Clattenburg appointed Head of Refereeing in Egypt

The Egypt FA introduced Clattenburg in a press conference on Thursday, one day after his appointment as the head of a new committee to develop Egyptian referees. “My target is to have an Egyptian referee at the World Cup,” Clattenburg told the press conference. “It is difficult to evaluate the performance of the Egyptian referees as I was not here for a long time,” the Englishman said. “I will follow the upcoming league games and I will evaluate the referees’ performance and statistics,” he added. “We will have a training programme for the referees with coaches from FIFA to prepare them for the coming period,” Clattenburg announced. Clattenburg is one of the most decorated English referees, having officiated in the Premier League for 13 years. He also took charge of a number of high-profile games in Europe, including the Euro 2016 final and the Champions League final in the same year.
Despite the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology in Egyptian football, the referees have come under fire from the majority of Premier League clubs this season. “One of the problems that I suffered from in Greece was the VAR, as there is always a problem between the referee and the VAR official,” Clattenburg said. Many contentious decisions have dominated headlines, with Cairo giants Ahly repeatedly asking for foreign referees to take charge of their respective games. The EFA said it would allow foreigners to officiate domestic games as long as the concerned clubs cover all expenses. “The referee needed a long time to review the decision, but that will be changed as he will only have 33 seconds to review the situation,” the Englishman added. “In Egypt we will need a learning programme to reduce the mistakes,” Clattenburg concluded.
In early 2017, Clattenburg left the Premier League and replaced fellow Englishman Howard Webb as the head of Saudi Arabia's refereeing committee. Two years later, he became a professional referee in China and then moved to Greece.

Source: Ahram

UEFA U-19 Euro Final 2022: Nobre (POR)

1 July 2022

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

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

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

Source: AP

Concacaf U-20 Championship 2022 – Quarter-finals

28 June 2022
USA – Costa Rica
Referee: Oshane Nation (JAM, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Ojay Duhaney (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Kevon Clarke (BRB)
Fourth Official: Daneon Parchment (JAM)
VAR: Tristley Bassue (SKN)
AVAR: Benjamin Whitty (CAY)

Honduras – Panama
Referee: Marco Ortiz (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Helpys Feliz (DOM)
Assistant Referee 2: Iroots Appleton (ATG)
Fourth Official: Drew Fischer (CAN)
VAR: Angel Monroy (MEX)
AVAR: Ismael Cornejo (SLV)

29 June 2022
Dominican Republic – Jamaica
Referee: Reon Radix (GRN)
Assistant Referee 1: Christopher Wattam (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Humberto Panjoj (GUA)
Fourth Official: Bryan Lopez (GUA)
VAR: Chris Penso (USA)
AVAR: Pierre-Luc Lauziere (CAN)

Guatemala – Mexico
Referee: Said Martinez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Shirley Perello (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Walter Lopez (HON)
Fourth Official: Ivan Barton (SLV)
VAR: Ismael Cornejo (SLV)
AVAR: Benjamin Whitty (CAY)

Rocchi inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame

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

Source: AIA

UEFA Women’s U-19 Euro 2022

Czech Republic, 27 June - 9 July 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

UEFA U-19 Euro 2022 – Semi-finals

28 June 2022

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

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

FIFA U-20 World Cup Play-off

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

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

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

Source: Daily Mail

CONMEBOL Libertadores 2022 – Round of 16 (First Leg)

28-30 June 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2022 – Round of 16 (First Leg)

28-30 June 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Concacaf Women’s Championship 2022

Mexico, 4-18 July 2022

1. Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (CAN, photo)
2. Myriam Marcotte (CAN)
3. Marianela Araya (CRC)
4. Astrid Gramajo (GUA)
5. Melissa Borjas (HON)
6. Odette Hamilton (JAM)
7. Katia Garcia (MEX)
8. Francia Gonzalez (MEX)
9. Tatiana Guzman (NCA)
10. Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)
11. Tori Penso (USA)

Assistant Referees
1. Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
2. Ivette Santiago (CUB)
3. Iris Vail (GUA)
4. Lourdes Noriega (HON)
5. Shirley Perello (HON)
6. Jassett Kerr (JAM)
7. Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
8. Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
9. Mayte Chavez (MEX)
10. Karen Diaz (MEX)
11. Sandra Ramirez (MEX)
12. Lidia Ayala (SLV)
13. Mijensa Rensch (SUR)
14. Felisha Mariscal (USA)
15. Brooke Mayo (USA)
16. Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)

