FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 – Group Stage (Matches 33-36)

20 September 2021

Spain – Angola
Referee 1: Josh Wilkens (USA, photo)
Referee 2: Nurdin Bukuev (KGZ)
Third Official: Henry Gutierrez (BOL)
Timekeeper: Fahad Al-Hosani (UAE)
Reserve AR: Antony Riley (NZL)

Japan – Paraguay
Referee 1: Roberto Lopez (PAN)
Referee 2: Eduardo Coelho (POR)
Third Official: Carlos Gonzalez (GUA)
Timekeeper: Aymen Kammoun (TUN)
Reserve AR: Cedric Pelissier (FRA)

USA – Serbia
Referee 1: Christopher Sinclair (NZL)
Referee 2: An Ran (CHN)
Third Official: Ryan Shepheard (AUS)
Timekeeper: Hussain Al Bahhar (BHR)
Reserve AR: Tomohiro Kozaki (JPN)

Iran – Argentina
Referee 1: Alejandro Martinez (ESP)
Referee 2: Juan Cordero (ESP)
Third Official: Diego Molina (CRC)
Timekeeper: Ronny Castro (CRC)
Reserve AR: Mohamed Hassan (EGY)

Clattenburg believes mental health is a serious issue among officials and said the huge pressure is why he left English football

Clattenburg refereed at England's highest level for 13 years and was widely considered one of the best European referees in that time. As well as his 297 Premier League matches, Clattenburg also took charge of a number of high-profile matches across the globe, including the 2016 Champions League final and Euro 2016 final. However, he admits the pressure of refereeing at the highest level is why he left the league for a role in the Saudi Arabian Football Federation back in February 2017.
"The stress levels of refereeing in the Premier League [were a factor]," Clattenburg said. "Most referees last 8-10 years and then finish because of the stress, the training every day, and the pressure on your body. To do 13 years was a very difficult ask." But with more conversations around mental health in football today, Clattenburg feels more referees might get the support they need moving forward. "I think in the past, it was [seen as] a sign of weakness but now more and more people are speaking out. Therefore, football is supporting not just the players, but the referees," Clattenburg added. "When I was coming through the system, I had to use people - friendships. They used to help me deal with issues that I used to have - dealing with abuse, issues in your private life. It's always difficult because you're in the public eye and you have a responsibility, but, either way, it's important that people go out and get the help they need."
Clattenburg's career in the limelight coincided with the growth of social media, with the referee calling on social media companies to do more in the fight against online abuse. "I'm still getting abuse now on social media and it's really sad to see the abuse that referees take," Clattenburg added. "I got death threats and the social media companies wouldn't do anything about it. What does it take, somebody to get hurt? Or like what we are seeing now, players getting racially abused? It's not correct, it shouldn't be around in today's society." Clattenburg also feels that if referees were able to speak after games and explain their decisions, they may be understood a little more by fans, players, coaches and analysts. "I'm all for referees being transparent, I'm all for referees being open," he said. "Why not? It's an open world. Referees need to communicate their decisions. I think if it's done in a controlled environment it would benefit the game because people can understand why a referee made a decision - right or wrong."
Clattenburg also opened up on the period of his career when he fell out of love with the game after being accused of using racial language towards Chelsea's John Obi Mikel in October 2012. The club made a formal complaint to the FA against Clattenburg about his alleged use of "inappropriate language" towards the player during a match against Manchester United with a police investigation also launched. And although the FA cleared Clattenburg of wrongdoing and the police investigation was also subsequently dropped, Clattenburg felt he was treated unfairly throughout the ordeal. "To be accused of something that you haven't done is really difficult to deal with," Clattenburg said. "To be found guilty of something before you'd even had the chance to speak is really difficult to deal with because I've always believed that you should be innocent until proven guilty. However, that wasn't the case and I didn't want to come back and referee at that point because unfortunately I fell out of love with the game. But I had a mortgage to pay, a family to look after, and therefore I had to go back to refereeing. I was lucky that over the years I fell back in love with football and it made me achieve what I actually did."

Source: SkySports

FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 – Group Stage (Matches 25-32)

18 September 2021
Egypt – Uzbekistan
Referee 1: Dario Santamaria (ARG, photo)
Referee 2: Daniel Rodriguez (URU)
Third Official: Alejandro Martinez (ESP)
Timekeeper: Diego Molina (CRC)
Reserve AR: Juan Cordero (ESP)

Guatemala – Russia
Referee 1: Henry Gutierrez (BOL)
Referee 2: Carlos Martinez (PAR)
Third Official: Cristian Espindola (CHI)
Timekeeper: Maria Pinto (ARG)
Reserve AR: Nurdin Bukuev (KGZ)

Venezuela – Kazakhstan
Referee 1: Aymen Kammoun (TUN)
Referee 2: Mohamed Hassan (EGY)
Third Official: Khalid Hnich (MAR)
Timekeeper: An Ran (CHN)
Reserve AR: Jorge Flores (SLV)

Costa Rica – Lithuania
Referee 1: Ebrahim Mehrabi (IRN)
Referee 2: Gelareh Nazemi (IRN)
Third Official: Christopher Sinclair (NZL)
Timekeeper: Hussain Al Bahhar (BHR)
Reserve AR: Fahad Al-Hosani (UAE)

19 September 2021
Brazil – Panama
Referee 1: Daniel Matkovic (SUI)
Referee 2: Gabor Kovacs (HUN)
Third Official: Tomohiro Kozaki (JPN)
Timekeeper: Nikola Jelic (CRO)
Reserve AR: Borislav Kolev (BUL)

Czech Republic – Vietnam
Referee 1: Maria Pinto (ARG)
Referee 2: Valeria Palma (CHI)
Third Official: Ronny Castro (CRC)
Timekeeper: Henry Gutierrez (BOL)
Reserve AR: Cristian Espindola (CHI)

Solomon Islands – Thailand
Referee 1: Cedric Pelissier (FRA)
Referee 2: Tarek El-Khataby (EGY)
Third Official: Jorge Flores (SLV)
Timekeeper: Gean Telles (BRA)
Reserve AR: Khalid Hnich (MAR)

Portugal – Morocco
Referee 1: Antony Riley (NZL)
Referee 2: Ryan Shepheard (AUS)
Third Official: Josh Wilkens (USA)
Timekeeper: Chiara Perona (ITA)
Reserve AR: Irina Velikanova (RUS)

