FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – CONMEBOL (Matchday 16)

1 February 2022

Peru – Ecuador
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
Fourth Official: Luiz Oliveira (BRA)
VAR: Juan Soto (VEN)
AVAR: Rodrigo Correa (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Marlon Escalante (VEN)
VAR Supervisor: Rodolfo Otero (ARG)

Argentina – Colombia
Referee: Raphael Claus (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Bruno Pires (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Danilo Manis (BRA)
Fourth Official: Wagner Magalhaes (BRA)
VAR: Wagner Reway (BRA)
AVAR: Rodrigo D'Alonso (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Juan Cardellino (URU)
VAR Supervisor: Dario Ubriaco (URU)

Uruguay – Venezuela
Referee: Bruno Arleu (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kleber Gil (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Alves (BRA)
Fourth Official: Edina Alves (BRA)
VAR: Rafael Traci (BRA)
AVAR: Pericles Bassols (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Manuel Bernal (PAR)
VAR Supervisor: Emerson De Carvalho (BRA)

Brazil – Paraguay
Referee: Facundo Tello (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Maxmiliano Del Yesso (ARG)
Fourth Official: Andres Merlos (ARG)
VAR: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
AVAR: Gery Vargas (BOL)
Referee Assessor: Jose Buitrago (COL)
VAR Supervisor: Carlos Astroza (CHI)

Bolivia – Chile
Referee: Alexis Herrera (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tulio Moreno (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Lubin Torrealba (VEN)
Fourth Official: Jose Argote (VEN)
VAR: German Delfino (ARG)
AVAR: Fernando Espinoza (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Sabrina Lois (ARG)
VAR Supervisor: Enrique Caceres (PAR)

UEFA Futsal Euro 2022 – Quarter-finals (Matches 27-28)

1 February 2022

Russia – Georgia
Referee 1: Ondrej Cerny (CZE, photo)
Referee 2: Jan Kresta (CZE)
Third Referee: Cristiano Santos (POR)
Timekeeper: Kamil Cetin (TUR)
Reserve AR: Miguel Castilho (POR)

Spain – Slovakia
Referee 1: Nicola Manzione (ITA)
Referee 2: Chiara Perona (ITA)
Third Referee: Vladimir Kadikov (RUS)
Timekeeper: Admir Zahovic (SVN)
Reserve AR: Petar Radojcic (SRB)

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – AFC (Round 3, Matchday 8)

1 February 2022

Syria – Korea
Referee: Ryuji Sato (JPN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jun Mihara (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Osamu Nomura (JPN)
Fourth Official: Yusuke Araki (JPN)
VAR: Jumpei Iida (JPN)
AVAR: Yusuke Araki (JPN)

Japan – Saudi Arabia
Referee: Ko Hyung-Jin (KOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yoon Jae-Yeol (KOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Park Sang-Jun (KOR)
Fourth Official: Kim Woo-Sung (KOR)
VAR: Kim Jong-Hyeok (KOR)
AVAR: Kim Dae-Yong (KOR)

Vietnam – China
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohamed Salman (BHR)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdulla Al-Rowaimi (BHR)
Fourth Official: Mohanad Sarray (IRQ)
VAR: Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN)
AVAR: Mohd Bin Yaacob (MAS)

Lebanon – Iraq
Referee: Adham Makhadmeh (JOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ahmed Al Roalle (JOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammad Al Kalaf (JOR)
Fourth Official: Hussain Yahia (LBN)
VAR: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (QAT)
AVAR: Saud Al-Adba (QAT)

Iran – UAE
Referee: Ahmed Al Kaf (OMA)
Assistant Referee 1: Abu Al Amri (OMA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rashid Al Ghaithi (OMA)
Fourth Official: Hettikamkanamge Perera (SRI)

Oman – Australia
Referee: Abdulla Mohammed (UAE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohamed Al-Hammadi (UAE)
Assistant Referee 2: Hasan Al-Mahri (UAE)
Fourth Official: Adel Al-Naqbi (UAE)
VAR: Khamis Al-Marri (QAT)
AVAR: Ilgiz Tantashev (UZB)

UEFA Futsal Euro 2022 – Quarter-finals (Matches 25-26)

31 January 2022

Portugal – Finland
Referee 1: Gabor Kovacs (HUN, photo)
Referee 2: Cedric Pelissier (FRA)
Third Referee: Vedran Babic (CRO)
Timekeeper: Victor Chaix (FRA)
Reserve AR: Nikola Jelic (CRO)

Kazakhstan – Ukraine
Referee 1: Juan Cordero Gallardo (ESP)
Referee 2: Alejandro Martinez Flores (ESP)
Third Referee: David Urdanoz Apezteguia (ESP)
Timekeeper: Grigori Osomkov (EST)
Reserve AR: Victor Bugenko (MDA)

AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022 – Quarter-finals

30 January 2022

Australia – Korea
Referee: Qin Liang (CHN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Fang Yan (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Xie Lijun (CHN)
Fourth Official: Pansa Chaisanit (THA)
VAR: Sivakorn Pu-Udom (THA)

Japan – Thailand
Referee: Casey Reibelt (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Ramina Tsoy (KGZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Joanna Charaktis (AUS)
Fourth Official: Ranjita Tekcham (IND)
VAR: Kate Jacewicz (AUS)

China – Vietnam
Referee: Jeong Oh-Hyeon (KOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Kyoung-Min (KOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Lee Seul-Gi (KOR)
Fourth Official: Kim Yu-Jeong (KOR)
VAR: Abdulla Al-Marri (QAT)

Chinese Taipei – Philippines
Referee: Thein Thein Aye (MYA)
Assistant Referee 1: Makoto Bozono (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Naomi Teshirogi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Edita Mirabidova (UZB)
VAR: Omar Al-Ali (UAE)

