Olympic football gets off to violent and chaotic start

The Olympic men’s football tournament got off to a violent and chaotic start Wednesday with Morocco’s shocking 2-1 win against two-time gold medalist Argentina. The result tells only part of the story after a dramatic end to the match in Saint-Etienne, which had to be suspended for nearly two hours when furious Morocco fans ran on to the pitch and threw bottles from the stands to protest a late goal by Argentina in the 16th minute of added time. The angry and bizarre scene sparked confusion over whether the game had been concluded or paused. The crowd was told to leave the stadium, but players remained at the venue and returned to the pitch for a final three minutes of added time in front of empty stands. Moments before play resumed, Cristian Medina’s disputed goal was disallowed by VAR for offside, and Morocco held on for the victory.


Argentina’s soccer federation said it had issued a formal claim to world governing body FIFA to take the necessary regulatory measures for such a serious event. “Paris 2024 is working with the relevant stakeholders to understand the causes and identify appropriate actions,” a spokesperson for Paris organizers said. Morocco fans reacted furiously when they thought Medina’s goal had denied the team a critical win against one of international soccer’s powerhouses. Objects were thrown and invading Morocco fans were tackled by security on the field at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard after Medina appeared to tie the game 2-2. There were images of some Argentina players flinching when what appeared to be a flare was thrown onto the field. Bottles and cups were strewn over the pitch by the time the game was paused. It was initially thought that the full-time whistle had been blown. Even FIFA’s website declared the game over. About an hour after the incident, organizers at the venue confirmed the match was not officially over and that VAR would review whether the goal would stand. Players eventually re-entered the field after a long delay and began to warm up before the game could be concluded. After warmups, players from both teams stood on the field in the otherwise empty stadium while an official reviewed the video. He offered a brief explanation to Argentina while players on Morocco’s bench celebrated. Play went on for about three minutes after the resumption before the final whistle was blown.

Source: AP

“Captain only” measure implemented at Olympic Football Tournaments

FIFA has issued guidelines to all participating teams at the Olympic Football Tournaments Paris 2024 in relation to the measure permitting only team captains to approach the referee in certain situations.

FIFA encourages the implementation of this procedure by competition organisers globally, should they wish to do so, from the elite level down. Stressing the importance of the measure, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said: “Without referees there is no football. Protecting match officials and ensuring they are treated with respect is fundamental for the future of the game. Implementing measures such as “captain only” is crucial in maintaining the spirit of football and safeguarding those who uphold its laws.” The Chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina, also praised the initiative: “This is an important step based on the overarching idea of further enhancing fairness and respect in football while enabling an open line of dialogue between the referee and the teams. As we have seen in the past, measures that are in defence of football end up being accepted.”

Source: FIFA

Norwegian referee sends off physio on weekend with anti-VAR protests

This is the shocking moment a referee in a Norwegian top-flight match sends off a physio for running onto the pitch and then arguing back when he gets ordered to leave. Official Marius Lien brandished the red card to Joao Ferreira with five minutes remaining in the clash between Sarpsborg and Brann. After being dismissed for two yellow cards, the backroom staff member seemed to laugh at the referee before a scuffle broke out between the two sets of players over the bewildering decision. Ferreira now faces a ban following the red card, raising questions as to who will treat injured players in the meantime.


Now footage has emerged of the unusual incident which was triggered when a member of the Sarpsborg side went down with cramp with the score locked at 0-0. Ferreira then sprints onto the field to attend to the player's injury but is shown a yellow card by the referee much to the delight of the Brann supporters. The physio then appears to gesticulate towards Lien in complaint, leading to the official showing a second yellow and a red card. He then walked around on the pitch laughing in disbelief before striding over towards Lien as opposition players point towards the sidelines in a bid to get him off the field. A minor scuffle between players then ensued before Ferreira finally walked off the pitch shaking his head. The match eventually ended 1-1 after a dramatic finale which saw Henrik Meister give Sarpsborg the lead in the first minute of stoppage time before Brann's Aune Heggebo equalised in the 94th minute.


The red card chaos came on the same day that Rosenborg's clash with Lillestrom was abandoned after fans threw flares and fish cakes onto the pitch in a protest against VAR. Rosenborg's ultras also chucked tennis balls onto the field which forced the players to exit the pitch under new rules. They then held up a banner which read: 'We will never give up, VAR will go away.' The players made their way out and the stadium announcer then said that if there were any more stoppages, the game would be called off. Before half an hour had been played of the fixture, both sets of fans hurled more tennis balls onto the pitch causing the match to be abandoned.

Source: Daily Mail

Laws of the Game Changes 2024/25

The current edition of the Laws of the Game, which came into effect on 1 July 2024, features the following changes and clarifications:
Law 3 (The Players): Additional permanent concussion substitutions to be a competition option in accordance with the necessary protocol.
Law 3 (The Players) and Law 4 (The Players’ Equipment): Each team must have a team captain who wears an identifying armband.
Law 4 (The Players’ Equipment): Players are responsible for the size and suitability of their shinguards, which remain a compulsory part of their equipment.
Law 12 (Fouls and Misconduct): Handball offences that are not deliberate, and for which penalties are awarded, are to be treated in the same way as other fouls.
Law 14 (The Penalty Kick): Part of the ball must touch or overhang the centre of the penalty mark, and encroachment by outfield players will be penalised only if it has an impact.


Law 12 - Amended text:
(…)
Cautions for unsporting behaviour
There are different circumstances when a player must be cautioned for unsporting behaviour including if a player:
· (…)
· handles the ball to interfere with or stop a promising attack, except where the referee awards a penalty kick for a non-deliberate handball offence
· denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity and the referee awards a penalty kick for a non-deliberate handball offence
· (…)

Sending-off offences
A player, substitute or substituted player who commits any of the following offences is sent off:
· denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by committing a deliberate handball offence (except a goalkeeper within their penalty area)
· denying the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by committing a non-deliberate handball offence outside their own penalty area
· (…)

Denying a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity (DOGSO)
(…)
Where a player denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by committing a deliberate handball offence, the player is sent off wherever the offence occurs (except a goalkeeper within their penalty area).
Where a player denies the opposing team a goal or an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by committing a non-deliberate handball offence and the referee awards a penalty kick, the offender is cautioned.

Explanation:
Non-deliberate handball offences are usually the result of a player attempting to play fairly, so when a penalty kick is awarded for such offences, the same philosophy should apply as for offences (fouls) which are an attempt to play the ball or a challenge for the ball, i.e. DOGSO offences result in a yellow card and SPA offences result in no card. Deliberate handball remains a red-card offence when a penalty kick is awarded, as it is similar to holding, pulling, pushing, no possibility to play the ball etc.

Law 14 - Additional text:
(…)
If, before the ball is in play, one of the following occurs:
· a team-mate of the player taking the penalty kick is penalised for encroachment only if:
o the encroachment clearly impacted on the goalkeeper; or
o the encroaching player plays the ball or challenges an opponent for the ball and then scores, attempts to score or creates a goal-scoring opportunity
· a team-mate of the goalkeeper is penalised for encroachment only if:
o the encroachment clearly impacted on the kicker; or
o the encroaching player plays the ball or challenges an opponent for the ball and this prevents the opponents from scoring, attempting to score or creating a goal-scoring opportunity
· (…)

Explanation:
Player encroachment can be difficult to detect and manage, especially at the lower levels of the game, where there may be no neutral assistant referees. However, it can easily be identified by the video assistant referee, and if Law 14 were to be applied strictly, most penalty kicks would be retaken. Since encroachment rarely affects the outcome of the kick (only if the ball rebounds into play), the same principle should apply to player encroachment as to goalkeeper encroachment, i.e. it is penalised only if it has an impact.

Source: IFAB

Olympic Games 2024 (Women’s Football Tournament) – Group Stage (Matches 1-6)

25 July 2024

Canada – New Zealand
Referee: Tess Olofsson SWE (photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Almira Spahic SWE
Assistant Referee 2: Francesca Di Monte ITA
Fourth Official: Frida Klarlund DEN
VAR: Rob Dieperink NED
AVAR: Katalin Kulcsar HUN

Spain – Japan
Referee: Bouchra Karboubi MAR
Assistant Referee 1: Fatima Jermoumi MAR
Assistant Referee 2: Diana Chikotesha ZAM
Fourth Official: Odette Hamilton JAM
VAR: Jerome Brisard FRA
AVAR: Mahmoud Ashour EGY

Germany – Australia
Referee: Katia Garcia MEX
Assistant Referee 1: Sandra Ramirez MEX
Assistant Referee 2: Karen Diaz MEX
Fourth Official: Anahi Fernandez URU
VAR: Carlos Del Cerro Grande ESP
AVAR: Sivakorn Pu-Udom THA

Nigeria – Brazil
Referee: Kim Yu-Jeong KOR
Assistant Referee 1: Park Mi-Suk KOR
Assistant Referee 2: Joanna Charaktis AUS
Fourth Official: Jelena Cvetkovic SRB
VAR: Kate Jacewicz AUS
AVAR: Ivan Bebek CRO

France – Colombia
Referee: Tori Penso USA
Assistant Referee 1: Brooke Mayo USA
Assistant Referee 2: Kathryn Nesbitt USA
Fourth Official: Shamirah Nabadda UGA
VAR: Tatiana Guzman NCA
AVAR: Daneon Parchment JAM

USA – Zambia
Referee: Ramon Abatti BRA
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Alves BRA
Assistant Referee 2: Guilherme Camilo BRA
Fourth Official: Veronika Bernatskaia KGZ
VAR: Daiane Muniz BRA
AVAR: Rodrigo Carvajal CHI

Olympic Games 2024 (Men’s Football Tournament) – Group Stage (Matches 1-8)

24 July 2024

Argentina – Morocco
Referee: Glenn Nyberg SWE (photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mahbod Beigi SWE
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Söderkvist SWE
Fourth Official: Frida Klarlund DEN
VAR: Paolo Valeri ITA
AVAR: Ovidiu Hategan ROU

Uzbekistan – Spain
Referee: Dahane Beida MTN
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Santos ANG
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Yiembe KEN
Fourth Official: Drew Fischer CAN
VAR: Lahlou Benbraham ALG
AVAR: Tatiana Guzman NCA

Guinea – New Zealand
Referee: Adel Al-Naqbi UAE
Assistant Referee 1: Ahmed Al-Rashadi UAE
Assistant Referee 2: Sabet Al-Ali UAE
Fourth Official: Veronika Bernatskaia KGZ
VAR: Khamis Al-Marri QAT
AVAR: Rob Dieperink NED

Egypt – Dominican Republic
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita JPN
Assistant Referee 1: Makoto Bozono JPN
Assistant Referee 2: Naomi Teshirogi JPN
Fourth Official: Odette Hamilton JAM
VAR: Sivakorn Pu-Udom THA
AVAR: Hector Paletta ARG