Pinto and Palma ready to break new ground in futsal

“We had a hug and shed a tear together. It’s where we always wanted to be,” said Chilean referee Valeria Palma, recounting how she and her Argentinian colleague Maria Estefania Pinto reacted to the news that they would be taking charge of Friday’s Group E match between Spain and Japan at the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021. “We both know we have to do a good job,” they said. Appearing at their first World Cup as referees, the two are rightly proud to be making history. FIFA.com spoke to Pinto and Palma ahead of Friday’s game, when they will become the first pair of women to take charge of a FIFA Futsal World Cup match.
- How did you get into refereeing?
- Maria Estefania Pinto: I’ve always been a huge football fan and I wanted to get involved in the game in some way. I tried to be a director of football but I was young and didn’t have any experience as a player either. So I started football refereeing, which I still do, and then I followed up with futsal.
- Valeria Palma: I’ve always been involved in football and then futsal came along. I gave it up when I was 16 and got a job. I was offered the chance to referee, and here I am getting paid for doing something I love. Futsal is the most wonderful thing there is. I’ve fallen in love with the job and I don’t see myself doing anything else.
- What was your inspiration?
- Pinto: There weren’t many female referees around. We were lineswomen or assistant referees. I was really keen on refereeing, and if you get into futsal that’s what you do. I made the Argentinian Football Association’s (AFA) pool of futsal match officials, started refereeing, and along came this opportunity. I’m so thrilled.
- Palma: The most important thing for me was being in love with the sport. That was what motivated me to do what I’m doing now. I’ve been at this for many years and to come this far is a dream come true and an objective fulfilled.
- Have you stopped to think about it? What have you told your friends and family? And how does it feel?
- Pinto: They’re all very happy. We’ve worked really hard to get here. It’s been a couple of years in the making and we have to thank everyone who believed in us and opened doors for us. We’re going to make the most of this dream come true.
- Palma: It’s impossible not to be excited about it because it’s been many years of struggle. Every time I stop and think on the court I remember the hard work and the effort, training in the heat and the cold, being away from my family, and missing out on special occasions. It’s a dream and a very exciting one at that. My family are very proud of me. I do everything I can for them and for the people who’ve supported me.
- Do you feel that you are role models for younger women starting out in refereeing and aiming to go far?
- Pinto: It’s a huge responsibility in that respect. The image we give in the match also depends on the image we give to other women. I feel the responsibility on me to get everything right and make the way head easier for them. This is only the start. More doors are going to open.
- Palma: It’s a motivation for girls. We’re opening the way so that they can be considered for other tournaments. I’m keeping my feet on the ground but if there are other girls who want to follow us and are watching us, then it’s a huge motivation. It pushes me to do things well. If you work hard, you’ll get your reward and that’s what you’ll come away with.
- Is it a dream come true to take charge of a FIFA Futsal World Cup match?
- Pinto: To get this far is what every referee aspires to. I’m happy, though you always want more. I wasn’t expecting this appointment. It’s taken me by surprise and we’re going to try and make the most of it. Refereeing this match is another dream fulfilled.
- Palma: Yes, it is, and it’s a blessing and a dream to be with my colleague, compatriot, and friend. I never imagined I’d be making my debut with Estefania and I’m delighted to be sharing this moment with her. We were also the first female match officials to go to a CONMEBOL qualifier.
- What’s the next step in your refereeing careers?
- Pinto: Once you’ve come this far, you want more. They do a cut on 26 September and some referees will be going home. If you get this far, you want to stay on for the final. I’m not thinking about it, though. I want to focus on tomorrow and make sure everything goes well.
- Palma: Getting this far is hard, but the toughest and most important thing is staying. My main objective is to do just that so I can keep taking part in big competitions. Like Estefania, I want to be in finals and to take the next step, but I know there are other colleagues with more experience and who are better prepared than us. It’s only our first World Cup after all.

Source: FIFA

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Qualifiers – UEFA (Matchday 1)

16-18 September 2021

Denmark – Malta
Referee: Karoline Wacker (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Christina Biehl (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Joos (GER)
Fourth Official: Franziska Wildfeuer (GER)
Referee Assessor: Antonia Kokotou (GRE)

Norway – Armenia
Referee: Rasa Grigone (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Ugne Šmitaite (TU)
Assistant Referee 2: Irina Pozdejeva (LTU)
Fourth Official: Jurgita Mačikunyte (LTU)
Referee Assessor: Mika Peltola (FIN)

Turkey – Portugal
Referee: Maïka Vanderstichel (FRA, 3Cat)
Assistant Referee 1: Élodie Coppola (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Solenne Bartnik (FRA)
Fourth Official: Savina Elbour (FRA)
Referee Assessor: Asim Xudiyev (AZE)

Faroe Islands – Spain
Referee: Paula Brady (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Michelle O'Neill (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Olivia Sneyd (IRL)
Fourth Official: Claire Purcell (IRL)
Referee Assessor: Maria Persson (SWE)

Albania – Kosovo
Referee: Elvira Nurmustafina (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Nargis Magay (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Dinara Idirisova (KAZ)
Fourth Official: Tatiana Sorokopydova (KAZ)
Referee Assessor: Miroslava Migalova (SVK)

Latvia – Austria
Referee: Triinu Vaher (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Karolin Kaivoja (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Anni Rahula (EST)
Fourth Official: Reelika Turi (EST)
Referee Assessor: Attila Abraham (HUN)

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro
Referee: Justina Lavrenovaite-Perez (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Ieva Ramanauskiene (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Gerda Eidinzonaite (LTU)
Fourth Official: Lina Skladaityte (LTU)
Referee Assessor: Emilia Wnuk (POL)

Belarus – Cyprus
Referee: Marina Krupskaya (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Sabina Valieva (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Ekaterina Chernova (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksandra Ponomareva (RUS)
Referee Assessor: Ivana Vlaić (BIH)

Greece – France
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Ekaterina Kurochkina (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Yulia Petrova (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vera Opeikina (RUS)
Referee Assessor: Irina Mîrț (ROU)

Slovakia – Sweden
Referee: Shona Shukrula (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Ella De Vries (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Joline Delcroix (BEL)
Fourth Official: Julia van Es (NED)
Referee Assessor: Karel Vidlak (CZE)

Italy – Moldova
Referee: Lorraine Watson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Victoria Allan (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Victoria Robertson (SCO)
Fourth Official: Abigail Hendry (SCO)
Referee Assessor: Snježana Fočić (CRO)

Russia – Azerbaijan
Referee: Viola Raudziņa (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Liga Didriķe (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Diana Vanaga-Araja (LVA)
Fourth Official: Jeļena Jermolajeva (LVA)
Referee Assessor: Igor Șațchii (MDA)

Estonia – Slovenia
Referee: Hristiana Guteva (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Ekaterina Marinova (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Pavleta Rashkova (BUL)
Fourth Official: Kristina Georgieva (BUL)
Referee Assessor: Gyöngyi Gaal (HUN)

Poland – Belgium
Referee: Iuliana Demetrescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihaela Tepusa (ROU)
Fourth Official: Cristina Trandafir (ROU)
Referee Assessor: Vencel Toth (HUN)

Switzerland – Lithuania
Referee: Victoria Beyer (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephanie Di Benedetto (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jennifer Maubacq (FRA)
Fourth Official: Alexandra Collin (FRA)
Referee Assessor: Lilach Asulin (ISR)

Romania – Croatia
Referee: Lizzy van der Helm (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolet Bakker (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Ashley de Haan (NED)
Fourth Official: Sterre Bijlsma (NED)
Referee Assessor: Nadezhda Ulianovskaia (RUS)

Hungary – Scotland
Referee: Frida Klarlund Nielsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Sidsel Dall (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Fie Bruun (DEN)
Fourth Official: Frederikke Sokjaer (DEN)
Referee Assessor: Blaženka Logarušić (CRO)

England – North Macedonia
Referee: Maria Martinez Madrona (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Silvia Fernandez Perez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Rita Cabanero Mompo (ESP)
Fourth Official: Olatz Rivera Olmedo (ESP)
Referee Assessor: Ingrid Jonsson (SWE)

Northern Ireland – Luxembourg
Referee: Eleni Antoniou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Detsi (GRE)
Fourth Official: Andromachi Tsiofliki (GRE)
Referee Assessor: Anja Kunick (GER)

Wales – Kazakhstan
Referee: Monika Mularczyk (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Anna Dabrowska (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Martyna Koziel (POL)
Fourth Official: Michalina Diakow (POL)
Referee Assessor: John Ferry (NIR)

Netherlands – Czech Republic
Referee: Ivana Martinčić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sanja Rodjak-Karšić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Maja Petravić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Jelena Kumer (CRO)
Referee Assessor: Gitte Holm (DEN)

Germany – Bulgaria
Referee: Ivana Projkovska (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Vjolca Izeiri (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Elena Soklevska-Ilievski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Irena Velevačkoska (MKD)
Referee Assessor: Mark Whitby (WAL)

FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 – Group Stage (Matches 17-24)

16 September 2021
Solomon Islands – Portugal
Referee 1: Carlos Martinez (PAR, photo)
Referee 2: Henry Gutierrez (BOL)
Third Official: Juan Cordero (ESP)
Timekeeper: Cristian Espindola (CHI)
Reserve AR: Alejandro Martinez (ESP)

Panama – Vietnam
Referee 1: Eduardo Coelho (POR)
Referee 2: Daniel Matkovic (SUI)
Third Official: Borislav Kolev (BUL)
Timekeeper: Daniel Rodriguez (URU)
Reserve AR: Chiara Perona (ITA)