Video Assistant Referees
1. Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)
2. Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
3. Marianela Araya (CRC)
4. Melissa Borjas (HON)
5. Shirley Perello (HON)
6. Odette Hamilton (JAM)
7. Stephanie Yee Sing (JAM)
8. Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
9. Mayte Chavez (MEX)
10. Karen Diaz (MEX)
11. Francia Gonzalez (MEX)
12. Sandra Ramirez (MEX)
13. Tatiana Guzman (NCA)
14. Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)
15. Felisha Mariscal (USA)
16. Brooke Mayo (USA)
17. Kathryn Nesbitt (USA)
18. Tori Penso (USA)

Referee Assessors
1. Leonel Leal (CRC)
2. Jeffrey Solis (CRC)
3. Jose Camargo (MEX)
4. Esfandiar Baharmast (USA)

Referee Technical Instructors
1. Michelle Pye (CAN)
2. Hector Vergara (CAN)

Referee Fitness Instructors
1. Kelesha Antoine (ATG)
2. Alan Brown Morgan (CRC)

FIFA World Cup 2022 Referee Seminar (UEFA)

The referees selected for the World Cup in Qatar, including six Spaniards, have completed the last FIFA seminar before the “most important event of the year” at the facilities of the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). It was held over 3 days at the Ciudad del Futbol in Las Rozas, with the presence of all the European referees, assistants and VARs selected for the World Cup.
According to a statement issued by the Spanish organization, the head of the FIFA Referee Department, Massimo Busacca, thanked the RFEF and its Technical Referees Committee (CTA) for their help in organizing the last course before the World Cup in Qatar. “We must give many thanks to the Spanish Federation and its team that gave us everything we needed to prepare the most important event in the world. We know the center and it is difficult to find something better than what is here”, said Busacca. On the other hand, Busacca referred to the state of the referees. “They are fine, they are hungry, same as for a player this is the most important event for a referee”. In addition, he valued the level of the Spanish referees. “The Spanish championship is very important and needs good referees. If they are there it is because they are very good”. A thank you to which the president of the CTA, Luis Medina Cantalejo, has reciprocated, assuring that it is “an honor” that FIFA looks at the RFEF VOR facilities “to make this course so important that it is the last one before the World Cup. They have received one hundred percent of support from the RFEF and CTA. It is a pride for us that six Spanish referees are going to the World Cup”, concluded the head of Spanish refereeing. The six Spanish officials selected by FIFA are Antonio Mateu Lahoz, Pau Cebrian Devis and Roberto Diaz Perez as trio on the field, and Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez, Juan Martinez Munuera and Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea to act as VARs.

Polish referee made grovelling apology in Leeds dressing room

A referee made such a huge error in a Champions League match between Leeds and Real Madrid he came into the dressing room to apologise afterwards. At Elland Road in 2001, the two group-toppers faced off in what was a game to decide who would go through first and second. Alan Smith got the hosts off to a good start with a goal on six minutes. But just a minute later, the La Liga giants brought the game level when striker Raul put the ball home with his hand. But despite the goal being a clear foul, referee Ryszard Wojcik did not see the incident and the goal stood. Real went on to win the game 3-2 and ended up topping the group.
Leeds, however, were furious with what happened - though a sheepish Wojcik did go in and apologise to David O’Leary's men after the match. Their match report - still active on their official site - reads: "A calamitous boob by apologetic referee Ryszard Wojcik had a major hand in United's 3-2 Champions League defeat by Real Madrid, leaving manager David O'Leary in a philosophical mood. The Polish official trooped into the Leeds dressing room after the final whistle to hold his hands up to his first -half blunder that allowed the current European champions to equalise just a minute after Alan smith had put Leeds ahead as early as the sixth minute. Raul's blatant handball was evident to all in the Bernabeu, except the one man who counted and then to make matters worse a freak bounce on a shot from Luis Figo deceived Nigel Martyn to put Real ahead shortly before half-time." The Leeds boss said: "The first goal is a handball, the second is a freak and we should have had a penalty at the end when Alan Smith got his toes stood on in the box. It takes a big man to come in and admit that he made a mistake of that magnitude. But the referee did that and he apologised for it. He said he did not see it and if he didn't see it, he couldn't give the decision." Real coach Del Bosque said: "I don't want to talk about the referee. I don't talk about referees. You will have to ask Raul.”