Iraq – Ukraine
Referee: Mahmood Ismail SDN
Assistant Referee 1: Elvis Noupue CMR
Assistant Referee 2: Liban Abdoulrazack DJI
Fourth Official: Shamirah Nabadda UGA
VAR: Ivan Bebek CRO
AVAR: Kate Jacewicz AUS

Japan – Paraguay
Referee: François Letexier FRA
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier FRA
Assistant Referee 2: Mehdi Rahmouni FRA
Fourth Official: Jelena Cvetkovic SRB
VAR: Jerome Brisard FRA
AVAR: David Coote ENG

France – USA
Referee: Yael Falcon ARG
Assistant Referee 1: Maximiliano Del Yesso ARG
Assistant Referee 2: Facundo Rodriguez ARG
Fourth Official: Anahi Fernandez URU
VAR: Carlos Del Cerro Grande ESP
AVAR: Guillermo Pacheco MEX

Mali – Israel

Referee: Campbell-Kirk Kawana-Waugh NZL
Assistant Referee 1: Isaac Trevis NZL
Assistant Referee 2: Bernard Mutukera SOL
Fourth Official: Said Martinez HON
VAR: Leodan Gonzalez URU 
AVAR: Daiane Muniz BRA

UEFA Europa League 2024/2025 – Second Qualifying Round (First Leg)

25 July 2024

Ruzomberok – Trabzonspor
Referee: Bastian Dankert GER (photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Lasse Koslowski GER
Assistant Referee 2: René Rohde GER
Fourth Official: Timo Gerach GER
VAR:
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Referee Observer: Rien Koopman NED

Wisla Krakow – Rapid Wien
Referee: Mohammed Al-Emara FIN
Assistant Referee 1: Turkka Valjakka FIN
Assistant Referee 2: Juuso Mantere FIN
Fourth Official: Peiman Simani FIN
VAR:
AVAR:
Referee Observer: Cyril Zimmermann SUI

Molde – Silkeborg
Referee: Adam Ladebäck SWE
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum SWE
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Yng SWE
Fourth Official: Mohammed Al-Hakim SWE
VAR:
AVAR:
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk EST

Sheriff Tiraspol – Elfsborg
Referee: Marek Radina CZE
Assistant Referee 1: Petr Caletka CZE
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Váňa CZE
Fourth Official: Karel Rouček CZE
VAR:
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Referee Observer: Boško Jovanetić SRB

Corvinul – Rijeka
Referee: Philip Farrugia MLT
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Camilleri MLT
Assistant Referee 2: Luke Portelli MLT
Fourth Official: Alex Johnson MLT
VAR:
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Referee Observer: Alberto Undiano Mallenco ESP

Panathinaikos – Plovdiv
Referee: David Fuxman ISR
Assistant Referee 1: Omer Barbiro ISR
Assistant Referee 2: Tuval Koltunoff ISR
Fourth Official: Idan Leiba ISR
VAR:
AVAR:
Referee Observer: David Malcolm NIR

Ajax – Vojvodina
Referee: César Soto Grado ESP
Assistant Referee 1: Iván Massó Granado ESP
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Álvarez Fernández ESP
Fourth Official: Victor García Verdura ESP
VAR:
AVAR:
Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen FRO

Kilmarnock – Brugge
Referee: Martin Dohál SVK
Assistant Referee 1: František Ferenc SVK
Assistant Referee 2: Tomáš Vorel SVK
Fourth Official: Peter Ziemba SVK
VAR:
AVAR:
Referee Observer: Kristinn Jakobsson ISL

SC Braga – Maccabi Petah Tikva
Referee: Luca Pairetto ITA
Assistant Referee 1: Alessio Berti ITA
Assistant Referee 2: Khaled Bahri ITA
Fourth Official: Matteo Marchetti ITA
VAR:
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Referee Observer: Edward Foley IRL

UEFA Europa Conference League 2024/25 – Second Qualifying Round (First Leg)

23-25 July 2024

Ballkani – Hamrun Spartans
Referee: Walter Altmann AUT (photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Witschnigg AUT
Assistant Referee 2: Mattias Hartl AUT
Fourth Official: Daniel Pfister AUT
Referee Observer: Michael Ross NIR

Deifferdeng – Ordabasy
Referee: Mohammad Aslam NOR
Assistant Referee 1: Jorgen Valstadsve NOR
Assistant Referee 2: Alf Rossland NOR
Fourth Official: Sigurd Kringstad NOR
Referee Observer: Kevin Parry WAL

Virtus – Flora Tallin
Referee: Dragomir Draganov BUL
Assistant Referee 1: Ivo Kolev BUL
Assistant Referee 2: Hristo Hadzhiyski BUL
Fourth Official: Kristiyan Kolev BUL
Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan ARM

Struga – Pyunik
Referee: Luís Teixeira AND
Assistant Referee 1: Joan Serra AND
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Acosta AND
Fourth Official: Antoine Chiaramonti AND
Referee Observer: René Temmink NED

Riga – Slask
Referee: Christian Ciochirca AUT
Assistant Referee 1: Maximilian Weiss AUT
Assistant Referee 2: Alexander Borucki AUT
Fourth Official: Markus Hameter AUT
Referee Observer: João Ferreira POR

Batumi – Decic
Referee: Saiat Qarabaev KAZ
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Dolgih KAZ
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitrii Belogradov KAZ
Fourth Official: Rüstem Omarov KAZ
Referee Observer: Albano Janku ALB

AEK – Escaldes
Referee: Lothar D’Hondt BEL
Assistant Referee 1: Romain Devillers BEL
Assistant Referee 2: Nico Claes BEL
Fourth Official: Bert Put BEL
Referee Observer: Stephen Tanner ENG

Cliftonville – Auda
Referee: Helgi Jónasson ISL
Assistant Referee 1: Egill Gudlaugsson ISL
Assistant Referee 2: Eysteinn Hrafnkelsson ISL
Fourth Official: Ivar Kristjánsson ISL
Referee Observer: Mika Peltola FIN

Kuopio – Tromso
Referee: Iwan Griffith WAL
Assistant Referee 1: Johnathon Bryant WAL
Assistant Referee 2: Harry Hendricks WAL
Fourth Official: Aaron Jones WAL
Referee Observer: Ferenc Székely HUN

Zira – Dunajska Streda
Referee: Ivo Fernandes LUX
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Morim LUX
Assistant Referee 2: Dani Balsa LUX
Fourth Official: Jasmin Sabotic LUX
Referee Observer: Dimitar Mečkarovski MKD

Sumqayit – Fehervar
Referee: Florian Lata ALB
Assistant Referee 1: Xhulio Mani ALB
Assistant Referee 2: Rejdi Zaimi ALB
Fourth Official: Kreshnik Cjapi ALB
Referee Observer: Igor Șațchi MDA

Ilves Tampere – Austria Wien
Referee: Alejandro Muñiz Ruiz ESP
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Sánchez Rojo ESP
Assistant Referee 2: Fabián Blanco Rodríguez ESP
Fourth Official: Isidro Díaz Escuderos ESP
Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold NOR

Magpies – Copenhagen
Referee: Cláudio Pereira POR
Assistant Referee 1: Tiago Costa POR
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Brás POR
Fourth Official: João Gonçalves POR
Referee Observer: Gylfi Orrason ISL

Zalgiris – Pafos
Referee: Kristoffer Hagenes NOR
Assistant Referee 1: Oystein Ytterland NOR
Assistant Referee 2: Tom Gronevik NOR
Fourth Official: Daniel Higraff NOR
Referee Observer: John Ferry NIR

Mlada Boleslav – Transinvest
Referee: Patrik Kolarić CRO
Assistant Referee 1: Luka Pajić CRO
Assistant Referee 2: Ivan Starčević CRO
Fourth Official: Ante Terzić CRO
Referee Observer: Michaíl Koukoulákis GRE

Noah – Sliema
Referee: Roman Jitari MDA
Assistant Referee 1: Vlad Lifciu MDA
Assistant Referee 2: Vadim Vicol MDA
Fourth Official: Ion Orlic MDA
Referee Observer: Ognjen Valjić BIH

Iberia – Partizani
Referee: Andrei Chivulete ROU
Assistant Referee 1: Sebastian Gheorghe ROU
Assistant Referee 2: Andrei Constantinescu ROU
Fourth Official: Florin Andrei ROU
Referee Observer: Ruud Bossen NED

Milsami – Astana
Referee: Nikola Popov BUL
Assistant Referee 1: Georgi Todorov BUL
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Venev BUL
Fourth Official: Vladimir Valkov BUL
Referee Observer: Zoltán Szarka HUN

Eagles – Brann

Referee: Denys Shurman UKR
Assistant Referee 1: Viktor Nyzhnyk UKR
Assistant Referee 2: Valentyn Kutsev UKR
Fourth Official: Dmytro Kubryak UKR
Referee Observer: Ian Stokes IRL

Omonia – Torpedo
Referee: Martin Matoša SVN
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandar Kasapovič SVN
Assistant Referee 2: Matic Mežnar SVN
Fourth Official: Aleksandar Matković SVN
Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev BUL

Zimbru – Ararat
Referee: Fran Jović CRO
Assistant Referee 1: Ivan Janić CRO
Assistant Referee 2: Željko Bučar CRO
Fourth Official: Toni Dadić CRO
Referee Observer: Marcin Szulc POL

Olimpija – Polissya
Referee: Javier Alberola Rojas ESP
Assistant Referee 1: Alfredo Rodríguez Moreno ESP
Assistant Referee 2: Jorge Bueno Mateo ESP
Fourth Official: Juan Pulido Santana ESP
Referee Observer: William Young SCO

Dnipro – Puskas Academia
Referee: Kyriákos Athanasíou CYP
Assistant Referee 1: Pávlos Georgíou CYP
Assistant Referee 2: Ómiros Tziortzís CYP
Fourth Official: Panagiótis Chatzigeorgíou CYP
Referee Observer: Robert Schörgenhofer AUT

Djugardens – Progres
Referee: Alessandro Dudic SUI
Assistant Referee 1: Jonas Erni SUI
Assistant Referee 2: Susann Küng SUI
Fourth Official: Anojen Kanagasingam SUI
Referee Observer: Þóroddur Hjaltalín ISL

Diddeleng – Hacken
Referee: Antoni Bandić BIH
Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Tešanović BIH
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Mulasmajić BIH
Fourth Official: Mateo Musa BIH
Referee Observer: Sergejus Slyva LTU

Hapoel – Cherno More

Referee: Daniiar Sahi KAZ
Assistant Referee 1: Sergei Vasiutin KAZ
Assistant Referee 2: Samat Tergeusizov KAZ
Fourth Official: Säken Baiymbet KAZ
Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov MDA

Floriana – Vitoria

Referee: Ben McMaster NIR
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Bell NIR
Assistant Referee 2: Gavin Hegarty NIR
Fourth Official: Keith Kennedy NIR
Referee Observer: Manuel Díaz Vega ESP

