assessor: Pedro Saucedo (BOL)

River Plate – Deportivo Cali
Referee: Raphael Claus (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Manis (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Rocha (BRA)
Fourth Official: Edina Alves (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Regidelnia Moura (BRA)

Nacional – Bahia
Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Massimiliano del Yesso (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Facundo Rodríguez (ARG)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Lamolina (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Roberto Silvera (URU)

Liverpool – Llaneros

Referee: Kevin Ortega (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Coty Carrera (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Raul Lopez (PER)
Fourth Official: Michael Espinoza (PER)
Referee Assessor: Henry Gambetta (PER)

Deportivo Pasto – Huachipato
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcelo van Gasse (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Pires (BRA)
Fourth Official: Flavio Souza (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Marlon Escalante (VEN)

Universidad Catolica – Lanus
Referee: Gery Vargas (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Antelmo (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Edward Saavedra (BOL)
Fourth Official: Raul Orosco (BOL)
Referee Assessor: Hilton Moutinho (BRA)

Plaza Colonia – Zamora
Referee: Juan Benitez (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Milciades Saldivar (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: Juan Lopez (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Paulo Silva (ARG)

Fortaleza – Independiente
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Claudio Rios (CHI)
Fourth Official: Eduardo Gamboa (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Carlos Torres (PAR)

Audax Italiano – Cuzco
Referee: Augusto Aragon (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Byron Romero (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Dennys Guerrero (ECU)
Fourth Official: Carlos Orbe (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Hernan Maidana (ARG)

Prospective Referees for FIFA World Cup 2022

AFC
1. Christopher Beath (AUS, 1984, photo)
2. Nawaf Shukralla (BHR, 1976)
3. Ma Ning (CHN, 1979)
4. Alireza Faghani (IRN 1978)
5. Ryuji Sato (JPN, 1977)
6. Adham Makhadmeh (JOR, 1986)
7. Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (QAT, 1987)
8. Mohammed Abdulla (UAE, 1978)

CAF
1. Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG, 1985)
2. Ndala Ngambo (COD, 1987)
3. Amin Mohamed (EGY, 1985)
4. Bamlak Tessema (ETH, 1980)
5. Bakary Gassama (GAM, 1979)
6. Redouane Jiyed (MAR, 1979)
7. Victor Gomes (RSA, 1982)
8. Maguette N’Diaye (SEN, 1986)

CONCACAF
1. Ricardo Montero (CRC, 1986)
2. Mario Escobar (GUA, 1986)
3. Said Martinez (HON, 1991)
4. Adonai Escobedo (MEX, 1987)
5. Cesar Ramos (MEX, 1983)
6. Ivan Barton (SLV, 1991)
7. Ismail Elfath (USA, 1982)
8. Jair Marrufo (USA, 1977)

CONMEBOL
1. Fernando Rapallini (ARG, 1978)
2. Facundo Tello (ARG, 1982)
3. Gery Vargas (BOL, 1981)
4. Raphael Claus (BRA, 1979)
5. Wilton Sampaio (BRA, 1981)
6. Roberto Tobar (CHI, 1978)
7. Andres Rojas (COL, 1984)
8. Guillermo Guerrero (ECU, 1985)
9. Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR, 1983)
10. Jose Mendez (PAR, 1983)
11. Kevin Ortega (PER, 1992)
12. Leodan Gonzalez (URU, 1983)
13. Alexis Herrera (VEN, 1989)

OFC
1. Matthew Conger (NZL, 1978)
2. Nicholas Waldron (NZL, 1982)
3. Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH, 1981)

UEFA
1. Georgi Kabakov (BUL, 1986)
2. Michael Oliver (ENG, 1985)
3. Anthony Taylor (ENG, 1978)
4. Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP, 1976)
5. Jesus Gil Manzano (ESP, 1984)
6. Clement Turpin (FRA, 1982)
7. Felix Zwayer (GER, 1981)
8. Daniele Orsato (ITA, 1975)
9. Andris Treimanis (LVA, 1985)
10. Danny Makkelie (NED, 1983)
11. Szymon Marciniak (POL, 1981)
12. Artur Soares Dias (POR, 1979)
13. Ovidiu Hațegan (ROU, 1980)
14. Srdjan Jovanović (SRB, 1986)
15. Ivan Kružliak (SVK, 1984)
16. Slavko Vinčič (SVN, 1979)
17. Andreas Ekberg (SWE, 1985)

UEFA Champions League 2019/2020 – Round of 16 (First Leg, II)

25 February 2020
SSC Napoli – FC Barcelona
Referee: Felix Brych (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Harm Osmers (GER)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR: Marco Fritz (GER)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