Brazil – Czech Republic
Referee 1: Carlos Gonzalez (GUA)
Referee 2: Jorge Flores (SLV)
Third Official: Diego Molina (CRC)
Timekeeper: Valeria Palma (CHI)
Reserve AR: Borislav Kolev (BUL)

Thailand – Morocco
Referee 1: Irina Velikanova (RUS)
Referee 2: Christopher Sinclair (NZL)
Third Official: Ondrej Cerny (CZE)
Timekeeper: Gelareh Nazemi (IRN)
Reserve AR: Ebrahim Mehrabi (IRN)

17 September 2021
Iran – USA
Referee 1: Tarek El-Khataby (EGY)
Referee 2: Cedric Pelissier (FRA)
Third Official: Nikola Jelic (CRO)
Timekeeper: Mohamed Hassan (EGY)
Reserve AR: An Ran (CHN)

Spain – Japan
Referee 1: Valeria Palma (CHI)
Referee 2: Maria Pinto (ARG)
Third Official: Roberto Lopez (PAN)
Timekeeper: Dario Santamaria (ARG)
Reserve AR: Gean Telles (BRA)

Angola – Paraguay
Referee 1: Ryan Shepheard (AUS)
Referee 2: Fahad Al-Hosani (UAE)
Third Official: Hussain Al Bahhar (BHR)
Timekeeper: Ronny Castro (CRC)
Reserve AR: Josh Wilkens (USA)

Argentina – Serbia
Referee 1: Nurdin Bukuev (KGZ)
Referee 2: Tomohiro Kozaki (JPN)
Third Official: Antony Riley (NZL)
Timekeeper: Khalid Hnich (MAR)
Reserve AR: Aymen Kammoun (TUN)

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

15-16 September 2021

Philadelphia Union – Club America
Referee: Said Martinez (HON, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Walter Lopez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Fourth Official: Ivan Barton (SLV)
VAR: Benjamin Pineda (CRC)
AVAR: Ismael Cornejo (SLV)

Cruz Azul – CF Monterrey
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Michel Morales (MEX)
Fourth Official: Oscar Macias (MEX)
VAR: Erick Miranda (MEX)
AVAR: Angel Monroy (MEX)

AFC Champions League 2021 – Round of 16

14-15 September 2021

Esteghlal FC – Al Hilal SFC
Referee: Fu Ming (CHN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Shi Xiang (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Cao Yi (CHN)
Fourth Official: Ma Ning (CHN)

FC Istiklol – Persepolis FC
Referee: Hiroyuki Kimura (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Hiroshi Yamauchi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jun Mihara (JPN)
Fourth Official: Jumpei Iida (JPN)

Al Nassr – Tractor FC
Referee: Kim Dae-Yong (KOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yoon Jae-Yeol (KOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Park Sang-Jun (KOR)
Fourth Official: Ko Hyun-Jjin (KOR)

Sharjah – Al Wahda
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohamed Salman (BHR)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdulla Al Rowaimi (BHR)
Fourth Official: Ammar Mahfoodh (BHR)

Nagoya Grampus – Daegu FC
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (JOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ahmed Al Roalle (JOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammad Al Kalaf (JOR)
Fourth Official: Ahmed Al Ali (JOR)

Ulsan Hyundai – Kawasaki Frontale
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla (UAE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohamed Al Hammadi (UAE)
Assistant Referee 2: Hasan Suqatari (UAE)
Fourth Official: Omar Al Ali (UAE)

Jeonbuk Motors – Pathum United
Referee: Mooud Bonyadifard (IRN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ali Mirzabeigi (IRN)
Assistant Referee 2: Saeid Ghasemi (IRN)
Fourth Official: Hasan Akrami (IRN)

Cerezo Osaka – Pohang Steelers
Referee: Abdulrahman Al Jassim (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Taleb Al Marri (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Saoud Al Maqaleh (QAT)
Fourth Official: Khamis Al Marri (QAT)

Kassai is no longer the head of Russian referees

Viktor Kassai has left the position of professional manager of referees of the Russian Football Association, announced RFS. The Hungarian specialist was appointed chief of the Russian referees on 9 January 2020 and his contract was valid until 2022.
“Ever since we were appointed, we have developed a new strategy and system to improve Russian refereeing, and our goal has been to enable our referee to work and develop to the highest European standards and conditions”, the Russian association’s statement quotes Kassai who said that he is proud of the results and is confident that the work he has started will be continued by his colleagues. “Since January 2020, six referees have emerged at the forefront of Russian football, young and talented referees have been promoted in the second division, and we have also launched training for female referees. Proof of the high standard of Russian refereeing is that we sent a referee to the European Championship, the Olympics, the World Cups for futsal and beach soccer. Russian referees led the European Super Cup match and the women's final of the Olympics".
Asot Hacsaturjanc, chairman of the Russian Referees Committee, thanked the Hungarian specialist for his work and the reforms he has begun, which will have an impact on Russian refereeing for a long time to come. Kassai's successor has not yet been appointed.
According to NS information, György Ring, a Hungarian who worked along with Kassai and who has retired as FIFA assistant referee due to his Moscow assignment, is also leaving the Russian Football Association, as he and his boss sent a farewell message to the Russian referees. In the spring, after the death of Sandor Puhl, news emerged that Kassai will return to Hungary to work in the MLSZ.

UEFA Europa Conference League 2021/22 – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

14-16 September 2021

Maccabi Haifa – Feyenoord
Referee: Fabio Maresca (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Ciro Carbone (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefano Alassio (ITA)
Fourth Official: Rosario Abisso (ITA)
Referee Observer: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)

Maccabi Tel Aviv – Alashkert FC
Referee: Espen Eskas (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Morten Jensen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oystein Ytterland (NOR)
Fourth Official: Kai Steeen (NOR)
Referee Observer: Augustus Constantin (ROU)

Kairat Almaty – Omonia FC
Referee: Sergii Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Viktor Matyash (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Viktor Nyzhnyk (UKR)
Fourth Official: Vitaly Romanov (UKR)
Referee Observer: Albano Janku (ALB)

HJK Helsinki – LASK
Referee: Kirill Levenikov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Egor Bolkhovitin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrei Vereteshkin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Edward Foley (IRL)

Flora Tallinn – KAA Gent
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Luke Portelli (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Duncan Sultana (MLT)
Fourth Official: Philip Farrugia (MLT)
Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)

Slavia Praha – Union Berlin
Referee: Fabio Verissimo (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Teixeira (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Pedro Mota (POR)
Fourth Official: Andre Narciso (POR)
Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)

Lincoln Red Imps – PAOK FC
Referee: Robert Harvey (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wayne McDonnell (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Darragh Keegan (IRL)
Fourth Official: Neil Doyle (IRL)
Referee Observer: Niklas a Lídarenda (FRO)

Slovan Bratislava – FC Copenhagen
Referee: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Giorgio Peretti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniele Bindoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Luca Pairetto (ITA)
Referee Observer: Boško Jovanetić (SRB)

NS Mura – Vitesse
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Klyver (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Niklas Nyberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Adam Ladebäck (SWE)
Referee Observer: Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)

Stade Rennais – Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Halis Ozkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ibrahim Uyarcan (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ali Ögel (TUR)
Fourth Official: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)
Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

Qarabag Agdam – FC Basel
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jo De Weirdt (BEL)
Fourth Official: Wim Smet (BEL)
Referee Observer: John Ward (IRL)

Anorthosis Famagusta – FK Partizan
Referee: Peter Kjaersgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Victor Skytte (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jesper Dahl (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jörgen Burchardt (DEN)
Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)

Bodo Glimt – Zorya Luhansk
Referee: Dennis Higler (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Schaap (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Mario Diks (NED)
Fourth Official: Sander van der Eijk (NED)
Referee Observer: Martin Hansson (SWE)