Banik – Urartu
Referee: Mervan Bejtullahu KOS
Assistant Referee 1: Arbnor Bullatovci KOS
Assistant Referee 2: Lumturije Muhadri KOS
Fourth Official: Alban Shala KOS
Referee Observer: Mattias Gestranius FIN

Zurich – Shelbourne
Referee: Visar Kastrati KOS
Assistant Referee 1: Besnik Morina KOS
Assistant Referee 2: Granit Hyseni KOS
Fourth Official: Valon Bajgora KOS
Referee Observer: Asim Xudiyev AZE

Brondby – Llapi
Referee: David Dickinson SCO
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Connor SCO
Assistant Referee 2: Calum Spence SCO
Fourth Official: Ross Hardie SCO
Referee Observer: Pavle Radovanović MNE

Paksi – Larnaca
Referee: Dennis Higler NED
Assistant Referee 1: Roy de Nas NED
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan de Groot NED
Fourth Official: Marc Nagtegaal NED
Referee Observer: Babak Quliyev AZE

Maccabi – Sabah
Referee: Nathan Verboomen BEL
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Hillaert BEL
Assistant Referee 2: Ruben Wyns BEL
Fourth Official: Wesli De Cremer BEL
Referee Observer: Chrístos Nikolaḯdis CYP

CSKA – Buducnost

Referee: Irakli Kvirikashvili GEO
Assistant Referee 1: Giorgi Elikashvili GEO
Assistant Referee 2: Davit Chigogidze GEO
Fourth Official: Irakli Kherkhadze GEO
Referee Observer: Nicolae Grigorescu ROU

CFR – Nioman
Referee: Miloš Gigović BIH
Assistant Referee 1: Marko Perić BIH
Assistant Referee 2: Amir Kadić BIH
Fourth Official: Dragan Petrović BIH
Referee Observer: Giorgi Vadachkoria GEO

Basaksehir – La Fiorita

Referee: Miloš Bošković MNE
Assistant Referee 1: Nikola Radulović MNE
Assistant Referee 2: Vladislav Radenović MNE
Fourth Official: Dalibor Vujisić MNE
Referee Observer: Paolo Dondarini ITA

Osijek – Levadia
Referee: Jacob Karlsen DEN
Assistant Referee 1: Victor Skovbæk Skytte DEN
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Markus DEN
Fourth Official: Jens Grabski Maae DEN
Referee Observer: Fredy Fautrel FRA

Gent – Vikingur
Referee: Vilhjálmur Thórarinsson ISL
Assistant Referee 1: Gylfi Sigurdsson ISL
Assistant Referee 2: Kristján Ólafs ISL
Fourth Official: Elías Árnason ISL
Referee Observer: Salustià Ciprés AND

St. Gallen – Tobyl
Referee: Rob Harvey IRL
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Clarke IRL
Assistant Referee 2: Wayne McDonnell IRL
Fourth Official: Paul McLaughlin IRL
Referee Observer: Elmir Pilav BIH

Radnicki – Mornar
Referee: Ioánnis Papadópoulos GRE
Assistant Referee 1: Vasílios Nikolakákis GRE
Assistant Referee 2: Pétros Pátras GRE
Fourth Official: Aléxandros Katsikogiánnis GRE
Referee Observer: Alieh Čykun BLR

Maribor – Craiova
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen DEN
Assistant Referee 1: Jesper Dahl DEN
Assistant Referee 2: Jakob Mastrup DEN
Fourth Official: Lasse Graagaard DEN
Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek AUT

Vikingur – Egnatia
Referee: Jóhan Ellefsen FRO
Assistant Referee 1: Dan Højgaard FRO
Assistant Referee 2: Jørleif Djurhuus FRO
Fourth Official: Dagfinn Olsen FRO
Referee Observer: Neale Barry ENG

Valur – St. Mirren
Referee: Damian Kos POL
Assistant Referee 1: Bartosz Heinig POL
Assistant Referee 2: Marek Arys POL
Fourth Official: Łukasz Kuźma POL
Referee Observer: Carlos Clos Gómez ESP

St. Patrick – Vaduz
Referee: Thomas Owen WAL
Assistant Referee 1: Lewiss Edwards WAL
Assistant Referee 2: Ashley Davis WAL
Fourth Official: Bryn Markham-Jones WAL
Referee Observer: Clayton Pisani MLT

Legia – Caernarfon
Referee: Juri Frischer EST
Assistant Referee 1: Veiko Mõtsnik EST
Assistant Referee 2: Sander Saga EST
Fourth Official: Karl Koppel EST
Referee Observer: Kostadin Gerginov BUL

Hajduk – Torshavn
Referee: Matthew De Gabriele MLT
Assistant Referee 1: Jurgen Spiteri MLT
Assistant Referee 2: Mitchell Scerri MLT
Fourth Official: Andrea Sciriha MLT

Mostar – Bravo
Referee: Lionel Tschudi SUI
Assistant Referee 1: Matthias Sbrissa SUI
Assistant Referee 2: Bastien Lengacher SUI
Fourth Official: Mirel Turkes SUI
Referee Observer: Hannes Kaasik EST

Stjarnan – Paide
Referee: Jérémy Muller LUX
Assistant Referee 1: Yannick Mentz LUX
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Stammet LUX
Fourth Official: Ricardo Fernandes Morais LUX
Referee Observer: Gediminas Mažeika LTU

Sarajevo – Trnava
Referee: Bram Van Driessche BEL
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere BEL
Assistant Referee 2: Michele Seeldraeyers BEL
Fourth Official: Kevin Van Damme BEL
Referee Observer: Vadims Direktorenko LVA

Breidablik – Drita
Referee: Jan Petřík CZE
Assistant Referee 1: Marek Podaný CZE
Assistant Referee 2: Lukáš Matoušek CZE
Fourth Official: Jan Machálek CZE
Referee Observer: Nerijus Dunauskas LTU

UEFA Champions League 2024/2025 – Second Qualifying Round (First Leg)

23-24 July 2024

Dynamo Kyiv – Partizan
Referee: Christian Dingert GER (photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Dietz GER
Assistant Referee 2: Nikolai Kimmeyer GER
Fourth Official: Florian Badstübner GER
VAR:
AVAR:
Referee Observer: Geórgios Bíkas GRE

Bodo Glimt – RFS
Referee: Donald Robertson SCO
Assistant Referee 1: David Roome SCO
Assistant Referee 2: Ross Macleod SCO
Fourth Official: Grant Irvine SCO
VAR: Kevin Clancy SCO
AVAR: Greg Aitken SCO
Referee Observer: Markus Strömbergsson SWE

Panevezys – Jagiellonia
Referee: Novak Simović SRB
Assistant Referee 1: Nikola Djorović SRB
Assistant Referee 2: Miloš Simović SRB
Fourth Official: Pavle Tomić SRB
VAR:
AVAR:
Referee Observer: Sascha Amhof SUI

Lincoln Red Imps – Qarabag
Referee: István Vad HUN
Assistant Referee 1: Vencel Tóth HUN
Assistant Referee 2: István Albert HUN
Fourth Official: Bence Csonka HUN
VAR:
AVAR:
Referee Observer: Christof Dierick BEL

Apoel – Petrocub
Referee: Robert Schröder GER
Assistant Referee 1: Dominik Schaal GER
Assistant Referee 2: Sven Waschitzki GER
Fourth Official: Martin Petersen GER
VAR:
AVAR:
Referee Observer: Vlado Svilokos CRO

Malmo – Klaksvik
Referee: Lukas Fähndrich SUI
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Maire SUI
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Müller SUI
Fourth Official: Nico Gianforte SUI
VAR:
AVAR:
Referee Observer: Simon Evans WAL

FCSB – Maccabi Tel Aviv
Referee: Gergő Bogár HUN
Assistant Referee 1: Theodoros Georgiou HUN
Assistant Referee 2: Balázs Szalai HUN
Fourth Official: Csaba Pintér HUN
VAR:
AVAR:
Referee Observer: Marco Borg MLT

Ferencvaros – The New Saints
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández ESP
Assistant Referee 1: Guadalupe Porras Ayuso ESP
Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Estévez Iglesias ESP
Fourth Official: Mateo Busquets Ferrer ESP
VAR:
AVAR:
Referee Observer: Alain Bieri SUI

Santa Coloma – Midtjylland
Referee: Abdulkadir Bitigen TUR
Assistant Referee 1: Ibrahim Uyarcan TUR
Assistant Referee 2: Mustafa Savranlar TUR
Fourth Official: Ümit Öztürk TUR
Video Assistant Referee: Hakan Ceylan TUR
AVAR:
Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter SUI

Lugano – Fenerbahce
Referee: Tiago Martins POR
Assistant Referee 1: Bruno Jesus POR
Assistant Referee 2: Hugo Ribeiro POR
Fourth Official: Miguel Nogueira POR
VAR:
AVAR:
Referee Observer: Jens Larsen DEN

Shamrock Rovers – Sparta Praha
Referee: Joey Kooij NED
Assistant Referee 1: Patrick Inia NED
Assistant Referee 2: Murat Kücükerbir NED
Fourth Official: Jannick van der Laan NED
VAR:
AVAR:
Referee Observer: Alain Sars FRA

PAOK – Borac Banja Luka

Referee: David Šmajc SVN
Assistant Referee 1: David Gabrovec SVN
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaž Černe SVN
Fourth Official: Dejan Balažič SVN
VAR:
AVAR:
Referee Observer: Paweł Gil POL

PFK Ludogorets – Dynamo Minsk
Referee: Eldorjan Hamiti ALB
Assistant Referee 1: Ilir Tartaraj ALB
Assistant Referee 2: Emigers Gançi ALB
Fourth Official: Erjon Bastari ALB
VAR:
AVAR:
Referee Observer: Alon Yefet ISR

NK Celje – Slovan Bratislava
Referee: Darren England ENG
Assistant Referee 1: James Mainwaring ENG
Assistant Referee 2: Nick Greenhalgh ENG
Fourth Official: Thomas Bramall ENG
VAR:
AVAR:
Referee Observer: László Vágner HUN

CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2024 – Play-offs (Second Leg)

23-25 July 2024

Racing – Huachipato
Referee: Juan Benitez PAR (photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo PAR
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Canete PAR
Fourth Official: Juan Lopez PAR
VAR: Derlis Lopez PAR
AVAR: Jose Villagra PAR
Referee Assessor: Pedro Saucedo PAR
VAR Supervisor: Marcelo Rogerio BRA

Internacional – Rosario Central
Referee: Gustavo Tejera URU
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran URU
Assistant Referee 2: Andres Nievas URU
Fourth Official: Jose Burgos URU
VAR: Carlos Orbe ECU
AVAR: Christian Lescano ECU
Referee Assessor: Cesar Escano PER
VAR Supervisor: Claudio Rios CHI

