UEFA Women’s U-19 Euro Final 2017: Tsiareshka (BLR)

Volha Tsiareshka says she is surprised and delighted at her appointment to take charge of Sunday's WU19 final in Belfast - and the referee from Belarus intends to enjoy the big occasion. “I just want to wave my arms in the air, I am so happy. I can’t express the emotion I feel to have been chosen. It’s a dream come true.” Volha Tsiareshka says that putting into words the significance of her appointment as referee for Sunday’s UEFA European Women’s Under-19 Championship final is not easy. Yet the smile of the 28-year-old teacher from Belarus says it all. Tsiareshka is surprised and delighted to have been named in charge of the encounter between France and Spain. “I couldn’t sleep at all,” she recalls of the hours after she was told of her appointment. “I think it must have been two o’clock in the morning before I finally went to sleep. And I was wide awake three hours later, unable to think of anything else apart from this point, which I have been working towards for years.” Tsiareshka has been in refereeing for more than half of her life, and while her job as a high school physical education teacher takes up much of her time, she devotes any available moment she can to developing as an official. “I love being with my friends,” she says, “but refereeing is my real passion, so I have always been dedicated to it.” She is proud of the positive reactions she has received about her assignment from many quarters. “I’ve been overwhelmed by how many colleagues in refereeing have called me…the phone has been ringing non-stop.” Tsiareshka immediately told one special person about her appointment. “My mother always inspires me and supports me,” she emphasises. “I told her first, and we both got very emotional.”
Accompanying Tsiareshka in the showpiece occasion at Belfast’s National Stadium will be assistant referees Iuliia Petrova (Russia), Elena Soklevska-Ilievski (FYR Macedonia) and fourth official Silvia Domingos (Portugal). The quartet have knitted together perfectly within an excellent team of match officials in Northern Ireland. “There is a very close bond between us” Tsiareshka confirms. “I am very lucky to have such an excellent team working with me for the final.”  At the WU19 finals, Tsiareshka has taken charge of two group stage matches - Germany’s 3-0 success over Scotland, and France's 6-1 defeat of Italy. She has closely followed the tournament’s other games, and singles out the dramatic semi-final between Germany and France in Belfast as a highlight. “It was a fantastic game played at a high tempo,” she reflects. Sunday’s big game is a crucial step on Tsiareshka's career path – and she intends to savour the occasion, particularly in terms of gathering experience. “There’s always lot of learning involved,” she explains, “and I think that’s what I enjoy the most. I am very proud of the appointment, and want to give it everything I can - that’s what’s really important to me”. (Source: UEFA)


20 August 2017
France – Spain
Referee: Volha Tsiareshka (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Iuliia Petrova (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Elena Soklevska-Ilievski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Silvia Domingos (POR)

UEFA Europa League – Play-offs (First Leg)

16-17 August 2017

FC Utrecht – FC Zenit
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)

GNK Dinamo – KF Skënderbeu

Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

Bate Borisov – FC Olexandriya

Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Fourth Official: Ádam Farkas (HUN)
Referee Observer: Robert Malek (POL)

Apollon Limassol – FC Midtjylland
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Hussin (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)

FC Krasnodar – Crvena Zvezda

Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Simkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Jurij Paskovskij (LTU)
Referee Observer: Marián Ružbarský (SVK)

FH Hafnarfjördur – SC Braga
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Schaap (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan de Vries (NED)
Fourth Official: Edwin van de Graaf (NED)
Referee Observer: Jon Skjervold (NOR)

PAOK – Östersunds
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Davie Goossens (NED)
Fourth Official: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Ivanov (RUS)

Vardar – Fenerbahçe
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Marco Guida (ITA)
Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)

Viktoria Plzeň – AEK Larnaca
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
Fourth Official: Nejc Kajtazović (SVN)
Referee Observer: Paulius Malzinskas (LTU)

Ludogorets – Sūduva
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Fourth Official: Lawrence Visser (BEL)
Referee Observer: Peter Sippel (GER)

SCR Altach – Maccabi Tel Aviv

Referee: Alexei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Panathinaikos – Athletic Club
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: Carlos Xistra (POR)
Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)

Legia Warszawa – FC Sheriff
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)

NK Domžale – Olympique Marseille
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Gordon Ross (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alastair Mather (SCO)
Fourth Official: Nicolas Walsh (SCO)
Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

AFC Ajax – Rosenborg BK
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Fourth Official: Steven McLean (SCO)
Referee Observer: Elmir Pilav (BIH)

FC Viitorul – FC Salzburg
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Robert Madley (ENG)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernandez Marín (ESP)

Club Brugge – AEK Athens
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: György Ring (HUN)
Fourth Official: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)

NK Osijek – Austria Wien
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Eduard Beitinger (GER)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Cortus (GER)
Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)

AC Milan – KF Shkëndija
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Heidenreich (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilan Kolbitsch (AUT)
Fourth Official: Julian Weinberger (AUT)
Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

Partizan – Videoton
Referee: John Beaton (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Fourth Official: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Igor Ischenko (UKR)

Everton – Hajduk Split
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Balko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Branislav Hancko (SVK)
Fourth Official: Boris Marhefka (SVK)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

CS Marítimo – Dynamo Kyiv

Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Heine Sorensen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jens Maae (DEN)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Ronaldo suspended five games for pushing the referee

Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended five games for his preposterous red card and subsequent push of a referee in Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup first leg. Ronaldo was sent off two minutes after scoring a screamer to put Real Madrid 2-1 up on Barcelona. He was shown a first yellow for taking off his shirt in celebration, then shown a second minutes later for diving. After a disbelieving Ronaldo saw the red card come out of the referee’s pocket, he threw his hands up in exasperation, then chased after the referee and he pushed him in the back.
The Spanish Football Federation hit Ronaldo with a typical one-match ban for the red card, but added an additional four games for the shove. Ronaldo, who has received 10 red cards in his career, was also fined $4,483. “The authority and the safety of the referee deserves the utmost respect and cannot be challenged”, the Spanish federation said in the judgment, “even in the hypothetical situation of having made a wrong decision”. Ronaldo has 10 days to appeal the suspension. Real Madrid has already said it will appeal the second yellow card, and thus the red, but a successful appeal would merely slash the length of the ban from five games to four. And Ronaldo has little grounds for a rescinding of the penalty for the shove. The Spanish federation’s disciplinary rules call for a ban of between four and 12 matches for anything that can be characterized as at least “slightly violent” behavior toward a referee, so Ronaldo’s suspension is as short as the by-laws allow for. Here is the portion article 96 from the Spanish federation’s disciplinary code, translated to English, which concerns “slight violence toward referees” by players: “Pulling, pushing or shaking, or a general attitude toward the officials, even if only slightly violent, without confirming an aggressive attitude on [the official’s] part, will be punished with a suspension of four to 12 games”.

Source: Yahoo Sports

Referees achieved World Record status

Two Scottish female FIFA referees have achieved Guinness World Record status after officiating at the highest-ever football match at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Morag Pirie and Vicki Allan were part of a team of match officials who refereed a 90-minute women’s match between Volcano FC and Glacier FC, as part of an Equal Playing Fields initiative. A total of 37 players representing 20 nationalities completed an 11-a-side match at 5729 metres – an altitude never attempted before. After a rigorous training regime, the group scaled the Tanzanian mountain with a team of medics over a seven-day period. They used flour to mark the pitch and trekking poles as corner flags with the fixture taking place on a volcanic ash pitch. The match may have ended in a 0-0 draw, but the group achieved their goal of highlighting the inequality women face in sport.
Referee Morag Pirie said: “I’m hugely proud to have been a part of the climb – it was an absolutely amazing experience. I only had three weeks’ notice that I was going whereas some of the other participants had known for over a year. I missed the vast majority of the 12-week training programme but I think my referee training helped and I climbed a number of hills close to where I live to help prepare. It was hugely challenging – even things like tying my shoelaces was difficult at that altitude. We warmed up for the match by simply walking around the pitch because it was so hard to breath. It’s something few people have achieved and everyone is proud to have played their part – there was a real sense of achievement and relief at the end of the match. As a female referee in a male-dominated sport, I can understand where Equal Playing Fields are coming from and what they are trying to achieve. I was more than willing to help their cause and I hope it can help make a difference to women and girls around the world.” They were joined by former FIFA referee Jacqui Hurford from Australia. “The playing field isn’t equal, so we wanted to highlight the issues and get people thinking about women’s sport,” she said. “Women in sport just want to be treated the same as men do. Many people think of women in sport, as butch lesbians, but that’s absolutely not the case.” Hurford has refereed some of the biggest games in the sport, including the 2011 Women’s World Cup quarter-final between the USA and Brazil. She retired as a FIFA referee in 2013 and since then she has be an instructor, assessor and recruiter for the Asian Football Confederation and the Football Federation Australia. The 38-year-old’s role with the Equal Playing Field project was to source FIFA officials and to ensure the game meets the Guinness World Record criteria.

Sources: SFA, Quest

UEFA Champions League – Play-offs (First Leg)

15 August 2017
Hoffenheim – Liverpool
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional AR1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional AR2: Dennis Higler (NED)
Fourth Official: Mario Diks (NED)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

Qarabağ Ağdam – FC Kobenhavn
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Additional AR1: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Additional AR2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Sporting – Steaua
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional AR1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional AR2: Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

Apoel – Slavia Praha
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
Additional AR1: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Additional AR2: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Young Boys – CSKA Moskva

Referee: David Fernández Borbalan (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Additional AR1: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Additional AR2: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Fourth Official: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Gylfi Orrason (ISL)

16 August 2017
Napoli – Nice
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional AR1: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Additional AR2: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Fourth Official: Radosław Siejka (POL)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

İstanbul Başakşehir – Sevilla FC

Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional AR1: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Additional AR2: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Hapoel Beer Sheva – NK Maribor
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional AR1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional AR2: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Joakim Nilsson (SWE)
Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)

Celtic – Astana
Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Șovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional AR1: István Kovács (ROU)
Additional AR2: Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)

Olympiacos – Rijeka

Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Seidel (GER)
Additional AR1: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Additional AR2: Patrick Ittrich (GER)
Fourth Official: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto Gonzalez (ESP)

