UEFA Europa League 2020/2021 – Semi-finals (Second Leg)

6 May 2021

Arsenal – Villarreal
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Matej Jug (SVN)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR: Pawel Gil (POL)
Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)

AS Roma – Manchester United
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Felix Zwayer (GER)
VAR: Marco Fritz (GER)
AVAR: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

Concacaf Futsal Championship 2021 – Group Stage (Matchday 3)

5 May 2021

Panama – Mexico
Referee 1: Carlos Gonzalez (GUA, photo)
Referee 2: Adrian Martinez (CUB)
Third Referee: Reinier Fiss (CUB) 
Timekeeper: Javier Garcia (DOM)

El Salvador – Nicaragua
Referee 1: Roberto Lopez (PAN)
Referee 2: Diego Lopez (CRC)
Third Referee: Josue Molina (CRC)
Timekeeper: Chris Grabas (CAN)

Cuba – USA
Referee 1: Rony Castro (CRC)
Referee 2: Ricardo Lay (PAN)
Third Referee: Oscar Cruz (HON)
Timekeeper: Luis Aguilar (PAN)

Costa Rica – Canada
Referee 1: Jorge Flores (SLV)
Referee 2: Israel Davila (GUA)
Third Referee: Manuel Rosario (DOM)
Timekeeper: Oscar Urias (GUA)

Guatemala – Trinidad & Tobago
Referee 1: Dunia Aguilera (CUB)
Referee 2: Francisco Lopez (NCA)
Third Referee: Yeraldin Araya (CRC)
Timekeeper: Brenda Valdez (CUB)

Transgender referee makes Israeli sports history

Sapir Berman made sports history on Monday, officiating at a match in Israel's Premier League for the first time since coming out as transgender. "This is the first step in a long and wonderful journey. Sapir, we are proud to do it with you," the Israel Football Association tweeted as she took the field for the contest between Beitar Jerusalem and Hapoel Haifa. At a news conference last Tuesday in which she publicly announced her transition, Berman, at 26 already a top referee in Israel's leading soccer league, said she had always seen herself as a female, even at a young age. She told reporters that players had already begun using the feminine form of words in Hebrew when addressing her. "They really feel that they want to somehow take part in this process and even speak to men when it's not necessary and speak to me as a woman. So thank you," Berman said. Outside the stadium in the northern city of Haifa, one fan carried a banner that hailed Berman as a "super woman, incredible, brave". Berman is not the first transgender referee in the football world. A British referee, Lucy Clark, came out as transgender in 2018. (Source: CNN)
“I always saw myself as a woman, from a very young age. At first, I did not know how to name it, I did not know what to call it, but there was always an attraction to the female side [of things], and there was an envy of sorts of other women, and I lived with it — I lived with it… [while projecting] a very male persona,” Berman, 26, explained. “As a man I was successful. Whether in the referees association or in school or even with girls. To the family, I was a man as well, but when I was alone, I was a woman,” she continued. “I divided these worlds because I understood that society would not accept me, would not be by my side. So I continued living like this for 26 years.” Berman went on to explain why she eventually chose to come out. “In the end, I decided to come out, to show [the world] who I am. First for myself, for my own wellbeing, but also for my loved ones, so they wouldn’t see me suffering,” she said. “I did not let them see me suffer, but in the final days before going public and in the past few months as well, I haven’t totally been myself,” she said. “So here I am today. Sure of myself, confident that this is the right decision, that I have broad support behind me. I sincerely hope that our society will improve and be as good and inclusive as possible for all sectors and genders.” Asked whether she was worried about responses to her transition, Berman said was used to being harassed by fans on the field and even hearing sexist remarks, but that it hasn’t fazed her. Berman is known as one of the league’s top referees. As she’s undergone hormonal treatments over the past several months, however, the referee has been relegated to fourth-string roles. Last month, reports in the media revealed that one of the Premier League’s referees was gender-transitioning to a woman, without revealing the referee’s identity. The Israeli Football Association has expressed full support for Berman and is reportedly already consulting with both the UEFA and FIFA for how to properly accommodate transgender referees. (Source: Times of Israel)

Concacaf Futsal Championship 2021 – Group Stage (Matchday 2)

4 May 2021

El Salvador – Cuba
Referee 1: Chris Grabas (CAN, photo)
Referee 2: Manuel Rosario (DOM)
Third Referee: Luis Aguilar (PAN)
Timekeeper: Josue Molina (CRC)

Nicaragua – USA
Referee 1: Francisco Rivera (MEX)
Referee 2: Erick Coello (HON)
Third Referee: Roberto Lopez (PAN)
Timekeeper: Diego Molina (CRC)

Mexico – Suriname
Referee 1: Ahmed Alvarez (CUB)
Referee 2: Joel Cuba (NCA)
Third Referee: Josh Wilkens (USA)
Timekeeper: Jorge Flores (SLV)

Canada – Haiti
Referee 1: Dunia Aguilera (CUB)
Referee 2: Oscar Gonzalez (GUA)
Third Referee: Javier Garcia (DOM)
Timekeeper: Jose Barrera (SLV)

Trinidad & Tobago – Dominican Republic
Referee 1: Yeraldin Araya (CRC)
Referee 2: Francisco Cedeno (PAN)
Third Referee: Ronny Castro (CRC)
Timekeeper: Adrian Martinez (CUB)