Red Bull Bragantino – Barcelona
Referee: Alexis Herrera VEN
Assistant Referee 1: Lubin Torrealba VEN
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Ponte VEN
Fourth Official: Jose Uzcategui VEN
VAR: Joel Alarcon PER
AVAR: Johnny Bossio PER
Referee Assessor: Abraham Gonzalez COL
VAR Supervisor: Carlos Pastorino URU

Universidad Catolica – Libertad
Referee: Andres Rojas COL
Assistant Referee 1: John Gallego COL
Assistant Referee 2: Richard Ortiz COL
Fourth Official: Carlos Betancur COL
VAR: David Rodriguez COL
AVAR: Heider Castro COL
Referee Assessor: Ana Perez PER
VAR Supervisor: Giulliano Bozzano BRA

Boca Juniors – Independiente Del Valle
Referee: Andres Matonte URU
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Soppi URU
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Llarena URU
Fourth Official: Alberto Feres URU
VAR: Christian Ferreyra URU
AVAR: Richard Trinidad URU
Referee Assessor: Manuel Bernal PAR
VAR Supervisor: Patricio Polic CHI

Cuiaba – Palestino
Referee: Gery Vargas BOL
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Antelo BOL
Assistant Referee 2: Edwar Saavedra BOL
Fourth Official: Javier Revollo BOL
VAR: Andres Cunha URU
AVAR: Antonio Garcia URU
Referee Assessor: Jose Lara ECU
VAR Supervisor: Juan Restrepo COL

Always Ready – LDU Quito
Referee: Flavio Souza BRA
Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Manis BRA
Assistant Referee 2: Alex Ribeiro BRA
Fourth Official: Rodrigo Pereira BRA
VAR: Jose Rocha BRA
AVAR: Rodrigo Nunes BRA
Referee Assessor: Paulo Conceicao BRA
VAR Supervisor: Juan Cardellino URU

Athletico Paranaense – Cerro Porteno
Referee: Felipe Gonzalez CHI
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Retamal CHI
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Rocha CHI
Fourth Official: Francisco Gilabert CHI
VAR: Juan Lara CHI
AVAR: Alan Sandoval CHI
Referee Assessor: Fernando Falce URU
VAR Supervisor: Gustavo Rossi ARG

Concacaf U-20 Championship 2024

Mexico, 19 July - 4 August 2024

Referees
Filip Dujic (CAN)
Myriam Marcotte (CAN)
David Gomez (CRC)
Adonis Carrasco (DOM, photo)
Christopher Corado (GUA)
Filiberto Martinez (SLV)
Fernando Hernandez (MEX)
Fernando Moron (PAN)
Hakeem Harvey (SKN)
Crystal Sobers (TRI)
Kwinsi Williams (TRI)
Victor Rivas (USA)

Letexier: "Refereeing is a sport in its own right"

Considering that referees run an average of 11.5km per match, it’s crucial that they’re in good shape. After a season of officiating in Ligue 1, François Letexier will conclude the summer with two major international competitions under his belt: 2024 is a jam-packed year for the Breton native. It's a good job he’s in fine form, spurred on by a host of awards and recognition. His consistency at the highest level has rightfully earned him the accolade of best referee in Ligue 1 for the second year on the trot at the recent Trophées UNFP (National Union of Professional Footballers) award ceremony. Regarded as one of the best referees in Europe, Letexier was called up to be part of the refereeing team at UEFA EURO 2024 and oversaw the final between Spain and England. And the icing on the cake is that he will be part of the Olympic Football Tournaments Paris 2024, on his home turf in France.
“I felt immensely proud when I found out that I was one of the referees called up to officiate at Paris 2024 this summer. It has always been a dream of mine to experience this event first-hand, which happens to be taking place in my home country this year,” he revealed to Inside FIFA. “I see the Olympics as a global event where differences are set aside in the name of sport and its universal, peaceful values. It’s an event where the challenge of pushing yourself to the limit creates unique moments that help shape our childhood dreams.” Whether we like it or not, in this calibre of competition, athletes’ performances are more deeply ingrained in our memory than the referees’ calls. And Letexier will not be competing for a gold medal – the highest honour for any competitor. This doesn’t seem to faze the Frenchman, who considers refereeing a sport in its own right, “where there is competition; healthy competition, above all against yourself,” he adds. “In refereeing terms, officiating in the final would be an Olympic gold medal because it’s the competition’s last match,” he continues. “It’s only natural to set yourself objectives when embarking on an adventure like the Olympic Games. These objectives are set on a match-by-match basis.”
A lawyer by trade, this is how he has gradually forged a career at the whistle. It was at the age of 14 that he first experienced the joys of refereeing, in which moment he had an epiphany: “Refereeing is an amazing way to learn about life, and I urge all young football fans to give it a go, just to see if they like it,” he summarises. “When I first started refereeing, the elite level seemed so distant, so unattainable, that I didn't even dream about it,” he admits. “I set my sights on the heights of refereeing when some key people in my life, who were always there for me, helped me understand that I could be ambitious and dream. And I hope to never stop dreaming!” Letexier became the youngest referee to officiate in Ligue 1 in 2016 and has gradually risen through the ranks – the sky is the limit for him. After gaining recognition in France and then on the European stage, he got his first taste of world football at the FIFA U-20 World Cup Argentina 2023. Drawing on his experience, he will be at the forefront of the action at the Olympic Games this summer, aged just 35. The journey is beautiful, but that doesn’t mean it is always plain sailing. “Things aren’t always easy – sometimes the going gets tough. These tough times are like defeats, because the calls were incorrect and negatively impacted the outcome of a match, or because we’ve failed to live up to our own expectations,” he explains. But Letexier prefers to focus on the finer times: “All those defining moments that are part and parcel of matches; those moments before a match, when we come together as a team and share powerful messages, to unite and create a sense of togetherness and those after a match, when you feel you’ve done your duty and can celebrate what feels like a team triumph.” The FIFA Referees Committee has also focused on the finest by selecting Letexier to officiate at the Olympic Football Tournaments Paris 2024.

Source: FIFA

UEFA Referee Categories - First half of the season 2024/2025

Men

Elite (32)
Irfan Peljto (BIH), Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR), Michael Oliver (ENG), Anthony Taylor (ENG), Jesus Gil Manzano (ESP), Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez (ESP), Jose Sanchez Martinez (ESP), Benoît Bastien (FRA), Francois Letexier (FRA), Clement Turpin (FRA), Daniel Siebert (GER), Tobias Stieler (GER), Felix Zwayer (GER), Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE), Orel Grinfeeld (ISR), Marco Guida (ITA), Davide Massa (ITA), Daniele Orsato (ITA), Serdar Gözübüyük (NED), Danny Makkelie (NED), Espen Eskas (NOR), Szymon Marciniak (POL), Artur Dias (POR), Ovidiu Hategan (ROU), Istvan Kovacs (ROU), Sergei Karasev (RUS), Srdjan Jovanovic (SRB), Sandro Schärer (SUI), Ivan Kruzliak (SVK), Slavko Vincic (SVN), Glenn Nyberg (SWE), Halil Meler (TUR).

First Category (60)
Enea Jorgji (ALB), Juxhin Xhaja (ALB), Sebastian Gishamer (AUT), Harald Lechner (AUT), Julian Weinberger (AUT), Aliyar Aghayev (AZE), Erik Lambrechts (BEL), Lawrence Visser (BEL), Georgi Kabakov (BUL), Igor Pajac (CRO), Duje Strukan (CRO), Ondrej Berka (CZE), Jakob Kehlet (DEN), Morten Krogh (DEN), John Brooks (ENG), Christopher Kavanagh (ENG), Ricardo De Burgos Bengoechea (ESP), Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP), Kristo Tohver (EST), Jerome Brisard (FRA), Willy Delajod (FRA), Stephanie Frappart (FRA), Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO), Sven Jablonski (GER), Harm Osmers (GER), Sascha Stegemann (GER), Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE), Balazs Berke (HUN), Tamas Bognar (HUN), Yigal Frid (ISR), Marco Di Bello (ITA), Maurizio Mariani (ITA), Simone Sozza (ITA), Manfredas Lukjancukas (LTU), Donatas Rumsas (LTU), Andris Treimanis (LVA), Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD), Nikola Dabanovic (MNE), Allard Lindhout (NED), Rohit Saggi (NOR), Bartosz Frankowski (POL), Pawel Raczkowski (POL), Damian Sylwestrzak (POL), Luis Godinho (POR), Antonio Nobre (POR), Joao Pinheiro (POR), Marian Barbu (ROU), Horatiu Fesnic (ROU), Radu Petrescu (ROU), Sergei Ivanov (RUS), John Beaton (SCO), Nicholas Walsh (SCO), Nenad Minakovic (SRB), Urs Schnyder (SUI), Filip Glova (SVK), Matej Jug (SVN), Rade Obrenovic (SVN), Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE), Andreas Ekberg (SWE), Mykola Balakin (UKR).