Source: Daily Star

Bastien voted best Ligue 1 referee

Every year, French referees receive their honors during the UNFP Trophies Award. This year, Benoit Bastien was voted best Ligue 1 referee, while Cyril Gringore (best Ligue 1 assistant), Olivier Thual (best Ligue 2 referee) and Stephane Vignatelli (best Ligue 2 assistant) were also rewarded. This is the first trophy of his career for the 39-year-old referee.
Benoît Bastien did not forget his colleagues during his acceptance speech. “I want to dedicate this individual trophy to all the referees. It is the work of a whole team, that of the refereeing team. It rewards the results of a successful season for French refereeing in Ligue 2 and Ligue 1, but also internationally with increasingly important performances and appointments”, said Bastien, who notably recalled that French referees were present in the quarter-finals of all European competitions, a Europa League semi-final and reached its highest point with the Champions League final. Clement Turpin has been appointed by UEFA to referee the final between Liverpool and Real Madrid at the Stade de France – a first in 36 years for a Frenchman – where he was accompanied by his Nicolas Danos and Cyril Gringore, as assistants, and… Benoît Bastien as fourth official.

Source: UNFP

Ghandour, 20 years later: "The performance of my assistants was disastrous, but I am not responsible”

Gamal Al-Ghandour is not easy to locate. Egypt is a giant country, and the referee of the controversial South Korea-Spain match of the World Cup 2002 (0-0 and defeat on penalties) is a very popular and requested face. And not only because of those mistakes that prevented our team from reaching the semi-finals of the Asian event. Al-Ghandour and the journalist have known each other for years - the day after the game I interviewed him at Narita airport (Tokyo). There is confidence and, once put into action, the former Egyptian referee has no problem talking about what he considers "excellent refereeing". So, he repeats it to us 20 years later. Two decades are celebrated on 22 June. 20 years that are remembered with rage here, since Spain, led by Jose Antonio Camacho, fell just short of the top four in the Korean/Japanese World Cup.
After a few calls, we found Gamal in a hotel in Cairo, where he was attending a commitment from his current occupation as a commentator for BeIn Sports. "The one in Korea - he tells us - was my second World Cup, after refereeing three games in France 98. And I think that in 2002 I had a better performance, always clarifying the following: I speak of my own decisions, of what I decided, without taking responsibility for my assistants.” The architects of that outrage were the Ugandan assistant Ali Tomusange and the main artist, the one who signalled for goal kick after Joaquin's cross, the legendary Michael Ragoonath, from Trinidad and Tobago. "The truth is that the performance of the two assistants was disastrous", shoots Al-Ghandour. “The only debatable play was Morientes' goal”. Already in extra time (0-0), in the second minute, the most scandalous play came. The disallowed goal for Morientes, which would have led to the Spanish victory, as Ragoonath considered that Joaquin's ball had gone off the field. "The mistakes of my assistants should not be counted towards my performance," Gamal insists. Not everything was there. There were three very dubious offsides by Joaquin (minute 99), Morientes (110') and Mendieta (113') - the first two had been left alone against the goalkeeper - that ended with one last decision: the extra time ends in 120', when Spain was about to take a corner. Since then, Ghandour has not spoken or heard from his assistants: " I haven't heard from them again. I think the Ugandan was in the African Referees Committee, but I didn't know anything else. Curiously, two days after the game, we had a meeting with FIFA and it was agreed that my only mistake, as referee, was not to give the red card to the Spaniard [De Pedro or Mendieta, he doesn't remember] for a violent tackle when I only awarded a yellow card”.
The Spanish fans will always remember his refereeing. 20 years later, not a single Spaniard with a certain football memory will forget what, for many, was a "historic robbery". Al-Ghandour tells us: "In 2019 I visited Spain for a TV program and I think that, since then, my public image in this country changed and the Spanish could see that I was not wrong and that the mistakes were clearly made by my assistants. I think the perception of La Roja fans changed after that program." Al-Ghandour refers to the documentary series 'The Others', with Antoni Daimiel, which Movistar broadcasted in 2019. "I was with Lopez Nieto - the Spanish referee in the 2002 World Cup - and we explained the mistakes that were made in that game. We discussed all the controversial actions and people are no longer against