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – Concacaf (Round 3, Matchday 10)

30 January 2022

Canada – USA
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Luis Santander (MEX)
VAR: Fernando Hernandez (MEX)
AVAR: Ricardo Montero (CRC)

Mexico – Costa Rica
Referee: Said Martinez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Walter Lopez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Fourth Official: Raul Castro (HON)
VAR: Edvin Jurisevic (USA)
AVAR: Tristley Bassue (SKN)

Panama – Jamaica
Referee: Selvin Brown (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Henri Pupiro (NCA)
Assistant Referee 2: Keytzel Corrales (NCA)
Fourth Official: Melvin Matamoros (HON)
VAR: Eduardo Galvan (MEX)
AVAR: Jorge Perez (MEX)

Honduras – El Salvador
Referee: Juan Calderon (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: William Arrieta (CRC)
Fourth Official: Oliver Vergara (PAN)
VAR: Angel Monroy (MEX)
AVAR: Oscar Macias (MEX)

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2021 – Quarter-finals

29 January 2022
Gambia – Cameroon
Referee: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (BDI)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohammed Ibrahim (SDN)
Assistant Referee 2: Seydou Tiama (BFA)
Fourth Official: Boubou Traore (MLI)
VAR: Haythem Guirat (TUN)
AVAR 1: Lahlou Benbraham (ALG)
AVAR 2: Khalil Hassani (TUN)

Burkina Faso – Tunisia
Referee: Joshua Bondo (BOT)
Assistant Referee 1: Arsenio Marengula (MOZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Gilbert Cheruiyot (KEN)
Fourth Official: Peter Waweru (KEN)
VAR: Redouane Jiyed (MAR)
AVAR 1: Adil Zourak (MAR)
AVAR 2: Fatiha Jermoumi (MAR)

30 January 2022
Egypt – Morocco
Referee: Maguette N’Diaye (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Fourth Official: Sadok Selmi (TUN)
VAR: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
AVAR 1: Dahane Beida (MTN)
AVAR 2: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)

Senegal – Equatorial Guinea
Referee: Victor Gomes (RSA)
Assistant Referee 1: Zakhele Siwela (RSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Souru Phatsoane (LES)
Fourth Official: Daniel Laryea (GHA)
VAR: Mahmoud Ashour (EGY)
AVAR 1: Mahmoud El-Bana (EGY)
AVAR 2: Mahmoud El-Regal (EGY)

UEFA Futsal Euro 2022 – Group Stage (Matches 21-24)

29 January 2022

Georgia – Spain
Referee 1: Ondrej Cerny (CZE, photo)
Referee 2: Vedran Babic (CRO)
Third Referee: Cedric Pelissier (FRA)
Timekeeper: Vladimir Kadikov (RUS)

Azerbaijan – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee 1: Daniel Matkovic (SUI)
Referee 2: David Nissen (DEN)
Third Referee: Jan Kresta (CZE)
Timekeeper: Gabor Kovacs (HUN)

Slovakia – Croatia
Referee 1: Grigori Osomkov (EST)
Referee 2: Viktor Bugenko (MDA)
Third Referee: Nicola Manzione (ITA)
Timekeeper: Victor Chaix (FRA)

Russia – Poland
Referee 1: David Urdanoz Apezteguia (ESP)
Referee 2: Kamil Cetin (TUR)
Third Referee: Alejandro Martinez Flores (ESP)
Timekeeper: Chiara Perona (ITA)

Brazilian ARs with improvised flags in World Cup Qualifiers

A very unusual event occurred this week during the World Cup qualifier Chile – Argentina. The assistant referees of Anderson Daronco had to improvise due to an oversight in their match preparations. The detail seemed imperceptible, but it was exposed in a video taken during the match.
Brazilian referee Anderson Daronco was accompanied in Chile by his compatriots Fabricio Vilarinho and Rodrigo Correa as assistant referees, along with fourth official Flavio Rodrigues. Two other Brazilians, Rafael Traci and Pericles Bassols, were in the VAR room. When they arrived in the Chile they had everything ready, but before going to the stadium two of them made a mistake that they later fixed as best they could in order to start the game on time. 
The protagonists of the story were the assistant referees, Vilarinho and Correa, who forgot their flags at the hotel before heading to the field. They realized their error when they were already in the stadium, with the aggravating circumstance that they were there with just enough time to try to solve the problem and be able to start the match. 
In these circumstances of uncertainty, they took into consideration an alternative and ended up using it. They both asked for two sticks and tied two yellow safety vests. Despite the fact that the TV broadcast did not focus directly on the assistant referees, there was a moment that allowed the viewers to witness what happened. 
It was the 19th minute of the first half when the match was stopped due to a foul suffered by Angel Di María, the scorer of the first goal that put Argentina ahead. While the player stayed on the ground, it was possible to see how one of the assistant referees had the stick in his hand and the vest that replaced the flag can be seen in the TV image.
This situation immediately drew the attention of the refereeing community, since they are assistant referees who are used to important matches and have great experience, but this time the situation led them to look for an improvised "Plan B" to be able to go out on the field of play and assist the referee. In any case, the two ARs managed to fulfill their task despite the embarrassing detail. It also helped that there weren't any key plays that generated controversy related to offside or any instance where the referee had to go to them. However, CONMEBOL immediately suspended FIFA assistant referees Fabricio Vilarinho and Rodrigo Correa for 4 months due to "failing to comply with the requirements of their roles by not bringing the flags necessary to carry out their work and putting at risk the normal organization of the match”.