Second Category (198)
Eldorjan Hamiti (ALB), Florian Lata (ALB), Antoine Chiaramonti (AND), Luis Teixeira (AND), Ashot Ghaltakhchyan (ARM), Zaven Hovhannisyan (ARM), Henrik Nalbandyan (ARM), Walter Altmann (AUT), Christian Ciochirca (AUT), Stefan Ebner (AUT), Alan Kijas (AUT), Elchin Masiyev (AZE), Kamal Umudlu (AZE), Lothar D’Hondt (BEL), Jonathan Lardot (BEL), Bram Van Driessche (BEL), Nathan Verboomen (BEL), Jasper Vergoote (BEL), Antoni Bandic (BIH), Luka Bilbija (BIH), Milos Gigovic (BIH), Dzmitry Dzmitryieu (BLR), Amine Kourgheli (BLR), Viktar Shymusik (BLR), Volen Chinkov (BUL), Dragomir Draganov (BUL), Radoslav Gidzhenov (BUL), Georgi Ginchev (BUL), Nikola Popov (BUL), Dario Bel (CRO), Ante Culina (CRO), Fran Jovic (CRO), Patrik Kolaric (CRO), Ivana Martincic (CRO), Menelaos Antoniou (CYP), Andreas Argyrou (CYP), Kyriakos Athanasiou (CYP), Chrysovalantis Theouli (CYP), Dalibor Černy (CZE), Jan Petrik (CZE), Marek Radina (CZE), Dominik Stary (CZE), Ladislav Szikszay (CZE), Jakob Carlsen (DEN), Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN), Sandi Putros (DEN), Mikkel Redder (DEN), Jakob Sundberg (DEN), Stuart Attwell (ENG), Darren England (ENG), Jarred Gillett (ENG), Robert Jones (ENG), Andrew Madley (ENG), Craig Pawson (ENG), Javier Alberola Rojas (ESP), Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez (ESP), Alejandro Muniz Ruiz (ESP), Jose Munuera Montero (ESP), Cesar Soto Grado (ESP), Juri Frischer (EST), Joonas Jaanovits (EST), Mohammed Al-Emara (FIN), Joni Hyytia (FIN), Oliver Reitala (FIN), Peiman Simani (FIN), Ruddy Buquet (FRA), Bastien Dechepy (FRA), Jeremie Pignard (FRA), Eric Wattellier (FRA), Johan Ellefsen (FRO), Heini Vidoy (FRO), Goga Kikacheishvili (GEO), Irakli Kvirikashvili (GEO), Bastian Dankert (GER), Christian Dingert (GER), Daniel Schlager (GER), Robert Schroder (GER), Jason Barcelo (GIB), Aristotelis Diamantopoulos (GRE), Vasileios Fotias (GRE), Evangelos Manouchos (GRE), Ioannis Papadopoulos (GRE), Christos Vergetis (GRE), Gergo Bogar (HUN), Bence Csonka (HUN), Mihaly Kapraly (HUN), Istvan Vad (HUN), Robert Harvey (IRL), Robert Hennessy (IRL), Paul McLaughlin (IRL), Kevin O'Sullivan (IRL), Thorvaldur Arnason (ISL), Helgi Jonasson (ISL), Ivar Kristjansson (ISL), Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson (ISL), David Fuxman (ISR), Gal Leibovitz (ISR), Snir Levi (ISR), Daniele Chiffi (ITA), Andrea Colombo (ITA), Maria Ferrieri Caputi (ITA), Fabio Maresca (ITA), Luca Pairetto (ITA), Sayat Karabayev (KAZ), Rustam Omarov (KAZ), Daniyar Sakhi (KAZ), Bulat Sariyev (KAZ), Mervan Bejtullahu (KOS), Visar Kastrati (KOS), Genc Nuza (KOS), Robertas Valikonis (LTU), Jeremy Muller (LUX), Jasmin Sabotic (LUX), Ivo Torres (LUX), Edgars Malcevs (LVA), Vitalijs Spasjonnikovs (LVA), Roman Jitari (MDA), Dumitru Muntean (MDA), Ion Orlic (MDA), Jovan Kachevski (MKD), Ivana Projkovska (MKD), Igor Stojčevski (MKD), Ishmael Barbara (MLT), Matthew De Gabriele (MLT), Philip Farrugia (MLT), Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT), Miloš Bošković (MNE), Miloš Savovic (MNE), Dennis Higler (NED), Joey Kooij (NED), Marc Nagtegaal (NED), Sander van der Eijk (NED), Tim Marschall (NIR), Benjamin McMaster (NIR Ian McNabb (NIR), Jamie Robinson (NIR), Sivert Amland (NOR), Mohammad Aslam (NOR), Kristoffer Hagenes (NOR), Sigurd Kringstad (NOR), Kai Steen (NOR), Damian Kos (POL), Lukasz Kuzma (POL), Daniel Stefanski (POL), Gustavo Correia (POR), Miguel Nogueira (POR), Tiago Martins (POR), Claudio Pereira (POR), Fabio Verissimo (POR), Marcel Bîrsan (ROU), Andrei Chivulete (ROU), Iuliana Demetrescu (ROU), Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS), Evgeni Kukuliak (RUS), Kirill Levnikov (RUS), Artem Liubimov (RUS), Vitali Meshkov (RUS), Vladimir Moskalev (RUS), Pavel Shadykhanov (RUS), David Dickinson (SCO), Matthew MacDermid (SCO), David Munro (SCO), Donald Robertson (SCO), Michele Beltrano (SMR), Pavle Ilić (SRB), Milos Milanovic (SRB), Danilo Nikolić (SRB), Novak Simovic (SRB), Luca Cibelli (SUI), Alessandro Dudic (SUI), Lukas Fähndrich (SUI), Fedayi San (SUI), Lionel Tschudi (SUI), Martin Dohal (SVK), Peter Kralovic (SVK), Michal Ocenas (SVK), Martin Matoša (SVN), David Šmajc (SVN), Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE), Adam Ladebäck (SWE), Granit Maqedonci (SWE), Joakim Östling (SWE), Abdulkadir Bitigen (TUR), Attila Karaoglan (TUR), Arda Kardesler (TUR), Zorbay Küçük (TUR), Kadir Saglam (TUR), Bahattin Şimşek (TUR), Oleksii Derevinskyi (UKR), Viktor Kopiievskyi (UKR), Dmytro Kubriak (UKR), Dmytro Panchyshyn (UKR), Vitaly Romanov (UKR), Denys Shurman (UKR), Cheryl Foster (WAL), Iwan Griffith (WAL), Robert Jenkins (WAL), Thomas Owen (WAL).

Women

Elite (22)
Ivana Martincic (CRO), Jana Adamkova (CZE), Frida Klarlund (DEN), Rebecca Welch (ENG), Marta Huerta De Aza (ESP), Lina Lehtovaara (FIN), Stephanie Frappart (FRA), Riem Hussein (GER), Eleni Antoniou (GRE), Katalin Kulcsar (HUN), Maria Ferrieri Caputi (ITA), Ivana Projkovska (MKD), Ewa Augustyn (POL), Monika Mularczyk (POL), Sandra Bastos (POR), Catarina Campos (POR), Iuliana Demetrescu (ROU), Alina Pesu (ROU), Lorraine Watson (SCO), Jelena Cvetkovic (SRB), Tess Olofsson (SWE), Cheryl Foster (WAL).

First Category (49)

Emanuela Rusta (ALB), Merima Celik (BIH), Volha Blotskaya (BLR), Galiya Echeva (BUL), Kristina Georgieva (BUL), Hristiana Guteva (BUL), Sabina Bolic (CRO), Jelena Pejkovic (CRO), Veronika Kovarova (CZE), Michaela Pachtova (CZE), Lucie Sulcova (CZE), Abigail Byrne (ENG), Kirsty Dowle (ENG), Ainara Acevedo Dudley (ESP), Zulema Gonzalez Gonzalez (ESP), Olatz Rivera Olmedo (ESP), Minka Vekkeli (FIN), Lotta Vuorio (FIN), Victoria Beyer (FRA), Alexandra Collin (FRA), Fabienne Michel (GER), Angelika Soeder (GER), Karoline Wacker (GER), Franziska Wildfeuer (GER), Reka Molnar (HUN), Katalin Sipos (HUN), Deborah Bianchi (ITA), Silvia Gasperotti (ITA), Maria Marotta (ITA), Elvira Nurmustafina (KAZ), Rasa Grigone (LTU), Justina Lavrenovaite-Perez (LTU), Shona Shukrula (NED), Lizzy van der Helm (NED), Henrikke Nervik (NOR), Michalina Diakow (POL), Katarzyna Lisiecka-Sek (POL), Silvia Domingos (POR), Ana Terteleac (ROU), Vera Opeikina (RUS), Jelena Medjedovic (SRB), Marina Živković (SRB), Deborah Anex (SUI), Desiree Grundbacher (SUI), Michele Schmolzer (SUI), Miriama Bockova (SVK), Zuzana Valentova (SVK), Aleksandra Cesen (SVN), Gamze Durmuş (TUR).

Second Category (67)
Eglantina Pjetrushaj (ALB), Araksya Saribekyan (ARM), Sofik Torosyan (ARM), Kathrin Huber (AUT), Olivia Tschon (AUT), Marina Zechner (AUS), Farida Lutfaliyeva (AZE), Caroline Lanssens (BEL), Jana Van Laere (BEL), Vesna Miletic (BIH), Jelena Kumer (CRO), Ioanna Allaylotou (CYP), Zoe Stavrou (CYP), Nanna Andersen (DEN), Frederikke Sokjaer (DEN), Emily Heaslip (ENG), Stacey Pearson (ENG), Eugenia Gil Soriano (ESP), Reelika Turi (EST), Triinu Vaher (EST), Ifeoma Kulmala (FIN), Audrey Gerbel (FRA), Maika Vanderstichel (FRA), Mzevinari Sharashanidze (GEO), Teona Sturua (GEO), Anastasia Mylopoulou (GRE), Eirini Pingiou (GRE), Andromachi Tsiofliki (GRE), Eszter Urban (HUN), Briet Bragadottir (ISL), Meitar Shemesh (ISR), Martina Molinaro (ITA), Tatiana Sorokopudova (KAZ), Rita Vehapi (KOS), Jurgita Macikunyte (LTU), Ugne Smitaite (LTU), Jeļena Jermolajeva (LVA), Oxana Cruc (MDA), Elena Gobjila (MDA), Irena Velevackoska-Ristevski (MKD), Joanna Vassallo (MLT), Wendy Gijsbers (NED), Marisca Overtoom (NED), Louise Thompson (NIR), Karoline Jensen (NOR), Emilie Torkelsen (NOR), Sarah Zangeneh (NOR), Filipa Cunha (POR), Teresa Oliveira (POR), Roxana Timis (ROU), Karina Afanaseva (RUS), Nadezhda Gorinova (RUS), Marina Krupskaya (RUS), Alexandra Ponomareva (RUS), Milica Milovanović (SRB), Laura Mauricio (SUI), Vanja Jankovic (SVN), Tjasa Misja (SVN), Lovisa Johansson (SWE), Maral Mirzai (SWE), Melek Dakan (TUR), Melis Ozcigdem (TUR), Cansu Tiryaki (TUR), Kristina Kozoroh (UKR), Sofiya Prychyna (UKR), Anastasiya Romanyuk (UKR), Charlotte Carpenter (WAL).

Futsal

Elite (40)
Stefan Vrijens (BEL), Vedran Babic (CRO), Nikola Jelic (CRO), Yiangos Yiangou (CYP), Ondrej Cerny (CZE), David Nissen (DEN), Marc Birkett (ENG), Peter Nurse (ENG), Juan Cordero Gallardo (ESP), Pablo Delgado Sastre (ESP), Alejandro Martinez Flores (ESP), David Urdanoz Apezteguia (ESP), Grigori Osomkov (EST), Kirill Naishouler (FIN), Victor Chaix (FRA), Julien Lang (FRA), Cedric Pelissier (FRA), Gabor Kovacs (HUN), Nicola Manzione (ITA), Chiara Perona (ITA), Dominykas Norkus (LTU), Viktor Bugenko (MDA), Lars Van Leeuwen (NED), Telmen Undrakh (NOR), Damian Grabowski (POL), Miguel Castilho (POR), Eduardo Coelho (POR), Cristiano Santos (POR), Ruben Santos (POR), Vlad Ciobanu (ROU), Bogdan Hanceariuc (ROU), Vladimir Kadykov (RUS), Irina Velikanova (RUS), Petar Radojcic (SRB), Daniel Matkovic (SUI), David Schaerli (SUI), Ales Mocnik Peric (SVN), Dejan Veselic (SVN), Kamil Cetin (TUR), Denys Kutsyi (UKR).