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017

With only two months to go before the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 kicks off, the FIFA Referees Committee has appointed 21 trios of match officials, representing all six confederations. For FIFA, it is essential to ensure that the best match officials from all around the world are selected for FIFA competitions. For some of the selected match officials, India 2017 will be another important step in their preparations for FIFA’s flagship competition, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. At the same time, this competition in India will give other ambitious FIFA referees the opportunity to show their quality while taking another step forward in their career. FIFA has also selected seven support referees, but with a twist: for the first-ever time, FIFA has selected female referees for a men’s tournament. The results and improvements seen in the joint preparations have shown that the time has come for elite female referees to officiate in men’s competitions together with their male colleagues. “We think it’s time for elite female referees to be involved in a FIFA men’s competition. They worked together with male match officials last year and now we want to see them working together in a competition”, said FIFA Head of Refereeing Massimo Busacca. The referees have completed a host of activities together in several seminars, including theoretical sessions in the classroom and practical sessions on the field of play. The match officials have also discussed and practiced various game situations to achieve consistency and uniformity. The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 will take place in India between 6 and 28 October 2017. (Source: FIFA)


AFC
Referee: Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Tzu Liang Lee (SIN, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Min Kiat Koh (SIN, 1979)

Referee: Ryuji Sato (JPN, 1983, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Toru Sagara (JPN, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiroshi Yamauchi (JPN, 1979)

Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1: Yaser Tulefat (BHR, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Ebrahim Saleh (BHR, 1974)

Support Referee
Ri Hyang Ok (PRK, 1977)

CAF 
Referee: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG, 1980)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG, 1981)
Assistant Referee 2: Anouar Hmila (TUN, 1974)

Referee: Hamada Nampiandraza (MAD, 1984)
Assistant Referee 1: Arsenio Marengula (MOZ, 1986)
Assistant Referee 2: Yahaya Mahamadou (NIG, 1983)

Referee: Bamlak Tessema (ETH, 1980)
Assistant Referee 1: Olivier Safari (COD, 1980
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Ssonko (UGA, 1978)

Support Referee
Gladys Lengwe (ZAM, 1978)

CONCACAF
Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA, 1977)
Assistant Referee 1: Frank Anderson (USA, 1975)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Rockwell (USA, 1974)

Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC, 1986)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavio Jara (CRC, 1981)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Mora (CRC, 1989)

Referee: John Pitti (PAN, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabriel Victoria (PAN, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Ramirez (HON, 1988)

Support Referee
Carol Anne Chenard (CAN, 1977)

CONMEBOL

Referee: Jose Argote (VEN, 1980)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Murillo (VEN, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Lopez (VEN, 1982)

Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR, 1974)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR, 1982)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR, 1975)

Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA, 1974
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson De Carvalho (BRA, 1972)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA, 1976)

Referee: Gery Vargas (BOL, 1981)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Montano (BOL, 1988)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose Antelo (BOL, 1984)

Support Referee
Claudia Umpierrez URU, 1983)

OFC
Referee: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH, 1981)
Assistant Referee 1: Folio Moeaki (TGA, 1982)
Assistant Referee 2: Bernard Mutukera (SOL, 1991)

Support Referee
Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL, 1982)

UEFA
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU, 1980)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU, 1976)

Referee: Robert Madden (SCO, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO, 1986)
Assistant Referee 2: Alastair Mather (SCO, 1977)

Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Polichronis Kostaras (GRE, 1983)
Assistant Referee 2: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE, 1982)

Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Barbosa (POR, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Santos (POR, 1976)

Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG, 1977)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG, 1985)

Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA, 1982)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA, 1980)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA, 1972)

Referee: Slavko Vincic (SVN, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaz Klancnik (SVN, 1982)
Assistant Referee 2: Andraz Kovacic (SVN, 1985)

Support Referees
Kateryna Monzul (UKR, 1981)
Esther Staubli (SUI, 1979)

CONCACAF Futsal Club Championship 2017

Honduras, 21-26 August 2017

Referees
1. Victor Prendas (CRC, 1989)
2. Yeraldin Araya (CRC, 1988)
3. Dunia Aguilera (CUB, 1990)
4. Roberto Sanchez (CUB, 1979)
5. Reinier Fiss (CUB, 1987)
6. Carlos Berroa (DOM, 1990)
7. Jorge Flores (SLV, 1981)
8. Jose Barrera (SLV, 1989)
9. Carlos Gonzalez (GUA, 1982, photo)
10. Oscar Urias (GUA, 1980)
11. Francisco Rivera (MEX, 1977)
12. Francisco Lopez (NCA, 1980)
13. Luis Aguilar (PAN, 1980)
14. Roberto Lopez (PAN, 1989)
15. Shane Butler (USA, 1975)
16. Lance VanHaitsma (USA, 1982)

Rocchi: "I hope to be thought of as a good person, not just as a good referee"