Source: Infobae

UEFA Futsal Euro 2022 – Group Stage (Matches 17-20)

28 January 2022

Slovenia – Finland
Referee 1: Cedric Pelissier (FRA, photo)
Referee 2: Victor Chaix (FRA)
Third Referee: Gabor Kovacs (HUN)
Timekeeper: Viktor Bugenko (MDA)

Kazakhstan – Italy
Referee 1: Cristiano Santos (POR)
Referee 2: Vladimir Kadikov (RUS)
Third Referee: Ondrej Cerny (CZE)
Timekeeper: Admir Zahovič (SVN)

Ukraine – Portugal
Referee 1: Alejandro Martinez Flores (ESP)
Referee 2: Juan Cordero Gallardo (ESP)
Third Referee: Grigori Osomkov (EST)
Timekeeper: Daniel Matkovic (SUI)

Netherlands – Serbia
Referee 1: Chiara Perona (ITA)
Referee 2: Nicola Manzione (ITA)
Third Referee: Kamil Cetin (TUR)
Timekeeper: David Nissen (DEN)

Kassai named new Head of Referees in Bulgaria

Five months after resigning his post as Head of Refereeing in Russia, Viktor Kassai is set to be named as Head of Referees in Bulgaria. György Ring, his trusted friend and colleague, will be going along with him as his #2. They will initially sign an 18-month contract.
Kassai was one of the longest serving FIFA elite referees prior to his retirement in January 2020. As a referee he made his debut in the First Division on 20 March 1999 in a match between Zalaegerszeg vs BVSC. He was added to the FIFA list of referees on 1 January 2003 and quickly worked his way up to the elite list. Thanks to his persistent hard work and excellence, Kassai made a name for himself on the world stage in 2007 when he refereed three matches at the U-20 World Cup and then even more so when he oversaw the Olympic football final in Beijing in 2008 and four matches at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, including the semi-final Spain-Germany. In 2011, he was given his most prestigious refereeing assignment, the Champions League final Barcelona - Manchester United at Wembley, making him the youngest ever referee of European football’s premier club football event at the age of just 35. That same year, IFFHS named him the best referee in the world. He also refereed at the 2006 Club World Cup and the 2012 and 2016 Euros. He was fourth official for the 2016 Euro final. He made history on 14 December 2016 when he became the first referee to use VAR to award a penalty kick in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final between Atletico of Columbia and the Kashima Antlers.
György Ring is considered to be the most successful Hungarian assistant referee in recent decades. Prior to his retirement he ran the line in 285 First Division fixtures and numerous elite-level international matches. In addition to the 2011 Champions League Final, he worked at two European Championships and the 2016 World Club Cup.

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – AFC (Round 3, Matchday 7)

27 January 2022

Iran – Iraq
Referee: Christopher Beath (AUS, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Shchetinin (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Ashley Beecham (AUS)
Fourth Official: Shaun Evans (AUS)

Australia – Vietnam
Referee: Ko Hyung-Jin (KOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yoon Jae-Yeol (KOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Park Sang-Jun (KOR)
Fourth Official: Kim Woo-Sung (KOR)
VAR: Kim Jong-Hyeok (KOR)
AVAR: Kim Dae-Yong (KOR)

Japan – China
Referee: Abdulrahman Al Jassim (QAT)
Assistant Referee 1: Taleb Al Marri (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Saoud Al-Maqaleh (QAT)
Fourth Official: Hettikamkanamge Perera (SRI)
VAR: Khamis Al-Marri (QAT)
AVAR: Saud Al-Adba (QAT)

Lebanon – Korea
Referee: Ahmed Al Kaf (OMA)
Assistant Referee 1: Abu Al Amri (OMA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rashid Al Ghaithi (OMA)
Fourth Official: Salman Falahi (QAT)
VAR: Adham Makhadmah (JOR)
AVAR: Ahmad Al-Ali (JOR)

UAE – Syria
Referee: Ilgiz Tantashev (UZB)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrei Sapenko (UZB)
Assistant Referee 2: Timur Gaynullin (UZB)
Fourth Official: Axrol Riskullayev (UZB)
VAR: Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN)
AVAR: Jumpei Iida (JPN)

Saudi Arabia – Oman
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohamed Salman (BHR)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdulla Al-Rowaimi (BHR)
Fourth Official: Mohanad Sarray (IRQ)
VAR: Abdulla Mohammed (UAE)
AVAR: Ammar Al-Jenaibi (UAE)

Concacaf: Hall leaves, Rizzoli interim technical advisor

Concacaf has today announced changes to its Refereeing Department, including that its Director of Refereeing, Brian Hall, will depart his role at the Confederation at the end of this month to take on new projects. He leaves his position with sincere thanks and best wishes from everyone at Concacaf, having made a very positive impact on refereeing in the region over many years.
Hall has held Concacaf’s top refereeing post for nine years across two separate stints (2010-2013 and 2016-2022) and over that time has worked extremely hard to train and develop referees across the region. In recent years he has been a major advocate for the development of women’s refereeing in Concacaf and has led the Confederation’s introduction of VAR in its competitions. In the coming months Concacaf will conduct a recruitment process for a new Head of Refereeing. In the interim, Concacaf has appointed the vastly experienced former Head of Refereeing for Italy’s Serie A, Nicola Rizzoli, as Technical Refereeing Advisor. Rizzoli will play a key role in assisting the Confederation to revamp its refereeing structures, programs and overall strategy to further develop refereeing in the region, and to elevate its stature globally. He joins Concacaf in an advisory capacity with a wealth of international experience. Rizzoli was from 2017 to 2021 Head of Refereeing for Serie A and a VAR Project Leader and VAR instructor for Italy’s top league. Since November 2021 he has been providing refereeing expertise to the Ukrainian Association of Football. He has also previously held roles at UEFA, including as a VAR instructor and UEFA Referee Panel Member. Prior to that, as a member of the FIFA International Referees List from 2007 to 2017, he refereed the FIFA Men’s World Cup Final 2014 between Argentina and Germany, and at multiple FIFA and UEFA competitions. Rizzoli was a Serie A referee from 2001 to 2017.
“On behalf of everyone at Concacaf and our Member Associations, I want to thank Brian Hall for his hard work and commitment to Concacaf refereeing over many years,” said Concacaf President and FIFA Vice President, Victor Montagliani. “Brian has demonstrated great dedication to Concacaf refereeing on and off the field. He has played a key role in the development of referees in our region for the best part of the past decade, and prior to that was a hugely successful referee in Major League Soccer and on the FIFA International List. We are sincerely grateful for his service to Concacaf and wish him well for the future,” added Montagliani. Speaking on the appointment of Nicola Rizzoli as Technical Refereeing Advisor for the Confederation, Montagliani added, “In Nicola Rizzoli we welcome someone with an outstanding international refereeing background as the Head of Refereeing and VAR Project Leader for Serie A and, prior to that, as a world-renowned referee on the field at FIFA World Cups, UEFA European Championships and in Serie A. He will support Concacaf and our MAs to further enhance our programs with the aim of taking refereeing to the next level in our region. Nicola will also offer guidance to our referees while we conduct a process to recruit a new Head of Refereeing for the Confederation.”