AS Roma – CSKA Sofia
Referee: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mahbod Beigi (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Söderkvist (SWE)
Fourth Official: Victor Wolf (SWE)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

Randers FC – AZ Alkmaar
Referee: Duje Strukan (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Goran Perica (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alen Jakšić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)

FK Jablonec – CFR Cluj
Referee: Enea Jorgji (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Ridiger Çokaj (ALB)
Assistant Referee 2: Denis Rexha (ALB)
Fourth Official: Eldorjan Hamiti (ALB)
Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)

UEFA Europa League 2021/2022 – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

15-16 September 2021

Spartak Moskva – Legia Warszawa
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Djukić (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladan Todorović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Miloš Bošković (MNE)
VAR: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
AVAR: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Referee Observer: Pavel Saliy (KAZ)

Galatasaray – Lazio
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Fourth Official: David Šmajc (SVN)
VAR: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
AVAR: Rade Obrenović (SVN)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Lokomotiv Moskva – Olympique de Marseille
Referee: Irfan Peljto (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Davor Beljo (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Damir Lazić (BIH)
Fourth Official: Miloš Gigović (BIH)
VAR: Felix Zwayer (GER)
AVAR: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

Crvena Zvezda – SC Braga
Referee: John Beaton (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel McFarlane (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Potter (SCO)
Fourth Official: David Alexander Munro (SCO)
VAR: Andrew Madley (ENG)
AVAR: Peter Bankes (ENG)
Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

FC Midtjylland – PFC Ludogorets
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Akif Amirali (AZE)
Fourth Official: Elchin Masiyev (AZE)
VAR: Vitaliy Meshkov (RUS)
AVAR: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)

Real Betis – Celtic
Referee: Fran Jović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Hrvoje Radić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Luka Pušić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Mario Zebec (CRO)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

Bayer Leverkusen – Ferencvarosi TC
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
VAR: Pol van Boekel (NED)
AVAR: Jerôme Brisard (FRA)
Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

Rapid Wien – KRC Genk
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Silver Koiv (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Sten Klaasen (EST)
Fourth Official: Juri Frischer (EST)
VAR: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
AVAR: Mark Borsch (GER)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

GNK Dinamo – West Ham United
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Benjamin Pages (FRA)
Fourth Official: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
VAR: Benoît Millot (FRA)
AVAR: Mikael Berchebru (FRA)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Brondby IF – Sparta Praha
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Kushtrim Lika (MKD)
Fourth Official: Igor Stojchevski (MKD)
VAR: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
AVAR: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Thoroddur Hjaltalín ISL)

Rangers FC – Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
VAR: Marco Fritz (GER)
AVAR: Harm Osmers (GER)
Referee Observer: Antonio Damato (ITA)

AS Monaco – Sturm Graz
Referee: Donatas Rumsas (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandr Radius (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Dovydas Sužiedėlis (LTU)
Fourth Official: Manfredas Lukjančukas (LTU)
VAR: Kevin Blom (NED)
AVAR: Clay Ruperti (NED)
Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

PSV Eindhoven – Real Sociedad
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Connor (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: David McGeachie (SCO)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Walsh (SCO)
VAR: Paul Tierney (ENG)
AVAR: Willy Delajod (FRA)
Referee Observer: Goran Mihaljević (MNE)

Leicester City – SSC Napoli
Referee: Tiago Martins (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Campos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Jesus (POR)
Fourth Official: Vitor Ferreira (POR)
VAR: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP)
AVAR: Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)

Eintracht Frankfurt – Fenerbahçe SK
Referee: Maurizio Mariani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Chiffi (ITA)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Referee Observer: Lucilio Batista (POR)

Olympiacos FC – Royal Antwerp
Referee: Tamas Bognar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balazs Buzas (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Kobor (HUN)
Fourth Official: Balazs Berke (HUN)
VAR: Marco Guida (ITA)
AVAR: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytia (FIN)

UEFA Champions League 2021/2022 – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

14 September 2021
FC Sevilla – FC Salzburg
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleg Maslyanko (BLR)
Fourth Official: Denis Scherbakov (BLR)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold (NOR)

BSC Young Boys – Manchester United
Referee: François Letexier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehdi Rahmouni (FRA)
Fourth Official: Thomas Leonard (FRA)
VAR: Willy Delajod (FRA)
AVAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

Dynamo Kyiv – SL Benfica
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Craig Pawson (ENG)
VAR: Christopher Kavanagh (ENG)
AVAR: Jarred Gillett (AUS)
Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

FC Barcelona – Bayern München
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Peter Bennett (ENG)
Fourth Official: Darren England (ENG)
VAR: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
AVAR: Paul Tierney (ENG)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

Villarreal CF – Atalanta BC
Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Jeremie Pignard (FRA)
VAR: Jerôme Brisard (FRA)
AVAR: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

LOSC Lille – VfL Wolfsburg
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Hessel Streegstra (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan de Vries (NED)
Fourth Official: Allard Lindhout (NED)
VAR: Kevin Blom (NED)
AVAR: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Malmö FF – Juventus
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Barbosa (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Soares (POR)
Fourth Official: Hugo Moreira (POR)
VAR: Joao Pinheiro (POR)
AVAR: Luis Godinho (POR)
Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

Chelsea FC – FC Zenit
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakub Winkler (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
VAR: Marco Fritz (GER)
AVAR: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

15 September 2021
Beşiktaş JK – Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Diaz Perez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Javier Alberola Rojas (ESP)
VAR: Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP)
AVAR: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoechea (ESP)
Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)

Sheriff Tiraspol – Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Dietz (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Martin Petersen (GER)
VAR: Christian Dingert (GER)
AVAR: Markus Sinn (GER)
Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)

Club Brugge – Paris St. Germain
Referee: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephane De Almeida (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Bekim Zogaj (SUI)
Fourth Official: Fedayi San (SUI)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Manchester City – RB Leipzig
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Johan Balder (NED)
Fourth Official: Jeroen Manschot (NED)
VAR: Pol van Boekel (NED)
AVAR: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)

Atletico de Madrid – FC Porto
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Petrescu (ROU)
VAR: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
AVAR: Jerôme Brisard (FRA)
Referee Observer: Elmir Pilav (BIH)

Liverpool FC – AC Milan
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Musial (POL)
VAR: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
AVAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Referee Observer: Lutz Michael Fröhlich (GER)

Sporting CP – AFC Ajax
Referee: Jose Sanchez Martinez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raul Cabanero Martinez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Inigo Prieto Lopez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Cesar Soto Grado (ESP)
VAR: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP)
AVAR: Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Inter Milano – Real Madrid
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Daniel Schlager (GER)
VAR: Marco Fritz (GER)
AVAR: Harm Osmers (GER)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Šajn (SVN)

FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 – Group Stage (Matches 9-16)

14 September 2021
Paraguay – Spain
Referee 1: Khalid Hnich (MAR, photo)
Referee 2: Aymen Kammoun (TUN)
Third Official: Mohamed Hassan (EGY)
Timekeeper: Tarek El-Khataby (EGY)
Reserve AR: Cedric Pelissier (FRA)

Serbia – Iran
Referee 1: Carlos Gonzalez (GUA)
Referee 2: Gean Telles (BRA)
Third Official: Daniel Matkovic (SUI)
Timekeeper: Borislav Kolev (BUL)
Reserve AR: Valeria Palma (CHI)

Angola – Japan
Referee 1: Diego Molina (CRC)
Referee 2: Jorge Flores (SLV)
Third Official: Eduardo Coelho (POR)
Timekeeper: Christopher Sinclair (NZL)
Reserve AR: Antony Riley (NZL)

Argentina – USA
Referee 1: Ondrej Cerny (CZE)
Referee 2: Chiara Perona (ITA)
Third Official: Nikola Jelic (CRO)
Timekeeper: Roberto Lopez (PAN)
Reserve AR: Daniel Rodriguez (URU)

15 September 2021
Costa Rica – Venezuela
Referee 1: An Ran (CHN)
Referee 2: Tomohiro Kozaki (JPN)
Third Official: Alejandro Martinez (ESP)
Timekeeper: Irina Velikanova (RUS)
Reserve AR: Fahad Al-Hosani (UAE)

Egypt – Guatemala
Referee 1: Gelareh Nazemi (IRN)
Referee 2: Ebrahim Mehrabi (IRN)
Third Official: Nurdin Bukuev (KGZ)
Timekeeper: Ryan Shepheard (AUS)
Reserve AR: Carlos Martinez (PAR)

Lithuania – Kazakhstan
Referee 1: Gabor Kovacs (HUN)
Referee 2: Nikola Jelic (CRO)
Third Official: Josh Wilkens (USA)
Timekeeper: Juan Cordero (ESP)
Reserve AR: Hussain Al Bahhar (BHR)

Uzbekistan – Russia
Referee 1: Cristian Espindola (CHI)
Referee 2: Ronny Castro (CRC)
Third Official: Maria Pinto (ARG)
Timekeeper: Henry Gutierrez (BOL)
Reserve AR: Dario Santamaria (ARG)

Ecuador: No FIFA referees in 2022?