"Referees wait for this moment", says Italian official Gianluca Rocchi of his appointment to take charge of Tuesday's UEFA Super Cup match between Real Madrid and Manchester United in Skopje. Top referees relish the big occasion as much as players, especially if a packed stadium provides an exciting atmosphere for a showpiece match such as the UEFA Super Cup game that heralds the start of each new club competition season.
Italy’s Gianluca Rocchi is delighted at his selection to take charge of Tuesday’s encounter between Real Madrid and Manchester United in Skopje. The full house awaiting last season’s UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europe League winners will hold no fears for the 43-year-old match official. “I find it easier to referee a match in front of a big crowd than in an empty stadium,” says Florence-born Rocchi, a married father of two young boys. “If no one is in the stadium, you hear everything that everyone says...” Rocchi will be accompanied in Skopje by five compatriots: assistant referees Elenito Di Liberatore and Mauro Tonolini, additional assistant referees Davide Massa and Massimiliano Irrati, and reserve official Riccardo Di Fiore. France's Clément Turpin will act as the fourth official. “If you receive an assignment for a final, it is a surprise, and a pleasant one,” says Rocchi, who has been on the international list since 2008. “Referees wait for this moment, and certainly I feel proud that UEFA appointed me for this big game.” One major final is already behind Rocchi, who acted as fourth official at May’s UEFA Europa League final between Manchester United and Ajax in Stockholm. He follows in the footsteps of another Italian referee, the late Stefano Farina, who took charge of the 2006 Super Cup match between Barcelona and Sevilla. 
Rocchi started refereeing at 15 and progressed through the ranks in Italy to join the Serie A and B list in 2003. “I wasn’t a very good footballer to be honest, but I enjoyed playing,” he reflects. “The decision to change wasn’t that easy, but I wanted to do something else within football.” Finding the right balance between focus and relaxation is key to Rocchi’s preparations for any assignment. He is a keen fan of the British band Coldplay, and attended a recent concert in Milan. “Music is never far away in my life,” he says, “and I like music in the dressing room and to relax when I have a free moment.” Rocchi describes the time when the referees and teams line up before a big game as “the best moment of a match in some ways. You realise the importance of what is to come, and you have a short time to appreciate the occasion – but it is only a short time, because you then return to being fully concentrated on the match.” Good positioning in the early minutes – helped by diligent pre-match preparation about teams, their tactics and their players – gives Rocchi confidence for the match ahead. “If I’m positioned well, it means that I’m understanding how the teams and players are playing,” he explains. “I also like my colleagues in the referee team to tell me if I need to improve anything – you can’t referee well without teamwork, and I feel that it’s good to be honest with each other.” Rocchi finds it easy to get away from the pressures of refereeing. “My wife Paola actually doesn’t like football that much! So I’m able to spend quality time outside football with her, my family and friends – we find lots of other things to talk about, rather than football!” With the Super Cup match the latest key moment in a distinguished career, Rocchi’s ambitions for the future are simple. “I just think about refereeing the next match. I try not to think too much about the future, because you can’t predict what is around the corner. But I do have one hope for the future – that I will be thought of as a good person and not just as a good referee". 

Source: UEFA

UEFA Women’s U-19 Euro 2017

Northern Ireland, 8-20 August 2017

Referees
1. Petra Chuda (SVK, photo)

2. Silvia Domingos (POR)
3. Justina Lavrenovaite (LTU)
4. Barbara Poxhofer (AUT)
5. Marte Soro (NOR)
6. Olga Tereshko (BLR)

Assistant Referees
1. Nina Hammarberg (FIN)
2. Gabriela Hanáková (CZE)
3. Ivana Lesková (SVK)
4. Iulia Petrova (RUS)
5. Bérengère Pierart (BEL)
6. Vikki Robertson (SCO)
7. Elena Soklevska (MKD)
8. Staša Špur (SVN)

Fourth Officials
1. Cheryl Foster (WAL)
2. Rebecca Welch (ENG)

Copa Libertadores – Round of 16 (Second Leg)

8 August 2017
Lanus – The Strongest
Referee: Andres Cunha (URU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauricio Espinosa (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Fourth Official: Jonathan Fuentes (URU)
Referee Assessor: Roberto Perassi (BRA)

River Plate – Guaraní
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Byron Romero (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Vera (ECU)
Fourth Official: Carlos Orbe (ECU)
Referee Assessor: Martín Vazquez (URU)

9 August 2017
Gremio – Godoy Cruz
Referee: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Edurado Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: Eber Aquino (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Jose Buitrago (COL)

Palmeiras – Barcelona

Referee: Néstor Pitana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Fourth Official: Diego Abal (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Alberto Tejada (PER)

Atletico Mineiro – Jorge Wilstermann
Referee: Jose Argote (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Murillo (VEN)
Fourth Official: Juan Soto (VEN)
Referee Assessor: Saul Laverni (ARG)

10 August 2017
Botafogo – Nacional
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wilmar Navarro (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexander Leon (COL)
Fourth Official: Harold Perilla (COL)
Referee Assessor: Francisco Mondría (CHI)

Santos – Atletico Paranaense
Referee: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Chade (ARG)
Fourth Official: German Delfino (ARG)
Referee Assessor: Ednilson Corona (BRA)

San Lorenzo – Emelec

Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kleber Gil (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
Fourth Official: Wagner Magalhaes (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Ana Perez (PER)