Source: Concacaf

FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers – CONMEBOL (Matchday 15)

27-28 January 2022

Chile – Argentina
Referee: Anderson Daronco (BRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Fabricio Vilarinho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rodrigo Correa (BRA)
Fourth Official: Flavio Rodrigues (BRA)
VAR: Rafael Traci (BRA)
AVAR: Pericles Bassols (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)
VAR Supervisor: Enrique Caceres (PAR)

Ecuador – Brazil
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: John Leon (COL)
Fourth Official: Carlos Betancur (COL)
VAR: Leodan Gonzalez (URU)
AVAR: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Referee Assessor: Ana Perez (PER)
VAR Supervisor: Patricio Polic (CHI)

Paraguay – Uruguay
Referee: Dario Herrera (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabriel Chade (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Facundo Rodriguez (ARG)
Fourth Official: Fernando Echenique (ARG)
VAR: German Delfino (ARG)
AVAR: Fernando Espinoza (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Angel Sanchez (ARG)
VAR Supervisor: Carlos Astroza (CHI)

Colombia – Peru
Referee: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jorge Urrego (VEN)
Fourth Official: Angel Arteaga (VEN)
VAR: Rodolpho Toski (BRA)
AVAR: Braulio Machado (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Sergio Correa (BRA)
VAR Supervisor: Rodolfo Otero (ARG)

Venezuela – Bolivia
Referee: Guillermo Guerrero (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Byron Romero (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Baren (ECU)
Fourth Official: Luis Quiroz (ECU)
VAR: Carlos Orbe (ECU)
AVAR: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Abraham Gonzalez (COL)
VAR Supervisor: Wilson Lamouroux (COL)

UEFA Futsal Euro 2022 – Group Stage (Matches 15-16)

26 January 2022

Bosnia and Herzegovina – Georgia
Referee 1: Kamil Cetin (TUR, photo)
Referee 2: Vedran Babic (CRO)
Third Referee: Daniel Matkovic (SUI)
Timekeeper: Juan Cordero Gallardo (ESP)

Spain – Azerbaijan
Referee 1: Miguel Castilho (POR)
Referee 2: Gabor Kovacs (HUN)
Third Referee: Petar Radojcic (SRB) 
Timekeeper: Grigori Osomkov (EST)

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

27 January 2022

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

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

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

Jamaica – Mexico
Referee: Ismael Cornejo (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose Mangandi (SLV)
Fourth Official: Walter Lopez (GUA)
VAR: Allen Chapman (USA)
AVAR: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

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

25 January 2022

Croatia – Russia
Referee 1: Victor Chaix (FRA, photo)
Referee 2: Cedric Pelissier (FRA)
Third Referee: Alejandro Martinez Flores (ESP)
Timekeeper: David Nissen (DEN)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24 January 2022

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

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

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

23 January 2022

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

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

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

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

Source: RFEF

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

23 January 2022

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

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

AFCON referee Waweru goes viral for bizarre running style

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

Source: SportsJoe

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

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

UEFA Referees Committee 2019-2023 (updated December 2021)

Roberto Rosetti (ITA/UEFA Chief Refereeing Officer)

Deputy Chairman
Hugh Dallas (SCO/UEFA Refereeing Officer)

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

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

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

Source: UEFA

German FIFA referee Zwayer received death threats

Zwayer claims he received an online death threat after Jude Bellingham called attention to his history of alleged match fixing. Bellingham, 18, held nothing back in an eye-opening post-match interview after Borussia Dortmund lost 3-2 at home to bitter rivals Bayern Munich in early December. The hosts were furious after Bayern were awarded a late penalty to win the match following a handball by Mats Hummels, with manager Marco Rose sent off for his vehement protests. Robert Lewandowski made no mistake from 12 yards to win Der Klassiker for the defending Bundesliga champions, who moved further clear at the top of the table. Tempers continued to flare after the final whistle and Bellingham made reference to match official Felix Zwayer's involvement in a notorious scandal which shamed German football in early 2005. The England international told ViaPlay: "You give a referee that, you know, has match-fixed before the biggest game in Germany, what do you expect? For me, it wasn't [a penalty]. He [Hummels] is not even looking at the ball and he's fighting to get it and it hits him. You can look at a lot of the decisions in the game."
Zwayer was suspended from refereeing for six months 17 years ago after an incident involving a former 2. Bundesliga referee, although his involvement was not proved. Robert Hoyzer took bribes to fix numerous games he officiated and Zwayer, while serving as his assistant referee, purportedly received €300 (£250) to favour minnows Wuppertaler SV during a fixture. Zwayer and three others later reported Hoyzer to the German Football Association, and the 40-year-old has subsequently rebuilt his career to become a FIFA and UEFA elite category referee. Bellingham, meanwhile, received a €40,000 (£33,000) fine for his fiery post-match comments, but the fallout from the interview is still unfolding.
Zwayer - who continues to deny his involvement in match fixing - claims he received a death threat and opened up on the toll it has taken on him and his wife during an interview with Sky Sport Germany. "A lot of messages have been received on my official email account that are incredible and that are also very difficult to handle," he said. "I was contacted by the Berlin police that there is a death threat against me on the Internet. These are things that I could not hide from my wife, especially because they got incredibly close to me." Zwayer added: "What happens when you are scheduled for an international game three days later... and try to say goodbye to the woman like the past 10 or 15 years and then you can see her burst into tears, not because she misses me when I'm away, but because she worries about me and maybe also about what happens at home. This is a situation that is very difficult to bear, to be honest."