The Ecuadorian Football Federation has recently sent a letter to CONMEBOL in which it requests the non-inclusion in the 2022 international lists of the referees and assistant referees who have decided not to referee matches in the first two divisions, as a measure of protest due to the non-payment of their salaries.
"Consequently, and while this measure lasts, we ask you not to consider their participation in international events, including their candidacies for the international lists of FIFA referees for 2022", states the document signed by the FEF president Francisco Egas.

FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 – Group Stage (Matches 1-8)

12 September 2021
Russia – Egypt
Referee 1: Gean Telles (BRA, photo)
Referee 2: Diego Molina (CRC)
Third Official: Jorge Flores (SLV)
Timekeeper: Josh Wilkens (USA)
Reserve AR: Daniel Matkovic (SUI)

Kazakhstan – Costa Rica
Referee 1: Mohamed Hassan (EGY)
Referee 2: Khalid Hnich (MAR)
Third Official: Aymen Kammoun (TUN)
Timekeeper: Cedric Pelissier (FRA)
Reserve AR: Tarek El-Khataby (EGY)

Uzbekistan – Guatemala
Referee 1: Nikola Jelic (CRO)
Referee 2: Chiara Perona (ITA)
Third Official: Eduardo Coelho (POR)
Timekeeper: Borislav Kolev (BUL)
Reserve AR: Ondrej Cerny (CZE)

Lithuania – Venezuela
Referee 1: Christopher Sinclair (NZL)
Referee 2: Antony Riley (NZL)
Third Official: Gelareh Nazemi (IRN)
Timekeeper: Nurdin Bukuev (KGZ)
Reserve AR: Ebrahim Mehrabi (IRN)

13 September 2021
Panama – Czech Republic
Referee 1: Fahad Al-Hosani (UAE)
Referee 2: Hussain Al Bahhar (BHR)
Third Official: An Ran (CHN)
Timekeeper: Ryan Shepheard (AUS)
Reserve AR: Tomohiro Kozaki (JPN)

Morocco – Solomon Islands
Referee 1: Daniel Rodriguez (URU)
Referee 2: Cristian Espindola (CHI)
Third Official: Henry Gutierrez (BOL)
Timekeeper: Valeria Palma (CHI)
Reserve AR: Roberto Lopez (PAN)

Vietnam – Brazil
Referee 1: Juan Cordero (ESP)
Referee 2: Alejandro Martinez (ESP)
Third Official: Irina Velikanova (RUS)
Timekeeper: Carlos Martinez (PAR)
Reserve AR: Gabor Kovacs (HUN)

Thailand – Portugal
Referee 1: Ronny Castro (CRC)
Referee 2: Dario Santamaria (ARG)
Third Official: Maria Pinto (ARG)
Timekeeper: Borislav Kolev (BUL)
Reserve AR: Carlos Gonzalez (GUA)

UEFA Youth League 2021/2022 – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

14-15 September 2021

FC Barcelona – Bayern Munchen
Referee: David Coote (ENG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Nick Hopton (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: James Mainwaring (ENG)
Fourth Official: David Lopez Jimenez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Sevilla – Salzburg
Referee: Peter Kralovic (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Milan Strbo (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Patrik Kmec (SVK)
Fourth Official: Manuel Orellana Cid (ESP)
Referee Observer: Bernardino Gonzalez Vazquez (ESP)

Young Boys – Manchester United
Referee: Aristotelis Diamantopoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Meintanas (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Konstantinos Psarris (GRE)
Fourth Official: Mirel Turkes (SUI)
Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)

Lille – Wolfsburg
Referee: Igor Pajac (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Zobenica (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivan Mihalj (CRO)
Fourth Official: Bastien Dechepy (FRA)
Referee Observer: Stephane Lannoy (FRA)

Chelsea – Zenit
Referee: Robert Hennessy (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Eoin Harte (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Christopher Campbell (IRL)
Fourth Official: John Busby (ENG)
Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)

Dynamo Kyiv – Benfica
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (MDA)
Assistant Referee 1: Vadim Vicol (MDA)
Assistant Referee 2: Denis Borisov (MDA)
Fourth Official: Klym Zabroda (UKR)
Referee Observer: Viktor Shvetsov (UKR)

Malmö – Juventus
Referee: Iwan Griffith (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Johnathon Bryant (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ashley Davis (WAL)
Fourth Official: Adi Aganovic (SWE)
Referee Observer: Jens Larsen (DEN)

Villarreal – Atalanta
Referee: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Georgi Todorov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Petar Dzhuganski (BUL)
Fourth Official: Ivan Munoz Perez (ESP)
Referee Observer: David Fernandez Borbalan (ESP)

Sheriff – Shakhtar
Referee: Luca Barbeno (SMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ernesto Cristiano (SMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Laura Cordani (SMR)
Fourth Official: Ion Orlic (MDA)
Referee Observer: Nicolae Grigorescu (ROU)

Atletico de Madrid – FC Porto
Referee: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Sami Nykänen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Olli Jantunen (FIN)
Fourth Official: Manuel Perez Hernandez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Sporting Lisbon – Ajax FC
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Florian Lemaire (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Romain Devilliers (BEL)
Fourth Official: Flavio Lima (POR)
Referee Observer: Joao Ferreira (POR)

Besiktas – Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 1: Levan Varamishvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Zaza Pipia (GEO)
Fourth Official: Cagdas Altay (TUR)
Referee Observer: Orhan Erdemir (TUR)

Liverpool – AC Milan
Referee: Rohit Saggi (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Geir Isaksen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kristoffer Gullhav (NOR)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Speedie (ENG)
Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)

Brugge FC – Paris St. Germain
Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Denis Sevcenko (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Jevgenijs Morozovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Jordy Vermeire (BEL)
Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)

Manchester City – RB Leipzig
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Dennis Rasmussen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Steffen Bramsen (DEN)
Fourth Official: James Bell (ENG)
Referee Observer: Iain Robertson Brines (SCO)

Inter Milano – Real Madrid
Referee: Horatiu Fesnic (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Marius Badea (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ferencz Tunyogy (ROU)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Prontera (ITA)
Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)

Video support to debut at FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021