Former FIFA and UEFA Referees Committees Chairman arrested in Spain

Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar was arrested recently along with his son and two more federation executives as part of an anti-corruption probe. The office of the state prosecutor in charge of anti-corruption said they suspect Villar, who was FIFA's senior vice-president and an UEFA vice-president, of having arranged matches for Spain's national team that led to business deals that benefited his son.
The state prosecutor and Spanish police both said that Villar, his son Gorka Villar, and two other soccer officials were detained while raids were carried out at the federation headquarters and other properties. Two uniformed policeman guarded the entrance to the Spanish Football Federation as staff came in and out of the offices near the training grounds for Spain's national teams in Las Rozas, just outside Madrid. The other two men who were arrested were Juan Padron, the federation's vice-president of economic affairs who is also the president of the regional federation for Tenerife, and the secretary of that regional federation. The four men were arrested on charges of improper management, misappropriation of funds, corruption and falsifying documents as part of a probe into the finances of the federations. "We have taken note of the media reports concerning the situation of Mr. Villar Llona," FIFA said in a statement. "As the matter seems to be linked to internal affairs of the Spanish Football Association, for the time being we kindly refer you to them for further details." As part of an operation called "Soule," the Guardia Civil's anti-corruption unit said it raided the national federation's headquarters, the offices of the regional soccer federation on the island of Tenerife, and "headquarters of businesses and several private homes linked to the arrested individuals." Police started the probe in early 2016 after a complaint was made by Spain's Higher Council of Sport, the government's sports authority. The probe led the state prosecutor's office to suspect that Angel Maria Villar "could have arranged matches of the Spanish national team with other national teams, thereby gaining in return contracts for services and other business ventures in benefit of his son." The prosecutor's office said they suspect that Padron and the secretary of the regional federation of Tenerife "favoured the contraction of business" for their personal benefit. Inigo Mendez de Vigo, Spain's minister of education, culture and sport, told national television moments after the raids that "in Spain the laws are enforced, the laws are the same for all, and nobody, nobody is above the law." Calls made by The Associated Press to both the Spanish Football Federation and the regional soccer federation of Tenerife went unanswered. UEFA said in a statement it is "aware of the reports regarding Mr. Villar Llona. We have no comment to make at this time." The Higher Council of Sport said it will "use everything to ensure that competitions are not affected" by the arrests.
The 67-year-old Villar has been the head of Spain's soccer federation since 1988, overseeing its national team's victories in the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships. Villar has also been at the heart of FIFA and UEFA politics since the 1990s, and has worked closely with several international soccer leaders who have since been indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice. Angel Maria Villar was a tough midfielder for Athletic Bilbao and Spain before retiring to work as a lawyer and soccer administrator. He was elected to the UEFA executive committee 25 years ago and to FIFA's ruling committee 19 years ago. He has also been an influential figure in the legal and referees committees of both organizations. In the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests, Angel Maria Villar led the Spain-Portugal bid which the FIFA ethics committee briefly investigated in 2010 for allegedly arranging a voting pact involving South American voters to trade support with Qatar's bid. Russia won the 2018 contest. Villar's conduct in a subsequent wider probe of the bids was singled out in a report by then-FIFA ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia. "Villar was not willing to discuss the facts and circumstances of the case", Garcia wrote in a 2014 report that was published last month. "Moreover, his tone and manner were deeply disturbing, as the audio recording of the interview makes evident." Increasingly seen as a polarizing figure with leadership ambitions, Villar decided against trying to succeed Michel Platini as UEFA president last year. His son, Gorka, worked in recent years for South American body CONMEBOL as legal director then as the CEO-like director general for three presidents who were implicated in the American federal investigation. Gorka Villar left CONMEBOL in 2016. 
Villar was denied bail and transferred from a police jail to the Soto del Real prison after being questioned by National Court judge Santiago Pedraz, who cited flight risks after detailing how Villar allegedly misappropriated private and public funds "at least since 2009." In a 44-page ruling that included several quotes from phone taps carried out by police, Pedraz detailed why state prosecutors allege that Villar used his influence as federation president to funnel private and public funds into regional federations in exchange for votes to remain in power for eight consecutive terms. The state prosecutor also suspects Villar used his control of the television rights for Spain's friendly matches to secure economic benefits for his son Gorka, a sports lawyer who has worked for CONMEBOL under three presidents who were all implicated in corruption cases. Also arrested last week was the secretary of the regional federation of Tenerife, Ramon Hernandez. Judge Pedraz denied bail to Gorka Villar and Padron, while setting bail for Hernandez at 100,000 euros ($116,000).
One week after his arrest in a corruption probe, Angel Maria Villar's three-decade reign of the Spanish Football Federation came to an end when he was suspended from its presidency. Seeing no sign that Villar was willing to step down from the post he has held since 1988, Spain's government decided to remove him in an attempt to limit the damage done to the national sport. The country's top sports authority, the Higher Council of Sport, met in Madrid and ruled to suspend Villar for one year pending the outcome of the investigation that has rocked Spanish soccer. Juan Luis Larrea has been named as interim president. Court documents indicate that besides misappropriated funds, Villar allegedly corrupted several regional federations by offering favours in exchange for votes. Council president Jose Ramon Lete said the 14-member board voted unanimously to suspend Villar and federation vice-president of economic affairs Juan Padron, also arrested in the Civil Guard's "Operation Soule." Lete said the one-year suspensions could be revised "depending on the facts that come out." The federation will hold a general assembly to determine how it will go forward without its long time boss who oversaw Spain winning the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships. Lete also said the council decided it will request to take part in the case as an injured party, joining the Spanish league. The federation is in charge of the national men's and women's national teams, Copa del Rey, setting the calendars of the club competitions and the appointment of referees. It does not run the top two divisions of the Spanish men's league nor the women's league, which are governed by La Liga.