me... or at least I think so. In fact, in that same World Cup, in the Spain-Paraguay match, I gave them a penalty, and nobody remembers that... but only everything that happened against Korea. It didn't look like a penalty and only I saw it. The images later showed that it was a penalty against Raul," says Gamal. Spain won 3-1 and that penalty was the last Spanish goal (Hierro). "The Spanish - says Al-Ghandour - cannot blame me for that defeat against Korea, because, before the end of the game, they had several clear chances. They could have won before reaching the penalty shoot-out. In a game only the referee is judged, but sometimes we cannot support the decisions of our assistants. I confirm myself: I did an excellent refereeing. In fact, FIFA gave me a score of 8.7 out of 10 that day. Analyzing the plays - he continues -, for me there is only one debatable decision and that is the disallowed goal, since Joaquin's cross did not leave the field. That is the main point of discussion". It was so serious that, since that game, FIFA modified the criteria in the appointment of the refereeing trios. Since then, the three referees, plus the fourth official, are usually from the same country to facilitate communication and rapport between them and to avoid that explosive mixture of an Egyptian, an Ugandan and a Trinidadian, which cost Spain their elimination. "Of course, with VAR, there would have been no mistake and perhaps Spain would have reached the semi-finals," Gamal points out. Al-Ghandour keeps the shirt from that match. Marca asked him to show it in a photograph, but Gamal thought it was... too much: "I'm proud of what I did, personally, in that match, but I don't want to stir up the susceptibility of the Spanish fans, who can start to remember it again on the networks", he indicates from Cairo with some prudence.
The cover of Marca the day after that 22 June 2002 headlined "It's gross", and it was not only because of the refereeing suffered by Camacho's men. Let us remember that Spain played against one of the hosts, Hiddink's Korea, which reached its historical World Cup peak. Days before, the Koreans had eliminated Italy in the round of 16 with another controversial refereeing by Ecuadorian Byron Moreno (2-1 in extra time). In 2015, within the framework of the investigation by the United States Department of Justice into FIFA for multiple corruption issues, that match, Korea-Spain, returned to the center of public attention as various charges were involved in its organization exposed by corruption. It has nothing to do with what happened on the field, surely, but it is one more reason for controversy. A controversy that does not end 20 years later. And if not, watch again... the summary of that game.
Interestingly, the former Egyptian referee claims to be a lover of Spain: "It's a shame that this happened to me, because both I and my family love Spain. My children are great fans of Real Madrid and they have enjoyed La Decimocuarta a lot. It makes me sad because even when it was the final of the Nations League, between Spain and France, and there was a refereeing error that led to Mbappe's goal, the Spanish, on social networks, said that it was my fault, that I was in the VAR [laughs]". Gamal continues the story: "The proof that my refereeing was not so bad is that, during the match, the La Roja players did not protest me, but only my assistants. They all went against them, not against me. Nobody claimed anything from me during the game. One more proof that I did a good performance," the Egyptian proudly points out, 20 years after that controversy. And so, this story ends, with an Al-Ghandour who, thanks to his refereeing career, which is not based on this game obviously, was a star when he refereed in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups and still is today. Not surprisingly, in refereeing circles in Africa he is considered one of the best on the continent in all their history. At Euro 2000, and not being European, he managed two group stage matches in Belgium and the Netherlands. After retiring from refereeing, he was the referee commissioner of the Egyptian Federation on several occasions, although he left it a few months ago due to discrepancies with the leadership. Currently, he is one of the star commentators of BeIn Sports, at the Egyptian level. A familiar face... and recognized.

Source: Marca

CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations 2022

Morocco, 2-23 July 2022

1. Salima Mukansanga (RWA, photo)
2. Lidya Abebe (ETH)
3. Maria Rivet (MRI)
4. Bouchra Karboubi (MAR)
5. Ndidi Madu (NGA)
6. Vincentia Amedome (TOG)
7. Dorsaf Ganouati (TUN)
8. Akhona Makalima (RSA)
9. Shahenda El-Maghrabi (EGY)
10. Mame Faye (SEN)
11. Shamira Nabadda (UGA)
12. Sonia Kore (CIV)
13. Aissata Lam (MTN)
14. Viana Letticia (ESW)
15. Suavis Iratunga (BDI)
16. Antsino Twanyanyukwa (NAM)

