2018 FIFA WC: FIFA names referees, assistant referees

Zurich, Switzerland (PANA) - The FIFA Referees Committee has selected 36 referees and 63 assistant referees, representing 46 different countries, for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

They include 6 referees and 10 Assistant referees from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

A FIFA statement on its website on Thursday said over the last three years, preparatory seminars have taken place for referees and assistant referees focusing on fair play, protecting players and the image of the game, as well as consistency and uniformity.

It said the selected FIFA World Cup match officials will attend another dedicated seminar for two weeks in the second half of April at the technical centre of the Italian Football Association in Coverciano, Italy. The officials will be divided into two groups, which will also include video assistant referee (VAR) candidates.

"Following this seminar, the FIFA Referees Committee will announce the names of the referees selected to act as VARs during football’s most important competition, the FIFA World Cup. The selection process will take into account the candidate’s VAR experience in domestic leagues, FIFA competitions and FIFA refereeing seminars since the beginning of the VAR project in 2016," FIFA said.

Between now and the World Cup in June, the selected referees, assistant referees and VARs will be monitored and supported by FIFA Refereeing on an individual basis to ensure they are fully prepared. Following the seminar in Coverciano, all of the match officials will take part in a final preparatory seminar at the FIFA World Cup match officials’ HQ in Moscow, which will start ten days before the tournament kicks off. This seminar will also cover VAR.

The following is the full list of referees and assistant referees from the various confederations:

Confederation of African Football (CAF)
Referees

Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria)
Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
Bakary Gassama (Gambia)
Gehad Grisha (Egypt)
Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)

Assistant Referees
Redouane Achik (Morocco)
Waleed Ahmed (Sudan)
Jean Claude Birumushahu (Burundi)
Djibril Camara (Senegal)
Jerson Emiliano Dos Santos (Angola)
Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria)
Anouar Hmila (Tunisia)
Marwa Range (Kenya)
El Hadji Malick Samba (Senegal)
Zakhele Thusi Siwela (South Africa)

Asia Football Confederation (AFC)
Referees
Fahad Al-Mirdasi (Saudi Arabia)
Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
Ryuji Sato (Japan)
Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)

Assistant Referees
Yaser Khalil Abdulla Tulefat (Bahrain)
Mohammed Al Abakry (Saudi Arabia)
Taleb Al Maari Qatar
Mohamed Alhammadi (United Arab Emirates)
Abdulah Alshalwai (Saudi Arabia)
Mohammadreza Mansouri (Iran)
Abduxamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)
Toru Sagara (Japan)
Jakhongir Saidov (Uzbekistan)
Reza Sokhandan (Iran)


Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCAFAC)
Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)
Mark Geiger (United States)
Jair Marrufo (United States)
Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica)
John Pitti (Panama)
César Arturo Ramos (Mexico)

Assistant Referees
Frank Anderson (United States)
Joe Fletcher (Canada)
Miguel Angel Hernandez Paredes (Mexico)
Juan Carlos Mora Araya (Costa Rica)
Corey Rockwell (United States)
Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)
Gabriel Victoria (Panama)
Juan Zumba (El Salvador)

South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL)
Referees
Julio Bascunan (Chile)
Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay)
Andrés Cunha (Uruguay)
Néstor Pitana (Argentina)
Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)

Assistant Referees
Carlos Astroza (Chile)
Juan Pablo Bellati (Argentina)
Eduardo Cardozo (Paraguay)
Emerson de Carvalho (Brazil)
Cristian de la Cruz (Colombia)
Mauricio Espinosa (Uruguay)
Alexander Guzman (Colombia)
Hernan Maidana (Argentina)
Christian Schiemann (Chile)
Nicolas Taran (Uruguay)
Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil)
Juan Zorilla (Paraguay)


Oceania Football Confederation (OFC)
Referees
Matthew Conger (New Zealand)
Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)

Assistant Referees
Bertrand Brial (New Caledonia)
Simon Lount (New Zealand)
Tevita Makasini (Tonga)
Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)

Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
Referees
Felix Brych (Germany)
Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Sergei Karasev (Russia)
Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Clément Turpin (France)

Assistant Referees
Anton Averianov (Russia)
Mark Borsch (Germany)
Pau Cebrian Devis (Spain)
Nicolas Danos (France)
Elenito Di Liberatore (Italy)
Roberto Dias Perez (Spain)
Dalibor Djurdjevic (Serbia)
Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
Cyril Gringore (France)
Tikhon Kalugin (Russia)
Tomasz Listkiewicz (Poland)
Stefan Lupp (Germany)
Tarik Ongun (Turkey)
Jure Praprotnik (Slovenia)
Milovan Ristic (Serbia)
Pawel Sokolnicki (Poland)
Mauro Tonolini (Italy)
Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)
Robert Vukan (Serbia)
Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands)
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30 march 2018 06:08:02




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