The FIFA Referees Committee announced this Thursday the lists of referees and assistants selected for the Qatar World Cup 2022.
After assessing the quality of their work and the performance shown in FIFA tournaments, as well as in other national and international competitions in recent years, in close collaboration with the six confederations, they have chosen 36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 members of the video refereeing team.
“As always, we have put quality before everything else, and the referees chosen are of the highest level in the world,” explains Pierluigi Collina, chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee. “The 2018 World Cup was very successful, among other things , for the excellence of refereeing, and we will give everything to make it even better in Qatar.”
The “Road to Qatar 2022” project started in 2019. More than 50 refereeing trios were analyzed as possible candidates, which have undergone intensive preparation. However, the COVID-19 pandemic made this preparation far from easy, as face-to-face activities were suspended for a long time.
“The pandemic affected our activities, especially in 2020 and early 2021. Luckily, the World Cup was still a long way off and we had enough time to prepare the candidates. We have announced the names so far in advance because we want to work even more with the referees appointed for the World Cup and follow them up in the coming months. The message is clear: don’t rest on your laurels, keep working hard and prepare rigorously for the World Cup,” Collina said.
Massimo Busacca, Director of the FIFA Refereeing Branch, ensures that the referees receive all the necessary support from FIFA, as their preparation is essential.
“Thanks to an innovative follow-up and support programme, FIFA referee instructors are able to monitor all referees even more closely and intensively than ever before. This is a very important factor, with which we hope to see considerable improvements and progress.” ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™,” Busacca details. “In addition, there will be tailor-made programs, particularly in terms of health and fitness. Each referee will be monitored in the coming months and an evaluation will be made final technical, physical and medical aspects shortly before the tournament, so that they are in the best conditions at the start of the World Cup”.
The selected referees they will participate in various seminars in June and July (Asunción, Madrid and Doha), in which videos of real match situations will be reviewed and analyzed, and they will participate in practical training sessions with footballerswhich will be recorded so that the participants receive immediate feedback from the instructors.
“The preparation continues to be focused on protecting the players and the image of football, on providing it with coherence and homogeneity, on reading the game from a technical and tactical point of view and understanding the diversity of mentalities between players and teams,” Busacca clarifies. We cannot prevent all errors, but we will do our best to limit them to a minimum.”
VAR was first introduced at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and four years later a team of 24 Video Match Officials (VMO) will be in Qatar, ready to offer their colleagues on the pitch the technological support they need. they need. Since few FIFA member associations used VAR at the time, VMOs mainly from Europe and South America were chosen for the World Cup in Russia.
Currently, VAR is used in all the major world competitions and at the World Cup there will also be VMOs from Asia, Africa, Central America and North America.
For the first time in history, the FIFA Referees Committee has also included three female referees and as many assistants.
“We are pleased to be able to count for the first time in the history of the World Cup with referees Stéphanie Frappart (France), Salima Mukansanga (Rwanda) and Yoshimi Yamashita (Japan), along with assistants Neuza Back (Brazil), Karen Díaz Medina (Mexico) and Kathryn Nesbitt (United States). These appointments culminate a long process that began several years ago with the appointment of female referees in junior and senior FIFA tournaments. In this sense, we will not tire of repeating that the important thing is quality and not gender. I hope that, in the future, the fact that there are elite referees in major men’s competitions will be understood as something normal and will stop being news. They deserve to be at the FIFA World Cup™ because their performance is consistently excellent, and that’s the determining factor for us,” concluded Collina.
— REFEREES (36): Abdulrahman Al Jassim (QAT), Ivan Barton (ESA), Chris Beath (AUS), Raphael Claus (BRA), Matthew Conger (NZL), Ismail Elfath (USA), Mario Escobar (GUA), Alireza Faghani (IRN ), Stephanie Frappart (FRA), Bakary Gassama (GAM), Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG), Victor Gomes (RSA), Istvan Kovacs (RUM), Ning Ma (CHN), Danny Makkelie (NED), Szymon Marciniak (POL), Said Martínez (HON), Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP), Andrés Matías Matonte Cabrera (URU), Mohammed Abdulla Mohammed (UAE), Salima Mukansanga (RWA), Maguette Ndiaye (SEN), Michael Oliver (ING), Daniele Orsato (ITA ), Kevin Ortega (PER), César Ramos (MEX), Fernando Rapallini (ARB), Wilton Sampaio (BRA), Daniel Siebert (GER), Janny Sikazwe (ZAM), Anthony Taylor (ING), Facundo Tello (ARG), Clement Turpin (FRA), Jesus Valenzuela (VEN), Slavko Vincic (SLO) and Yoshimi Yamashita (JPN).
— ASSISTANTS (69): Mohammadreza Abolfazli (IRN), Mahmoud Abouelregal (EGY), Taleb Al Marri (QAT), Mohamed Alhammadi (UAE), Hasan Almahri (UAE), Saoud Ahmed Almaqaleh (QAT), Mihai Artene (RUM), Kyle Atkins (USA) .). Neuza Back (BRA), Ashley Beecham (AUS), Juan Pablo Belatti (ARG), Simon Bennett (ING), Gary Beswick (ING), Diego Bonfa (ARG), Bruno Boschilia (BRA), Ezekiel Brailovsky (ARG), Stuart Burt (ING), Djibril Camara (SEN), Yi Cao (CHN), Cyrus Carbone (ITA), Paul Cebrian (ESP), Gabriel Chad (ARG), Nicolas Danos (FRA), Jan de Vries (NED), Karen Diaz Medina (MEX), Roberto Diaz (ESP), Jerson dos Santos (ANG), Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG), Raymundo Helpys Feliz (DOM), Rodrigo Figueiredo (BRA), Rafael Foltyn (GER), Alessandro Giallatini (ITA). (ALG), Cyril Gringore (FRA), Miguel Hernandez (MEX), Tomas Krancnik (SLO), Andraz Kovacic (SLO), Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL), Walter Lopez (HON), Tevita Makasini (TGA), Mohammadreza Mansouri (IRN , Arsenio Marengule (MOZ), Vasile Marinescu (RUM), Juan Carlos Mor a (CRC), David Moran (ESA), Tulio Moreno (VEN), Alberto Morin (MEX), Kathryn Nesbitt (USA), Elvis Noupue (CMR) , Adam Nunn (ENG), Michael Orue (PER), Corey Parker (Souru Phatsoane (LES), Bruno Pires (BRA), Mark Rule (NZL), El Hadji Samba (SEN), Jesus Sanchez (PER), Jan Seidel ( GER), Anton Schchetinin (AUS), Xiang Shi (CHN). ), Danilo Simon (BRA), Zakhele Siwela (RSA), Pawel Sokolnicki (POL), Martin Soppi (URU), Hessel Steegstra (NED), Nicholas Taran ( URU), Jorge Urrego (VEN), Caleb Wales (TRI) and Zachary Zegelaar (SUR).
-VAR(24): Abdulla Al Marri (QAT), Julius Bascunan (CHI), Muhammad Bin Jahari (SGP), Jerome Brisard (FRA), Bastian Dankert (GER), Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP), Shaun Evans (AUS), Drew Fischer (CAN ) Marco Fritz (GER), Nicholas Gallo (COL), Leodan Gonzalez (URU), Fernando Guerrero (MEX), Alexander Hernandez Hernandez (ESP), Massimiliano Irrati (ITA), Redouane Jiyed (MAR), Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL) ESP , Benoit Millot (FRA), Juan Soto (VEN), Paolo Valeri (ITA), Paulus van Boekel (NED), Mauro Vigliano (ARG), Armando Villarreal (USA) and Adil Zourak (MAR).