Source: Mirror

UEFA Futsal Euro 2022 – Group Stage (Matches 5-8)

21 January 2022
Poland – Croatia
Referee 1: Eduardo Coelho (POR, photo)
Referee 2: Miguel Castilho (POR)
Third Referee: Stefan Vrijens (BEL)
Timekeeper: Ondrej Cerny (CZE)

Russia – Slovakia
Referee 1: Grigori Osomkov (EST)
Referee 2: Viktor Bugenko (MDA)
Third Referee: David Nissen (DEN)
Timekeeper: Chiara Perona (ITA)

22 January 2022
Georgia – Azerbaijan
Referee 1: Cedric Pelissier (FRA)
Referee 2: Daniel Matkovic (SUI)
Third Referee: Nikola Jelic (CRO)
Timekeeper: Vedran Babic (CRO)

Spain – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee 1: Nicola Manzione (ITA)
Referee 2: Chiara Perona (ITA)
Third Referee: Viktor Bugenko (MDA)
Timekeeper: Petar Radojcic (SRB)
Reserve AR: Eduardo Coelho (POR)

CAF Refereeing “Star Project”

FIFA and CAF signed historic Memorandum of Understanding to create world class African Referees. The MoU was signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and CAF President, Dr. Patrice Motsepe in Cairo, Egypt during the 13th CAF Extraordinary General Assembly. The anchor of the agreement is Refereeing “Star Project” – an initiative that aims to produce world class referees from the African continent and also contribute towards the development of referees in the 54 CAF Member Associations.
FIFA President Infantino said: “Refereeing is such an important element of football. We have to professionalise and elevate the level of refereeing in Africa and ensure that we have the referees that are in the best conditions. This historic MoU is just an example of how FIFA and CAF can work together to raise the standards of the different aspects of football in this great continent.”
CAF President, Dr. Patrice Motsepe said: “Africa is embarking on a journey that will see this continent play a very impactful role in global football. We are clear, Africa must be the best and must produce the best; not just players, but administrators but also referees. We want to see African referees officiating in the FIFA World Cup finals and we want to see our match officials excelling. As CAF, we are fully backing the talent we have in Africa and the qualities of referees. With this partnership with FIFA, we are taking practical steps to move in that bold direction.” He thanked FIFA President for the support: “We are grateful to have a FIFA President who is deeply committed to our cause – the cause to advance the development of football.”
FIFA Chairman of Referees, Pierluigi Collina made a presentation to the Extraordinary General Assembly on the FIFA ‘Refereeing Star Project’. He said: “FIFA is dedicated to supporting the African refereeing stars of today, but also to develop the CAF refereeing stars of tomorrow. To achieve that, FIFA and CAF want to identify 24 top candidates from across Africa, men and women, to participate in this project. We strongly believe that these referees will not only further professionalise refereeing in Africa, but they will also give something back to the young referees in their member association so, in a way, they can eventually become the instructors themselves.”

Source: CAF

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2021 – Group Stage (Matches 33-36)

20 January 2022

Cote d’Ivoire – Algeria
Referee: Victor Gomes (RSA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Zakhele Siwela (RSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Souru Phatsoane (LES)
Fourth Official: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (BDI)
VAR: Haythem Guirat (TUN)
AVAR: Dahane Beida (MTN)

Sierra Leone – Equatorial Guinea
Referee: Mohamed Maarouf (EGY)
Assistant Referee 1: Mahmoud El-Regal (EGY)
Assistant Referee 2: Ahmed Hossam (EGY)
Fourth Official: Mahmoud El-Bana (EGY)
VAR: Mahmoud Ashour (EGY)
AVAR: Ahmed El-Ghandour (EGY)

Mali – Mauritania
Referee: Bernard Camille (SEY)
Assistant Referee 1: Seydou Tiama (BFA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lionel Hasinjarasoa (MAD)
Fourth Official: Maguette N’Diaye (SEN)
VAR: Adil Zourak (Morocco)
AVAR: Zakaria Brinsi (Morocco)

Gambia – Tunisia
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Soulaimane Amaldine (COM)
Assistant Referee 2: Liban Abdourazak (DJI)
Fourth Official: Mario Escobar (GUA)
VAR: Lahlou Benbraham (ALG)
AVAR: Fatiha Jermoumi (MAR)