Assistant Referees
1. Carine Atezambong (CMR)
2. Lidwine Rakotozafinoro (MAD)
3. Bernadettar Kwimbira (MWI)
4. Queency Victoire (MRI)
5. Diana Chikotesha (ZAM)
6. Mimisen Iyorhe (NGA)
7. Fatiha Jermoumi (MAR)
8. Houda Afine (TUN)
9. Fanta Kone (MLI)
10. Yara Atef (EGY)
11. Mona Atallah (EGY)
12. Kanjinga Mujanayi (CGO)
13. Mariem Chedad (MTN)
14. Nafissatou Yekini (BEN)
15. Asma Ouahab (ALG)
16. Hamdi Soukaina (MAR)

Video Assistant Referees
1. Lahlou Benbraham (ALG)
2. Ahmed El-Ghandour (EGY)
3. Ahmed Hossam (EGY)
4. Ahmad Heerallal (MRI)
5. Samir Guezzaz (MAR)
6. Zakaria Brindisi (MAR)
7. Fatima Zahra (MAR)
8. Haythem Guirat (TUN)

Trofeo Acevedo 2021/22: De Burgos Bengoetxea

First Division (men)
Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea (photo)
Assistant Referee: Diego Sanchez Rojo

First Division (women)
Referee: Zulema Gonzalez Gonzalez
Assistant Referee: Rita Cabanero Mompo

Second Division
Referee: Juan Pulido Santana
Assistant Referee: Fabian Blanco Rodriguez

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Qualifiers – UEFA (Matchday 9)

23-28 June 2022

Bulgaria – Israel
Referee: Martina Molinaro (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Veronica Martinelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefania Signorelli (ITA)
Fourth Official: Anastasiya Romanyuk (UKR)
Referee Assessor: Wendy Toms (ENG)

Latvia – Luxembourg
Referee: Kateryna Usova (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Svitlana Hrushko (UKR)
Fourth Official: Kristina Kozoroh (UKR)
Referee Assessor: Olga Tanschi (MDA)

Moldova – Romania
Referee: Caroline Lanssens (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Ella De Vries (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Irmgard Van Meirvenne (BEL)
Fourth Official: Viki De Cremer (BEL)
Referee Assessor: Silvia Spinelli (ITA)

Belarus – Czech Republic
Referee: Kristina Georgieva (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yordanka Korcheva (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ekaterina Petkova (BUL)
Fourth Official: Galia Echeva (BUL)
Referee Assessor: Ana Minić (SRB)

Ukraine – Scotland
Referee: Triinu Vaher (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Anni Koppel (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Karolin Kaivoja (EST)
Fourth Official: Reelika Turi (EST)
Referee Assessor: Ivana Vlaić (BIH)

Georgia – Ireland
Referee: Melis Özcigdem (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Deybet Gök (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mürvet Yavuztürk (TUR)
Fourth Official: Neslihan Muratdagi (TUR)
Referee Assessor: Emilia Wnuk (POL)

Moldova – Lithuania
Referee: Olatz Rivera Olmedo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Eliana Fernandez Gonzalez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Rocio Puente Pino (ESP)
Fourth Official: Paola Cebollada Lopez (ESP)
Referee Assessor: Sjoukje de Jong (NED)

Estonia – Kazakhstan
Referee: Silvia Gasperotti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Tiziana Trasciatti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nidaa Hader (ITA)
Fourth Official: Anastasiya Romanyuk (UKR)
Referee Assessor: Aušra Kancė (LTU)

Ukraine – Hungary
Referee: Sarah Zangeneh (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Monica Lokkeberg (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Line Nymoen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Emilie Torkelsen (NOR)
Referee Assessor: Knarik Grigoryan (ARM)

Netherlands – Belarus
Referee: Simona Ghisletta (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Belinda Pierre (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Laetitia Nuara (SUI)
Fourth Official: Laura Mauricio (SUI)
Referee Assessor: Dilan Iscan (TUR)

UEFA U-19 Euro 2022

Slovakia, 18 June – 1 July 2022

1. Nathan Verboomen (BEL, 1988, photo)
2. Morten Krogh (DEN, 1988)
3. Goga Kikacheishvili (GEO, 1991)
4. Manfredas Lukjančukas (LTU, 1991)
5. Matthew De Gabriele (MLT, 1988)
6. Antonio Nobre (POR, 1988)

Assistant Referees
1. Turkka Valjakka (FIN)
2. Mathias Hillaert (BEL)
3. Deniz Sokolov (BUL)
4. Steffen Bramsen (DEN)
5. Davit Gabisonia (GEO)
6. Edgaras Bučinskas (LTU)
7. Luke Portelli (MLT)
8. Pedro Martins (POR)