First Category (40)
Juan Boelen (BEL), Volha Pauliuts (BLR), Trayan Enchev (BUL), Mislav Dzeko (CRO), Jan Kresta (CZE), Martin Koster (DEN), Javier Moreno Reina (ESP), Arttu Kyynaeraeinen (FIN), Maximilian Alkofer (GER), Vasileios Christodoulis (GRE), Norbert Szilagyi (HUN), Giulio Colombin (ITA), Dario Pezzuto (ITA), Aslan Galayev (KAZ), Talgat Kosmukhambetov (KAZ), Besar Beqiri (KOS), Besart Ismajli (KOS), Ingus Purins (LVA), Josip Barton (MKD), Marjan Mladenovski (MKD), Done Ristovski (MKD), Stephen Vella (MLT), Ibrahim El Jilali (NED), Joern Te Kloeze (NED), Dag Tangvik (NOR), Monica Czudzinovicz (POL), Filipe Duarte (POR), Grigori Zelentsov (RUS), Daniele D’Adamo (SMR), Darko Boskovic (SUI), Rastislav Behancin (SVK), Lukas Pesko (SVK), Admir Zahovic (SVN), Ademir Avdic (SWE), David Glavonjic (SWE), George Jansizian (SWE), Ugur Cakmak (TUR), Ozan Soykan (TUR), Fatma Tursun (TUR), Mariia Myslovska (UKR).

Second Category (87)

Arlind Subashi (ALB), Gevorg Yeghoyan (ARM), Daniel Stauber (AUT), Manuel Wolf (AUT), Knyaz Amiraslanov (AZE), Ali Jabrayilov (AZE), Hikmat Qafarli (AZE), Yasin Alageyik (BEL), Jiri Bergs (BEL), Farik Keco (BIH), Vedran Marcinko (BIH), Nikola Tadic (BIH), Aliaksandr Auramau (BLR), Maryia Kacheyeva (BLR), Yahueni Zhalabkou (BLR), Ivan Ivanov (BUL), Kaloyan Kirilov (BUL), Ivo Tsenov (BUL), Dino Kramar (CRO), Marijana Orešić (CRO), Larisa Avramidou (CYP), Michalis Christofides (CYP), Georgios Kozakos (CYP), Nicolas Nicolaou (CYP), Radim Cep (CZE), Filip Nesnera (CZE), Alice Vevodova (CZE), Daniel Sorensen (DEN), Oliver Ballinger (ENG), Sara Gutierrez Echeverria (ESP), Noelia Gutierrez Munoz (ESP), Jagnar Jakobson (EST), Paavo Kompaa (FIN), Maria Tuomi (FIN), Jordan Faltesse (FRA), Zviad Bliadze (GEO), Christian Gundler (GER), Jacob Pawlowski (GER), Zyl Sheriff (GIB), Antonios Adamopoulos (GRE), Panagiotis Ntalas (GRE), Adam Czene-Joo (HUN), Annamaria Tolnay (HUN), Peter Zimonyi (HUN), David Berry (IRL), Raafat Al Hamola (ISR), Idan Berenshtein (ISR), Ofer Grosfeld (ISR), Martina Piccolo (ITA), Simone Zanfino (ITA), Giovanni Zannola (ITA), Nurlybek Kalimaganbetov (KAZ), Turekhan Tursumbayev (KAZ), Florentina Kallaba (KOS), Irmantas Kaprasovas (LTU), Mantas Pomeckis (LTU), Sergejs Sacmans (LVA), Andrea Naudi (MLT), Drazen Vuckevic (MNE), Jacob Van Dijke (NED), Dominik Cipinski (POL), Slawomir Steczko (POL), Pawel Tokarewicz (POL), Filipa Prata (POR), Liviu Chita (ROU), Laurentiu Deaconu (ROU), Tatiana Boltneva (RUS), Vitali Groshev (RUS), Ilya Pogonin (RUS), Gordon McCabe (SCO), Laurentiu Ilie (SMR), Jasmina Mickoska (SRB), Srdjan Mihajlovic (SRB), Oliver Nikolic (SRB), Nikola Rabrenovic (SRB), Marco Rothenfluh (SUI), Peter Budac (SVK), Martin Matula (SVK), Doroteja Music (SVN), Jernej Petek (SVN), Kastriot Gerxhaliu (SWE), Hakan Tezcan (TUR), Orest Dutsiak (UKR), Yevhen Hordiienko (UKR), Sviatoslav Kliuchnyk (UKR), Vasilica Ciuplea (WAL), Elwyn Parry (WAL).

UEFA: Referees Collum, Monzul and Staubli retired from Elite

The UEFA Referees Committee approved the referee categories for the first half of the season 2024/2025. The changes take effect on 1 July 2024.


Men


Retired from Elite: William Collum (SCO, photo). 

Retired/removed from First Category: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR), Pierre Gaillouste (FRA).

Demoted from First Category to Second Category: Craig Pawson (ENG), Daniel Stefanski (POL).

Promoted from Second Category to First Category: Ondrej Berka (CZE), John Brooks (ENG), Sven Jablonski (GER), Yigal Frid (ISR), Simone Sozza (ITA), Damian Sylwestrzak (POL), Luis Godinho (POR), Marian Barbu (ROU), Nenad Minakovic (SRB).

Retired/removed from Second Category: Esther Staubli (SUI), Kateryna Monzul (UKR).

Women

Retired from Elite: Esther Staubli (SUI), Kateryna Monzul (UKR).

Retired/removed from First Category: Viola Raudzina (LVA).

Demoted from First Category to Second Category: Reelika Turi (EST), Eszter Urban (HUN).

Promoted from Second Category to First Category: Michaela Pachtova (CZE), Lotta Vuorio (FIN), Miriama Bockova (SVK).

Futsal

No changes.

New line of communication between referees and players implemented across all UEFA competitions

UEFA Euro 2024 has seen a new policy introduced to shape the relationships between referees and players on the field, enhance communication around referees' decisions and encourage mutual trust. The success of this new approach at UEFA Euro 2024, understood by the actors of the game and welcomed by public opinion as unquestionable progress for the image of football, boosts our confidence that this is the way forward. Fair play and respect are values that football, the most popular sport in the world, must convey to society at large.
Starting with the new season of the UEFA club competitions, this approach will therefore be extended to all matches in UEFA competitions. Referees now have an open line of dialogue with the teams to explain key decisions, including those involving VAR. This information and accompanying explanations are provided only to the team captains, who are the only players entitled to speak to the referee and request clarifications in a respectful manner. Captains must also take responsibility for their team-mates, asking them to respect the referee, keep their distance and not surround the match officials. Where the captain is the goalkeeper, therefore not close to the action in the majority of cases, the teams are requested to nominate a single outfield player authorised to speak with the referees, to receive their explanations. Players disregarding these instructions and approaching the referees to show dissent or to act disrespectfully are cautioned.

Source: UEFA

CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2024 – Play-offs (First Leg)

16-18 July 2024

Rosario Central – Internacional
Referee: Cristian Garay (CHI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Rocha (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Serrano (CHI)
Fourth Official: Manuel Vergara (CHI)
VAR: Fernando Vejar (CHI)
AVAR: Juan Sepulveda (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Luis Sanchez (VEN)
VAR Supervisor: Rodney Aquino (PAR)

Huachipato – Racing
Referee: Augusto Aragon (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Baren (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Andres Tola (ECU)
Fourth Official: Alex Cajas (ECU)
VAR: Franklin Congo (ECU)
AVAR: Jefferson Macias (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Victor Martinez (PAR)
VAR Supervisor: Juan Lugones (ECU)

Barcelona – Red Bull Bragantino
Referee: Maximiliano Ramirez (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Savorani (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Raineri (ARG)
Fourth Official: Pablo Echavarria (ARG)
VAR: Hernan Mastrangelo (ARG)
AVAR: Lucas Novelli (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Jorge Jaimes (PER)
VAR Supervisor: Juan Restrepo (COL)

Libertad – Universidad Catolica
Referee: Paulo Zanovelli (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nailton Sousa (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Luanderson Lima (BRA)
Fourth Official: Bruno Arleu (BRA)
VAR: Wagner Reway (BRA)
AVAR: Rodrigo D’Alonso (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Jorge Antequera (BOL)
VAR Supervisor: Henry Gambetta (PER)

Independiente Del Valle – Boca Juniors
Referee: Felipe Gonzalez (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Retamal (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Molina (CHI)
Fourth Official: Francisco Gilabert (CHI)
VAR: Jose Cabero (CHI)
AVAR: Miguel Araos (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Miguel Nievas (URU)
VAR Supervisor: Cesar Escano (PER)

Palestino – Cuiaba
Referee: Roberto Perez (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Atoche (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Enrique Pinto (PER)
Fourth Official: Edwin Ordonez (PER)
VAR: Milagros Arruela (PER)
AVAR: Michael Espinoza (PER)
Referee Assessor: Oscar Maldonado (BOL)
VAR Supervisor: Oswaldo Segura (ECU)

LDU Quito – Always Ready
Referee: Kevin Ortega (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Orue (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jesus Sanchez (PER)
Fourth Official: Jesus Cartagena (PER)
VAR: Joel Alarcon (PER)
AVAR: Diego Haro (PER)
Referee Assessor: Jorge Mercado (PAR)
VAR Supervisor: Marcio Santiago (BRA)

Cerro Porteno – Athletico Paranaense
Referee: Esteban Ostojich (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Andres Nievas (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Agustin Berisso (URU)
Fourth Official: Javier Feres (URU)
VAR: Andres Cunha (URU)
AVAR: Antonio Garcia (URU)
Referee Assessor: Hector Baldassi (ARG)
VAR Supervisor: Claudio Rios (CHI)

Italian Referee Awards 2024


Premio Stefano Farina (best referee): Daniele Orsato
Premio Giovanni Mauro (international achivements): Simone Sozza
Premio Andrea Lastrucci (futsal): Nicola Manzione
Premio Maurizio Mattei (best ARs): Filippo Meli and Stefano Alassio
Premio Claudio Pieri (best observer): Cristian Brighi
Premio Luigi Agnolin (best Serie C referee): Mario Perri
Premio Sergio Gonella (best regional leader): Giuseppe De Santis
Premio Concetto Lo Bello (best national leader): Marco Falso
Premio Riccardo Lattanzi (best AIA section president): Antonio Ruffo
Premio Presidenza AIA: Marco Scapin, Andrea Melis, Saverio Bottalico, Roberto Pungitore

Source: AIA

UEFA Women’s U-19 Euro 2024

Lithuania, 14-27 July 2024

Referees
1. Emanuela Rusta ALB
2. Olivia Tschon AUT (photo)
3. Caroline Lanssens BEL
4. Minka Vekkeli FIN
5. Anastasia Mylopoulou GRE
6. Reka Molnar HUN
7. Silvia Gasperotti ITA
8. Michalina Diakow POL

