UEFA Futsal Cup Final 2017: Tomic (CRO) & Sorescu (ROU)

30 April 2017

Sporting CP – Inter
Referee 1: Sasa Tomic (CRO)
Referee 2: Bogdan Sorescu (ROU, photo)

Match for Third Place
Ugra – Kairat
Referee 1: Alessandro Malfer (ITA)
Referee 2: Gabor Kovacs (HUN)

UEFA Women’s Champions League – Semi-finals (Second Leg)

29 April 2017

Olympique Lyonnais – Manchester City
Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Belinda Brem (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodak (CRO)
Fourth Official: Lina Lehtovaara (FIN)

Paris St. Germain – FC Barcelona
Referee: Jana Adamkova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Lisicka (SVK)
Fourth Official: Olga Zadinova (CZE)

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 5-12)

28 April 2017
Japan – Poland
Referee 1: Mariano Romo (ARG, photo)
Referee 2: Micke Palomino (PER)
Third Official: Juan Angeles (DOM)
Timekeeper: Gonzalo Carballo (SLV)

Portugal – Panama
Referee 1: Jelili Ogunmuyiwa (NGA)
Referee 2: Hugo Pado (SOL)
Third Official: Issam Bousbih (TUN)
Timekeeper: Yuichi Hatano (JPN)

Brazil – Tahiti
Referee 1: Gionni Matticoli (ITA)
Referee 2: Laurynas Arzuolaitis (LTU)
Third Official: Liang Shao (CHN)
Timekeeper: Bakhtiyor Namazov (UZB)

UAE – Paraguay
Referee 1: Ago Kaertmann (EST)
Referee 2: Jude Utulu (MLT)
Third Official: Sofien Benchabane (FRA)
Timekeeper: Eduards Borisevics (LVA)

29 April 2017
Italy – Iran
Referee 1: Ivo Moraes (BRA)
Referee 2: Jorge Martinez (PAR)
Third Official: Said Hachim (MAD)
Timekeeper: Issam Bousbih (TUN)

Switzerland – Ecuador
Referee 1: Juan Angeles (DOM)
Referee 2: Gonzalo Carballo (SLV)
Third Official: Miguel Lopez (GUA)
Timekeeper: Hugo Pado (SOL)

Mexico – Nigeria
Referee 1: Sergio Lopes (POR)
Referee 2: Ebrahim Al-Mansory (UAE)
Third Official: Micke Palomino (PER)
Timekeeper: Laurynas Arzuolaitis (LTU)

Senegal – Bahamas
Referee 1: Yuichi Hatano (JPN)
Referee 2: Liang Shao (CHN)
Third Official: Lukasz Ostrowski (POL)
Timekeeper: Jude Utulu (MLT)

UYL referees taking a major step

The UEFA Youth League finals in Nyon are a crucial platform for gleaning experience for the future – not only for the talented young players on the field, but also for the referee teams chosen to officiate at the three matches. Three teams of match officials are taking another step along their development pathway at the finals, gathering knowledge on an international stage that will certainly stand them in good stead in their careers. The first semi-final between Barcelona and Salzburg at the Colovray Stadium was managed by a team of officials from Latvia – referee Andris Treimanis, and assistants Haralds Gudermanis and Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs.
The second semi-final featuring Real Madrid and Benfica was handled by a Polish trio: referee Bartosz Frankowski and assistants Dawid Golis and Jakub Winkler. Two referees from Switzerland – Alain Bieri and Sandro Schärer – acted as fourth officials at the semi-finals.
Turkey provides the officials for the final. Referee Ali Palabıyık, assistants Çem Satman and Kerem Ersoy, and fourth official Alper Ulusoy will take charge of the big occasion.
The referees have been selected for the potential they have shown so far on their assignments for UEFA. They already have match experience in other European competitions, and take charge of games in their own countries. Experienced former match officials are observing them at the UEFA Youth League games, and discuss the referees' performances with the officials after the match. The vast majority of this year's UEFA Youth League officials have also been learning the refereeing ropes at courses run by UEFA's Centre of Refereeing Excellence (CORE), which is playing a vital role in grooming young referees for their duties. Debriefing sessions are being held with the referees at the Nyon finals, as part of a process where the officials review their seasons so far, and look at areas for improvement. The referees are also asked to act in an educational capacity in managing the young players on the pitch - making a contribution in helping them learn key UEFA values such as respect for the referee and opponents. The UEFA Youth League appointments are the next step for the match officials as they look to develop successful careers, with UEFA offering constant advice and guidance to ease their path towards what the referees hope will be major assignments in the not-too-distant future.