Sources: BBC, CTV, ESPN

UEFA Women’s Euro Final 2017: Staubli (SUI)

Sunday's UEFA Women's Euro 2017 final is set to be a special occasion for the players from both teams, but it will be no less memorable for Esther Staubli. Appointed to referee the decider between hosts the Netherlands and Denmark in Enschede, the 37-year-old Swiss official, who comes from Berne, is savouring the opportunity. With the big kick-off approaching, she sat down with UEFA.com to share a little glimpse into the life of a tournament referee and her journey to the top of her profession.
UEFA.com: Congratulations on being selected to referee the UEFA Women's Euro final. How proud does it make you feel?
Esther Staubli: It's really amazing. I remember saying it was an honour when I had the [2015 UEFA Women's] Champions League final, and it's another big honour to have this final. It's a little bit of payback for all the efforts put in year after year, all the training. I'm still trying to gather my emotions, but they're not there yet. They'll come when I fly back home on Monday.
- Can you describe a day in the life of a referee at UEFA Women's Euro 2017?
- After breakfast, we go to training for two hours: we have a physical session and a practical session with balls. Volunteers pretend they are football players. In the afternoon, we sometimes have debriefings, but mostly massages and a little time to relax. On match days, you wait for the game in the evening. I personally always go for a two-hour nap before the match; that's very important to me.
- How old were you when you took up refereeing?
- I was 21. I was a football player in the top women's division in Switzerland, but I knew my skills wouldn't be enough for the Swiss national team. So I was looking for a new challenge in football, because football is really my passion. I found a solution: I became a referee. And I get pleasure from it. For me, every match is a new challenge.
- Do you referee for a living?
- No. In Switzerland, it's not possible to live from refereeing. I'm a teacher in an agricultural school. I teach 16 to 20-year-olds how to milk cows and feed pigs.
- Have you ever been injured and how do you avoid injuries?
- In my first big tournament, in Germany in 2011 [for the FIFA Women's World Cup], I had a stress fracture. I had to go home after one week, and was out for six weeks. I probably got injured in the lead-up to the tournament because I was training too much. That was one of my hardest times in refereeing. I had to learn to train in a different way, to do recovery training, or do spinning, cycling – not always running. I try to mix up different sports and not just run. It's not just about the injury. When you go home after one week in your first tournament, you've reached the bottom and you need to get up again. But it makes you stronger. Mentally, to find the focus again was hard. You have to tell yourself: "I want to do this effort again."
- How will you prepare for the final?
- We're lucky in this tournament because, for the first time, we have a match analyst who gives us clips and very good input about how the teams play, how they organise their set pieces, corner variations and counter-attacks. That helps a lot in our preparation. It also helps to organise our priorities as a refereeing team and our positioning, so that we're aware of situations.
- How important is player management in a game?
- It's one of the skills that referees need to have. You also have to have a good football understanding: fouls, tactics, potential issues, etc. But you have to manage players in a game if something happens. You need to talk if it's necessary, just like the players, and you have to find the right moment when it becomes necessary to speak.
- What goes through your mind when you line up before a final?
- Not a lot. I try to keep my concentration, but standing for the national anthems is emotional. I try to enjoy that moment.
- What does the word 'respect' mean to you?
- I always try to treat people the way I want to be treated. For me, that's respect.
- Do you have a message to any girls who might like to become referees?
- I would recommend taking up refereeing to any girl. It's one of the greatest educations: to handle people is the most interesting thing, and if you like football, you get to be involved in a very interesting sport. The positives vastly outweigh any occasional negatives. (Source: UEFA)


6 August 2017
Netherlands – Denmark
Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Belinda Brem (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodjak (CRO)
Fourth Official: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Reserve AR: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Referee Observer: Dagmar Damkova (CZE)