Fourth Officials
1. Gergő Bogar (HUN, 1991)
2. Adam Ladebäck (SWE, 1992)

Referee Observers
1. Juan Fernandez Marin (ESP)
2. Vitor Melo Pereira (POR)
3. Jorn-West Larsen (DEN)
4. Marian Ruzbarsky (SVK)

Madden gives up FIFA badge to pursue new role in England

Referee Bobby Madden has quit Scottish football to pursue a new role in England with the FA. The whistler has been one of the most experienced Scottish FA officials in recent years having overseen over 1000 games in Scotland. Madden has taken charge of several high-profile fixtures including major league and cup finals and Old Firm derbies. The 43-year-old was made an official FIFA referee in 2010 and has been the man in the middle of a host of international matches but he must now relinquish that status to relocate to England. Madden will join the National Group of referees from the 2022/23 season, which will involve him taking charge of primarily League One and League two games.
Posting a message on his Instagram account. Madden said: “I say goodbye to Scottish football after almost 20 years of amazing memories and experiences since I began the entrance class in August 2002. I have refereed over 400 professional fixtures since being promoted to Category 1 in 2008, including both major cup finals and many memorable matches. In line with other professional development opportunities I’m undertaking, I’m excited to start a new chapter in the English Football League from season 2022/23. I will be joining their National List of referees, officiating in Leagues 1 & 2 and I welcome the new challenge. I will definitely miss the fantastic crowd interaction in Scotland and hopefully won’t be too long until the English fans make me feel as welcome! I would like to thank the Scottish FA and all my colleagues for their support over the years - from my first match as a young referee to various derby matches and international appointments. Thanks for the memories.”

UEFA Regions Cup 2022 – Preliminary Round

Azerbaijan, 23-29 June 2022

1. Elcin Masiyev (AZE, photo)
2. Damian Sylwestrzak (POL)
3. David Šmajc (SVN)
4. Luca Cibelli (SUI)

Assistant Referees
1. Elsad Abdullayev (AZE)
2. Bartosz Kaszyński (POL)
3. David Gabrovec (SVN)
4. Pascal Hirzel (SUI)

Referee Observers
1. Vencel Toth (HUN)
2. Ladislav Gadosi (SVK)