New technological innovations will be to the fore at the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 in Lithuania as video support (VS) services are being implemented to support referees in their decisions. "We are really looking forward to this new chapter as video support technology is sure to positively impact futsal and help support match officials in making key decisions", said Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee. VS will comprise a review operator and a pitch side monitor allowing referees to review specific incidents. The referees use VS when the head coach of a team (or, in their absence, a designated team official) challenges the referee’s decision in relation to four specific incident categories: goal/no goal situations, penalty incidents, direct red cards, and potential cases of mistaken identity.
Compared to football, futsal referees do not have a video assistant referee (VAR) following every moment of the match on a television monitor. In futsal, referees only revert to video evidence if coaches challenge initial calls on the field of play. As in football, the final decision remains with the referee. Each head coach has one challenge per half. If extra time is played, one additional challenge is permitted. In addition, challenges not used during the first half, the second half or extra time cannot be carried forward. If a challenge proves unsuccessful, with the initial decision confirmed after the review, the head coach loses the capacity to make a further challenge. However, if the challenge is successful, with the initial decision overturned upon VS review, the head coach retains the ability to challenge. During a video review, the referees must remain visible to ensure transparency. As with VAR, when the review is completed, the referee must show the television signal and communicate the final decision in front of the timekeeper’s table and, if necessary, to both head coaches. If the initial decision is not overturned, play will restart according to the initial decision if play had already stopped or with a dropped ball if play was stopped by the referees to perform the review. "VS has been tested in various competitions and with a positive outcome," adds Collina. "The selected match officials for this competition have received intensive training during the preparation phase and are ready to move into the implementation phase. In addition, the participating teams have received specific VS presentations during online coaches’ workshops and the team arrival meeting. It’s an important milestone for futsal, and it will be an innovative system for the sport, enabling quick review of specific on-pitch incidents and ultimately ensuring fairer results."
The FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021, which features 24 national teams, will be played from 12 September to 3 October 2021 in Kaunas, Klaipeda and Vilnius.

Source: FIFA

Anecdotes with former FIFA referee Chapell (Peru)

A lifetime with a whistle. In the last decade of the last century, Fernando Chapell was one of the most renowned referees in Peru and stood out because he handled well the pressure. Today retired, he is an exquisite anecdote teller, revealing incredible moments with leaders and players.
- Did you protect the players?
- I told ‘Balan’ Gonzales: ‘Play quietly, I’ll take care of you’ and that afternoon he scored a goal.
- Why did you do that?
- He always tried to bring down the good players and I told him not to do what he wants, but to play efficiently.
- Did anyone offer you money to favour a team?
- In 1979, when I was a mathematics teacher at a national school in San Martin de Porres, one of my students' relative was a person who edited sports videos. He came over and handed me an envelope with $6,000. He told me that the engineer, president of a northern club, sent it to me.
- What was your answer?
- That it has to be returned immediately and that I did not need that money.
- Did everything stay there?
- I called the leader and asked him to clarify the situation or I was going to denounce him publicly.
- Do you have more stories like that?
- In 1991, before a match, one of the club leaders approached me, stretched out his hand and handed me a car key, saying "A Mazda of the year awaits you outside" and I replied: "You will not be able to do this with me; I am not selling myself for anything."
- Another one?
- One night, before a classic match, a club leader called me at home and told me: "I can't offer you money, but I'm very sick and would like to leave this world watching my team win."
- It was true?
- I smiled and said: "I don't bog…".
- Did everything stay there?
- Next day, before starting the match, they told me: "Please, have a minute of silence, the leader who was sick died." And do you know what was the worst? That I awarded a penalty kick against his team and they lost…
- How did you motivate your colleagues?
- I called the assistants, asked for a ball and, like the players, we put our hands on each other and shouted: "Three cheers for the national refereeing" and we entered motivated.
- Anything else?
- I dismissed two assistant referees. In Talara and Huanuco. One of them was always from the same city and both were favouring the local clubs. I went over and dismissed them; someone else had to come in to replace them.
- Is it just about delivering justice?
- Referees must be honest and clear. The most valuable thing is feeling respected.

Source: Trome

Martinčić, first female referee in Croatian First Division

The Croatian Football Federation has confirmed that Martinčić will referee today the match between Gorica and Hrvatski Dragovoljac in the 8th round of the Croatian First League (HNL), reports Jutarnji List. This will make Croatia the fifth country in Europe where a woman will be the referee in the men's first division, after Germany, France, Czech Republic and Ukraine. "This is a clear example of the direction in which Croatian football is heading, in the spirit of unity, equality, and progress," said HNS.
Ivana Martinčić has been successfully working at the second league level since 2017. In 2018, she refereed the European U-19 Championship final, and in 2015 the European U-17 Championship final. In June of last year, Martinčić was the fourth official in the Hajduk - Varaždin match. Since 2017, she has refereed second division matches. Since 2019, she has been an elite international referee and is also a candidate for the 2023 Women's World Cup, held in Australia and New Zealand. The head of Croatian football referees, Bruno Marić, has followed Ivana closely and thus decided to give her a chance on the biggest stage. "I think this is a historic day for Croatian refs and the HNS. Opening the first division to female referees was part of my program when I ran for the position of President of the HNS Referees Committee. We are entering the world elite in terms of referees in men's football and Ivana Martinčić is thus becoming a serious candidate for the Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, held in 2023. Ivana also completed her VAR education, and I am especially proud to say that she is probably the only one in the world to run men's referee standards at the last seminar. The region we live in does not have such a referee; we are avant-garde in that respect. I am convinced that Ivana will respond to all the challenges brought by her first division debut. My great mission is to bring Ivana to the point of refereeing men's European matches, and she can certainly do that", concluded Marić.

Referee exchange between France and Portugal

This Sunday, September 12, at 3:00 p.m. will mark a first in the history of Ligue 1. As part of the cooperation agreement signed last April between the French Football Federation (FFF) and its Portuguese counterpart (FPF) for exchanges of referees, a first division match of the French championship will be led by a Portuguese referee team. This weekend's match between the Girondins de Bordeaux and RC Lens will be refereed by Luis Godinho (photo), assisted by Rui Teixeira and Bruno Jesus. Their compatriots Bruno Esteves and Miguel Nogueira will be the video assistants at the Paris video review center.
Portuguese football fans will be able to discover a French referee team this Saturday, September 11, at 4.30 p.m. (French time), at the Primeira Liga match between Paços Ferreira and SC Braga. Willy Delajod has been appointed by the Technical Directorate of Refereeing (DTA) to officiate on Lusitanian soil. He will be accompanied by assistant referees Benjamin Pages and Philippe Jeanne, along with Eric Wattellier and Alexandre Castro as video assistants.

Source: Ligue 1

CONMEBOL proposes VAR time-outs and team reviews

The South American confederation has launched a proposal to address all the playing time that is lost due to lengthy VAR checks. “We recently sent a document to world football’s governing body FIFA and IFAB, the body that determines the rules of the game, asking for the time to be stopped so the minutes ticking by are not a worry during VAR reviews", Wilson Seneme, chairman of the CONMEBOL Referees Committee, told AFP. “We also want to be proactive in that every team has a number of opportunities to ask for their own reviews, as happens in other sports such as volleyball and tennis,” said Seneme. All major European leagues now use VAR technology, but in South America the video technology is not yet widely applied with Brazil, Paraguay and Colombia the only three countries using it. VAR was first introduced in 2016 and featured at the World Cup in 2018. “When more countries use this tool in their leagues, football will become more modern and we’ll all adapt more to the use of VAR in decision making”, added Seneme.
One of the sharpest criticisms from players, coaches, specialists and fans is the delay in resuming the game. “The VAR situations are very different in each game”, said Argentine Rodolfo Otero, a member of the Referees Committee. “There are actions that for protocol reasons are going to take a long time because you have to find the exact point of contact”, warned the expert. “There are certain plays that take time, but in general the referees made very good decisions and the time delayed was not too long,” added the specialist, who agreed that, as the referees become familiar with the operation of the system, they will save more time. Likewise, the Chilean Carlos Astroza, technical manager of CONMEBOL Refereeing, remarked that the purpose “is to seek sports justice, ready to make important decisions where the human eyes cannot see. You want to make the right decisions. What VAR is looking for after all is to adapt to a modern sport where questions are decided by seconds or centimeters”.