Source: UEFA

FIFA Confederations Cup 2017

With only two months to go before the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 kicks off at the Saint Petersburg Stadium on 17 June, FIFA has appointed 36 match officials, representing all six confederations. They have been selected by the FIFA Referees Committee from the list of candidates for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Preparations for the match officials have been conducted as part of FIFA’s refereeing project for Russia 2018, which includes preparation seminars with practical and theoretical sessions. In addition, the referees are being supervised and monitored on an ongoing basis by the world’s best refereeing instructors. In their preparations, all of the candidates have been under the guidance and supervision of the chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina, and the FIFA Head of Refereeing, Massimo Busacca. For Collina and Busacca, it is essential to ensure that the best match officials from all around the world are selected for FIFA competitions. “These officials are all potential candidates for next year’s flagship football event in Russia, and a high-profile tournament like the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 is key to their preparation. We are convinced that they will deliver the quality we strive for,” said Collina. The Confederations Cup match officials will participate in intensive pre-tournament theoretical and practical training sessions organised by the FIFA Refereeing Department. The main points of emphasis will be on consistency and uniformity in the interpretation of the Laws of the Game, football understanding, reading the game, positioning, teamwork and different football mentalities. “We prepare like a football team, just like players do, paying special attention to uniformity and consistency, fair play, protecting players and the tactical approach. Everything must come together now in this very important competition, which has some of the best players and a world-class line-up of teams,” explained Busacca. “We will work mainly on the tactical and technical aspects. This very important preparation is needed so that we can anticipate and prevent any possible issues, with one of our main goals being to ensure that we are in the right place at the right time.” Another important piece of history will be made at the Confederations Cup with video assistant referee (VAR) tests. The VARs will be used to support referees with “match-changing” decisions. The trial will involve VARs being given access to all broadcast feeds inside a video operations room, enabling them to provide information to the referee on the field of play in order to correct any clear mistakes in “match-changing” situations. These include serious incidents such as goals, penalty decisions, direct red cards and cases of mistaken identity. The VARs will play a supporting role along with the assistant referees and the fourth official, but the referee will continue to take the first as well as the final decision on the field of play. The referees will also be able to call upon goal-line technology (GLT). The FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 will be played in Kazan, Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Sochi from 17 June to 2 July 2017. (Source: FIFA)

Referee: Fahad Al Mirdasi (KSA, 1985, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdulah Al Shalwai (KSA, 1975)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammed Al Abakry (KSA, 1980)

Referee: Alireza Faghani (IRN, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Reza Sokhandan (IRN, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammadreza Mansouri (IRN, 1978)

Video Assistant Referee:
Ravshan Irmatov (UZB, 1977)

Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean Birumushahu (BDI, 1972)
Assistant Referee 2: Marwa Range (KEN, 1977)

Video Assistant Referee:
Malang Diedhiou (SEN, 1973)

Referee: Mark Geiger (USA, 1974)
Assistant Referee 1: Joe Fletcher (CAN, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Morgante (USA, 1974)

Video Assistant Referee:
Jair Marrufo (USA, 1977)

Referee: Nestor Pitana (ARG, 1975)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana (ARG, 1972)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Belatti (ARG, 1979)

Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL, 1980)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL, 1985)
Assistant Referee 2: Cristian De La Cruz (COL, 1978)

Video Assistant Referees:
1. Enrique Caceres (PAR, 1974)
2. Sandro Ricci (BRA, 1974)

Reserve Referee: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH, 1981)

Referee: Milorad Mazic (SRB, 1973)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristic (SRB, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjevic (SRB, 1973)

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA, 1973)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA, 1973)

Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN, 1985)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN, 1976)

Video Assistant Referees:
1. Ovidiu Hategan (ROU, 1980)
2. Artur Soares Dias (POR, 1979)
3. Clement Turpin (FRA, 1982)

CONCACAF Champions League Final 2017 (Second Leg)

26 April 2017

Pachuca – Tigres
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Erick Miranda (MEX)

UEFA Futsal Cup 2017 – Semi-finals

28 April 2017

Ugra Yugorsk – Sporting CP
Referee 1: Sasa Tomic (CRO, photo)
Referee 2: Gabor Kovacs (HUN)
Third Official: Alessandro Malfer (ITA)

Inter FS – Kairat Almaty
Referee 1: Bogdan Sorescu (ROU)
Referee 2: Alessandro Malfer (ITA)
Third Official: Gabor Kovacs (HUN)

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 1-4)