Concacaf to use VAR in 2022

Following the successful implementation of VAR in the 2021 Concacaf Nations League Finals, the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup, and the latter stages of the 2021 Concacaf Champions League, the Confederation has confirmed that it will implement the technology in several of its men’s and women’s competitions throughout 2022.
Concacaf has been working for the past three years towards introducing VAR in its competitions with multiple training and development opportunities for elite referees in our region. Despite the challenges caused by the public health situation, which delayed the progress in this area considerably due to leagues, competitions, and physical training camps being suspended for significant periods of time, Concacaf, with the support of its Member Associations, has been working to organize certification courses to fully implement VAR in its competitions. As part of this process, in May of 2021, Concacaf hosted an elite VAR course in Costa Rica for referees from across the region. This course included 40 competitive matches played solely for the purposes of VAR training and development. For 2022, Concacaf can now confirm it has a large enough pool of VAR qualified referees, and VAR certified venues, which provide the Confederation with the resources to further implement the technology in men’s and women's tournaments taking place during the year:
  • Concacaf’s Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 (January and March 2022)
  • 2022 Concacaf Men’s U-20 Championship
  • 2022 Concacaf Champions League
  • 2022 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship
  • 2022 Concacaf Women’s Championship

Source: Concacaf

Italian referee 'facing a lengthy ban' for costing AC Milan three points

Italian referee Marco Serra is reportedly facing a lengthy suspension after costing AC Milan all three points in their shock defeat by Spezia on Monday. With the game finely poised at 1-1 in stoppage time, Milan pushed for victory and came within inches of taking the lead with Ante Rebic slipped the ball through to Junior Messias inside the box. But as Messias curled the ball into the net, Serra blew his whistle and called for play to be brought back following a foul on Rebic before the ball was played to Messias.
Milan's players furiously swarmed the match official, who immediately put his hands up to apologise for his huge blunder, leaving the score to stay at 1-1 and Milan without a late go-ahead goal.
Only around two seconds passed between the foul and the shot, but no advantage was played, with the controversy multiplying when Spezia went up the other end to score a 96th-minute winner.
And now, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Serra is facing a 'lengthy suspension' for his performance at the San Siro. While a usual suspension for a poor prerformance from referees is two games, Gazzetta dello Sport are claiming Serra could be handed a bigger punishment. AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli revealed Serra apologised to him and his players after the game. Speaking to DAZN after the game, Pioli said: 'I tried to calm my players down, but I didn't manage as Spezia's goal proves. 'We knew it was an injustice, we have ourselves to blame, but we share responsibility with the referee. I am sorry to say that. He even apologised, maybe that wasn't even a fault. It's a shame. However, we should have scored more goals in the first half, it's a bad night and we must react now.' It was a damaging defeat for Milan, who would have gone top with a win but instead remain two points behind leaders Inter Milan, who have a game in hand.

Source: Daily Mail

FIFA Club World Cup 2021

The FIFA Referees Committee has announced the match officials who will be in charge at the forthcoming FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021. Five refereeing trios and one support referee will officiate the matches. FIFA has also selected seven more video match officials to operate as VARs and AVARs during the tournament. All of the selected match officials will complete their final preparations in the United Arab Emirates a few days before the first match kicks off. The FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2021 will be played from 3 to 12 February 2022. (Source: FIFA)

Referee: Christopher Beath (AUS, 1984, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Shchetinin (AUS, 1986)
Assistant Referee 2: Ashley Beecham (AUS, 1988)
VAR: Ammar Al-Jeneibi (UAE, 1982)

Referee: Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG, 1985)
Assistant Referee 1: Mokrane Gourari (ALG, 1983)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG, 1981)

Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX, 1983)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Morin (MEX, 1980)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX, 1977)
VAR: Drew Fischer (CAN, 1980)

Referee: Fernando Rapallini (ARG, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Bellati (ARG, 1979)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Bonfa (ARG, 1977)
Video Assistant Referees
1. Nicolas Gallo (COL, 1986)
2. Mauro Vigliano (ARG, 1975)

Support Referee: David Yareboinen (PNG, 1991)

Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA, 1982)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA, 1980)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA, 1972)
Video Assistant Referees
1. Willy Delajod (FRA, 1992)
2. Massimiliano Irrati (ITA, 1979)
3. Pol van Boekel (NED, 1975)

Referee Assessors
1. Oscar Ruiz (COL)
2. Valentin Ivanov (RUS)

UEFA Futsal Euro 2022 – Group Stage (Matches 1-4)

19 January 2022
Serbia – Portugal
Referee 1: Nikola Jelic (CRO, photo)
Referee 2: Chiara Perona (ITA)
Third Referee: Vedran Babic (CRO)
Timekeeper: David Nissen (DEN)
Reserve AR: Nicola Manzione (ITA)

Netherlands – Ukraine
Referee 1: Ondrej Cerny (CZE)
Referee 2: Jan Kresta (CZE)
Third Referee: Juan Cordero Gallardo (ESP)
Timekeeper: Daniel Matkovic (SUI)
Reserve AR: Alejandro Martinez Flores (ESP)

20 January 2022
Kazakhstan – Slovenia
Referee 1: Cedric Pelissier (FRA)
Referee 2: Victor Chaix (FRA)
Third Referee: Marc Birkett (ENG)
Timekeeper: Eduardo Coelho (POR)

Italy – Finland
Referee 1: Vladimir Kadikov (RUS)
Referee 2: Petar Radojcic (SRB)
Third Referee: Gabor Kovacs (HUN)
Timekeeper: Nikola Jelic (CRO)

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2021 – Group Stage (Matches 31-32)

19 January 2022

Guinea Bissau – Nigeria
Referee: Peter Waweru (KEN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Gilbert Cheriyot (KEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Arsenio Marengula (MOZ)
Fourth Official: Redouane Jiyed (MAR)
VAR: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
AVAR: Samir Guezzaz (MAR)

Egypt – Sudan
Referee: Joshua Bondo (BOT)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
Assistant Referee 2: James Emile (SEY)
Fourth Official: Helder Martins (ANG)
VAR: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
AVAR: Bouchra Karboubi (MAR)