Ukrainian AR Striletska hoping to forget about war

Maryna Striletska's life was turned upside down one morning in February when she woke to find her dogs barking and her husband weeping in front of the television. "I'll never forget the moment," she tells BBC Sport. "He was watching the news with tears in his eyes and said 'the war has started'."
One of Ukraine's top assistant referees, Striletska had made history just four months earlier as part of the first all-female team to oversee an England men's international. But that World Cup qualifier between Gareth Southgate's side and minnows Andorra at the Estadi Nacional felt like a world away as army vehicles rolled through her village, 19 miles from the Russian border. "In the first day, for 24 hours, trucks and military cars came through," she recalls. "The Russian army were friendly, asking us which way to Kyiv. They thought we needed help, brought flowers and bread, but after a week they realised we didn't want this help. After that they started to be angry and started shooting civilian cars and I thought maybe I want to leave." Eventually, Striletska did exactly that, packing her belongings into just one bag and setting out on an arduous dash to safety in Switzerland. Since then, the 38-year-old has taken up her flag again as an assistant referee in the Swiss men's third division. Next month, she will arrive in England to officiate at the Women's Euros. The refereeing family has thrown the Ukrainian trailblazer a lifeline. But speaking on Zoom from the bedsit she now shares with her daughter Eva in Basel, she says her outlook on life has changed forever.
Raised in Luhansk, Striletska was more interested in athletics than football as a teenager, but she combined the two at university and played on for six years after her graduation. "I ran like a crazy horse because I was doing athletics," she says. "I wasn't so good with the ball, but I like running!" The former midfielder was persuaded to put her athleticism to a new use in 2006, when the Ukrainian FA sought to recruit female referees in each of the country's 24 regions. "In that time, we had maybe 10 girls in Ukraine refereeing, so each federation decided to find one girl," she says. "They asked me and at the time I was not so happy, but I tried." Today, Striletska is one of a raft of top-drawer Ukrainian female officials, who include the first woman to referee in the country's men's Premier League, Kateryna Monzul. Striletska has assisted Monzul in the women's World Cup, Olympics, Euros and Champions League, as well as the men's Europa League, Nations League and under-21 European qualifiers. "It's our team, Kateryna, me and Oleksandra [Ardasheva] or Svitlana [Grushko]," she says. "This is a small team, a small family. It's really like sisters. But now, since the war has started, I'm seeing that the referee world is like a big family and I feel I am part of that; people want to help."
It was mid-March when Striletska finally decided to heed the advice of her sister in Switzerland and flee war-torn Ukraine. The home life she had known - weekends working as an assistant or video assistant referee in the Ukrainian men's Premier League and evenings coaching two girls' teams - was already over. But the constant fear of bombing from low-flying planes as they roared over her house and concerns for 11-year-old Eva's safety had begun to take its toll. So, Striletska packed her daughter, a friend's wife and their two children into a car and set off for Poland, sitting at the wheel for hours at a time to beat nightly curfews. "It was difficult because all the road signs had been taken down," she says. "We had to hide in a village on the journey while we waited for tanks to pass through. One time we went to a church and slept on the floor, I'd driven for 18 hours and just wanted to sleep. At 6am we would start again. It took me four days. After we got to the border we were queuing for 17 hours, but then after that it was easy - I felt we were safe." Striletska could only hope that her husband and fellow football coach, Sergiy, would be safe as he had to stay behind. "He will defend our home because for us it is a second time," she says. "We used to live in Donbas and in 2014 we lost everything, and I never saw my parents again before they died." Reunited with her sister in Switzerland, Striletska initially struggled to think about anything apart from her husband and the war, but football has given her an outlet. "For three weeks I cried every day," she says. "I was forgetting I was in the world of football because I was thinking about the war. That's why I had to start refereeing." Striletska says the Ukrainian FA, having offered to help all its referees, contacted their Swiss counterparts on her behalf; they gave her matches in the men's third tier Swiss Promotion League. "I'm so thankful for this because the Swiss federation have given me a lot of games," she says. "It helps because at least for two hours I can forget about the war and just see defenders, attackers, offsides!"
With her daughter settling in school, Striletska has been spending her days following her FIFA fitness programme and learning German. "Switzerland are doing a lot for Ukrainian people, all museums, trains, buses are free for us," she says. "I really can't thank this country enough, they've even organised a free language course for us." Despite her gratitude, Striletska is desperate for a speedy return to her homeland. For now, though, she stays in touch through the internet. "Now our region is more or less normal, the Russians have gone to Donbas and the east," she says. "Sometimes my husband says they hear explosions, but not like it was before. Even our sports hall starts work and I'm doing training sessions with the girls online." Another morale boost is the call-up for a second women's Euros alongside Monzul, who also left Ukraine and has since refereed in the women's Serie A in Italy. "I was really happy to get the news about the Euros," Striletska says. "It's an unbelievable feeling, I can forget about the war and I'm looking forward to us working together again." The two were last in the UK in November for Arsenal's Women's Champions League tie with Danish side HB Koge in Borehamwood, then England's Women's World Cup qualifier with Austria at the Stadium of Light. Striletska's life has changed beyond recognition since then, and so have her values. "After this I realise you don't need a lot in life," she explains. "Money is not important, the most important thing is relations between people. People are helping me, talking to me, bringing fruit for my daughter, small things but helpful, and these are the things that are important in our life. We're always trying to reach higher, work harder, buy things, but really, you just need to enjoy the moment."

Source: BBC

Concacaf U-20 Championship 2022

Honduras, 18 June - 3 July 2022

1. Ivan Barton (SLV, photo)
2. Selvin Brown (HON)
3. Randy Encarnacion (DOM)
4. Drew Fischer (CAN)
5. Keylor Herrera (CRC)
6. Bryan Lopez (GUA)
7. Walter Lopez (GUA)
8. Said Martinez (HON)
9. Ricardo Montero (CRC)
10. Oshane Nation (JAM)
11. Marco Ortiz (MEX)
12. Daneon Parchment (JAM)
13. Reon Radix (GRN)
14. Luis Santander (MEX)
15. Jose Torres (PUR)
16. Rubiel Vazquez (USA)

Assistant Referees
1. Iroots Appleton (ATG)
2. Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
3. Kevon Clarke (BRB)
4. Keytzel Corrales (NIC)
5. Dwight Cummings (CAY)
6. Ojay Duhaney (JAM)
7. Helpys Feliz (DOM)
8. Carlos Fernandez (CRC)
9. Geovany Garcia (SLV)
10. Jassett Kerr-Wilson (JAM)
11. Felisha Mariscal (USA)
12. Michel Morales (MEX)
13. Humberto Panjoj (GUA)
14. Shirley Perello (HON)
15. Juan Tipaz (GUA)
16. Christopher Wattam (CAN)