Source: TheN24

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – UEFA (Matchday 6)

7-8 September 2021

Azerbaijan – Portugal
Referee: Marco Guida (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Fabio Maresca (ITA)
VAR: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
AVAR: Ciro Carbone (ITA)
Referee Assessor: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

Ireland – Serbia
Referee: Jose Sanchez Martinez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raul Cabanero Martinez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Inigo Prieto Lopez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Pablo Gonzalez Fuertes (ESP)
VAR: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP)
AVAR: Teodoro Sobrino Magan (ESP)
Referee Assessor: Marinus Koopman (NED)


Bosnia and Herzegovina – Kazakhstan
Referee: Ygal Frid (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Bitton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Matityahu Yakobov (ISR)
Fourth Official: Daniel Natan (ISR)
VAR: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
AVAR: David Fuxman (ISR)
Referee Assessor: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)

France – Finland
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Dietz (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Dominik Schaal (GER)
Fourth Official: Florian Badstübner (GER)
VAR: Christian Dingert (GER)
AVAR: Norbert Grudzinski (GER)
Referee Assessor: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

Faroe Islands – Moldova
Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Angel Nevado Rodriguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose Naranjo Perez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Adrian Cordero Vega (ESP)
VAR: Jesus Gil Manzano (ESP)
AVAR: Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez (ESP)
Referee Assessor: Michalis Koukoulakis (GRE)

Denmark – Israel
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Christan Gittelmann (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Fritz (GER)
VAR: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
AVAR: Mike Pickel (GER)
Referee Assessor: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

Austria – Scotland
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Diyan Valkov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Nikola Popov (BUL)
VAR: Pol van Boekel (NED)
AVAR: Rob Dieperink (NED)
Referee Assessor: Dejan Filipovic (SRB)

Montenegro – Latvia
Referee: Harm Osmers (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Kempter (GER)
Fourth Official: Robert Schröder (GER)
VAR: Felix Zwayer (GER)
AVAR: Robert Wessel (GER)
Referee Assessor: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

Norway – Gibraltar
Referee: Nikolas Neokleous (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Michalis Soteriou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Marios Kalogerou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Georgios Nikolaou (CYP)
VAR: Vasilis Dimitriou (CYP)
AVAR: Chrysovalantis Theouli (CYP)
Referee Assessor: Ferenc Szekely (HUN)

Netherlands – Turkey
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
VAR: Maurizio Mariani (ITA)
AVAR: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Referee Assessor: Bernardino Gonzalez Vazquez (ESP)

Russia – Malta
Referee: Ali Palabiyik (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ceyhun Sesigüzel (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Yasar Ugurlu (TUR)
VAR: Abdulkadir Bitigen (TUR)
AVAR: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Referee Assessor: Asim Khudiyev (AZE)

Croatia – Slovenia
Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Jeremie Pignard (FRA)
VAR: Françoix Letexier (FRA)
AVAR: Jerôme Brisard (FRA)
Referee Assessor: Gylfi Þór Orrason (ISL)

Slovakia – Cyprus
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Akif Amirali (AZE)
Fourth Official: Elchin Masiyev (AZE)
VAR: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
AVAR: Stefano Alassio (ITA)
Referee Assessor: Stephen Lodge (ENG)

Armenia – Liechtenstein
Referee: Duje Strukan (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Goran Perica (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Marjan Tomas (CRO)
Fourth Official: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
VAR: Fran Jović (CRO)
AVAR: Mario Zebec (CRO)
Referee Assessor: Edward Foley (IRL)

Kosovo – Spain
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David Roome (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Sean Carr (SCO)
Fourth Official: David Munro (SCO)
VAR: Jarred Gillett (ENG)
AVAR: Nick Hopton (ENG)
Referee Assessor: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

Greece – Sweden
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Igor Demeshko (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
VAR: Vitali Meshkov (RUS)
AVAR: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Referee Assessor: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Northern Ireland – Switzerland
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Gutschi (AUT)
Fourth Official: Markus Hameter (AUT)
VAR: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
AVAR: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Referee Assessor: Michael Riley (ENG)

Italy – Lithuania
Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Lee Betts (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Hussin (ENG)
Fourth Official: Peter Bankes (ENG)
VAR: David Coote (ENG)
AVAR: Daniel Robathan (ENG)
Referee Assessor: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)

Belarus – Belgium
Referee: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Kupsik (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Musial (POL)
VAR: Pawel Gil (POL)
AVAR: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
Referee Assessor: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

Wales – Estonia
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Fourth Official: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
VAR: Benoît Millot (FRA)
AVAR: Eric Wattellier (FRA)
Referee Assessor: Antonio Damato (ITA)

Hungary – Andorra
Referee: Rade Obrenović (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Grega Kordež (SVN)
Fourth Official: Dejan Balažič (SVN)
VAR: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
AVAR: Matej Jug (SVN)
Referee Assessor: David Fernandez Borbalan (ESP)

Albania – San Marino
Referee: Lukas Fähndrich (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephane De Almeida (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Zürcher (SUI)
Fourth Official: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
VAR: Fedayi San (SUI)
AVAR: Lionel Tschudi (SUI)
Referee Assessor: Pavel Saliy (KAZ)

Poland – England
Referee: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Seidel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Fourth Official: Daniel Schlager (GER)
VAR: Bastian Dankert (GER)
AVAR: Markus Sinn (GER)
Referee Assessor: Darko Čeferin (SVN)

North Macedonia – Romania
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: Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP)
AVAR: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Referee Assessor: Guy Goethals (BEL)

Iceland – Germany
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
VAR: Christopher Kavanagh (ENG)
AVAR: Sian Massey-Ellis (ENG)
Referee Assessor: Neale Barry (ENG)

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – CONMEBOL (Matchday 10)

9 September 2021

Colombia – Chile
Referee: Andres Cunha (URU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Pablo Llarena (URU)
Fourth Official: Christian Ferreyra (URU)
VAR: Rafael Traci (BRA)
AVAR: Gustavo Tejera (URU)
Referee Assessor: Jorge Larrionda (URU)
VAR Supervisor: Juan Lugones (ECU)

Uruguay – Ecuador
Referee: Anderson Daronco (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Manis (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Rocha (BRA)
Fourth Official: Luiz Oliveira (BRA)
VAR: Rodolpho Toski (BRA)
AVAR: Bruno Arleu (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Amelio Andino (PAR)
VAR Supervisor: Enrique Caceres (PAR)

Brazil – Peru
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wilmar Navarro (COL)
Fourth Official: Ivo Mendez (BOL)
VAR: Esteban Ostojich (URU)
AVAR: Gery Vargas (BOL)
Referee Assessor: Roberto Silvera (URU)
VAR Supervisor: Dario Ubriaco (URU)

Paraguay – Venezuela
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Schiemann (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Claudio Rios (CHI)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Gamboa (CHI)
VAR: Piero Maza (CHI)
AVAR: Juan Lara (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Roberto Perassi (BRA)
VAR Supervisor: Carlos Astroza (CHI)

Argentina – Bolivia
Referee: Kevin Ortega (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Orue (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Coty Carrera (PER)
Fourth Official: Michael Espinoza (PER)
VAR: Victor Carrillo (PER)
AVAR: Milciades Saldivar (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Manuel Bernal (PAR)
VAR Supervisor: Emerson De Carvalho (BRA)

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

8 September 2021

Panama – Mexico
Referee: Mario Escobar (GUA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Caleb Wales (TRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Henri Pupiro (NCA)
Fourth Official: Bryan Lopez (GUA)

Honduras – USA
Referee: Fernando Hernandez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Diego Montano (MEX)

Canada – El Salvador
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Logan Brown (USA)
Fourth Official: Keylor Herrera (CRC)

Costa Rica – Jamaica
Referee: Drew Fischer (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Keytzel Corrales (NCA)
Assistant Referee 2: Iroots Appleton (ATG)
Fourth Official: David Gantar (CAN)

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – AFC (Round 3, Matchday 2)

7 September 2021

Korea – Lebanon
Referee: Ryuji Sato (JPN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Hiroshi Yamauchi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jun Mihara (JPN)
Fourth Official: Yudai Yamamoto (JPN)

Vietnam – Australia
Referee: Abdulrahman Al Jassim (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Taleb Al Marri (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Saoud Al-Maqaleh (QAT)
Fourth Official: Ali Al-Adba (QAT)