UEFA Futsal Euro 2022

Netherlands, 19 January – 6 February 2022

1. Stefan Vrijens (BEL, 1980)
2. Borislav Kolev (BUL, 1979)
3. Vedran Babic (CRO, 1987)
4. Nikola Jelic (CRO, 1982)
5. Ondrej Cerny (CZE, 1979, photo)
6. Jan Kresta (CZE, 1980)
7. David Nissen (DEN, 1986)
8. Marc Birkett (ENG, 1978)
9. Juan Cordero Gallardo (ESP, 1978)
10. Alejandro Martinez Flores (ESP, 1977)
11. Grigori Osomkov (EST, 1985)
12. Victor Berg-Audic (FRA, 1985)
13. Cedric Pelissier (FRA, 1976)
14. Gabor Kovacs (HUN, 1978)
15. Nicola Manzione (ITA, 1983)
16. Chiara Perona (ITA, 1987)
17. Viktor Bugenko (MDA, 1980)
18. Miguel Castilho (POR, 1982)
19. Eduardo Coelho (POR, 1979)
20. Vladimir Kadikov (RUS, 1984)
21. Petar Radojcic (SRB, 1981)
22. Admir Zahovic (SVN, 1982)
23. Daniel Matkovic (SUI, 1989)
24. Kamil Cetin (TUR, 1984)

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2021 – Group Stage (Matches 27-30)

18 January 2022

Zimbabwe – Guinea
Referee: Salima Mukansanga (RWA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Fatiha Jermoumi (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Lahcen Azgaou (MAR)
Fourth Official: Jean Ndala Ngambo (COD)
VAR: Bouchra Karboubi (MAR)
AVAR: Mohammed Ibrahim (SDN)

Malawi – Senegal
Referee: Blaise Ngwa (CMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Elvis Noupue (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Carine Atezambong (CMR)
Fourth Official: Daniel Laryea (GHA)
VAR: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)
AVAR: Mokrane Gourari (ALG)

Gabon – Morocco
Referee: Dahane Beida (MTN)
Assistant Referee 1: Attia Amsaaed (LIB)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Komba (TAN)
Fourth Official: Maguette N’Diaye (SEN)
VAR: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)
AVAR: Khalil Hassani (TUN)

Ghana – Comoros
Referee: Boubou Traore (MLI)
Assistant Referee 1: Mahamadou Yahaya (NIG)
Assistant Referee 2: Issa Yaya (CHA)
Fourth Official: Issa Sy (SEN)
VAR: Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG)
AVAR: Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG)

Lamolina dynasty: three generations of a referee family

The relationship between Argentine football and the name Lamolina dates back a long time and does not refer only to the recent performances. Current FIFA referee Nicolas Lamolina (39) is the son of the well-known referee of the '80s and '90s, Francisco Lamolina, who is remembered for his permissive refereeing style (opposite to that of Javier Castrilli, the other Argentine referee leader in those years ) and because he “patented” the advantage signal, running with both arms extended forward.
Likewise, the Lamolina dynasty has three generations in refereeing. Nicolas' grandfather and Pancho's father (who was also named Francisco) was a First Division referee between 1954 and 1959.

Source: Ole

CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2021 – Group Stage (Matches 25-26)

17 January 2022

Cape Verde – Cameroon
Referee: Sadok Selmi (TUN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Khalil Hassani (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammed Ibrahim (SDN)
Fourth Official: Helder Martins (ANG)
VAR: Haythem Guirat (TUN)
AVAR: Ahmed Hossam (EGY)

Burkina Faso – Ethiopia
Referee: Ahmad Heeralall (MRI)
Assistant Referee 1: Mostafa Akarkad (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Samuel Pwadutakam (NGA)
Fourth Official: Bernard Camille (SEY)
VAR: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)
AVAR: Lahlou Benbraham (ALG)