Video Assistant Referees
1. Marianela Araya (CRC)
2. Tristley Bassue (SKN)
3. Melissa Borjas (HON)
4. Juan Calderon (CRC)
5. Ismael Cornejo (SLV)
6. Katia Garcia (MEX)
7. Francia Gonzalez (MEX)
8. Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
9. Tatiana Guzman (NIC)
10. Odette Hamilton (JAM)
11. Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)
12. Pierre-Luc Lauziere (CAN)
13. Angel Monroy (MEX)
14. Chris Penso (USA)
15. Cory Richardson (USA)
16. Benjamin Whitty (CAY)

Referee Assessors
1. Dianne Ferreira-James (BAH)
2. John Nielsen (CAN)
3. Jeffrey Solis (CRC)
4. Carlos Batres (GUA)
5. John Pitti (PAN)
6. Jesus Lebron (PUR)
7. Javier Santos (PUR/USA)
8. Neil Brizan (TRI)

Referee Technical Instructors
1. Leonel Leal (CRC)
2. Peter Prendergast (JAM)
3. Miguel Chacon (MEX)
4. Gregory Barkey (USA)

Referee Fitness Instructors
1. Alan Brown Morgan (CRC)
2. Erick Samayoa (GUA)

AFC U-23 Asian Cup Final 2022: Falahi (QAT)

19 June 2022

Uzbekistan – Saudi Arabia
Referee: Salman Falahi (QAT, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Yousuf Al-Shamari (QAT)
Assistant Referee 2: Zahy Al-Shammari (QAT)
Fourth Official: Hettikamkanamge Perera (SRI)
Reserve AR: Palitha Hemathunga (SRI)
VAR: Omar Al-Ali (UAE)
AVAR 1: Saoud Al-Adba (QAT)
AVAR 2: Yahya Al-Mulla (UAE)

Gil Manzano: "Being at the World Cup gates is not a failure"

He was one of the three Spanish referees shortlisted for the World Cup in Qatar but, in the end, he was left at the gates. A few days after that disappointment, Jesus Gil Manzano participated in the “Friends of Refereeing” online talk led by Pavel Fernandez.
Promotion: “In the First Division it was more expected, that’s why I remember more the promotion to Second “A”, the move to professional football. I was in Salamanca doing final exams when I received a phone call with a Barcelona prefix and it was Enriquez Negreira, the vice-president of the CTA. I think that was the only time I cried with joy.”
The Spanish Cup final: “It is a special game, after a lot of matches; the final is a prize for many years of work and a good season. It's also special because your family is going to see you and it's a way of giving back what they’ve given you”.
The World Cup: “I’ll stick with the positive: I have been to the U-20 World Cup, I have shared experiences with top-level referees, discovering another way of seeing football. It is not a failure. The same people who have shortlisted us are the ones who have decided that it was someone else going to Qatar. We are 10 international referees in Spain, but 20 of us could be. We work daily to improve, so that errors are as few as possible”.
Plans for 2026: "Making medium-term plans in refereeing is eternity. You have to go season-by-season. Due to the required commitment, desire, and effort, it will not be easy”.

Source: Arbitro10

CONMEBOL Women’s Copa America 2022

Colombia, 8-30 July 2022

Referee: Laura Fortunato (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mariana Almeida (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Daiana Milone (ARG)

Referee: Adriana Farfan (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Liliana Bejarano (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ines Choque (BOL)

Referee: Edina Alves (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Neuza Back (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Leila Moreira (BRA)

Referee: Maria Carvajal (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Loreto Toloza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Cindy Nahuelcoy (CHI)

Referee: Maria Daza (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Eliana Ortiz (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Nataly Arteaga (COL)

Referee: Susana Corella (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Monica Amboya (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Viviana Segura (ECU)

Referee: Zulma Quinonez (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Laura Miranda (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nadia Weiler (PAR)

Referee: Elizabeth Tintaya (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabriela Moreno (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Vera Yupanqui (PER)

Referee: Anahi Fernandez (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Luciana Mascarana (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Adela Sanchez (URU)

Referee: Yercinia Correa (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Thaity Dugarte (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Laura Cardenas (VEN)

UEFA Exchange
Referee: Sandra Bastos (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Catarina Souza (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rita Cabanero (ESP)