Assistant Referees
1. Lena Hirtl AUT
2. Fie Bruun DEN
3. Giulia Tempestilli ITA
4. Silje Thoresen NOR
5. Julia Bukarowicz POL
6. Daniela Constantinescu ROU
7. Emelie Elfstrand SWE
8. Svitlana Hrushko UKR

UEFA U-19 Euro 2024

Northern Ireland, 15-28 July 2024

Referees
1. Henrik Nalbandyan ARM
2. Luka Bilbija BIH (photo)
3. Vasilios Fotias GRE
4. Ishmael Barbara MLT
5. Sander van der Eijk NED
6. Marian Barbu ROU

Assistant Referees
1. Atom Sevgulyan ARM
2. Aleksandar Smiljanić BIH
3. Andreas Fotopoulos GRE
4. Benas Kikutis LTU
5. Sladjan Markoski MKD
6. Duncan Spencer MLT
7. Dyon Fikkert NED
8. Mihai Marica ROU

Support Referees
1. Edgars Maļcevs LVA
2. James Robinson NIR

Referee Observers
1. Konrad Plautz AUT
2. David Elleray ENG
3. Gylfi Orrason ISL
4. Nuno Castro POR

UEFA Women's Euro 2025 – Qualifying Round (Matchday 6)

16 July 2024

Sweden – England
Referee: Maria Ferrieri Caputi ITA (photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Tiziana Trasciatti ITA
Assistant Referee 2: Stefania Signorelli ITA
Fourth Official: Deborah Bianchi ITA
Referee Observer: Caroline De Boeck BEL

Norway – Netherlands
Referee: Alina Peșu ROU
Assistant Referee 1: Petruța Iugulescu ROU
Assistant Referee 2: Marilena Nan ROU
Fourth Official: Roxana Timiș ROU
Referee Observer: Petra Pavlikova SVK

Italy – Finland
Referee: Ivana Projkovska MKD
Assistant Referee 1: Vjolca Izeiri MKD
Assistant Referee 2: Elena Soklevska-Ilievski MKD
Fourth Official: Marjan Dejanoski MKD
Referee Observer: Sandra Renon FRA

Spain – Belgium

Referee: Iuliana Demetrescu ROU
Assistant Referee 1: Mihaela Țepușă ROU
Assistant Referee 2: Roxana Ivanov ROU
Fourth Official: Ana Terteleac ROU
Referee Observer: Katarzyna Wierzbowska POL

Denmark – Czechia
Referee: Abigail Byrne ENG
Assistant Referee 1: Natalie Aspinall ENG
Assistant Referee 2: Georgia Ball ENG
Fourth Official: Melissa Burgin ENG
Referee Observer: Carina Vitulano ITA

Ireland – France

Referee: Olatz Rivera Olmedo ESP
Assistant Referee 1: Andrada Aloman ESP
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Pena Pena ESP
Fourth Official: Paola Cebollada Lopez ESP
Referee Observer: Cristina Babadac ROU

Germany – Austria
Referee: Shona Shukrula NED
Assistant Referee 1: Franca Overtoom NED
Assistant Referee 2: Martina Boer NED
Fourth Official: Marisca Overtoom NED
Referee Observer: Snježana Fočić CRO

Poland – Iceland
Referee: Kirsty Dowle ENG
Assistant Referee 1: Sophie Dennington ENG
Assistant Referee 2: Ruby Sykes ENG
Fourth Official: Emily Heaslip ENG
Referee Observer: Regien Belksma-Konink NED

Switzerland – Azerbaijan
Referee: Miriama Bočkova SVK
Assistant Referee 1: Miroslava Obertova SVK
Assistant Referee 2: Alexandra Vargova SVK
Fourth Official: Zuzana Valentova SVK
Referee Observer: Ivana Vlaić BIH

Hungary – Turkey
Referee: Franziska Wildfeuer GER
Assistant Referee 1: Melissa Joos GER
Assistant Referee 2: Jessica Bergmann GER
Fourth Official: Davina Lutz GER
Referee Observer: Wendy Toms ENG

Scotland – Serbia

Referee: Hristiyana Guteva BUL
Assistant Referee 1: Ekaterina Marinova BUL
Assistant Referee 2: Dorieta Valeva BUL
Fourth Official: Kristina Georgieva BUL
Referee Observer: Christine Frai GER

Israel – Slovakia
Referee: Gamze Pakkan TUR
Assistant Referee 1: Mürvet Yavuztürk TUR
Assistant Referee 2: Sedef Aktan TUR
Fourth Official: Melis Özçigdem TUR
Referee Observer: Gitte Holm DEN

Portugal – Malta

Referee: Jelena Medjedović SRB
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandra Stojanac SRB
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Milošević SRB
Fourth Official: Marina Živković SRB
Referee Observer: Eleni Kyriou GRE

Northern Ireland – Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Monika Mularczyk POL
Assistant Referee 1: Anna Dabrowska POL
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksandra Mostowska POL
Fourth Official: Anna Adamska POL
Referee Observer: Marta Atzori ITA

Wales – Kosovo
Referee: Deborah Anex SUI
Assistant Referee 1: Laetitia Nuara SUI
Assistant Referee 2: Melissa Dos Santos SUI
Fourth Official: Laura Mauricio SUI
Referee Observer: Ingrid Jonsson SWE

Ukraine – Croatia

Referee: Louise Thompson NIR
Assistant Referee 1: Rachel Greer NIR
Assistant Referee 2: Victoria Finlay NIR
Fourth Official: Abbie Hendry SCO
Referee Observer: Claudine Brohet BEL

Belarus – Cyprus

Referee: Vesna Miletić BIH
Assistant Referee 1: Merima Homarac BIH
Assistant Referee 2: Aida Jusufović BIH
Fourth Official: Nejra Halać BIH
Referee Observer: Emilia Wnuk POL

Lithuania – Georgia
Referee: Martina Molinaro ITA
Assistant Referee 1: Veronica Martinelli ITA
Assistant Referee 2: Nidaa Hader ITA
Fourth Official: Maria Marotta ITA
Referee Observer: Hilda McDermott IRL

Slovenia – North Macedonia

Referee: Frederikke Sokjær DEN
Assistant Referee 1: Katrine Stensholm DEN
Assistant Referee 2: Anna Schmidt DEN
Fourth Official: Julie Thomsen DEN
Referee Observer: Antonia Kokotou GRE

Latvia – Moldova

Referee: Milica Milovanović SRB
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandra Kostić SRB
Assistant Referee 2: Marijana Rajović SRB
Fourth Official: Jelena Cvetković SRB
Referee Observer: Miroslava Migalova SVK

Montenegro – Greece
Referee: Karoline Wacker GER
Assistant Referee 1: Daniela Göttlinger GER
Assistant Referee 2: Silke Fritz GER
Fourth Official: Naemi Breier GER
Referee Observer: Blaženka Logarušić CRO

Andorra – Faroe Islands
Referee: Eglantina Pjetrushaj ALB
Assistant Referee 1: Erinda Kume ALB
Assistant Referee 2: Jena Mala ALB
Fourth Official: Mirela Çemeri ALB
Referee Observer: Kirsi Heikkinen FIN

Romania – Armenia
Referee: Eugenia Gil Soriano ESP
Assistant Referee 1: Silvia Fernandez Perez ESP
Assistant Referee 2: Matilde Esteves-Garcia ESP
Fourth Official: Ainara Acevedo Dudley ESP
Referee Observer: Sharon Sluyts BEL

Bulgaria – Kazakhstan
Referee: Kristina Kozoroh UKR
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska UKR
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandra Vdovina UKR
Fourth Official: Anastasiya Romanyuk UKR
Referee Observer: Gyöngyi Gaal HUN

Estonia – Luxembourg

Referee: Teona Sturua GEO
Assistant Referee 1: Sopo Tsulaia GEO
Assistant Referee 2: Elene Eloshvili GEO
Fourth Official: Mzevinari Sharashanidze GEO
Referee Observer: Nelly Viennot FRA

UEFA Europa League 2024/2025 – First Qualifying Round (Second Leg)

18 July 2024

KF Lllapi – Wisla Krakow
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann MLT (photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Duncan Sultana MLT
Assistant Referee 2: James Muscat MLT
Fourth Official: Daniel Portelli MLT
VAR: Luca Pairetto ITA
AVAR: Matteo Gariglio ITA
Referee Observer: Ante Vučemilović-Šimunović CRO

Tobyl – Ruzomberok
Referee: Mikkel Redder DEN
Assistant Referee 1: Deniz Yurdakul DEN
Assistant Referee 2: René Risum DEN
Fourth Official: Jakob Sundberg DEN
VAR: Jonas Hansen DEN
AVAR: Jacob Karlsen DEN
Referee Observer: Carlos Clos Gómez ESP

Pafos – Elfsborg
Referee: Gal Leibovitz ISR
Assistant Referee 1: Omer Barbiro ISR
Assistant Referee 2: Yossi Babayoff ISR
Fourth Official: Gal Levi ISR
VAR: Daniel Natan ISR
AVAR: Nati Dotan ISR
Referee Observer: Stephen Tanner ENG

Zira PFK – Sheriff Tiraspol
Referee: Bolat Sariev KAZ
Assistant Referee 1: Denis Labaşov KAZ
Assistant Referee 2: Iurii Tihoniuk KAZ
Fourth Official: Aidyn Tasybaev KAZ
VAR: Sören Storks GER
AVAR: Johann Pfeifer GER
Referee Observer: Domagoj Vučkov CRO

Corvinul – Paksi FC
Referee: Peter Kráovič SVK
Assistant Referee 1: Milan Štrbo SVK
Assistant Referee 2: Dušan Štofik SVK
Fourth Official: Bálint Kišš SVK
VAR: Michal Očenáš SVK
AVAR: Erik Gemzicky SVK
Referee Observer: Kostadin Gerginov BUL

Maribor – Botev
Referee: Vitaliy Romanov UKR
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Berkut UKR
Assistant Referee 2: Dmytro Zaporozhenko UKR
Fourth Official: Klym Zabroda UKR
VAR: Mykola Balakin UKR
AVAR: Denys Shurman UKR
Referee Observer: Augustus Constantin ROU

UEFA Europa Conference League 2024/25 – First Qualifying Round (Second Leg)

17-18 July 2024

Levadia Tallinn – FA Siauliai
Referee: Lukasz Kuzma POL (photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki POL
Assistant Referee 2: Piotr Podbielski POL
Fourth Official: Damian Kos POL
Referee Observer: Antonio Damato ITA

Crusaders – Caernarfon
Referee: Heini Vidoy FRO
Assistant Referee 1: Jorleif Djurhuus FRO
Assistant Referee 2: Jógvan Breckmann FRO
Fourth Official: Kári Hovdanum FRO
Referee Observer: Gerard Perry IRL