Chelsea FC – Bayern München
Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Frank Schneider (FRA)
VAR: François Letexier (FRA)
AVAR: Jerôme Brisard (FRA)
Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)

26 February 2020
Olympique Lyonnais – Juventus
Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Angel Nevado Rodriguez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez (ESP)
VAR: Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP)
AVAR: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)

Real Madrid – Manchester City
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR: Ciro Carbone (ITA)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

Italy ready to test VAR challenges

Italy's governing body (FIGC) has asked FIFA if football's rule-makers, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), can introduce a system whereby Serie A teams can challenge refereeing decisions and ask for technology to intervene.
The Italian top flight introduced the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system in 2017-18 but it has been criticised by Serie A managers who feel technology should take a second look at controversial decisions made by on-field referees. Napoli and Parma fumed over VAR last weekend for wrong calls made by the referee after they were not awarded penalties and FIGC believes managers should be allowed to challenge decisions, much like tennis players do with close line calls. The FIGC said it received requests from a number of Serie A clubs and they informally took up the matter with soccer's world governing body FIFA, telling it they were ready to experiment with the use of challenges within a timeframe and process specified. IFAB, which presides over the Laws of the Game, will hold its Annual General Meeting in Belfast on February 29 where subjects such as possible future developments on VAR use and concussion protocols will be discussed. FIGC president Gabriele Gravina has also asked Serie A's head of referees Nicola Rizzoli to instruct referees to make more use of on-field reviews for controversial calls as the title race heats up in Italy.

Source: ESPN

Minister Ross slated over Europa League refereeing trip

Tory minister Douglas Ross has been blasted after he refused a TV debate on his government’s derided immigration plans but still managed to find time to referee a football match in Ukraine. The MP – who has much been criticised in recent years for his part-time job as a globe-trotting assistant referee – was promoted by Boris Johnson last week, and made the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Scotland Office. But he took a break from the new job on Thursday night to run the line at the Shakhtar Donetsk vs Benfica match in Kharkiv. Meanwhile, the Scotland Office were refusing to put anyone up to defend Boris Johnson’s immigration plans. That was despite desperate pleas from the BBC. Now it turns out Ross – whose own Moray constituency will be hit hard by the changes – was travelling to Ukraine for the match. While the new junior minister put out a written statement welcoming the plans, neither he, nor Secretary of State Alister Jack have answered questions from media on the proposals – despite worries over what the new points-based system could mean for Scotland’s economy.
An SNP spokesperson said: “First, Douglas Ross enthusiastically backed an out-of-touch immigration system that will be absolutely catastrophic for industry and economy in Moray. “Now he’s camera shy – choosing to gallivant around Europe chasing a football, rather than explain his government’s widely condemned immigration plan. Douglas Ross has always treated his parliamentary duties as a part-time job – but now he’s also picking up a ministerial salary it’s simply staggering that he is still choosing to pursue a career outside of politics.” A Scotland Office spokesman said Ross has held a number of well attended local surgeries in Moray this week and as a minister had “engaged with a number of stakeholders across various sectors about the new immigration plans”. They went on to say that Ross “no longer receives an income for these matches since he became a Minister last year.”

Source: The National

Venegas: referee and union leader

The refereeing career of Lucila Venegas (Mexico) began out of necessity. Chila, as she is nicknamed by her friends, played in the university women's team when she began to referee on weekends in order to be able to pay for her studies toward a degree in physical education at the University of Guadalajara.
“I spent my weekends on the football fields, where I taught myself to referee. Those were long days: starting at 7 in the morning and arriving back home after 10 at night”, she said. At the end of her playing career it was time to decide between seeking a professional opportunity in football or refereeing, a decision on which her friend Soraya had a great influence by inviting Lucila to a professional referee course, experience that made her choice for that profession. In 2017, Venegas was the first female to referee a Women's MX League final and then represented Mexico at the 2019 Women's World Cup in France. Her participation in the World Cup was the culmination of her broad experience from the amateur level to becoming a FIFA referee in 2008. In order to obtain the best physical condition, she prepared with her personal trainers Noe Lorenzo Aude and Ivan Ruiz Munoz. Noe's work focused on complementing the daily exercises she uses as a routine with specific work-based objectives and nutritional aspects, while Ivan has worked as her fitness trainer since the beginning of her professional career. In her personal life, Venegas has been a member of the Democratic Workers Union of DIF Guadalajara (SIDEDIF) for more than 12 years, focusing on supporting workers' interests. Chila considers SIDEDIF as a “family”, because when they organize marches or protests, they are always carried out in the company of all the families of the people who are part of the union.

Source: El Economista