Webb: Launching Video Review in MLS

Howard Webb begins most mornings on the west bank of the Hudson River, leaving his residence in Jersey City, New Jersey to jog or bicycle along the waterfront known for its dazzling views of One World Trade Center and the rest of the Lower Manhattan skyline looming across the water in New York City. An avid distance runner, Webb gets his mileage in loops north to Hoboken, or perhaps south to Liberty State Park, home of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The 46-year-old Englishman has officiated some of the biggest games in soccer history, but admits that he spent much of his first few months in the United States just gawking at the world-famous vistas in and around the Big Apple. But he doesn’t have too much time to sightsee lately. The commute to the Professional Referee Organization’s downtown headquarters must be navigated quickly, or perhaps a trip to the airport to jet off to one of the many seminars and training events PRO has been holding at locations across North America as it prepares to launch one of the biggest, boldest projects in the history of soccer refereeing. “The work/life balance is a bit of a struggle,” Webb tells MLSsoccer.com, “one, because I’m over here on my own, so I can do that. And secondly, the pace of the work here is pretty intense, from what I’ve seen so far. The work ethic in the office is pretty impressive. They don’t have much downtime – they have to work hard.” After more than three years of preparation, the final countdown to the debut of Major League Soccer’s Video Review program on Aug. 5, only the third top-flight league in the world to debut the technology (after Australia's A-League and South Korea's K-League), has begun. And the rest of the planet will be watching. Closely.
Peter Walton has known Webb a long time. The two men rose through the upper reaches of the English refereeing ranks around the same time, and earned promotion from the Championship (English second division) into the vaunted Premier League together in 2003, sometimes bunking together on work trips. “We got to know each other very well indeed – the difference being his career went up, while mine seemed to sort of go stagnant!” wisecracks Walton, PRO’s general manager, in a recent phone conversation. “I don’t want to give too many secrets about him, but Howard was a bit of an introvert, really, when he first got into the Premier League. He was in awe of his colleagues, and I was as well, because it was a veteran group of very experienced international referees who had got many games under their belt, and we were two new kids on the block. He was quite humble, and still is. That’s probably why he’s been so successful, because he’s been able to maintain his feet on the floor but also when he’s refereeing, he has that air of confidence about him, and that’s really what refereeing is about.” After retiring from active officiating duty in 2014, Webb had settled into a pleasant, albeit jet-setting, routine that took him between television analysis work for BT Sport and time with his three children in his homeland, a director of referees position with the Saudi Arabian federation and regular visits to Germany, where his partner Bibiana Steinhaus is a highly accomplished referee in her own right who later this year will make history as the first woman to oversee Bundesliga matches. Then Walton and his colleagues came calling last winter with a rare job offer: to oversee PRO’s implementation of the Video Assistant Referee program. It would mean relocation to a new continent vastly farther removed from his loved ones, and adaptation to a whole new way of living and working. But the chance to take a leading role in making history was simply irresistible. “I thought long and hard about it, spoke to Bibi, spoke to my children as well,” recalls Webb. “It’s quite obvious that the US soccer market is growing and becoming more relevant to the sporting environment here all the time. I recognized that this competition was going to continue to grow and grow, and the opportunity to get back into full-time work within the actual game, and play a part in this big new initiative of VAR – which is obviously going to be so important through the years – was one that I thought might not come again.”
A native of Rotherham, England whose father Bill also refereed for more than three decades, Webb has officiated some of the biggest games in world soccer history, most notably the 2010 World Cup and UEFA Champions League finals. Yet that rich resume could only prepare him so much for the unprecedented task of leading PRO and its corps of 49 VARs through the exhaustive process leading up to the big launch in MLS Week 22. “Once that game starts, it’s in their hands and you hope the training that you’ve done is enough,” says Webb. “It’s different to when I was an official, because that was my game, I controlled what I did on the field, and now I don’t. But I’ve hired who I think are the best officials for the job, trained them to the best of my ability and so far, I’ve been really pleased with the application that the guys and girls have shown in this task. But it’s down to them once that whistle blows for the first game on the fifth of August.”
Video Review got mixed reviews in this summer’s FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia, with a few uneven moments leading some observers to question both its efficacy and its impact on the rhythm of matches. Webb is sympathetic to those concerns. But he emphasizes that both accuracy and speed are critical priorities for PRO, with Video Review only addressing “clear and obvious errors” on pivotal sequences like goals, penalty kicks and straight red cards. “The beautiful thing about the game is the fact that it flows,” Webb says. “That is what attracts a lot of people to the game. And if Video Review did change that to the point where the game wasn’t the game that I fell in love with all those years ago as a kid in northern England, then I would say we failed in our objective. There’s checks taking place all the time, but the reviews – in our experience so far in the games we’ve covered – are one every three games. Now when we go live in MLS, that might increase because the intensity will be higher … [but] on average so far it looks like a review will add just over a minute to what’s the current state of play now with these stoppages.” Walton and Webb have spearheaded an exhaustive training process to make sure Video Review takes off smoothly in MLS, drilling VARs with literally thousands of hours’ worth of education, rehearsal and feedback both online and in person. “The amount of in-depth training that we’ve had is absolutely immense and I’m full of anticipation for the go-start,” says Walton, noting that Confederations Cup officials had far less time to prepare while dealing with myriad complexities of language and culture among a tournament referee pool hailing from around the world. “Yes, I’m sure there will be some subjective views and there’ll be some discussion points had. But collectively, I don’t think we could’ve got a finer set of individuals ready.” Even with all that advance work, Webb cautions that bumps in the road ahead are inevitable. It’s a big reason why he’s here on a three-year contract, and hopeful of eventually extending his stay beyond that. The process does not end on Aug. 5. It only begins. And he urges everyone around the sport to recognize the importance of making this historic effort a successful one. “There will be weekends where things go wrong and people say ‘what are we doing with this crazy thing?!’” he says. “But I hope people give us time and patience, and I hope they look at it in the round and not just focus on individual specific examples. We need the support of the clubs and the personnel at the clubs, the coaches, the players, the club communication managers. We need the support of the media, the broadcasters – not without reservation, not blind support, but we just need a bit of patience, to hopefully get them to see the big picture”.

Source: MLS

UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 – Semi-finals

3 August 2017

Denmark – Austria
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN)
Reserve AR: Oleksandra Ardasheva (UKR)
Referee Observer: Dagmar Damkova (CZE)

Netherlands – England
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Fourth Official: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Reserve AR: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Referee Observer: Caroline De Boeck (BEL)

UEFA Europa League – Third Qualifying Round (Second Leg)

2-3 August 2017

Videoton – Girondins Bordeaux

Referee: Christian Dingert (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Dominik Schaal (GER)
Fourth Official: Benjamin Brand (GER)
Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

FC Sion – FK Sūduva
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertrand Jouannaud (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Annonier (FRA)
Fourth Official: Thomas Leonard (FRA)
Referee Observer: Leif Sundell (SWE)

AEL Limassol – Austria Wien
Referee: Artyom Kuchin (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Yevgeniy Belskiy (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Anatoliy Khodin (KAZ)
Fourth Official: Timur Kumashev (KAZ)
Referee Observer: John Ward (IRL)

Dinamo Minsk – AEK Larnaca
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Beckett (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Johnathon Bryant (WAL)
Fourth Official: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)
Referee Observer: Johan Verbist (BEL)