27 April 2017

Iran – Mexico
Referee 1: Lukasz Ostrowski (POL, photo)
Referee 2: Jude Utulu (MLT)
Third Official: Eduards Borisevics (LVA)
Timekeeper: Ago Kaertmann (EST)

Ecuador – Senegal
Referee 1: Ebrahim Al-Mansory (UAE)
Referee 2: Bakhtiyor Namazov (UZB)
Third Official: Laurynas Arzuolaitis (LTU)
Timekeeper: Gionni Matticoli (ITA)

Nigeria – Italy
Referee 1: Miguel Lopez (GUA)
Referee 2: Pablo Cadenasso (URU)
Third Official: Mariano Romo (ARG)
Timekeeper: Micke Palomino (PER)

Bahamas – Switzerland
Referee 1: Issam Bousbih (TUN)
Referee 2: Said Hachim (MAD)
Third Official: Jelili Ogunmuyiwa (NGA)
Timekeeper: Ivo Moraes (BRA)

Refereeing Experts Workshop in Asia

The development of world refereeing took centre stage in Asia as some of the biggest names in world refereeing gathered for the opening of the inaugural Refereeing Experts Workshop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The two-day workshop, which the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has organised, aims to understand the various refereeing strategies currently employed by all six Confederations and FIFA as well as to identify opportunities for closer collaboration. Referees’ department heads and representatives from all six Confederations as well as AFC Referees Committee Deputy Chairman, Hany Taleb, FIFA Head of Refereeing, Massimo Busacca and FIFA Referees Committee Chairman, Pierluigi Collina were present to bring their expertise to the discussions.
AFC General Secretary Dato’ Windsor John, who opened the workshop said: “The AFC has outlined our ambitions to ensure our players, teams and officials succeed on the world stage. We are here because we share common aspirations to raise the standards of officials worldwide. “Today’s forum provides great possibilities for progress through sharing and exchanging of ideas, and learning from the collective refereeing experiences worldwide.” Beginning with the AFC, each Confederation shared their development structures on the first day and considered administration, education and development programmes, competitions management as well as training and preparations.
UEFA's Head of Refereeing Services, Chris Wild said: “All Confederations are diverse in various aspects. We may differ in size and application of methods but we also share similar experiences and outcomes. There are definitely areas for learning from every Confederation. The opportunity for partnership through this workshop is hugely important to enhance the landscape of refereeing holistically.” Additional Assistant Referees, Video Assistant Referees and Goal-line technology were also discussed as representatives highlighted the need for continued uniformity.
CONCACAF Director of Refereeing Brian Hall said: “This is a historic and vital meeting for all the Confederations because it facilitates the process of examining best practices and forging closer team work to address future challenges of modern refereeing. Through the networking and sharing, it is beneficial for us at CONCACAF to maximise the different referees’ programmes, products and services, from grassroots to elite level that we are currently delivering. Ultimately we all have the same goal, to help every referee regardless of their nationality be the best they can be”.
FIFA Referees Committee Chairman, Pierluigi Collina, who will conclude the workshop with a presentation and feedback session alongside FIFA Head of Refereeing Massimo Busacca, added: “I would like to thank the AFC for firstly thinking of and then organising this workshop. This is an excellent opportunity for the global refereeing family to share, learn and grow together. We hope that this will be the first of a long series of similar workshops”.

Source: AFC

CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations 2017

Gabon, 14-28 May 2017

1. Mohamed Marouf (EGY)
2. Souleiman Ahmed (DJI)
3. Ferdinand Udoh (NGA)
4. Mustapha Ghorbal (ALG)
5. Mihindou Gauthier (GAB)
6. Abou Coulibaly (CIV)
7. Hamada Nampiandraza (MAD, photo)
8. Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (BDI)
9. Davies Omweno (KEN)
10. Hassan Mohamed (SOM)
11. Maguette N’Diaye (SEN)
12. Jean-Jacques Ndala (COD)

Assistant Referees
1. Mahmoud Ahmed (EGY)
2. Aymen Ismail (TUN)
3. Seydou Tiama (BFA)
4. Moussounda Montel (GAB)
5. Souru Phatsoane (LES)
6. Gilbert Lista (SEY)
7. Gbemassiandan Kouton (BEN)
8. Arsenio Marengula (MOZ)
9. Lahcen Azgaou (MAR)
10. Abdoul Moctar (NIG)
11. Mamady Tere (GUI)
12. Frank Komba (TAN)
13. Temesgin Atango (ETH)
14. Soulaimane Amaldine (COM)

Reserve Referees
1. Haithem Kossai (TUN)
2. Daniel Laryea (GHA)

Reserve AR
1. Attia Amsaad (LBY)