Urartu – Kalev
Referee: Pavle Ilić SRB
Assistant Referee 1: Nikola Djorović SRB
Assistant Referee 2: Jovan Grujić SRB
Fourth Official: Milan Stefanović SRB
Referee Observer: Ruud Bossen NED

Kuopio – Strassen
Referee: Ian McNabb NIR
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Donaldson NIR
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Nethery NIR
Fourth Official: Thomas Clarke NIR
Referee Observer: Vadims Direktorenko LVA

Inter CD – Velez Mostar
Referee: Michele Beltrano SMR
Assistant Referee 1: Gian Ercolani SMR
Assistant Referee 2: Ernesto Cristiano SMR
Fourth Official: Raffaele Delvecchio ITA
Referee Observer: Clayton Pisani MLT

Milsami Orhei – Torpedo Biel
Referee: Bence Csonka HUN
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Szert HUN
Assistant Referee 2: Norbert Bornemissza HUN
Fourth Official: Gergő Bogár HUN
Referee Observer: Pavle Radovanović MNE

Vllaznia – Valur
Referee: Kamal Umudlu AZE
Assistant Referee 1: Namiq Hüseynov AZE
Assistant Referee 2: Vüsal Mammadov AZE
Fourth Official: Tural Qurbanov AZE
Referee Observer: Draženko Kovačić CRO

St. Joseph – Shelbourne
Referee: Ladislav Szikszay CZE
Assistant Referee 1: Michal Volf CZE
Assistant Referee 2: Jaroslav Kubr CZE
Fourth Official: Karel Rouček CZE
Referee Observer: Fredy Fautrel FRA

Zalgiris – Vaasa
Referee: Bahattin Şimşek TUR
Assistant Referee 1: Murat Curbay TUR
Assistant Referee 2: Deniz Özaral TUR
Fourth Official: Ümit Öztürk TUR
Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson SWE

Paide – Bala
Referee: Danilo Nikolić SRB
Assistant Referee 1: Milan Šutulović SRB
Assistant Referee 2: Svetozar Živin SRB
Fourth Official: Nikola Radaković SRB
Referee Observer: Martin Hansson SWE

Diddeleng – AC Escaldes
Referee: Kadir Sağlam TUR
Assistant Referee 1: Abdullah Özkara TUR
Assistant Referee 2: Mehmet Tuğral TUR
Fourth Official: Murat Erdoğan TUR
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu ROU

Marsaxlokk – Partizani

Referee: Igor Stojčevski MKD
Assistant Referee 1: Kushtrim Lika MKD
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Vasilevski MKD
Fourth Official: Aleksandar Grujoski MKD
Referee Observer: William Young SCO

Torshavn – Auda
Referee: Oliver Reitala FIN
Assistant Referee 1: Jukka Honkanen FIN
Assistant Referee 2: Olli Jantunen FIN
Fourth Official: Antti Munukka FIN
Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold NOR

Dinamo Tbilisi – FK Mornar
Referee: Ion Orlic MDA
Assistant Referee 1: Vadim Vicol MDA
Assistant Referee 2: Vadim Roșca MDA
Fourth Official: Dumitru Muntean MDA
Referee Observer: Sabri Çelik TUR

FK Islac – La Fiorita
Referee: Jovan Kačevski MKD
Assistant Referee 1: Goce Petreski MKD
Assistant Referee 2: Branko Putilin MKD
Fourth Official: Ivana Projkovska MKD
Referee Observer: Nicolae Grigorescu ROU

Nomads – Bravo
Referee: Ben McMaster NIR
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Bell NIR
Assistant Referee 2: John Doherty NIR
Fourth Official: Christopher Morrison NIR
Referee Observer: Pascal Garibian FRA

Tirana – Kutaisi
Referee: Dalibor Černý CZE
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Paták CZE
Assistant Referee 2: Petr Caletka CZE
Fourth Official: Vít Zaoral CZE
Referee Observer: Paolo Dondarini ITA

Vikingur – Liepaja
Referee: Joakim Östling SWE
Assistant Referee 1: Max Wilde SWE
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Kristensson SWE
Fourth Official: Richard Sundell SWE
Referee Observer: Robert Schörgenhofer AUT

Shkendija – Noah
Referee: Dominik Stary CZE
Assistant Referee 1: Lukáš Machač CZE
Assistant Referee 2: Jiří Kříž CZE
Fourth Official: Marek Radina CZE
Referee Observer: Michaíl Argyroú CYP

Tre Penne – Floriana
Referee: Rüstem Omarov KAZ
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Dolgih KAZ
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitrii Belogradov KAZ
Fourth Official: Saiat Qarabaev KAZ
Referee Observer: Salustià Ciprés AND

Derry – Magpies

Referee: Antoine P Chiaramonti AND
Assistant Referee 1: Andreu Simarro AND
Assistant Referee 2: Ainhoa Ruiz AND
Fourth Official: Luís Teixeira AND
Referee Observer: Michael Ross NIR

Linfield – Stjarnan
Referee: Granit Maqedonci SWE
Assistant Referee 1: Niklas Nyberg SWE
Assistant Referee 2: Marcus Klitte SWE
Fourth Official: Oscar Johnson SWE
Referee Observer: João Ferreira POR

Buducnost – Malisheva

Referee: Mihály Káprály HUN
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert HUN
Assistant Referee 2: Gergő Vígh-Tarsonyi HUN
Fourth Official: István Vad HUN
Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev BUL

Sarajevo – Aqtobe
Referee: Zorbay Küçük TUR
Assistant Referee 1: İbrahim Uyarcan TUR
Assistant Referee 2: Furkan Ürün TUR
Fourth Official: Cihan Aydin TUR
Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin SVN

Breidablik – Tikves
Referee: Peiman Simani FIN
Assistant Referee 1: Christian De Casseres FIN
Assistant Referee 2: Samu Koskinen FIN
Fourth Official: Mohammed Al-Emara FIN
Referee Observer: Alan Sant MLT

UEFA Champions League 2024/2025 – First Qualifying Round (Second Leg)

16-17 July 2024

Lincoln Red Imps – Hamrun Spartans
Referee: Eric Wattellier FRA (photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Aurelien Drouet FRA
Assistant Referee 2: Brice Le Tellier FRA
Fourth Official: Hakim Ben El Hadj FRA
VAR: Benoît Millot FRA
AVAR: Jeremie Pignard FRA
Referee Observer: John Ward IRL

FC Ballkani – Santa Coloma

Referee: Oleksiy Derevinskyy UKR
Assistant Referee 1: Semen Shlonchak UKR
Assistant Referee 2: Viktor Matyash UKR
Fourth Official: Oleksandr Kalonov UKR
VAR: Viktor Kopiyevskyy UKR
AVAR: Oleksandr Shandor UKR
Referee Observer: Stephane Lannoy FRA

HJK Helsinki – FK Panevezys

Referee: Craig Pawson ENG
Assistant Referee 1: Lee Betts ENG
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Hussin ENG
Fourth Official: Thomas Bramall ENG
VAR: Darren England ENG
AVAR: Anthony Harrington ENG
Referee Observer: Thoroddur Hjaltalin ISL

FA Pyunik – Dynamo Minsk
Referee: Snir Levi ISR
Assistant Referee 1: Matityahu Yakobov ISR
Assistant Referee 2: Rostislav Talis ISR
Fourth Official: Idan Leiba ISR
VAR: Ziv Adler ISR
AVAR: Moshe Bohbot ISR
Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarsky SVK

KF Egnatia – Borac Banja Luka
Referee: Fabio Maresca ITA
Assistant Referee 1: Giorgio Peretti ITA
Assistant Referee 2: Davide Moro ITA
Fourth Official: Ermanno Feliciani ITA
VAR: Daniele Chiffi ITA
AVAR: Daniele Paterna ITA
Referee Observer: Chaim Yaakov ISR

NK Celje – Flora Tallinn
Referee: Goga Kikacheishvili GEO
Assistant Referee 1: Davit Akhvlediani GEO
Assistant Referee 2: Davit Gabisonia GEO
Fourth Official: Aleko Aptsiauri GEO
VAR: Benjamin Brand GER
AVAR: Pascal Müller GER
Referee Observer: Goran Mihaljević MNE

FCSB – Virtus AC
Referee: Stefan Ebner AUT
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Steinacher AUT
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Undesser AUT
Fourth Official: Safak Barmaksiz AUT
VAR: Manuel Schüttengruber AUT
AVAR: Julian Weinberger AUT
Referee Observer: Nenad Djokić SRB

FK Decic – The New Saints
Referee: Atilla Karaoglan TUR
Assistant Referee 1: Ceyhun Sesigüzel TUR
Assistant Referee 2: Cevdet Kömürcüoğlu TUR
Fourth Official: Çagdaş Altay TUR
VAR: Abdulkadir Bitigen TUR
AVAR: Erkan Engin TUR
Referee Observer: Christopher Lautier MLT

Shamrock Rovers – Vikingur Reykjavik
Referee: Jarred Gillett ENG
Assistant Referee 1: Neil Davies ENG
Assistant Referee 2: James Mainwaring ENG
Fourth Official: Samuel Barrott ENG
VAR: Peter Bankes ENG
AVAR: Michael Salisbury ENG
Referee Observer: Helmut Fleischer GER

FK Struga – Slavan Bratislava
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea ESP
Assistant Referee 1: Iker de Francisco Grijalba ESP
Assistant Referee 2: Asier González de Durana ESP
Fourth Official: Pablo González Fuertes ESP
VAR: José Munuera Montero ESP
AVAR: Adrián Cordero Vega ESP
Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan ARM

Differdange – Klaksvik
Referee: Javier Alberola Rojas ESP
Assistant Referee 1: Alfredo Rodríguez Moreno ESP
Assistant Referee 2: José Naranjo Pérez ESP
Fourth Official: Francisco Hernández Maeso ESP
VAR: César Soto Grado ESP
AVAR: Jorge Figueroa Vázquez ESP
Referee Observer: Martin Atkinson ENG

Dinamo Batumi – PFK Ludogorets
Referee: Dario Bel CRO
Assistant Referee 1: Goran Pataki CRO
Assistant Referee 2: Marjan Tomas CRO
Fourth Official: Patrik Kolarić CRO
VAR: Fran Jović CRO
AVAR: Mario Zebec CRO
Referee Observer: Albano Janku ALB

Petrocub – Ordabasy
Referee: Miloš Milanović SRB
Assistant Referee 1: Milan Pašajlić SRB
Assistant Referee 2: Novak Novaković SRB
Fourth Official: Milan Ilić SRB
VAR: Momčilo Marković SRB
AVAR: Pavle Tomić SRB
Referee Observer: Drago Kos SVN

Larne – RFS

Referee: Gustavo Correia POR
Assistant Referee 1: Tiago Costa POR
Assistant Referee 2: Nélson Pereira POR
Fourth Official: José Bessa POR
VAR: Hugo Miguel POR
AVAR: Fábio Melo POR
Referee Observer: Sven Bindels LUX