Shkëndija – Trakai
Referee: Clayton Pisani (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Camilleri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Edward Spiteri (MLT)
Fourth Official: Glen Tonna (MLT)
Referee Observer: Sigurður Hannesson (ISL)

Odds – Dinamo
Referee: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrii Skrypka (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleg Pluzhnyk (UKR)
Fourth Official: Vitaliy Romanov (UKR)
Referee Observer: Darko Čeferin (SVN)

Zenit – Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv
Referee: Ali Palabiyik (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Cem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serkan Olguncan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)
Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)

Sparta Praha – Crvena Zvezda

Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Haquette (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexandre Viala (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hakim Ben El Hadj (FRA)
Referee Observer: Igor Pristovnik (CRO)

Apollon Limassol – Aberdeen

Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Zürcher (SUI)
Fourth Official: Urs Schnyder (SUI)
Referee Observer: Dani Koren (ISR)

Olexandriya – Astra Giurgiu
Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Kühr (AUT)
Fourth Official: Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Qabala – Panathinaikos
Referee: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Lee Betts (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend (ENG)
Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)

Fola Esch – Östersunds
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Sten Klaasen (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Silver Koiv (EST)
Fourth Official: Juri Frischer (EST)
Referee Observer: Albano Janku (ALB)

Fenerbahçe – Sturm Graz
Referee: Robert Madley (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Marc Perry (ENG)
Fourth Official: Graham Scott (ENG)
Referee Observer: Asim Khudiyev (AZE)

Lyngby – Krasnodar
Referee: Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mircea Grigoriu (ROU)
Fourth Official: George Rădulescu (ROU)
Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)

CS Marítimo – Botev Plovdiv
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Novak Simović (SRB)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)

PAOK – Olimpik Donetsk
Referee: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivo Kolev (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Veselin Dobriyanov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Stefan Apostolov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)

Skënderbeu – Mladá Boleslav
Referee: Sergii Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Viktor Matyash (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Vysotskyi (UKR)
Fourth Official: Ivan Bondar (UKR)
Referee Observer: Thomas Einwaller (AUT)

Lech Poznań – FC Utrecht
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Sønderby (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Dennis Rasmussen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Anders Poulsen (DEN)
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

SCR Altach – KAA Gent
Referee: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)
Fourth Official: Olivier Thual (FRA)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Hajduk Split – Brøndby IF
Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Roy Hassan (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
Fourth Official: Guy Berger (ISR)
Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)

FC Midtjylland – Arka Gdynia
Referee: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Bitton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Matityahu Yakobov (ISR)
Fourth Official: Zvi Levi (ISR)
Referee Observer: Vasily Melnychuk (UKR)

KV Oostende – Olympique Marseille

Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Claudio La Rocca (ITA)
Fourth Official: Piero Giacomelli (ITA)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

Ružomberok – Everton
Referee: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jørgen Daugbjerg (DEN)
Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)

AC Milan – U Craiova
Referee: Nikola Popov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Georgi Todorov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Venev (BUL)
Fourth Official: Stanislav Todorov (BUL)
Referee Observer: René Temmink (NED)

Athletic Club – Dinamo
Referee: Pavle Radovanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Veselin Radunović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Dragan Vujović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Predrag Radovanović (MNE)
Referee Observer: Brian Lawlor (WAL)

NK Osijek – PSV Eindhoven
Referee: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Godinho (POR)
Fourth Official: Bruno Paixão (POR)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Medved SVK)

Panionios – Maccabi Tel Aviv
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mika Lamppu (FIN)
Fourth Official: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)

NK Domžale – SC Freiburg
Referee: Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Laurent Conotte (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Florian Lemaire (BEL)
Fourth Official: Jan Boterberg (BEL)
Referee Observer: Igor Ischenko (UKR)

Braga – AIK
Referee: Frank Schneider (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Djemel Zitouni (FRA)
Fourth Official: Jérôme Brisard (FRA)
Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)

Copa Sudamericana – Round 2 (Second Leg)

1-3 August 2017

Atletico Tucuman – Oriente Petrolero
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Rodolpho Toski (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Paulo Silva (ARG)

Libertad – Huracan
Referee: Michael Espinoza (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl López (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Víctor Raez (PER)
Fourth Official: Joel Alarcón (PER)
Referee Assessor: Atilio Invernizzi (PAR)

Liga de Quito – Bolívar
Referee: Eber Aquino (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Cáceres (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Canete (PAR)
Fourth Official: Arnaldo Samaniego (PAR)
Referee Assessor: Ímer Machado (COL)

Deportes Iquique – Independiente

Referee: Raphael Claus (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Manis (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Pires (BRA)
Fourth Official: Dewson Silva (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Jorge Larrionda (URU)

Olimpia – Nacional
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Rodrigo Correa (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Guilherme Dias (BRA)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Marques (BRA)
Referee Assessor: Amelio Andino (PAR)

Estudiantes – Nacional Potosí
Referee: Leodán González (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Pastorino (URU)
Fourth Official: Óscar Rojas (URU)
Referee Assessor: Ángel Sánchez (ARG)

Junior – Deportivo Cali
Referee: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcelo Barraza (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: José Retamal (CHI)
Fourth Official: Carlos Ulloa (CHI)
Referee Assessor: Oscar Ruiz (COL)

Flamengo – Palestino
Referee: Andrés Rojas (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Humberto Clavijo (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexander Guzmán (COL)
Fourth Official: Gustavo Murillo (COL)
Referee Assessor: Ubaldo Aquino (PAR)