Lea Campos battled prejudice and patriarchy to become a referee

In 1971 Brazil, most people would think long and hard before going anywhere near General Emilio Garrastazu Medici. The country's then-president was a fearsome figure whose brutally repressive military rule relied on systematic torture and the assassination of dissenters. But Lea Campos was about to go and see him. Campos believed Medici could help in her power struggle with Brazil's sporting authorities - led by the all-powerful Joao Havelange, who would soon become president of world football governing body FIFA.
Four years earlier, Campos had qualified as a referee. She was one of the first women in the world to do so, but the CBD, the authority that ruled over all sport in Brazil, refused to let her work. The South American country was one of many where organised women's football was banned; England was another. As a matter of fact, legislation passed in 1941 excluded women in Brazil from a series of sports. Havelange, who had presided over the CBD since 1958, believed that the ban also applied for refereeing. According to Campos, he made his views quite clear. "Havelange first told me that women's bodies weren't suitable for refereeing men's games," Campos, now 77, tells BBC Sport. "He later said that things like having periods would make my life difficult. He ended up insisting that women would not be referees for as long as he was in charge." It was not the first time Campos found herself battling for a break into the sport she loved.
Born in 1945 in Abaete, a small town in the south-eastern Brazilin state of Minas Gerais, Campos became interested in football at an early age and fondly remembers kicking improvised bundles made of socks. She faced discouragement from all sides. "I was always trying to play football with the boys at school, but teachers would stop me and say it wasn't appropriate," she recalls. "As for my parents, they also said that it wasn't something for a lady to be involved with." Her mother and father nudged her into beauty pageants instead. She would routinely win the contests and, ironically enough, one of her triumphs, in 1966, ended up helping her land a job in public relations with top flight side Cruzeiro. Campos travelled with the team all over the country, her interest in football rekindled. And then it dawned on her. Maybe there was a way for her to get more involved in the game after all. "If I tried to play, it would have been impossible to get support for the cause, as it was actually illegal for women to do it at that time," she says. "But being a referee was a way to get in. There was nothing specifically against it in the law - women were banned from kicking a ball, but there was no mention of blowing whistles."
In 1967, Campos enrolled on an eight-month refereeing course and passed in August. But she may not have been the first woman in the world to do so - identifying football's first female referee is harder than first appears. In 2018 it was reported that FIFA had recognised a Turkish woman, Drahsan Arda, as the first, in a letter sent to her. Arda received her referee's licence in November 1967, taking charge of her first match in June 1968. She sent supporting documentation to FIFA and received a reply, which FIFA says was misinterpreted; it simply recognised she was one of football's first female referees. Another candidate has recently been brought to its attention - Ingrid Holmgren, a Swedish woman who is believed to have qualified in 1966. Then there is Edith Klinger, an Austrian thought to have worked as a referee in 1935. FIFA does not feel able to say with certainty who was the first but it acknowledges the importance of researching this and is keen to help investigate further. What can be said definitively is that Campos was one of the first. But qualifying from her course was just the start of a long battle with the patriarchy of the CBD. After she finished her studies, they refused to give her a licence, claiming the legislation that banned female footballers in Brazil also banned female officials. "I sought legal advice and was assured that there was nothing in the text that made that distinction," Campos says. "But the authorities did not want to listen." What followed were years spent pleading her case with the CBD and Havelange. She sought to raise awareness by organising friendly matches where she could officiate, some involving women players, which were often broken up by police. In times of severe repression in Brazil such 'dissent' wasn't taken lightly; Campos claims she was arrested "at least 15 times". But in 1971 she received a letter that gave her extra energy to fight her cause: an invitation to participate in the unofficial Women's World Cup in Mexico. She did not want to let the chance pass, but needed to get past Havelange, until then an unmovable obstacle. The only way was to resort to a superior power. For a second time, Campos' beauty pageant past came to her aid.
One of the many beauty contests Campos had won was 'Army Queen' for the Minas Gerais region. She pleaded with a local commander to help her secure an audience with President Medici, who was soon to visit the state capital, Belo Horizonte. She was granted three minutes. She told him she needed him to overrule Havelange. "Medici looked at me and said he'd like me to meet him at the presidential palace in Brasilia in a couple of days," Campos says. "Needless to say, I was scared. We were under a dictatorship, and I was challenging the system. Thoughts of being arrested or 'disappearing' raced through my mind." Campos duly flew to Brasilia and was received by Medici for lunch. To her astonishment, he delivered her a letter requesting Havelange grant her refereeing licence. The general also made a surprise revelation: she had fans in the president's inner circle. "One of Medici's sons followed my career very closely and even had a scrapbook with pictures and newspaper articles about me," she says. "His collection was even bigger than mine!" Perhaps that was the reason behind Medici agreeing to pull rank on Havelange. Either way, not even the larger-than-life future FIFA president would dare to question his orders. In July 1971, Havelange called a press conference and said that following "a change of heart" Campos would now be allowed to work as a referee. Campos adds: "He even made a speech to the press saying he was honoured to announce that Brazil would have the world's first female referee and that it was happening on his watch." A few weeks later, she travelled to Mexico, but unfortunately fell ill with the effects of altitude in Mexico City and was not fit to referee. When she got back home, she was finally clear to do her work, but having a licence did not protect her from prejudice.
Most of the 98 games officiated by Campos were lower division matches, all over Brazil, in which the presence of a female of referee was sold as some kind of exotic attraction. Intimidation and sexism were a constant presence in her work - newspapers printed several cartoons of dubious taste. One of them suggested players would be aroused by a female referee. She recalls an under-23 fixture between bitter state rivals Cruzeiro and Atletico Mineiro in 1972. "Before the match, an Atletico director approached me and lifted his shirt," Campos says. "I could see he had a gun. Cruzeiro won 4-0 and after the game I saw the same man in the tunnel. I asked him if he still wanted to shoot me. Instead, he gave me a hug and said I'd had a good game." On the whole, Campos says, she wasn't treated any differently than a male referee. "OK, sometimes players would get a bit angry," she adds. "There was one who refused to leave the pitch when I sent him off. There were other occasions when players would tell each other off for swearing in front of me. Most of the time I felt really respected." She was also happy. But then came a horrible, life-changing accident.
In 1974, Campos was traveling on a bus that ploughed into the back of a lorry. She suffered horrific injuries to her left leg, which barely escaped amputation. To add some bitter irony to the accident, the bus she was traveling on belonged to a company owned by the Havelange family. Campos underwent more than 100 surgeries and spent two years in a wheelchair. Part of her treatment took place in New York, where she met Luis Eduardo Medina, a Colombian sportswriter whom she would marry in the 1990s, moving to the United States. In America, she reinvented her life as a confectioner and found particular success among the Brazilian expat community in the New York and New Jersey area. In later years, her health deteriorated, and she had two heart attacks. But her most difficult time came in May 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic struck: her husband Luis lost his job and the couple had severe financial difficulties. At one point, they had to live in a friend's house as they'd become homeless. It was then that a crowdfunding campaign among Brazilian referees raised enough money for Campos and her husband to rent an apartment in New Jersey. They are weathering the storm for now.m"What they did was beautiful, and I am really grateful," Campos says. "It made me think that all my struggle wasn't in vain and that I have left a legacy." She also speaks with pride when considering how women referees are gaining ground in the game. She "punched the air" when French referee Stephanie Frappart became the first woman to officiate a men's UEFA match in 2020. "I felt Stephanie's success was a victory for me too," Campos adds." It dawned on me that everything I went through was worthwhile. I felt like an old tree that could still bear fruit." She also feels Frappart's landmark was long overdue. Women referees may have come a long way since the 1970s, but Campos still believes there is a lot of prejudice around. "Why has there never been a woman officiating a men's World Cup game?" she asks. "I really expected things to have evolved a bit more. Men and women referees go through the same rigorous training so why keep them apart? It's ridiculous."

Source: BBC