Syria – UAE
Referee: Ahmed Al Kaf (OMA)
Assistant Referee 1: Abu Al Amri (OMA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rashid Al Ghaithi (OMA)
Fourth Official: Turki Al-Khudhayr (KSA)

Oman – Saudi Arabia
Referee: Hanna Hattab (SYR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ali Ahmad (SYR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ahmed Al-Rashadi (UAE)
Fourth Official: Ahmad Al-Ali (KUW)

China – Japan
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohamed Salman M (BHR)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdulla Al-Rowaimi (BHR)
Fourth Official: Hettikamkanamge Perera (SRI)

Iraq – Iran
Referee: Ma Ning (CHN)
Assistant Referee 1: Xiang Shi (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Cao Yi (CHN)
Fourth Official: Zhang Lei (CHN)

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – CAF (Round 2, Matchday 2)

5-8 September 2021

Gabon – Egypt
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdul Jawo (GAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Nfally Jarju (GAM)
Fourth Official: Lamin Camara (GAM)

South Africa – Ghana
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Kabwe Chansa (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Diana Chikotesha (ZAM)
Fourth Official: Derrick Kafuli (ZAM)

Cote d’Ivoire – Cameroon
Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG)
Assistant Referee 2: Mokrane Gourari (ALG)
Fourth Official: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)

Rwanda – Kenya
Referee: Joseph Ogabor (NGA)
Assistant Referee 1: Samuel Pwadutakam (NGA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mimisen Iyorhe (NGA)
Fourth Official: Quadri Adebimpe (NGA)

Togo – Namibia
Referee: Omar Artan (SOM)
Assistant Referee 1: Hamza Abdi (SOM)
Assistant Referee 2: Nour Mohamed (SOM)
Fourth Official: Hassan Mohamed (SOM)

Djibouti – Níger
Referee: Celso Alvacao (MOZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Arsenio Marengula (MOZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Olivio Saimone (MOZ)
Fourth Official: Artur Alfinar (MOZ)

Benin – Congo DR
Referee: Jean Ouattara (BFA)
Assistant Referee 1: Seydou Tiama (BFA)
Assistant Referee 2: Habib Sanou (BFA)
Fourth Official: Hamidou Diéro (BFA)

Uganda – Mali
Referee: Imtehaz Heeralall (MRI)
Assistant Referee 1: Baje Babajee (MRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabien Cauvelet (MRI)
Fourth Official: Patrice Milazare (MRI)

Liberia – Central African Republic
Referee: Sekou Toure (GUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sidiki Sidibe (GUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Mamady Tere (GUI)
Fourth Official: Bangaly Konate (GUI)

Zambia – Tunisia
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (GAB)
Assistant Referee 1: Urbain Ndong (GAB)
Assistant Referee 2: Felix Eyaga (GAB)
Fourth Official: Pierre Atcho (GAB)

Equatorial Guinea – Mauritania
Referee: Helder Martins (ANG)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivanildo Lopes (ANG)
Fourth Official: Joao Goma (ANG)

Ethiopia – Zimbabwe
Referee: Bernard Camille (SEY)
Assistant Referee 1: Hensley Petrousse (SEY)
Assistant Referee 2: Steve Marie (SEY)
Fourth Official: Eldrick Adelaide (SEY)

Malawi – Mozambique
Referee: Souleiman Djama (DJI)
Assistant Referee 1: Liban Ahmed (DJI)
Assistant Referee 2: Rachid Bouraleh (DJI)
Fourth Official: Teklu Mogos (ERI)

Tanzania – Madagascar
Referee: Mashood Ssali (UGA)
Assistant Referee 1: Dick Okello (UGA)
Assistant Referee 2: Ronald Katenya (UGA)
Fourth Official: Chelangat Sabilla (UGA)

Congo – Senegal
Referee: Mohamed Moussa (NIG)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdoul Saley (NIG)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdoul Yacouba (NIG)
Fourth Official: Zakari Oumarou (NIG)

Cape Verde – Nigeria
Referee: Samir Guezzaz (MAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Hicham Abbou (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Zakaria Brinssi (MAR)
Fourth Official: Noureddine El Jaafari (MAR)

Angola – Libya
Referee: Messie Nkounkou (CGO)
Assistant Referee 1: Danek Moutsassi (CGO)
Assistant Referee 2: Jospin Malonga (CTA)
Fourth Official: Jean-Pierre Bissila (CGO)

Sudan – Guinea Bissau
Referee: Victor Gomes (RSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Zakhele Siwela (RSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Athenkosi Ndongeni (RSA)
Fourth Official: Thando Ndzandzeka (RSA)

Burkina Faso – Algeria
Referee: Joshua Bondo (BOT)
Assistant Referee 1: Souru Phatsoane (LES)
Assistant Referee 2: Matheus Kanyanga (NAM)
Fourth Official: Retselisitsoe Molise (LES)

Why no VAR in Concacaf 2022 World Cup qualifiers?

Given that the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has become ubiquitous in professional soccer, it might be surprising to fans that the final round of World Cup qualifying matches in the Concacaf region will not feature video review. VAR helps to flag clear and obvious errors or serious missed incidents by match officials, using video replays to get decisions right. U.S. national team head coach Gregg Berhalter was outspoken about his disappointment in the absence of VAR from Concacaf World Cup qualifying, which will determine three automatic berths to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. "I think it's an error by Concacaf," Berhalter said prior to the USA's first match in qualifying. "I'm going to speak freely and say that because that's part of the game. I think it was great that they implemented VAR in Nations League and Gold Cup and it's disappointing that it's not part of qualifying. That's where the modern game is going. We want to be right up there with the rest of the world, our region, in terms of the quality and the technology. And we need to find a way to get it done."
FIFA's regulations for 2022 World Cup qualifiers (Page 15) state: "FIFA and/or the confederation when applicable may use a video assistant referee (VAR) system." But it doesn't mandate it or make it clear which organization bears the responsibility to make it happen. According to CONCACAF, it boils down to the fact that only three of the eight countries involved in the final round of World Cup qualifying from Concacaf have an established, certified VAR system in their respective nations: the USA, Canada and Mexico. That's because the top-tier leagues in those countries have adopted video review: Liga MX and Major League Soccer. "The Concacaf region FIFA World Cup Qualifiers are FIFA matches subject to FIFA regulations," Concacaf said in a statement Sept. 2. "A key criteria determining whether VAR could be used in this competition is for the technology to be currently available, in certified stadiums, for the matches of each of the participating federations. In the Final Round of the Concacaf region FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, five of the eight competing federations do not meet this criteria." 
Whose responsibility is it to take the lead and invest in the infrastructure in other countries and venues? Should it be each country's league or soccer federation? Concacaf? Or perhaps FIFA? Here's what's happening in some of the other regions when it comes to World Cup qualifying:
Europe (UEFA): The European body's executive committee decided in July 2021 that all remaining qualifiers use VAR after it started the competition without it. UEFA organized the implementation with the use of VAR vans.
South America (CONMEBOL): The South American body made its decision to adopt VAR for qualifying more than a year before UEFA did. The referee travel costs are taken on by FIFA, while CONMEBOL foots the bill for the technology.
Asia (AFC): The Asian confederation implemented VAR for the final round of 2022 World Cup qualifying.
Concacaf implemented VAR for the first time in 2021, introducing it in some of the high-profile competitions it organizes and oversees — the 2021 Gold Cup, the 2021 Nations League final four and the semifinals and final of the 2021 Champions League. In March 2021, the organization hosted VAR training in Costa Rica for a new pool of 22 referees from across the region. VAR has been around for several years, officially added to the Laws of the Game in 2018. A year before, Australia's A-League and Major League Soccer in the USA and Canada formally adopted it. The English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League joined the VAR party in the 2019-20 season. The first World Cup competitions to feature the use of video review was the men's 2018 FIFA World Cup and the women's 2019 FIFA World Cup.

Source: Sporting News