UEFA Women’s Champions League Final 2021: Hussein (GER)

The UEFA Referees Committee has announced that German official Riem Hussein will take charge of the 2021 UEFA Women's Champions League final between Chelsea and Barcelona. The 40-year-old has been an international referee since 2009 and was fourth official for the 2017 decider between Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain in Cardiff. She was on the refereeing team at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup and UEFA Women's Euro 2017. The 2021 Women's Champions League final takes place at Gamla Ullevi in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Sunday, 16 May, at 21:00 CET. (Source: UEFA)

16 May 2021
Chelsea WFC – FC Barcelona
Referee: Riem Hussein (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Sara Telek (AUT)
Fourth Official: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR: Christian Dingert (GER)
Reserve AR: Julia Magnusson (SWE)

Concacaf Champions League 2021 – Quarter-finals (Second Leg)

4-5 May 2021

Philadelphia Union – Atlanta United
Referee: Armando Villarreal (USA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Corey Parker (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Logan Brown (USA)
Fourth Official: Ted Unkel (USA)
VAR: Edvin Jurisevic (USA)
AVAR: Tim Ford (USA)

Cruz Azul – Toronto FC
Referee: Said Martinez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Walter Lopez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Fourth Official: Selvin Brown (HON)
VAR: Carlos Ayala (MEX)
AVAR: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)

CF Monterrey – Columbus Crew
Referee: Daneon Parchment (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Ojay Duhaney (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Damian Williams (JAM)
Fourth Official: Oshane Nation (JAM)
VAR: Erick Miranda (MEX)
AVAR: Benjamin Pineda (CRC)

Club America – Portland Timbers
Referee: Ivan Barton (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Geovany Garcia (SLV)
Fourth Official: Jose Torres (PUR)
VAR: Arturo Cruz (MEX)
AVAR: Melissa Borjas (HON)

UEFA Women’s Futsal Euro 2022 Qualifiers – Preliminary Round

5-8 May 2021

Group A – Jonava (LTU)
1. Volha Pauliuts (BLR)
2. Tatiana Boltneva (RUS)
3. Irina Velikanova (RUS, photo)
4. Raquel Gonzalez Ruano (ESP)
5. Zilvinas Galimovas (LTU)

Group B will be played in August 2021

Group C – Gibraltar (GIB)
1. Annamaria Tolnay (HUN)
2. Chiara Perona (ITA)
3. Filipe Duarte (POR)
4. Zyl Sheriff (GIB)

Concacaf Futsal Championship 2021 – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

3 May 2021

Haiti – Costa Rica
Referee 1: Carlos Gonzalez (GUA, photo)
Referee 2: Brenda Valdez (CUB)
Third Referee: Joel Cuba (NCA)
Timekeeper: Oscar Urias (GUA)

Cuba – Nicaragua
Referee 1: Ronny Castro (CRC)
Referee 2: Josue Molina (CRC)
Third Referee: Erick Coello (HON)
Timekeeper: Oscar Gonzalez (GUA)

USA – El Salvador
Referee 1: Diego Molina (CRC)
Referee 2: Ricardo Lay (PAN)
Third Referee: Oscar Cruz (HON)
Timekeeper: Francisco Rivera (MEX)

Suriname – Panama
Referee 1: Reinier Fiss (CUB)
Referee 2: Jose Barrera (SLV)
Third Referee: Dunia Aguilera (CUB)
Timekeeper: Israel Davila (GUA)

Guatemala – Dominican Republic
Referee 1: Josh Wilkens (USA)
Referee 2: Francisco Cedeno (PAN)
Third Referee: Francisco Lopez (NCA)
Timekeeper: Ahmed Alvarez (CUB)

UEFA Champions League 2020/2021 – Semi-finals (Second Leg)

4 May 2021
Manchester City  Paris Saint Germain
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
VAR: Pol van Boekel (NED)
AVAR: Dennis Higler (NED)
Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

5 May 2021
Chelsea FC  Real Madrid
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Davide Massa (ITA)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR: Marco Guida (ITA)
Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)

Referees sue over “fake” evaluations

A new scandal is set to erupt around referees in Italy, as two former match officials claim some refs are boosted over others with fake evaluations. The Repubblica newspaper published the story, but there is also legal action in progress by two referees who were dismissed from the Serie B level due to poor performance.
Referees Daniele Minelli and Niccolo Baroni we were cut from the CAN B roster for poor performance, but there were two other match officials below them in the annual review, who were kept on. It emerged Ivan Robilotta and Eugenio Abbattista had worse performance statistics, but were allowed to continue for the 2020-21 season. By reviewing the paperwork, they found that Abbattista (photo) was given a perfect score of 8.70 by his superiors for the final game of the season, Spezia - Chievo, on 11 August 2020. However, that evaluation was signed by Riccardo Di Fiore, who then told the match official his score had been 8.60, so someone must have adjusted it. Now they have included WhatsApp chats between members of the Serie B Referees Committee (CAN B) from 21 August 2020. It shows the committee adjusting the marks for the final games, giving Abbattista, Juan Luca Sacchi and Francesco Fourneau perfect scores of 8.70, followed by a smiling face emoji. All these three referees have officiated Serie A games this season.